Where to Stay in Krakow → 6 Best Areas (With Prices!)

A historic church with two towers stands in a sunlit square with scattered pigeons and surrounding buildings.

Hey traveler! I see that you’re planning your trip to Poland, and I’m super excited to share with you the latest information on where to stay in Krakow! 

I’ve compared all the areas in the city, read about the places past visitors and locals recommend about the best neighborhoods to stay in Krakow, and come up with a list of the 6 best districts!

Old Town (or Stare Miasto in Polish) is the heart of the city and where most first-timers stay! But I’ve included other popular areas that I nicely sorted by interest and handpicked the top-rated hotels in each area so you can book your ideal stay in seconds!

Just remember to get that reservation in ASAP! Krakow is a stunning destination with more and more tourists visiting each year, so you don’t want to miss your favorite hotel because it ran out of rooms!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

These are the best hotels to book now in Old Town, Krakow:

luxury hotel
A serene indoor spa area with a circular hot tub surrounded by three reclined lounge chairs and lit by ambient lighting. The walls are white with exposed brick accents.
mid-range hotel
A stylish living area with a brown sofa, modern chairs, a round coffee table, and unique wall lighting in a cozy, well-decorated room


Best value for money

budget hotel
A modern bedroom with a double bed, colorful pillows, folded towels at the foot, a framed picture above the headboard, and a wooden staircase leading to a loft area.

Aparthotel Old Town

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here’s a map to help you visualize all the areas in Krakow that I’ll discuss in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Krakow with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. The Old Town (Stare Miasto): for first-timrs
  2. Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter): trendiest place
  3. Stare Podgorze: for history lovers
  4. Kleparz: for families
  5. NOWY SWIAT: a trendy area
  6. Grzegórzki: for tranquility

1. The Old Town (Stare Miasto) – where to stay in Krakow first time

A historic square with a church featuring two towers, surrounding buildings with various architectural styles, yellow umbrellas from cafes, and a statue under a cloudy blue sky.

You can never go wrong with a holiday in a place as filled with history as Krakow, Poland! The Old Town, which is completely surrounded by a lovely park that’s entirely walkable, is one of the most charming places to stay! Especially if you’re traveling for the first time!

The Main Market Square (Rynek Główny, map) is the largest medieval town square in Europe. Imagine the atmosphere in a place like this, surrounded by buildings like St Mary’s Basilica (map), a stunning piece of Gothic architecture, or iconic The Cloth Hall Museum, also known as Sukiennice.

Florianska Street (map) is the main area in the City Center, where you’ll find many cafes, bars, and restaurants. It’s also quite romantic and good for couples who like taking long walks!

Most attractions, like the stunning Wawel Castle (map), are within walking distance of Central Krakow, so if you’re like me and enjoy exploring on foot, definitely stay here! Also, the Old Town is the perfect place to stay for Christmas Markets in Krakow, as the biggest ones take place at the Main Market Square!

I love how you can find all types of hotels here. From modern ones to more traditional accommodations, you’ll find something here for every budget. Many people decide to stay in Krakow on their way to Auschwitz, so if you’re one of them and are only planning a short stay in Krakow, I definitely recommend picking a hotel in this area.

Luxury hotel
Collage of a modern hotel in The Old Town of Krakow: exterior, a luxurious bedroom, and an indoor pool area with exposed brick arches.

This super modern and charming 5-star hotel has a great location, a bar, and an on-site restaurant! Take a break from all the sightseeing and relax with a spa session, or head for a swim in the indoor pool. The spacious rooms come with a private bathroom and air conditioning.

Other accommodation in The Old Town (Stare Miasto)

A stylish living area with a brown sofa, modern chairs, a round coffee table, and unique wall lighting in a cozy, well-decorated room.

The best value for money Deluxe Junior Suite for the whole family, but also suitable for couples

A well-lit bedroom with a double bed, two bedside tables, and a loft area accessible via wooden stairs. The bed has white linens and decorative pillows, with folded towels placed on top.

