It’s hard to get more central than the Bonerowski Palace, which overlooks Krakow’s most famous square, Rynek Glowny (Market Square). And it’s equally hard to get more regal than this 18-room palace with origins in the 13th century. Inside it’s more 19th century, with sumptuous fabrics, heavy silks, polished parquet floors, floral wallpaper and delightfully old-fashioned furnishings. The hotel’s restaurant faces the square, where tables spill outside in the summer, and the cosy St John’s Jazz and Wine Club is housed in the brick vaulted cellars.
Poland’s most visited destination has yet to fall into the trap of offering substandard accommodation at rip-off prices. Much like the city itself, Krakow’s accommodation shows off an absorbing history and culture, with hotels and guesthouses set in alluring and sometimes unexpected places. The Old Town’s atmospheric architecture has been put to good use in hotels that cover all budgets, although you won’t be surprised to see the top hotels in some of Krakow’s most historic properties. You don’t have to stray far from the centre, although the old Jewish district of Kazimierz is worth checking out too. We’ve trawled through the city to find the best hotels for your stay in this memorable destination.