Where to Stay in Krakow

Where to Stay in Krakow – Best Hotels and Neighborhoods

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Trying to decide where to stay in Krakow?

Krakow may look large and sprawling on a map, but many of the main tourist sites are located in and around the old town. The old town is the most popular area to stay in Krakow, simply because it is close to almost everything and a beautiful place to start and end your days. However, you can also stay in Kazimierz or a less touristic neighborhood.

In this article, learn about the different neighborhoods and learn where to stay in each of them, depending on your budget.

The Old Town (Stare Miasto)

The old town is the historic heart of Krakow. This is where you will spend most of your time. The main sites included Wawel Castle, the Main Market Square, a handful of excellent museums, and some fantastic restaurants.

Staying in the old town will be a little more expensive than the other neighborhoods on this list, but you will be within walking distance of the main sites.

Krakow Market Square

The Main Market Square

Luxury

Hotel Unicus Palace

This is one of the highest rated 5-star hotels in Krakow. Rooms are elegant, classy and look simply gorgeous. If you need a break from sightseeing, take advantage of the sauna, the spa, or the very unique indoor pool. Hotel Unicus Palace has a prime location on Florianska Street near St. Mary’s Basilica.

Prices start at 640 PLN ($170 USD).
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Hotel Stary

This is another top pick if you are looking for a luxurious stay in Krakow. This boutique hotel offers not one but two swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and a restaurant. From the rooftop bar you get an incredible view over the Main Market Square. This hotel even won an award for the most beautiful hotel interior design in Europe. Sounds nice, right?

Prices start at 750 PLN ($200 USD).
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Upscale

Hotel Polski Pod Bialym Orlem

This historic property gets rave reviews for cleanliness, comfort, and location. Rooms are traditionally decorated and people love the breakfast here. Located near Florian’s Gate at the northern end of the old town.

Prices start at 480 PLN ($128 USD).
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Hotel Polski Pod Bialym Orlem

The view from the walls at Florian’s Gate. Hotel Polski Pod Bialym is just across the street.

Betmanowska Main Square Residence

This is one of the highest rated properties on Trip Advisor and gets near-perfect reviews on Booking.com. Located right on the Main Market Square, it’s hard to beat this location. You can stay in a traditional hotel room or an apartment that can accommodate up to six people. Plus, when you arrive, you are greeted with a bottle of Prosecco. How can you beat that?

Prices start at 450 PLN ($120 USD).
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Midrange

Mint Luxury Apartments

This is where we stayed. We had a two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, a washing machine, air conditioning, two bathrooms, and a living area. The second bedroom is actually a loft that has a queen bed, a twin bed, and its own bathroom. The soundproofing is awesome and we never heard street noise or our neighbors. This apartment is located just one block away from the Main Market Square so it’s hard to beat this location. I highly recommend these apartments if you are traveling as a family, and they offer apartments that can accommodate up to 11 people. On Booking.com, the apartment we stayed in is listed as the “Two-Bedroom Penthouse Apartment.”

Prices start at 280 PLN ($75 USD) per night. However, they do have a two-night minimum stay.
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Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel

Our mothers visited Krakow with us. They stayed here and also had a great experience. Located right on the Main Market Square, their hotel had a small restaurant that served breakfast. They shared a twin room but the hotel also offers suites that can accommodate up to six people.

Prices start at 370 PLN ($98 USD).
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Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Stradonia Serviced Apartments

This property gets nearly perfect reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking.com. Apartments can accommodate two to eight people. Some rooms even offer a view of Wawel Castle. The apartments have a kitchenette, small living area, a washing machine, and air-conditioning. These apartments are located in between the old town and Kazimierz, a prime location in Krakow. If you want to stay here, make your reservations as soon as possible. This property was sold out during our trip to Krakow.

Prices start at 410 PLN ($109 USD).
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Budget

The Little Havana Party Hostel

Advertised as a party place, this hostel is perfect for those who are visiting Krakow for the nightlife. The hostel features three bars and they organize pub crawls and foosball tournaments. Reviewers recommend bringing ear plugs and sleeping masks if you expect to catch some zzz’s while staying here. This hostel may not suit everyone, but for the right crowd, this may be the perfect place.

Prices start at 75 PLN ($20 USD).
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Mundo Hostel

If you are looking for a hostel without the party scene, Mundo Hostel is a good one to take a look at. You can stay in a dorm-type room or stay in a private room with an ensuite bathroom. Some rooms feature décor from other places around the world, such as Nepal, Mexico, and Japan. This hostel is located between the old town and Kazimierz.