Located just a 5-minute walk away from Main Market Square, this hotel offers modern rooms and free Wi-Fi

A cozy living room with a gray L-shaped sofa, brick walls, and wooden furniture. A wall clock hangs above the sofa, and two pendant lights are suspended over a wooden bar counter.

Have a coffee on the balcony of this stylish apartment that has free Wi-Fi, 2 rooms, and a kitchen

Things to do in The Old Town (Stare Miasto)

  • Enjoy the atmosphere in the Main Market Square
  • Have a drink at the House of Beer bar (map)
  • Admire the architecture of the St. Mary’s Basilica 
  • Take a stroll around the Planty Park Krakow (map)
  • See the beautiful St Florian’s Gate Tower (map)
  • Visit The Cloth Hall Museum and the stunning Wawel Castle 
  • Indulge in the Polish cuisine at U Babci Maliny Restaurant (map)

2. Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) – where to stay in Krakow, Poland, for nightlife

A beige, historic building with arched windows and ornate detailing stands on a corner under a clear blue sky. There are trees and street signs nearby.

Located South of the Old Town and just a 20-minute walk away from central Krakow, this area is the former Jewish Quarter. Although a long time ago, this was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, Kazimierz now offers its visitors a mix of the trendiest cafes, restaurants, and bars in Krakow.

All these stylish and cool spots brought a lot of young people, and all the young people brought a nice selection of clubs. So if you’re looking for a place to stay in Krakow, Poland, where you can party after the sun sets and enjoy the nightlife, then Kazimierz is your location! 

You’ll also find a fair share of art galleries and museums in Kazimierz, so there is plenty to do for all tastes.

As you walk around the streets in this part of the city and admire the sights, you might recognize some places from the movie Schindler’s List. They filmed a few scenes in this location!

You’ll find tons of affordable places to stay in Kazimierz. The hotels are definitely cheaper than in the City Center, plus they’re more authentic. So if you’re looking for a nice boutique hotel, then this is your spot!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Krakow: the modern facade of the PURO hotel with large glass windows, a stylish room with a double bed and minimalist decor, and a chic lounge area featuring contemporary furniture and artwork

I’ve been researching hotels for Miss Tourist for quite a while now, but I hardly run into such a popular place with stunning reviews! This 4-star hotel seems to be every traveler’s dream, and it’s the best place to splurge on your stay in Krakow! It’s super clean and fancy, it has fabulous amenities and the friendliest staff!

Other options in Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

A modern living room features a blue sofa, glass coffee tables, a patterned wall, a large window with curtains, and a yellow chandelier overhead. The room is accented with plants and patterned rugs.

This Kazimierz hotel offers an on-site restaurant, rooms with air conditioning, and a sauna where you can relax

A hotel room with a double bed, soft lighting, a desk, a TV, and floral decorations. Beige and neutral tones dominate the room's decor, which includes a patterned wallpaper and curtains.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at this affordable hotel that has air-conditioned rooms

A modern apartment with a compact kitchen, a wall-mounted blackboard with colorful notes and a small bar, and a living area featuring a TV and minimalistic decor.

Enjoy the city views at night in this modern apartment that has parking spots, a kitchen, and free Wi-Fi

Things to do in Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

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3. Stare Podgorze – best place to stay in Krakow for history

A Gothic-style church with a tall spire is situated behind a green lawn dotted with blooming flowers. People are sitting on benches along the path in front of the church. Buildings flank the church area.

Located 2 miles (3 km) South of Old Town and across the Vistula River, this neighborhood is part of a bigger district of the same name. The area used to be an independent city before it was incorporated into Krakow in 1795. If you’re interested in the city’s history, especially what happened during WWII, then this is the place for you.

This neighborhood is the home to Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory featured in the famous movie “Schindler’s List,” which I mentioned before. Now, it has been made into a museum that you can visit. 

During the war, this district was a ghetto where the Nazis brought displaced Jewish people, but many were saved with the help of Oskar Schindler and his company. You’ll also be able to see the Fragment of Ghetto Wall monument (map) here!

