Warsaw may be the political capital of Poland, but its cultural capital and the focus for much of its commerce is found in Krakow, making it an attractive destination for tourists and business travelers alike. Hotels in the historic city center of Krakow enjoy not just a central location but also often offer their guests atmospheric lodgings that match the hotel's antique surroundings.
Most of Krakow's high-end hotels are located in the historic city center, making it a difficult area for bargain hunters. Visitors to Krakow should also be aware that the city's hotel industry often operates at or near capacity. When winter arrives and the tourist season ends, the city turns over to conventions and business conferences, keeping Krakow's hotels busy. As a result, visitors should not expect off-season bargains and book ahead to ensure having lodgings in Krakow's city center.
This small, 22-room hotel occupies a 16th-century townhouse located only a few minutes walk from the main square, but evokes a decidedly 18th-century atmosphere with the bare stone walls in its interior and its traditional furnishings. The result is a hotel that blends in with the historic setting of Krakow's historic center while offering modern touches, such as Internet access and satellite TV. This, combined with its classy, international restaurant, has made the hotel suitable lodgings for both international dignitaries and celebrities like Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Set across from the Florianska gate of Krakow's medieval walls, the Hotel Polski offers reasonably priced mid-range hotel rooms in a central location. The public spaces feature exposed brickwork, wood floors and traditional furnishings, while the guest rooms blend those same traditional furnishings with a more modern decor. The suites are more plush than the standard rooms, which are thoroughly mid-range, and some bathrooms have shower stalls rather than tub/shower combos. However, the balance between price and standards is hard to beat as, according to Fodor's, the Polski is "among the more affordable accommodation options within the Old Town."
This outpost of the Sheraton chain is perched on the bank of the Wisla River, right next to the Royal Castle. With its steel and glass facade and contemporary decor, this is a thoroughly modern hotel with the spacious, comfortable rooms and all the amenities that one might expect from the Sheraton chain. That makes this one of the few hotels in Krakow's historic city center with features like a swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center, and, unlike many Sheraton hotels, it is not in an isolated location.
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