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Sep 30

Rubinstein Residence: Krakow’s historic hotel

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Once immersed in the centuries and stories of Krakow’s impressive past it is easy to see why some buildings and neighborhoods have an ingrained charm in their walls. Such is the case of the Rubinstein Residence, its makeup is that of a 15th century townhouse complete with thick wooded floors and ceilings, period furniture and lavish upholstery. It serves as a boutique hotel in the heart of Krakow.

 

The Rubinstein Residence sits in the very heart of the famed Jewish Ghetto of Krakow known as the Kazimierz district. Major squares, churches and the Royal Wawel castle are all just a short walk away and in this quiet part of the city one can enjoy the winding streets and quaint rowhouses.

 

Booking in advance is a must because due to the hotel’s popularity and space limitation of twenty seven guest rooms, it is often fully booked. The antique atmosphere does not dampen modern amenities, wifi is available in the entire building complimentary, satellite TV, renovated bathrooms and all the heating, cooling and device charging one may need. The streets of Krakow are abundant with sumptuous Polish cuisine, but don’t wander too far, the on site restaurant complete with signature dishes and chefs is called: Cztery Pory Roku. The blend of modern and ancient surroundings is all the more attractive based on its menu of traditional Polish meals or international cuisine. There is a stellar wine bar on the same first level with excellent service and a broad selection of world wines.

 

On the hotel’s top floor there is a relaxation center open to guests it comes complete with sauna, fitness suite and Jacuzzi. It is the perfect perch with a city view to either get in a good workout or relax or both. Massage treatments and a variety of beauty and skin products are available for purchase as well. Parking for those with a rental car cannot be done on site but the hotel staff can direct one to the nearest facility with advance notice. Pets are not allowed and any children under five staying in the beds provided are complimentary guests.

 

The Rubinstein Residence is small but it can serve well as a venue for social and business events too. There are two meeting rooms and two terraces which can be arranged to host a wide variety of functions. Overall the hotel had an excellent atmosphere to it. Staff were cordial and friendly. Not every room is the same, but if anything can be done to make ones stay more enjoyable the staff are on it. The hotel is clean and service is speedy and prompt. Breakfast is a popular hit with guests for the variety and quality of the food. Beds are especially comfy and the place is a great retreat in the midst of a charming city like Krakow.

 

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