Krakow is a beautiful old town and is one of the hidden gems of Europe. It features medieval walls and cobblestone streets. Excellent accommodation is available near the central train station, with easy access to the Wesola and Kleparz areas in the north, and Nowy Świat and Piasek in the west. Kazimierz is also a great choice. The old town of Krakow has tree-lined walkways and cozy coffee shops. Rates vary seasonally.
The prices are high in summer, from late June to September, and around Christmas and Easter. Budget accommodations for a double room with a private bathroom and no breakfast can cost around 337PLN (€74 | US$86 | £63) per night. However, you can catch real bargains if you are not really fussy about booking early or the place you stay. The price per night may be less than 220PLN (€48 | US$56 | £41).
Recommended Budget Hotels in Kraków
Novotel Kraków Centrum
The Novotel Krakow Centrum is near the Wawel Royal Castle. The rooms are spacious, featuring tea/coffee facilities and free internet. This hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the main market square, with varied shopping options and many restaurants. The Novo Square Lounge Bar serves international and Polish food, and there is 24-hour room service offering snacks and a la carte dishes. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and air-conditioned. Each room offers a view of the Vistula River, and is equipped with a safe and a seating area. There is ironing and laundry services, and the front desk offers assistance 24-hours a day. Guests can exercise in the fitness center or relax with body treatments and a massage. They also offer private parking. Pets are allowed and there is an ATM machine on this property site. Guests particularly favor this hotel for a two-person stay.
See what guests say:
“We loved the play area for the children, the fitness facility, our large family room and the Wawel Castle view from our room.”
“Very good place to stay, staff and food excellent.”
In the bohemian district of Krakow’s Kazimierz, near the cozy cocktail bars and quirky shops is Residence Tournet which offers budget accommodation. It is a small hotel filled with offbeat charm. It is simply decorated and features ensuite rooms with a choice between a garden-facing window or a balcony. Enjoy a buffet-style at the bicycle-themed café breakfast each morning, or try wandering a few minutes down the road to one of the many eateries and bars in the district.
Michael, a previous guest, said:
“The staff were super welcoming; they provided friendly conversation. The room was clean and very comfortable. The gym facilities and pool were excellent and location was perfect.”
Vanilla’s apartments are in the Ruczaj, the leafy district of the city, which features panoramic views. Choose between a two-bed studio with a balcony and kitchenette, or an executive suite, which provides an individual living room. Each unit is available long- or short-term. This offers a high level of privacy, but you can still enjoy the perks of Vanilla Aparthotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner of Polish-Italian food at the Oregano restaurant or a late-night whisky at the Cigar Bar.
Janie, a previous guest, said:
“The gigantic room and the Wi-Fi made our stay excellent.”
A Few More Hotels
Hotel Metropolo Krakow
This is part of the Golden Tulip chain, which hints at the Far East in its Chinese art deco design. It offers a fitness center, Chinese restaurant, and sauna. The classic and junior suites feature relaxation zones and workstations, in addition to city views. Budget travelers may find the dining and breakfast options pricey, but there are plenty of affordable options nearby.
This hotel name refers to the history of automobiles. The rooms are nicely-furnished and cozy, and there are optional extras available at reception such as snacks, vanity kits, and laundry services. Breakfast is included in the room price, and dinner is available with enjoy full restaurant-style service.
Atlantis Hostel is in an enviable location and is highly preferred among Krakow’s backpacking crowd. It is located between Kazimierz and Old Town, the two top districts of the city. Leave behind the busy street outside and stay in one of the spotless dorm rooms available in this hostel. It has a good balcony and an art-filled common room, overlooking the leafy pavements. The biggest advantage is that the pets are allowed in private rooms.
Habitat Apartments provide beautiful accommodation in the heart of Krakow . The two-bedroom apartments and studios feature modern décor with parquet floors, exposed brick walls, and bespoke wooden features. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, and it is located in a stunning location. It is a short walk from the main market of the city, and the Museum of Krakow.
Flamingo Premium Hostel
Flamingo is the best premium hostel in Krakow. It is just a few seconds from the main square, and boasts the modern style and cleanliness befitting the pricier boutique hotels in this area. You can choose to stay in the main building in the heart of the action, or on a quieter side street in a separate building. They also offer services to book airport shuttles and tours to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.