I'm looking at hotels in Krakow, and am thinking of one in the area between the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. The hotels aren't "charming" like other places but well-priced and splits the difference between the two areas, and it looks to be near the tram line. Is there a reason not to stay in this area?
We stayed in that general area and really liked it.
Do we have to guess? We stayed at the Hotel Columbus and were satisfied that it was close enough to both those areas to walk in either direction.
I'm looking at the Legend Hotel, but don't everyone go and book it all up. :)
I stayed at the Esther Hotel in the Jewish Quarter. It was a tad far from the Old Town, I took the tram more than once, but if I were going back, I'd stay there again.
We stayed in that area. It was convenient to Old Town. Our hotel was quiet and restful.
I would not consider this bad area bad at all! Just maybe not top shelf, but the second to top. That said, I've also really enjoyed the location of the last hotel I've stayed in, Plaza Boutique Hotel Krakow. It was on old Podgorze (Pilsudzkiego Street I think? Polish is a peculiar language, I think he was a national hero or something though.) and we had a great view of the Vistula river. The Podgorze itself is not quite as charming as Kazimierz, it's also a bit different - it's very lofty, and the walk to Kazimierz is a breeze. Overall I'd recommend you not to worry one bit about the location you've picked, but I'd also consider something on the Podgorze. Who knows, for all I know it's shaping up to be the next big thing!