From historic hotels, hiding in the grounds of palatial mansions that once belonged to Krakow’s noble families, to luxurious heritage hotels with a penchant for all things boutique, this list of the top places to stay in Poland’s second city is nothing if not eclectic. Whether you visit to explore Wawel Castle or feast on pierogi, welcome to the Slavic city of kings.
Oozing in history, luxury and prestige, the Bonerowksi Palace is one of the finest hotels in Krakow. The hotel prides itself on excellent customer service, evident by the smiling, welcoming staff. It’s right in the heart of Krakow’s historic Old Town – each room has its own unique decor, while the luxury rooms have an incredible view over Krakow’s picturesque main square. The lobby is furnished like a royal mansion and the elegant ground floor bar is a wonderful place to relax with a coffee or a beer.
The Pod Roza Hotel translates as “under the rose” and claims to be Krakow’s first hotel. Right in the middle of Old Town Krakow, varying room styles either give you a glimpse of modern day Krakow or send you back to the city’s yesteryear with an antique appeal. The hotel cellar contains an old world hideaway, serving up fine wines, local beers and ice cold vodka. There is also a fitness centre for gym buffs.
The elegant Grand Hotel Krakow is housed in a building that dates back to the city’s Medieval times. Drenched in architectural charm, the intact main entrance is covered with an intricate awning while the corridors and restaurant have stained glass windows. Famous writers Joseph Conrad and Henryk Sienkiewicz used to spend time here. Aside from all the history within these walls, you can find a room suited to your budget – which includes the Marble Suite with imperial furniture and chandeliers, or the Executive Suite with its historic crystal mirrors.
Named after the Polish coat of arms, Hotel Polski pod Białym Orłem translates as the “White Eagle Inn”. Spacious, luxurious rooms overlook the streets of Krakow’s old town in a traditional tenement building, converted into a top-notch hotel. The finest Polish cuisine, including pierogi and bigos, can be devoured in the hotel’s well-recommended Pijarska 17 restaurant. There’s also a conference centre, which caters for business events up to 150 people.
The Balthazar Design Hotel is on Grodzka Street, at the foot of Krakow’s iconic Wawel Castle, in a beautifully restored building that dates back to the 1870s. Inside, the modern interior draws its design inspiration from the boutique hotels of New York and London. The in-house restaurant Fiorentina has won awards for its gastronomic delights, while a picturesque garden allows you to relax to your heart’s content.
Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.
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