Krakow stands out as one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, with its stunning architecture, excellent museums and historic Wawel Castle. The city always impresses with its food scene, and it continues to be relatively affordable.
In this guide, you’ll find a list of the best boutique hotels in Krakow based on my several visits. It’s worth noting that Krakow has many excellent hotels, so you really can’t go wrong.
Boutique Hotels in Krakow
When choosing a hotel, consider the neighbourhood where you might like to stay. During my visits, I’ve stayed in both the Old Town and Kazimierz.
The Old Town is ideal to be near major attractions, while Kazimierz offers a bohemian vibe with boutique stores, galleries, cafes and its Jewish culture.
For a balanced experience, I’d recommend staying in Kazimierz, but you’ll find a detailed neighbourhood guide further down to help you decide.
My RecommendationWarszauer Hotel
Address: 10 Warszauera, Krakow
Warszauer Hotel is a renovated hotel situated in the excellent Kazimierz neighbourhood. With its stylish decor, comfortable beds and a freshly served a la carte breakfast, the hotel receives high praise from visitors and is one of the best options for a stay in Krakow. The staff are consistently polite and helpful, making it a stress-free experience.
- Stylish design hotel.
- Cool room design and features.
- Modern, minimalist bathrooms.
- Excellent breakfast selection.
- Great location in Kazimierz.
- Highly rated service.
- Efforts are made to minimise food waste.
- Most food is locally sourced.
- Limited single-use plastic.
- Local guides available for tours.
- Offsets a portion of carbon footprint.
Pros: Excellent location, attentive staff, stylish design, great building.
Cons: Some rooms are on the smaller size. Consider booking a larger room.Check Availability
In the following sections, I’ll also recommend a few other boutique hotels you might find appealing for different reasons. This could be for it’s location, value for money, unique design, or eco-friendliness.
Address: 12-14 Stradomska Street, Krakow
Stradom House is a five-star hotel that exceeds expectations in every aspect, from its brilliant location between the Old Town, the river, and the Jewish Quarter, to its range of high-end facilities. The hotel is architecturally striking, being a converted old monastery, and features rooms with luxury toiletries and excellent blackout curtains. Guests highlight the outstanding spa and gym facilities, as well as the friendly staff, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a blend of boutique luxury and comfort in Krakow.
Best Value for Money
PURO Krakow Kazimierz
Address: ul. Halicka 14a, Krakow, Poland
Puro Hotels are found across Poland, and I’ve stayed in several over the years. They are excellent value for money boutique hotels, and I can’t recommend them enough. PURO Kraków Kazimierz is in a great location. You can enjoy cocktails at the well-priced bar, and the on-site bakery receives high praise. The rooms are comfortable and clean, with modern and stylish decor. Additional facilities like a gym, spa, and lounge areas make it comfortable for solo travellers as well. If arriving by train, there’s another Puro Hotel near Krakow’s main train station that is a convenient alternative.
If you’d prefer to stay in a 5-star boutique hotel, expect an experience prioritising individualised service, unique design, and high-quality amenities. Though the cost might be higher, the exceptional experience and services can be good value for money.
Hotel Pod Roza
Address: ul. Florianska 14, Krakow,
District: Old Town
The recently renovated Hotel Pod Roza, is located centrally in Krakow. The staff at the front desk are known to be helpful, while the rooms are both charming and spacious. You can enjoy fresh breakfast options that change daily, along with tasty dinners at the hotel’s restaurant. The spa in the cellar gives a unique experience for those looking to relax. The hotel is known not just for its brilliant location but also for its excellent service and impressive food and drink options.
Hotel H15 Luxury Palace
Address: ul. Sw. Jana 15, Krakow, Poland
District: Old Town
Hotel H15 Luxury Palace is known for its high-end service and rooms, with an equally notable spa. Situated in a quiet spot in Krakow’s historic centre, its location is ideal if your priority is to explore the Old Town. The reception is known for its efficient check-in process and professional staff. Guests mention the cleanliness of the large rooms and the prompt room service. The breakfast has a good buffet selection, and the chef station provides hot food cooked to order. Overall, it stands out for its quality, friendly staff, and amenities.
Unique Design Hotels
Unique boutique hotels bring a distinct character to your stay. Look for places with unconventional designs, features or histories that set them apart.
Address: ul. Kanonicza 16, Krakow
District: Old Town
Hotel Copernicus stands out for its unique design, combining history with contemporary touches. It’s in a great location, allowing easy access to key attractions, including the nearby Wawel Castle. The rooms, especially those with high beamed ceilings featuring remnants of 14th-century frescoes, give a sense of grandeur. The staff display professionalism, and the food is excellent at breakfast and dinner. The spa provides a serene retreat, complemented by the beautiful pool. The inclusion of quality toiletries, such as those from l’Occitane, and a thoughtful welcome tray adds to the experience.
