Cheap hotels in Stare Miasto & Wawel, Krakow
Stare Miasto forms the heart of Old Krakow. Encircled by a greenbelt park and bookended by Wawel (Castle) Hill at its south and the Florian Gate at its north, Krakow's Old Town is dizzyingly full of sights. At the center of Stare Miasto is Rynek Glowny, or the Main Market Square, the biggest medieval city square in all of Europe. Stare Miasto is so chock full of historically significant buildings that it feels a bit like an open-air museum.
Among the many highlights: St. Andrew's Church, a Romanesque church that dates back to the 11th Century, Rynek Glowny's magnificent 16th-century Cloth Hall, and the Wawel Castle and Cathedral. There are plenty of swank cafes and folksy restaurants to provide a break from the tourist action. Many of Krakow's hotels can also be found in Stare Miasto, in particular north of Rynek Glowny.
Address ul. sw Gertrudy 6 (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Of the four RT hotels in Krakow (three of which we review on EuroCheapo), RT Monopol is our favorite of the bunch. Located on busy ul. Św. Gertrudy near Market Square, the RT Monopol has 75 plain but comfortable rooms.
Address 5 Floriañska St., (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Rooms are dorm-like, with light wood bunkbeds, naked walls, and utilitarian duvets. That said, while there's no question that these rooms are barebones, they're also quite new and clean.
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Address pl. Na Groblach 22 (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
From the flat roof to the windows that appear to simply wrap around the building, the 48-room Pod Wawelem extends an enticing invitation to the modernism junkie in a city better known for its medieval and baroque heritage.
Address Sławkowska 3 (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Occupying a bewitchingly charming corner of Stare Miasto, Hotel Saski carries itself with the sophistication of a faded, grand old hotel. The century-old elevator is a showpiece, and the expansive, empty lobby calls to mind vanquished grandeur.
Address Reception: Wiślna 4 apt. 6 (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Old Town Studios manages a string of 40 apartments cast throughout Krakow's Stare Miasto. Apartments are fairly anonymous, with particle-board bed units, simple kitchen areas, and en-suite bathrooms.
Address Westerplatte 15 (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Business hotels like PTTK Wyspianski may be a bit antiseptic for those chasing charm or authenticity. For the rest of us, sparklingly clean rooms, a bar on the ground floor, and proximity to Krakow's Main Square do the trick.
Address ul. Sw. Krzyza 3/4 31-028 Krakow, (Stare Miasto & Wawel)
Super tiny Guesthouse Wera, perched in a charming corner of Stare Miasto, offers an extremely homey atmosphere, all the more so because Wera's proprietor lives on-site in an adjacent apartment.
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