19 December 2018 - 11 Tevet 5779 - י"א טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Polish city of Krakow opens kosher hotel E-mail

Seventy-five years after the Nazis deported Krakow Jews to concentration camps, descendants of survivors have opened the Polish city’s first post-Holocaust kosher hotel.

Hotel Polin, located near John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, held an official launch in December. The 38-room hotel has an inhouse synagogue and elevators for use on Shabbat, and its kosher kitchen is under the supervision of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich.

A double room at the hotel, including breakfast, costs approximately US$45 per night. The hotel offers shuttles to the city centre, to the historically Jewish Kazimierz district, approximately six miles away.

A non-Jewish local businessman invested the US$560,000 cost to build the hotel, which may open a branch in Kazimierz. The hotel’s business model is based on growing traffic between Israel and Poland.

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