The beautiful Old Town of Krakow is one of Europe’s hidden gems, complete with cobblestone streets and medieval walls. From Rynek Główny (the city’s main market square), you can explore Kazimierz, the historic Jewish Quarter, as well as the city’s cosy coffee shops and tree-lined walkways along the Vistula River. It’s also a convenient base for trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
From its charming Old Town and friendly locals to its extraordinary and harrowing history, it’s easy to see why Krakow welcomes millions of visitors each year. Poland is a relatively cheap country to visit, meaning there are plenty of top quality hotels for a fraction of the price of a room in France or Spain. To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together some of the best budget hotels for your stay in Krakow and you can book them all right here with Culture Trip.
In Krakow’s bohemian district of Kazimierz, close to quirky shops and cosy cocktail bars, Résidence Tournet offers budget accommodation with offbeat charm. This small hotel’s simply decorated rooms come with an ensuite and either a balcony or garden-facing window. Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast at the hotel’s bicycle-themed café in the morning, and at night, wander five minutes down the road to the district’s many bars and eateries.
This central hotel from the Golden Tulip chain describes itself as a “hint of the Far East in Krakow,” as shown by the Chinese art deco design throughout. Inside, you’ll find a Chinese restaurant, fitness centre and sauna. The junior and classic suites feature a workstation and relaxation zone, along with views of the city. Budget travellers should be warned that the hotel’s breakfast and dining options are pricey, but there are other options nearby.
For anyone flying solo on their visit to Krakow, Hostel One Momotown is a great place to socialise and meet like-minded travellers. It offers “sociable but responsible” accommodation, including a choice of cheap, cheerful – and rather orange – private rooms and dormitories. In your free time, hang out in one of three large common areas, the kitchen or the hotel garden. The hostel also runs frequent communal dinners, city tours and pub crawls for all of its guests.
As you might deduce from its name, this hotel offers accommodation inspired by the history of automobiles. Fear not, though, as you won’t end up sleeping in a race-car bed here. The rooms are cosy and nicely furnished, with extra services such as vanity kits, snacks and laundry service available to order from the front desk. Grab some breakfast from the buffet in the morning, which is luckily included in your room price, and return to the hotel in the evening for full restaurant service.
Habitat Apartments offers beautiful accommodation in the heart of Krakow. The studios and two-bedroom apartments have modern decor, with exposed brick walls, parquet floors and bespoke wooden features. Also, each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, while common areas include a garden. These apartments are in an amazing location, with the cit=y’s main market only a short walk down the road and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK) less than 2km (1mi) from your front door.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Joseph Francis.
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