14 of the best hotels in Krakow – Times Travel – The Times

Posted By on October 12, 2022

Its not surprising that Polands most visited city has a thriving and constantly evolving hotel scene. Nor is it surprising that Krakows old town Stare Miasto throngs with just about every range of hotel. Luxury hotels are often found in beautifully renovated historic settings, including former castles, royal residences and palatial townhouses.

If youre in search of a design hotel, theres a new breed of sleek modern residences that are within walking distance of the major sights of Krakow. As in other European cities, the rise of the boutique hotel is unstoppable, with stylish, intimate places that make a stay in Krakow such a pleasure. The city centre is relatively compact, with many of the sights including Market Square and the Jewish Quarter north of the Vistula River. But Krakows affordable and efficient public transport system of trams and buses makes it easy to get around and explore further.

Main photo: Bachleda Luxury Hotel Krakow, city centre

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Best for city-centre luxuryIn a dreamy spot right on Market Square (Rynek Glowny), the five-star Bonerowski Palace has eight sumptuous rooms and eight apartments in a handsome building dating from the 13th century. Interiors evoke the spirit of the 19th century, with glossy parquet floors, silk curtains, floral wallpapers and marble bathrooms. Youll have views of the Renaissance Cloth Hall and St Marys Basilica especially when dining on French and Polish cuisine on the terrace of Amalia Brasserie Steak & Fish right on the square. Head into the hotels vaulted cellars for a drink at the St John Cocktail Club.

Spa YPool NPrice From 175, room only

Best for top-class dining and spaThis Relais & Chteaux member, set in a stately 16th-century building is on Krakows oldest street and is just a few minutes walk from Wawel Castle. Hotel Copernicuss 29 luxurious yet understated rooms are decked out in warm wooden furnishings, with heavy runs covering parquet floors. Some of the suites have frescoes painted in 1500 to go with 14th-century wooden beams. Book ahead for the tasting menu in the Copernicus Restaurant, and take in lovely views of the old town from the rooftop terrace. Save time for the spa and its glittering pool under brick vaulted ceilings.

Spa YPool YPrice From 155, room only

Best for rooftop viewsYoure less than a one-minute walk from Market Square at Hotel Stary, whose origins date from the 14th century and some of whose gothic features have been incorporated into its elegant interiors. Parquet floors are warmed by large rugs and heavy leather furniture. Many of the rooms have balconies with views of the square, which you can easily see from the Sky Bar on the rooftop terrace. Enjoy beautifully crafted dishes at the ground-floor 3 Rybki Restaurant and the Rybki Nove Restaurant in a newer part of the building. The basement spa with its two pools is an atmospheric place to unwind under vaulted brick ceilings.

Spa YPool YPrice From 140, room only

Best for value for moneyThis Polish chain of sleek modern hotels has added a second hotel in Krakow to join its original one near the railway station. Puro in Kazimierz puts you on the doorstep of the districts lively cafs and cultural sights, providing 228 breezy contemporary rooms with a Fifties vibe. Funky design makes its shared open spaces an inviting place to work and meet up with friends. The Halicka Eatery & Bar is also a great place to socialise. Relax in the compact spa after borrowing one of Puros bikes for a tour of the city.

Spa YPool NPrice From 88, room only

Best for familiesRight on the edge of the Jewish district of Kazimierz in a renovated 19th-century townhouse is the stylish Metropolitan Boutique Hotel. Its 51 rooms have a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary decor, with soothing neutral tones and marble bathrooms. Some have little wrought-iron balconies overlooking the courtyard patio; family suites have interconnecting rooms and plenty of space. The Fab Fusion restaurant, where you can hear live jazz three nights a week, does what its name implies, melding Polish with pan-European dishes.

Spa NPool NPrice From 76, room only

Best for greenery on the doorstepBright, bold design makes Queen Boutique Hotel stand out. This 18th-century townhouse beside Planty Park has attractive, contemporary rooms with soaring ceilings, some with balconies offering city views. The Sky Rooms on the top floor are flooded with light and look out over Wawel Castle. Check out the refined seasonal menus at the hotels Amarylis restaurant after a relaxing session in the Finnish sauna.

