From historic hotels hiding in the grounds of palatial mansions belonging to Krakow’s noble families to luxurious and opulent 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. Welcome to the Slavic city of kings…
Few hotels in Krakow can boast such a range of former VIP patrons as the Hotel Stary (think star Polish footballers and the like). Set just on the edge of Plac Szcepanski in the UNESCO-attested Krakow Old Town, the establishment oozes style and class from its converted medieval interiors. The rooms all have leather seating and large king beds, while the piece de resistance is surely the subterranean pool and wellness centre, which lurks in the historic cellar space below the city.
Hotel Pugetow enjoys the rare distinction of occupying the old stables of a noble family estate. Now entirely converted and the proud holder of an historic hotels tag, the establishment has just six individual suites, each done out in elegant and classical styles. You can expect sumptuous furnishings in the private lounge spaces adjoining each room, along with extras like underfloor heating and rich artworks on the walls. There’s also an enchanting breakfast room, hidden below the hotel in the old medieval basement.
Hotel Copernicus does well to carry on the charm of the cobbled streets and centuries-old facades that surround it on beautiful Kanonicza Street. The large lobbies and sprawling suites have a Gothic edge to them, while even the hotel’s logo (and, obviously, name) is a homage to Poland’s own great astronomer and scientist extraordinaire: Copernicus. The on-site restaurant also has accolades of Michelin quality and a number of other excellence awards for fine-dining.
Set just 10 minutes by foot back from the Planty Park and the start of the Krakow Old Town, in a quiet and peaceful section of the city centre, Cracowdays offers a range of boutique rooms. They’re all done out in chic, contemporary décor that borrows a little from the classic Polish interior styles – think exposed brick walls and cavernous ceilings. Each suite has stylish bathrooms, and access to large communal areas that are set over two floors.
Bursting with four-poster beds and plush leather sofas, elegant rococo patterns and lavish upholstery, the suites of Kanonicza 22 are surely amongst the most opulent in the entire city. Just a stone’s throw from both the Main Square and the iconic Wawel Castle, this acclaimed hotel also comes with a beautiful restaurant, where the curated menu offers up tasty stroganoff, Polish tartare, and refined Slavic dishes aplenty.
The Metropolitan Boutique Hotel is a stylish and cool accommodation option that allows good access to the bohemian neighborhood of Kazimierz. True to its name, the suites here come with lots of swish design features – leather sofas, bespoke coffee tables, sprawling bed spreads, marble-clad bathrooms – and plenty of mod cons. There’s also an on-site gym and a free buffet breakfast served each day.
Out beyond the far ring that delineates the Krakow Old Town and the historic heart of the city, the Hotel Grottger Boutique Hotel offers a range of plush suites in a pleasant and quiet locale. The boutique element comes through in the real-wood adornments in the lobby, and the calming colour scheme of monochrome greys that runs throughout the rooms. Buffet breakfasts, flat-screen TVs and on-street parking (for a fee) all add to the mix.