On a cold winter’s day in Poland, walking long distances might not be the most sensible way to explore the city, especially if you spend hours at the Christmas markets.
In this case, you’ll likely be looking for hotels near Krakow Christmas market and considering the market’s Old Town location, many excellent hotels fit this requirement.
Hotels Near Krakow Christmas Market
Christmas Market Location: Rynek Główny
Top Pick for ProximityBalthazar Design Hotel
Proximity to the Christmas market: 7 minutes (500 metres)
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Address: ul. Grodzka 63, Krakow
Centrally located in the Old Town, Balthazar is steps from the Christmas market and everything you could possibly wish to see in historic Krakow. The rooms are unique, lush and luxurious, unlike any hotel you are likely to have seen elsewhere. If you are looking for a luxury hotel for Christmas then this is a brilliant choice.
Pros: Exceptional location, standards and service.
Cons: Relatively expensive for Poland.Check Availability
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Read my complete guide to Krakow Christmas Market for more information, including dates and locations of the market.
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Where I Stayed
Puro Hotel Krakow
Proximity to the Christmas market: 13-minute walk (950 metres)
Neighbourhood: Train Station
Address: Ogrodowa 10, Old Town
I always try to stay in the Puro Hotels in Poland and recommend the one in Krakow. It’s just outside of Planty Park, the green space that encircles the Old Town.
I like that it’s modern, clean and well-located for access to both the old town and the main train station, as well as being excellent value for money.
The hotels has bike rental, a fun, sustainable way to visit the city, even in winter (if you’re lucky with the weather).
Proximity to the Christmas market: 8-minute walk (600 metres)
Neighbourhood: Piasek Północ
Address: Długa 12, Old Town
Also just outside of Plany Park but closer to the centre than the Puro Hotel, Relaks Apartamenty is a clean and spacious apartment.
You can choose between a studio, 1-bed or 2-bed apartment, so this is great if you’re travelling with a group or would simply prefer your own private space.
An apartment is also helpful if you’re travelling slowly and need to wash clothes or you would like to prepare your own meals. Relaks is highly rated and only a short walk to the main square.
Proximity to the Christmas market: Directly on the main square.
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Address: 24 Rynek Główny, Krakow
If none of these hotels suit you, then look at the Meyo Apartments, which have absolute frontage on the main square.
You cannot get closer to the Christmas market with this apartment, and you can even see the market from some of the room windows.
If you prefer a fancy hotel, then the Balthazar is a great choice, but if you need the space and privacy of an apartment and the shortest travel time to the square, then book the Meyo.
Additionally, the Meyo Apartments are zero-waste and water-efficient, the food offered is generally organic, and they provide bike rentals. It’s a reliable option that gets exceptional reviews.
Explore Poland’s festive spirit by visiting my Poland Christmas market 2024 guide, where I provide detailed insights into the unique traditions, foods, and crafts that make each market in cities like Warsaw, Krakow, and Gdansk a special experience for travellers.
Best Areas to Stay
Old Town: The heart of Krakow and the most convenient location for visiting the Christmas market at Rynek Glowny. This area is packed with historical sites, including the Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Basilica. The streets are lined with restaurants and shops, making it an ideal spot for tourists wanting to experience the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Accommodation here ranges from luxury hotels to guesthouses catering to different budgets.
Kazimierz: Once the historical Jewish quarter, Kazimierz is now known for its artistic atmosphere, street art, and unique blend of Jewish and Christian heritage. It’s a short walk from the Old Town and offers a variety of cafes, galleries, and bars. The area is perfect for visitors interested in cultural exploration and enjoying Krakow’s cafe culture. You’ll find a range of accommodation options, from stylish boutique hotels to cosy apartments.
Podgórze: Situated across the Vistula River from Kazimierz, Podgórze is a quieter district with a significant history, home to Schindler’s Factory and the Ghetto Heroes Square. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for a peaceful retreat yet still close to major attractions. The area features green spaces, including Bednarski Park, and offers a mix of modern and traditional lodging choices.
Grzegórzki: Known for its local vibe and less touristy atmosphere, Grzegórzki offers a genuine Krakow experience. It has a mix of residential buildings and local markets and is home to the Krakow Opera. The area provides easy access to the Old Town via public transport. Accommodations here are typically more affordable, appealing to budget-conscious travellers.
If you’re planning a visit to Krakow, you might find the Krakow Travel website to be a helpful resource, as it provides a lot of information on the city, including recommendations on where to stay, what to see and do, and how to make the most of your trip.
Responsible Travel Tips
If you’re looking to travel more responsibly in Krakow, here are some ideas that can help:
- Use renewable energy: Look for hotels that use renewable energy sources like solar or wind power.
- Minimise food waste: Go for restaurants that source their ingredients locally and use sustainable practices, such as composting and reducing food waste.
- Eat a sustainable diet: Consider trying traditional Polish dishes made from plant-based ingredients, and look for restaurants that use seasonal produce.
- Use sustainable transport: Consider walking, cycling, or public transportation, such as trams or buses, instead of taking a taxi or renting a car.
- Avoid flying: If possible, consider taking a train or bus instead of flying, which can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. I’ve taken the train many times in Poland, and the train to Krakow is fast and reliable.
- Support the local community: Look for opportunities to shop at local markets, try traditional foods, and visit local attractions that support the local economy. The markets are a perfect opportunity for that.
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