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Ancient capital Kraków is known for the Wawel, an impressive castle/cathedral complex from which the country was once run. And Warsaw is known for what happened here during the war. But what about charming Gdańsk? The maritime city with a medieval heart, and easy access to the Polish Baltic coastline. And what about the Carpathian Mountains? Dotted with open-air ethnographic museums and old wooden churches. Or one of Poland's nine national parks? From the lake-district peace of Mazury to the stunning, snow-capped Tatra Mountains? And there are many more choices besides, so before you choose the best places to stay in Poland, you need to prioritise the ever expanding itinerary.

Dramatic history, impressive architecture, wonderfully heart warming food, cities with life and soul, and unspoiled countryside. Many travellers are aware of some of Poland's appeal, but not everyone can see beyond the visible reminders of its complicated history. And that goes for pre-WWII history as well as the war.

If you're looking for more than a city break then it's worth trying to visit both Poland's major cities, and after that to see some of her natural beauty.

Białowieża is a good place to do the latter, this is Poland's oldest national park, and also the original home of the European bison - Europe's largest land mammal. It also has pockets of truly ancient forest.

Mazury, the 'great lakes district' is another beautiful sight, with its rolling, green hills and mirrored lakes, and there are plenty of charming little villages to choose from here.

If you're visiting Poland for the country's drama, then the alpine Tatras will be more to your liking, with their towering peaks and steep, rocky drops.

The Best Places to Stay in Poland

Dynamic Warsaw City Break

Warsaw may not be as beautiful as Kraków or Gdańsk, but the energy and determination it took to rebuild the Polish capital after it was flattened during WWII is still inspiring today's Warsaw. As well as being one of the best places to learn about Poland's dramatic history, Warsaw has Poland's most impressive museums, lively nightlife and an annual cultural schedule packed with interesting events.

  • The Rialto offers five stars with authentic Art Deco styling, and rooms starting from just £35 per night - yes, Warsaw is a great city break destination if your budget is limited.
  • For serious foodies one of the best places to stay in Poland has to be Le Regina with its Michelin starred restaurant. But the elegance of this former palace on a quiet street in the New Town is just as appealing for many.
  • The Hotel Bristol is another grand Art Deco delight, well located for Warsaw's main sights, the Royal Castle and the Presidential Palace.

Treasures of Historic Kraków

Kraków has always been Poland's cultural heart, and it was the royal capital for 500 years. But losing its status to Warsaw is probably what protected Kraków's beautiful Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture from the ravages of WWII. Many of Kraków 's historic treasures can be found around the main square, Europe's largest, and any time spent strolling the streets fanning out from the square will turn up art, artefacts and architecture of the most beautiful varieties.

  • Hotel Wentzl overlooks the main square, so it's one of the best places to stay in Poland if you prize a view.
  • Hotel Grodek's quiet location, gorgeous interior and excellent restaurant make it an excellent choice for couples.
  • And the Hotel Pugetow is a lovely traditional converted townhouse offering seven, reasonably priced rooms.


  • Galery69 on the edge of Lake Wulpinskie is a modern masterpiece with panoramic views over the lake, a well equipped spa and plenty for active folk to get their teeth into nearby.
  • If you're after something totally fresh consider Blow up Hall 5050, a completely novel hotel which is part art installation, part high end design hotel. Contemporary spaces, all of them totally unique offer all the most high tech of mod. cons.

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  • Maltanski Hotel


    An utterly charming small hotel overlooking Planty Park on a leafy street. Wood burning stoves, parquet floors, lovely garden. No restaurant but many in the local area. Friendly efficient staff. A really cosy place to stay in an ideal location for exploring the city.

    16 rooms from $79
    Value chic  -  A charming hotel, well situated in the Old Town within close proximity to the Wawel Royal Castle and totally affordable.
    Great walks  -  For a breath of fresh air, take a turn around the tranquil Planty Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Within a few minutes walkof Krakow's famed Wawel Royal Castle.
    Full of character
  • Hotel Pugetow


    Unique setting in a small 19th-century townhouse. Individually decorated rooms with traditional elegance - creams, pastels, mahogany furnishings. Dinners and conferences are arranged in the atmospheric vaulted cellar. Well situated to explore the city.

    6 rooms from $79
    Local exploring  -  A charming historic property right in the centre, within a castle complex, ideal for submerging yourself in the old town.
    Sights nearby  -  Positioned next to the 19th Century Pugetow Palace.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

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  • The Rialto


    A refreshing boutique hotel with Five Star status. Art Deco interiors combine attractive artworks and contemporary classic furnishings. Attractive rooms and suites with all the mod cons, a state of the art spa, and fantastic restaurant. A stylish choice.

    45 rooms from $55
    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Chopin Museum or the Historical Museum.
    Great walks  -  Go to Lazienki Park.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Autor Rooms


    A bright and airy 4 bedroom townhouse B&B. Spacious rooms boast stunning contemporary design and interiors complemented with plenty of period features. A fantastic location in the heart of Warsaw, surrounded by bars, cafes, shops and galleries. Perfect for a chic city break.

    4 rooms from $83
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of the city, perfect for exploring all of Warsaw's highlights.
    Great walks  -  Explore the many beautiful parks
    Sights nearby  -  Palace of Culture and Science

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  • Blow up Hall 5050


    A completely novel hotel that combines interactive art installation with high end design. Contemporary spaces, none the same, feature all the mod cons and high tech visual art. A concept hotel for art lovers and adventurers.

    22 rooms from $137
    Quirky  -  Half interactive art project, half high-design hotel.
    Luxury  -  Top Hotel 2009 Award for polish hotels.
    City Style
    Designer  -  A collaboration between the founder Grażyna Kulczyk and Rafael Lozano Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian electronic artist.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

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  • Galery69


    A show stopping hotel on the edge of Lake Wulpińskie. Handcrafted interiors with minimalist flair reflect the hotel's stark setting. Art-infused boutique rooms with pale woods and private balconies. Wonderful terraces overhanging the lake, delightful food, and fully equipped spa.

    20 rooms from $61
    Views  -  Panoramic views from the terrace.
    Roof terrace  -  Spectacular rooftop terrace bar.
    Designer  -  Locally sources handiwork and modernist flair.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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