Krakow Hotel Guide
Kraków lodging ranges from the super-posh and elegant hotels to the ultra-cheap and social hostels. Many travelers prefer to stay in Stare Miasto (Old Town) for its central location and proximity to attractions. The trade-off is that hotels here have higher rates and some may be a little too close to the action; getting a good night's sleep is difficult when you have a nightclub right outside your window. Accommodations in Kazimierz are appealing as they tend to offer lower rates and inspire a more classic ambience, while remaining close to the action. A good example of a Kazimierz bargain is the immaculate and traveler-approved Secret Garden Hostel.
- Kraków is becoming one of Central Europe's prime city destinations, so you're well advised to book ahead with hotels, particularly during the summer. Prices for hotel rooms are higher than in most Polish cities, especially in the Stare Miasto area where the top-grade places charge rates on a par with Central Europe's priciest." -- Rough Guides
- If you're staying in the centre of the Old Town, especially near the main square, you may experience late-night noise from the area's many restaurants, bars and clubs; ask for a room at the back if this is going to be an issue." -- Lonely Planet
- Rates are generally highest between April 1 and October 31, as well as over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Room prices drop by 10% to 20% from November through March." -- Frommer's
- Although Kraków's range of accommodations is growing at an amazing rate, so are the numbers of visitors. It is a good idea to book well in advance -- even in winter, when many tourists stay home but when the city plays host to many business conferences, and hotels often fill up." -- Fodor's