• Old Town or Jewish Quarter? – Where to Stay in Krakow?

    by  • April 25, 2015 • Cheap, City Breaks, Hotels, Krakow

    Krakow has so much to offer every visitor, wherever they prefer to stay


    Krakow has become one of the most popular destinations for European city breaks, often outselling more traditional destinations such as Paris and Amsterdam. The proliferation of low cost flights to this most attractive of cities is just one of the reasons for this popularity. Krakow breaks generally represent excellent value for money, with a selling price as low as £199 for 3 or even 4 nights very common.


    The historic centre of Krakow is the area lying at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. In this area lies Rynek Glowny, the Main Market Square, the largest in Europe and arguably the most beautiful.. The elegant Cloth Hall graces the centre of the square. The Hall is packed with colourful booths displaying Polish specialties such as amber jewellery, painted wooden eggs and crystal glasses as well as a large number of rather ordinary tourist souvenirs. Cafés are plentiful in the central area and in the summer months tourists can relax over a coffee and admire the beautiful medieval buildings which surround the square. Many visitors like to stay close to the Market Square and there are a number of hotels just a short walk away which are very reasonably priced, despite their central location.

    The 3* Hotel Maksymillian is housed in a 19th-century building a short walk from the Main Market Square. The rooms in this comfortable and popular hotel are elegantly furnished and decorated with warm colours. Another hotel located in a superb position close to the Barbican and just a few minutes away from the Main Market Square is the 4* Francuski. This magnificent old hotel has a grand exterior which blends beautifully with the neighbouring historic buildings. The rooms are very traditional in their style and décor.

    Another part of the city centre which contains a number of great value hotels is Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter. This area is probably Kraków’s most exciting district – a bustling, bohemian neighbourhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafés and art galleries. The Hotel Regent is a very popular small hotel situated in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. From the hotel it is just a ten minute walk to the beautiful Wawel Royal Castle and a further five or ten minutes along the bustling shopping street, Ulica Grodska, to the Market Square. The charming 4* Hotel Rubinstein also lies in the Jewish Quarter and offers 27 well equipped, well appointed, air conditioned guest rooms. Style and elegance are visible everywhere in this hotel.

    Many people love the bohemian atmosphere of the Jewish Quarter, and prefer a hotel in this area. Others favour the area close to the Main Market Square with its beautiful buildings and superb choice of restaurants. It’s impossible to say which is best as both areas have plenty to offer the visitor the only answer is to visit Krakow twice and to give both areas a try!