Apart from this big historical landmark, there are many other attractions in this location, from the beautiful St Joseph Church (map) to The Eagle Pharmacy Museum (map). 

You’ll find a wide range of accommodations here, from luxury hotels to more affordable ones, and a few nice restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a small tea break between sightseeing!

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 hotel pictures: a modern living room with a gray sectional sofa, a bedroom with a double bed, and a dining area with tables, chairs, and a wall garden.

This hotel has a great location near the Enamel Factory Museum and offers family rooms. Head to the spa center for some “me time” before you head out to explore the area. The rooms have a modern design and some of them have a balcony. The accommodation has an on-site restaurant and a bar.

Other accommodation options in Stare Podgórze

Indoor pool area with a glass ceiling and walls, several lounge chairs along the sides, and greenery accents. The pool has a stainless steel ladder and overlooks an exterior view through large windows.

Take advantage of the swimming pool of this hotel with modern rooms located near the Vistula River

A small, minimalist bedroom with a double bed, grey bedding, red carpet, a framed picture on the wall, and a desk with scattered items in the corner.

Enjoy the city views in this affordable hotel that has a nice location, and offers spacious rooms and free Wi-Fi

A cozy living room with wooden flooring, plants, a window, vintage furniture including a dining table, chairs, a sofa, an armchair, a side table with a lamp, and a painting on the wall.

I love the mix of traditional and modern in this apartment in Krakow that has a kitchen and a cozy room

Things to do in Stare Podgórze

  • Visit the historical Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory Museum
  • Pay your respects at the Fragment of Ghetto Wall monument
  • Visit the St. Joseph Church
  • Dive into the history of the neighborhood at The Eagle Pharmacy Museum
  • Have a glass of wine at Krako Slow Wines Bar (map)

4. Kleparz – best area to stay in Krakow for families

Street view of Saint Florian's Gate in Kraków, Poland, with people walking along a cobblestone road flanked by colorful historic buildings under a clear blue sky.

Located 2 miles (4 km) North of the Main Market Square in the City Center, this is one of the best places to stay in Krakow for families! It’s situated within walking distance of all the attractions in the Center, while at the same time, it’s far enough to avoid the big crowds and noisy streets!

Also, there’s only a 10-minute walk from the Main Train Station (Kraków Glowny) to Kleparz, so nothing is stopping you from visiting other parts of the city or even other parts of Poland! 

You’ll also find a few parks where you can take the kids out to play and enjoy a breath of fresh air before your next museum visit. 

Also, don’t forget about the cool Womai Center (map), a super fun scientific place where you and the little ones can enjoy a wide range of activities that will probably keep you occupied all day. 

Kleparz is also home to some nice historical landmarks like the Church of St. Florian (map) and popular shopping malls like the Galeria Krakowska (map).

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 hotel pictures: a modern bedroom, a gray-walled living room with built-in bookshelves, and a rustic-themed café featuring exposed brick walls and green furniture.

Have dinner with a view on the rooftop terrace of this upscale Krakow hotel that boasts incredible city views! The design of the rooms is super elegant and they have space for families. Don’t forget to relax for a few hours at the sauna or head to the bar for a drink to end the day!

Other accommodation options in Kleparz

A living room with wooden walls featuring abstract carvings, green sofa, wooden coffee table, orange leather chair, red chair, and round dining table with placemats and a book.

I love all the contemporary elements of this hotel that has family rooms with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi

A neatly made bed with a patterned comforter and two pillows, flanked by two lit bedside lamps on white nightstands, against a striped wallpaper. Folded towels are placed on the bed.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at this modern yet affordable hotel that is pet friendly and offers family rooms

A small living area with a teal sofa, patterned cushions, a floral ottoman, and wall art, lit by two modern floor lamps.

