For many, a visit to Krakow is like stepping back in time. After all, this historic Polish capital is famed for its medieval market square, labyrinthine backstreets, and eye-catching churches and synagogues. But dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover a contemporary side to this ancient city, with a host of hip hotels, restaurants and boutique shops to discover.
Two words sum up Lwowska 1: quirky chic – with its odd, peaked facade, sleek black reception, eye-popping carpets and bright yellow chairs adding a hint of whimsy. Check in and another word springs to mind: spacious. The lavishly decorated rooms here are lovely and big – a rarity for a city hotel, especially at these reasonable prices.
Vienna House Andel’s Cracow
This gorgeous design hotel is located right at the heart of the city, just a 10-minute walk from Rynek Główny, Krakow’s main square. Each of its 159 rooms and suites is a minimalist design classic, combining sleek lines, robust colours and contemporary artworks with complete comfort and modern amenities.
This elegant boutique hotel, housed in a castle complex, simply oozes history – from its antique paintings to its period furnishings. Each of the seven bedrooms is distinctively decorated and named for eminent locals (the rich-red Madame Walewska suite was named after the Polish noblewoman who was better known as Napoleon’s mistress) while the old basement restaurant maintains the storied atmosphere over breakfast.
Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa
It’s all about uncluttered comfort with big bursts of colour here. Rooms and suites offer a homey atmosphere with a trendy twist, with wood textures ranging from bright white oak to chic dark wenge. The hotel’s spa is the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, and the ideal amuse bouche to a dinner at its restaurant specialising in Mediterranean-Polish fusion cuisine.
The studio apartments at Cracowdays blend original features (19th-century building, original brick walls and polished oak floors) with modern style and comfort (king-size beds, walk-in showers and well-equipped kitchens). For couples or individuals, Cracowdays also has chic bedrooms with colour schemes inspired by wine varietals.