A stunning work of architecture, the Raquel contrasts dramatically with its not-so-picturesque surroundings, a rather humble residential area whose one, redeeming virtue is its proximity to the Plaza Vieja and other sites of interest in the Old Town.
The hotel’s ornate and eclectic facade is well matched by the interiors, which are likely to make a powerful first impression: shining marble floors, polished columns and posh period sofas surround you in the kind of palatial luxury you might expect to find in a presidential mansion or high-class art museum. The most striking feature of this grand lobby is doubtless the curved fanlight which crowns a high atrium past the reception desk, which lets in soothing tones of yellow and draws many glances skyward. This "lavishness" is not the only delightful peculiarity which sets the hotel apart from others in the Old Town.
The Raquel is also known for its references to Jewish tradition and faith, which consist of various decorative items (such as a stone engraving of a star of David at the reception) and symbolic artifacts (mezuzahs affixed to room doorframes) scattered about the establishment. The elegant hotel restaurant also serves typical Jewish cuisine, such as borscht and latkes.
Though the surrounding buildings detract from the view somewhat, the rooftop solarium is a good spot to enjoy a drink or gaze lazily at the city. It is also an attractive venue for wedding and other ceremonies or gatherings. Fitness buffs or those wanting to work up a sweat can avail themselves of a well-appointed gym just below the lobby entrance.
A massage service is also offered. Arranged around the impressive atrium, the accommodations are comfortable and stylishly decorated, sharing in the eclectic elegance of the establishment.
- Tour desk
- Internet cafe
- Lobby bar
- Rooftop terrace
- A la carte restaurant
- Air conditioner
- Safe deposit box
- Satellite TV
- Private bathroom