Spa YPool NPrice From 57, room only

Best for city-centre convenienceYoull have a grandstand view of Market Square from Hotel Wentzl, a 16th-century townhouse thats right on the square. Its 18 rooms are individually designed but all feature warm traditional furnishings some have four-poster beds and beamed ceilings, and others with balconies overlook the square. Grab an informal bite on the terrace at Slodki Wentzl Caf or have a fine dining experience at Wentzl Restaurant.

Spa NPool NPrice From 82, room only

Best for boutique luxuryHotel Grodek has cosy bolt hole written all over it. In a townhouse dating from the 11th century in a quiet cul-de-sac near Planty Park, its a place to wallow in, with 23 antiques-filled rooms. Theres also a wood-panelled library where you can relax with a drink, as well as a winter garden and a sauna. Try classic Polish dishes at Restaurant Grodek; if youre there in the summer, you can dine in the rooftop restaurant and enjoy sweeping city views.

Spa NPool NPrice From 73, room only

Best for an adults-only breakRight on the edge of Kazimierz near Planty Park is this sophisticated adult-only hotel that comes with a fabulous rooftop hot tub. Its modern rooms have warm, earthy tones and gorgeous soft fabrics and throws, and youll be greeted with a bottle of fizz and a minibar with free non-alcoholic drinks. Downstairs is a sleek pizza restaurant serving proper wood-fired pizzas. Theres also a 24-hour bar.

Spa YPool NPrice From 81, room only

Best for self-catering convenienceHiding within a straightforward-looking 1930s townhouse on a quiet street near Planty Park are Amber Design Residences 34 immensely stylish rooms and apartments. Theyre light and airy, with judicious splashes of colour and a sense of space. In terms of price, theres not much of a leap from rooms to apartments facilities range from rooms with a mini-fridge/cooler to apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. The sheltered garden is a wonderful place to relax and flop on deck chairs, and the small spa area includes a gym.

Spa YPool NPrice From 44, room only

Best for a romantic breakThe five apartments in Orlowska Townhouse truly are beautiful. Filled with antiques, parquet floors and lovely artwork, the apartments in this listed 17th-century townhouse also come with kitchenettes for a little light self-catering. Three of them make you feel as if youve been invited for a weekend at a Habsburg country retreat, while the 1930s apartment is pure art deco. If you really want to spoil yourself, book the Loft duplex with its fabulous Forties furnishings.

Spa NPool NPrice From 128, room only

Best for shoppingSet on one of Krakows most historic streets, shop-filled Florianska, Hotel Unicus Palace has 60 luxurious bedrooms within a historic townhouse. Its plush rooms combine traditional and modern decor, with soft fabrics adding warmth. Grab a drink in the swish Lobby Bar before dinner in the Unique Taste Restaurant, where Polish and pan-European flavours mingle well. Dont miss the chance to use the spa and wellness centre, with its large pool, sauna, hot tub, gym and salt cave set under brick vaulted ceilings.

Spa YPool YPrice From 107, room only

Best for old-world luxuryTheres a timeless grandeur about the Grand Hotel, a 19th-century former palace just a few minutes walk from Market Square. Its stately rooms are filled with antiques and pleasingly traditional decor, and the Mirror Room banqueting hall is one of the most extraordinary rooms in the city. Theres more splendour in store at the Grand Signature Restaurant and the Viennese-style Grand Caf, where the great and the good have been meeting since 1900.

Spa NPool NPrice From 80, room only

Best for chic eleganceJust outside Stare Miasto near Wawel Castle is the five-star Bachleda Luxury Hotel, whose wonderfully ornate interiors have more than a touch of royalty about them. Its 64 rooms and three suites have enough gilt, velvet and leather furnishings to make you feel positively regal. Try the refined Polish cuisine at Gavi Restaurant after a cocktail in the cocoon-like Opus Lounge Bar. The feeling of utter luxury extends to the art deco spa and indoor pool.

Spa YPool YPrice From 148, room only

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