Stay In Kraków in this cozy apartment that has a good location, a kitchen and 24/7 parking spots

Things to do in Kleparz

  • Spend a fun day with the kids at the Womai Center
  • Visit the Church of St. Florian
  • Take the kids to the cool playground in the Ogród Kasztanowy Park (map)
  • Go to Old Kleparz Market (map) and shop for local sweets and products
  • Eat a delicious breakfast at Glonojad Restaurant (map)

5. Nowy Swiat – a trendy Krakow neighborhood 

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Nowy Swiat is a fancy new district just walking distance from the Old Town where you can truly explore Krakow’s modern culture and vibrant atmosphere.

Most people who’ve been here say they love the area because it is near the Old Town and mention it as a great place to chill after visiting the central attractions. You’ll find tons of mini shops, restaurants, and hotels with pretty good reviews here!

The central street of the area is called Zwierzyniecka (map) and it’s really where most of the action takes place! When you head East on this street, you’ll reach the park surrounding the Old Town. While heading North on II Obwodnica Street, you’ll get to the stunning Stained Glass Workshop and Museum that’s totally worth the visit!

If I were visiting Krakow, I’d probably stay in Nowy Swiat because I love trendy areas close to important historical places. It allows me to see all parts of the city and better understand its soul!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Krakow: a luxurious indoor pool with gold accents and elegant drapery, a plush bedroom with soft blue and gold tones, and a cozy sitting area with blue velvet chairs and a lamp.

Feel like 19th-century royalty in this 5-star hotel with historic decor, elegant rooms, and luxury amenities like an indoor pool, a spa and fitness center, and more. You can also enjoy a delicious daily breakfast, a Nespresso coffee machine in the room, and a dry sauna!

Other accommodation options in Nowy Swiat

A living room with purple upholstered furniture, a glass coffee table, and a doorway leading to a bedroom.

A 4-star hotel offering great value for money, with lovely city views and a central location

A modern bedroom with a large bed, gray and mustard-yellow accents, and skylights providing natural light.

Modern 3-star accommodation with an on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi

A minimalist dining area with a wooden table, matching chairs, and framed artwork on the wall.

Bright, clean, and modern apartment just a short walk from the main Zwierzyniecka street in Nowy Swiat

Things to do in Nowy Swiat

  • Explore the Bulwary Wisly hiking area by the river (map)
  • Shop in the iconic Jubilat department store (map)
  • Try delicious home-style dishes at Bar Mleczny Flisak (map)
  • Be amazed by the nearby Museum of Illusions on your way to the Old Town
  • Catch a play at Theater Scena STU (map)

6. Grzegórzki – where to stay in Krakow for tranquility

An aerial view of a historic city with a cathedral, a winding river, and surrounding buildings under a clear blue sky.

Located 2 miles (3 km) East of the Main Market Square in the Old Town, this neighborhood is primarily a residential area with a mix of families and young students due to the vicinity of the University of Krakow. 

It’s the perfect place to stay in Krakow if you’re seeking some tranquility or if you want to experience that local vibe that you don’t really get in central Krakow!

The University of Krakow was founded in 1364, making it the second oldest university in Central Europe!

You’re pretty close to the Old Town so you can always visit the side of the city if you wish. And I’m sure you’ll love the fact that in Grzegórzki, the hotels are much more affordable. 

There are also a few nice attractions and restaurants that serve traditional food here as well, like Margit Restaurant (map), which is one of the best ones in the neighborhood!

The Botanical Garden (map) is definitely the star of the show in Grzegórzki. With a long history and tons of beautiful flowers to admire, the Garden is an attraction you can’t miss while visiting Krakow!

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 hotel pictures: lobby with geometric ceiling, white curved reception desk, and blue chairs; a minimalist bedroom with wooden accents and plush decor; and an indoor pool with a waterfall feature.

Take a break from all the sightseeing and enjoy a swim in the pool of this hotel in Krakow that offers its guests an airport shuttle. The rooms are super modern and each one has a flat-screen TV. Plus you’ve got access to a bar and restaurant in case you can’t find one you like nearby.

Other accommodation options in Grzegórzki

A luxurious hotel lobby with red tufted sofas, a large mirror, and elegant lighting fixtures.

