With everything from communist-inspired dorms to cheap hotels close to the airport, this list of the top cheap stays in Krakow is sure to have something for all!
Good Bye Lenin Revolution Hostel
The newest incarnation of the Polish hostel chain Good Bye Lenin can be found strutting its communism-themed stuff just one block away from the start of the historic Krakow Old Town. Packed with clean and colourful dorm rooms, and complete with a couple of stripped-down doubles, it’s also located right next to the all-new summertime drinking and café area of Dolny Młyny – think vegan restaurants and top-notch cocktail bars.
A regular favourite amongst Krakow’s backpacking crowd, Hostel Atlantis boasts an enviable location in-between the city’s two top districts: Old Town and Kazimierz. Leaving behind the busy boulevard of Dietla Street outside, guests go upstairs to the clean and newly renovated dorm rooms. There’s also an art-filled common room and a good balcony overlooking the leafy pavements below.
Q Hotel is a budget accommodation option for travellers who don’t mind being a 15-minute tram ride from the historic heart of the town. With bargain room rates, the establishment has stylish and minimalist interiors, airy lobbies and all the modern conveniences you can think of. It’s also well-placed for anyone heading to the airport departure halls early in the morning.
Leading the way on Krakow’s line-up of out-and-out party hostels is the appropriately named Greg&Tom Beer House, which sits on thriving Florianska Street on the northern side of the Old Town. Imbued with a lively bar of backpacker patrons and regular live music acts, the focus here is less on comfort and more on cranking up the fun gauge.
Hostel 70s gets travellers right to the heart of the action in boho Kazimierz district, where oodles of beer bars and coffee shops await your evening hours. It’s predictably gaudy inside, channelling the bold colour schemes and retro vibes of its namesake era. However, this just adds to its charm! Most of the bed options are large double rooms, and there are also some suites with private kitchenettes to boot.
Ars Hostel can be found on a quiet street, sandwiched between the Gothic rises of the Wawel Castle and the meandering Vistula River. There, it offers a range of homey dorm beds that have access to cosy common spaces and a dedicated kitchen. There’s also a great onsite bar – just watch out for the welcoming shot of local honey vodka!
There’s arguably no hostel better located in all of Krakow than Hostel Rynek 7. The name says it all: Rynek, meaning ‘square’, signals the establishment’s position on the edge of the UNESCO-attested central plaza of the city. Patrons not only get great views of the Gothic churches and cafés of that area, but also clean dorm rooms and a complimentary games console in the lobby. What’s not to love?
Flamingo has long been a mainstay of budget accommodation choices, located in the middle of Krakow’s Old Town. Fusing its fine location on the edge of Market Square, with large common rooms and well-equipped kitchen spaces, the place continues to host thousands of backpackers each year. Patrons also have a chance to join vodka tasting tours and other organised events.
This small and quaint little hostel on the edge of the Krakow Old Town has a reputation for its uber-friendly welcome. Granted, the dorm rooms might not be the most modern, and there’s none of the no-holes-barred partying of some of the city’s other joints. Still, you’re sure to get service with a smile and find some new pals. It’s also just a short walk from the city’s main train station.
If it’s a balance between style and budget you’re after, then perhaps the swank and artsy interiors of Deco Hostel are the perfect choice. Done in black-and-white furnishings, plush sofas and retro beds with a vintage edge, the place oozes classic charm. It’s located just north of the Old Town area, within easy walking distance of leafy Planty Park and the historic city centre.