by captain oddsocks
June 30, 2005
Penzion U Synagogy/Pension by the Synagogue is appropriately located next door to the rear synagogue in the UNESCO-listed Jewish quarter of Třebíč.
Reception is next door in the tourist information office, which also serves as the ticket office for the synagogue. Check-In formalities are completed in the information office, and then a staff member walks you to your room, explaining the keys and staircase lights along the way. Security is excellent with the main door being kept locked at all times, a separate key for each room and the windows of the tourist office, allowing a clear view of who is coming and going from the pension.
I had room 3, which was spacious and spotlessly clean. It had obviously been recently refurbished. There was a television, writing table, nightlight, and a small refrigerator hidden within one of the veneer cabinets. The only faults I could pick were that the mattress was a bit firm for my (spoilt?) taste and that the refrigerator was a little noisy (easily solved by unplugging it from the power socket).
The view from the window was of the small square in front of the synagogue, the beginnings of the streets leading off it, and the pedestrian bridge over the Jihlava River. I slept with open windows and there was almost no noise from the street (although it was a Sunday and other nights of the week may be livelier?). The location was extremely convenient, being just a few metres from the main crossing point between the Jewish quarter and the main town centre. I found myself walking past several times in the course of visiting different attractions, which made it easy to pop in quickly for a glass of water or to use the facilities.
I paid 490Kc/15 euros/$20 U.S. for a single room, and a double will set you back 790Kc. Breakfast is not included, but a small bonus of being a guest of the pension is that entrance to the synagogue is free of charge, which makes the 490Kc effectively 450Kc. Check-out time is a generous 11am.
From journal Třebíč; Towers, Tombstones and the Torah