When considering a green or sustainable hotel, it’s essential to research their sustainability practices and the impact they have on the environment.
I couldn’t find a genuinely sustainable hotel in Krakow as none seem to use renewable energy, but the Puro is a decent eco-friendly option.
PURO Krakow Stare Miasto
Address: Ogrodowa 10, Krakow, Poland
District: Train Station
The PURO Krakow Stare Miasto has some eco-friendly practices, positioning itself as a green option in the city’s centre. It’s located close to the Old Town, making it ideal for a short stay. Food in the hotel is locally sourced, and they make an effort to reduce food waste. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian options, but there is little in the way of vegan dishes. However, the breakfast has a decent variety, including a la carte specialities. The room’s high-tech controls add to the convenience, but the standout feature in the rooms is the large and soft pillows. With the combination of a very good location, comfort from the convenient beds, and consistent cleanliness, this hotel provides good value for money.
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Where to Stay in Krakow
Old Town: When you’re wondering where to stay in Krakow, the Old Town should be at the forefront of your thoughts. As the historic city centre, it has attractions that take you back to medieval times. Its Main Square, surrounded by beautiful landmarks, is a hub of activity throughout the year. Museums, galleries, and independent shops are abundant in this district, making it a great choice for visitors.
Kazimierz: Previously Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz blends history with a contemporary vibe. This district thrives with a cafe culture and standout bars. Galleries are interspersed throughout, and when night falls, its streets buzz with energy. The district also showcases its history through preserved synagogues and historic landmarks.
Stradom: Placed between the Old Town and Kazimierz, Stradom creates a bridge between the city’s history and its vibrant present. Easy access to both districts makes it an advantageous spot for those interested in exploring multiple areas without much hassle.
Train Station Area: Located adjacent to the Old Town, the Train Station area provides excellent connectivity if you’re arriving by train. It’s not just a transport hub but has attractions, shopping centres, and eateries. Being so centrally situated, it gives the convenience of exploring Krakow with ease.
Podgorze: On the southern side of the Vistula River, Podgórze is home to tranquil green spots ideal for some downtime. The district also has the Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum. It offers a mix of relaxation with its parks and a taste of the city’s history, making it a unique area to explore.
Grzegorzki: Grzegorzki is a district that’s growing in popularity, offering both urban and residential vibes. It’s catching the attention of many for its mix of trendy bars, restaurants, and unique shops. Plus, it provides smooth transport links to the rest of Krakow.
Debniki: Close to the Vistula River, Debniki provides a respite from city life. It’s a serene district with numerous green areas suitable for casual strolls or picnics and beach spots by the river.
Pradnik Bialy and Pradnik Czerwony To the north of the Old Town, these districts mainly serve as residential areas but hold their own charm. While they might lack the historic essence of some other districts, they’re drawing attention with their green expanses and genuine local dining spots.
Create an Itinerary
If you want to see more of this part of Europe, I’ve put together an itinerary for a Budapest to Krakow Road Trip detailing essential stops and sites along the way.
Plan Your Trip
I recommend Krakow Travel as a helpful resource when you’re planning a visit to the city. The site provides up-to-date details on current events and other essential information.
Responsible Travel Tips
Here’s how we can travel more responsibly in Krakow:
Green Hotels: Opt for hotels in Krakow that prioritise renewable energy sources. These are difficult to find in Krakow at the moment, but hopefully, that will change with some local investment.
Minimise Food Waste: When dining out in Krakow’s many restaurants, order portions that you can finish. If you can’t finish, ask the staff to pack leftovers for you, as many local dishes like pierogi or ?urek taste just as good the next day.
Sustainable Diets: Choose to eat foods that have a lower environmental impact. In Krakow, you can easily find dishes made from plant-based seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Traditional Polish soups, for instance, often use fresh local produce.
Sustainable Transport: Krakow has a reliable tram system that covers most parts of the city, reducing the need for taxis or cars. Additionally, the city is walkable, with many bike lanes to use.
Avoid Flying: While the main focus of my blog might be on road trips, consider taking the train when travelling to or from Krakow. The city’s main train station connects it to various European cities, making train travel a sustainable option.
Electric Vehicles (EVs): If you’re set on a road trip, think about hiring an EV. With several charging points available in and around Krakow, it’s possible to explore the region without relying on petrol.
Support the Local Community: Engage local guides when going on tours in Krakow. By doing this, you’re directly contributing to the local economy and getting insights from someone who knows the city best.
Remember, every small step we take towards responsible travel makes an impact.
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Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research.