Prices start at 158 PLN ($42 USD).
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Kazimierz

Kazimierz is the Jewish Quarter of Krakow. It’s a funky mix of synagogues, boutiques, excellent restaurants, and souvenir shops. With its grittier, edgier vibe, this area feels much different the old town. Stay here if you want a less touristy experience.

The main sites include Oskar Schindler’s Factory, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Schindler’s List filming sites, and some very cool streets to explore. From here, it’s a 15 to 20 minute walk to get to the old town.

Hotel prices are cheaper here than in the old town. You can stay in some very nice hotels in Kazimierz for very reasonable prices.

Kazimierz

Krakow Jewish Quarter

Upscale

Dada Boutique Home Hotel

This modern hotel offers rooms with an artsy flair. Rooms are large, clean, and people rave about the comfortable beds. Breakfast is excellent and staff is very helpful and friendly. Rooms can only accommodate up to two people, so this is a good pick for couples.

Prices start at 370 PLN ($98 USD).
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Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

This is another popular pick in Krakow. Rooms are modern and tastefully decorated. If you are traveling as a family, you can reserve the superior family room that accommodates up to four people. It is located in Kazimierz near the old town, so it is only a 10 to 15 minute walk to get to the main square from here.

Prices start at 470 PLN ($126 USD).
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Pro Travel Tip: If you are visiting Krakow in the summer months, you might want to consider reserving a hotel or apartment that offers air-conditioning. During the summer months, high temperatures typically average 23°C (74°F). However, heat waves are not uncommon. In 2018, Krakow spent three solid weeks with daytime temperatures ranging from 27 to 31°C (mid to high-80’s). That air-conditioning sure would be nice! Every property on this list has air-conditioning with the exception of the three hostels: Little Havana Party Hostel, Mundo Hostel, and The Secret Garden Hostel.

Midrange

PURO Krakow Kazimierz

This boutique hotel features ultra-modern décor and amenities. Have a drink at the hotel bar or dine at the onsite restaurant. If you are traveling with kids, you can rent Xbox and Playstation consoles. They even offer complimentary bike rentals and guided tours of Krakow. Stay here if you are looking for a modern, trendy hotel in Kazimierz.

Prices start at 290 PLN ($78 USD).
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Hotel Columbus

Rooms are warm and cozy with modern furnishings. People who stay here rave about the breakfast and the hotel staff. This hotel is located on the northern end of Kazimierz, so it’s just a short walk to get to the main square.

Prices start at 262 PLN ($70 USD).
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Street Art Kazimierz

Street art in Kazimierz.

Budget

The Secret Garden Hostel

For a hostel, this property gets superb reviews and offers a wide range of room types. The cheaper rooms are double rooms with a shared bathroom. But they also offer double rooms with private bathrooms and even a private, two-bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to four people. It’s a 15-minute walk to the main square and the tram stop is right around the corner.

Prices start at 135 PLN ($36 USD).
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Kleparz

Kleparz is the neighborhood that is located just north of the old town. From here, it’s just a few minutes walk to the main market square. Kleparz is a nice place to stay if you want to be near the main sites but stay outside of the main touristy zone.

Cracowdays

This is a small, boutique style apartment-hotel that offers small studios, double rooms, and triple rooms. People who stayed here raved about the cleanliness, the large, bright rooms, and the excellent location in a quiet area in Krakow. Cracowdays is a nice pick for couples and for those who want to stay outside of the touristy heart of Krakow.

Prices start at 322 PLN ($86 USD).
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K4 Aparthotel Krakow

For those who are traveling as a larger group, this property has apartments that can accommodate up to six people. Each apartment offers a small living area and a kitchenette. The larger apartments also come with a washing machine. To get to the main square it is just an 8 minute walk.

Prices start at 416 PLN ($111 USD).
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Krakow

The Main Market Square see from St. Mary’s Tower

See Them All on a Map

Our Recommendations

How do you decide where to stay? I narrowed down the list based on travel style and budget.

For the luxury traveler, Hotel Stary looks amazing but you also can’t go wrong with Hotel Unicus Palace.

For couples, we recommend Betmanowska Main Square Residence in the old town, Dada Boutique Home Hotel in Kazimieriz, or Cracowdays in Kleparz.

For families, we recommend Stradonia Serviced Apartments, the Mint Luxury Apartments, or PURO Krakow Kazimierz (what kid wouldn’t love a little video game time as a break from sightseeing?).

The Secret Garden Hostel is a nice pick for budget travelers.

If we did it again, we would stay in the Stradonia Serviced Apartments. With impeccable reviews, a prime location, and apartments that can accommodate up to eight people, this place sounds perfect for families. However, the Mint Luxury Apartments were also very nice and we loved our stay here.


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