A best-selling boutique hotel in Krakow with a central location and fabulous amenities

A modern lounge area with a long beige sofa adorned with colorful cushions, surrounded by open shelves with plants and books, and a mural of a city map on the wall.

This popular 3-star hotel has affordable modern rooms, a bar, and even a gym

A cozy bedroom with a gray quilted bedspread, pillows, and a small round table set with wine glasses and a bottle.

A lovely place for 4 guests with a perfect rating and near public transportation

Things to do in Grzegórzki

  • See all the beautiful flowers in The Botanical Garden
  • Enjoy a traditional dinner at Margit Restaurant
  • Chill out in the trendy Fabryczna 13 food court (map)
  • Check if there’s a fun event at the TAURON Arena Krakow (map)
  • Visit the Monument of Military Proletariat Krakow (map)
👑 Luxury price:€150
💵 Mid-range hotel:€80
🛏️ Budget:€50
📍 Best area:The Old Town (Stare Miasto)
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hotel Unicus Palace
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Cu Residence
👛 Best budget hotel:Aparthotel Old Town

FAQs about where to stay in Krakow

A horse-drawn carriage with passengers in front of a historical building with ornate architecture and a statue, set in a bustling city square.

💯 What is the best part of Krakow to stay?

The Old Town (Stare Miasto in Polish) is the best place to stay in Kraków! This is where you’ll find the famous Main Market Square, plus a handful of hotels located just a walk away from the Main Square, like Hotel Unicus Palace.

🌃 Is Krakow safe to walk at night?

Yes, Kraków is safe to walk at night, but be mindful of exploring secluded areas alone, especially around the train station or on the bus. 

📅 How many days in Krakow is enough?

You should spend 3 or 4 days in Kraków! This way, you can see the most important neighborhoods and attractions

🍹 Where to stay in Krakow for nightlife?

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) is the best place to stay in Kraków for nightlife. There are many clubs and bars here, and you can stay at the Hotel Rubinstein. The hotel is located just a 20-minute walk from the Main Square, which is also another good spot for bars and clubs. 

🏨 Which are the best hotels in Krakow Old Town?

Hotel Unicus Palace and Hotel Gródek are the best hotels to stay in Kraków Old Town. Both have amazing reviews and offer top services including an airport shuttle.

🏛️ Is it better to stay in the Old Town in Krakow?

If you’re a first-timer looking for sightseeing, then yes! It’s best to stay in the Old Town of Krakow, which is where most of the historic attractions and popular landmarks are located.

🚶 How far is Krakow Old Town from the City Center?

Krakow’s Old Town is the City Center! So by staying in the Old Town, you’re also technically staying in the City Center!

💶 What is the most expensive part of Krakow?

Old Town! This is the historic part of town with really old buildings and hotels, so it’s normally considered the most expensive part of Krakow to stay.

🚕 How much is a taxi from Krakow Airport to the City Center?

Expect to pay from €25-€30 for a 30-minute trip from the Krakow Airport to the City Center.

Final thoughts on where to stay in Krakow, Poland

Night view of an illuminated glass pyramid and fountains in front of a historic building with arched windows and a row of lights on the roof.

What a cool trip! I hope this article helped you decide where to stay in Krakow and which boutique hotel to book!

I know there are many options here, but here are my 2 favorite ones, both located in The Old Town (Stare Miasto):

  • Unicus Palace – A luxury hotel that has a spa center
  • Cu Residence – A lovely hotel with exceptional reviews and even better location

All you have to do now is make sure you book them in advance! All the hotels on this list are the best ones, and people will want to secure a good room weeks or months before their holiday, so make sure you don’t miss your spot!

Enjoy the beautiful Krakow Stare Miasto area, explore the iconic Wawel Castle and run to the train station if you have some extra days for a quick trip to Warsaw or to Auschwitz Birkenau, the former concentration camp!

I want to hear all about your trip, so leave me a comment below if you want to share your adventures with us!

Safe travels,


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