Best area and hotel options in Krakow for a two night stay?
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There are 4 adults, we would be looking at 2 rooms. Price per night 120-135 Euro
Hotel Maltanski may be near the top of your price range. It's just across the street from the park that rings the old town. 2 minute walk to a tram stop. About 10 minutes into old town. Very pleasant staff who are helpful with any activities you'd like to book.
We stayed at Orlowska Townhouse: https://www.orlowskatownhouse.com/en/loft.htm. Fabulous little hotel. Their loft room will sleep everyone and has two baths. You didn't give your travel dates but I checked a random date in April and it was $192 per night.
The rooms are gorgeous and it's just off the main square on a quiet street.
We stayed at ApartHotel Maria, Kraków. It's a b&b at a reasonable price, close to the old town.
Near the beautiful square., Rynek, walking distance to it.
We stayed a few blocks from the square, quiet, Hotel Amber Design in their four star wing. They also offer a three star section. Wonderful service, arranged airport transfers, trip to Auschwitz. Recommend this small hotel.
I second the recommendation for Hotel Maltanski. Beautiful small hotel and conveniently located.
We stayed at the Hotel Wielople. Our room was very small. What we like was that the people at reception were very nice, and the location very near the Old Town was great.
We also liked the Wielopole although it was some years ago. When we checked in, they offered us a lower price as it had been reduced since we booked. Big breakfast and the cleanest, most glistening bathroom we’d ever seen. Great location and friendly as noted. They booked both our tours to Auschwitz and the salt mines, door to door. Very nice. Safe travels
Here's another option for you: The Hotel Pollera about 3 short blocks to the Rynek, and just across the street from the Opera House. Its an old classical hotel with faded charm, plenty of history, woodwork, ugly carpet, beautiful staircase, stained glass and reasonable rooms. My wife and I have stayed there on two trips to Krakow, 2014 & 2018. The rooms are decent sized, especially the rooms at the end of the hallways (rooms 205 or 305?). The bathrooms are small, euro-sized. A bit cheaper than some of the others mentioned, I think. The staff was very helpful both times we stayed there and will book day trips for you (salt mines, Auschwitz, etc.) Great breakfast. Depending on how busy the city is, there could be some street noise at night. Parking is directly across the street but very tight (we traveled by train). Also a short walk to the modern shopping mall where the train station is situated. Certainly not the best hotel in the area, but if location and budget are important, this would be a good home base for an Old Town Krakow experience.
Here's the website if you are interested: https://pollera.pl/