3 Best Hostels in Krakow, Poland – Ladder-free Bunks and Craft Beers

3 Best Hostels in Krakow, Poland - Ladder-free Bunks, All-day Buffet and Craft Beers nestled cosily in the Historic Old Town
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So you’re off to the land of medieval architecture in Poland. It’s only fitting that you’re made aware of the 3 best hostels in Krakow then, don’t you think?

Our very own hand-picked top Krakow hostels are suited for all types of travelers.

Your Smart Shortcut:

  1. Mundo Hostel – best hostel for solo travelers
  2. Draggo House – best pick for backpackers
  3. Ginger Aparthostel – top hostel for solo-female travelers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

W even wrote a special article covering the absolute coolest Pary Hostels in Krakow.

They all offer something fun, cosy and memorable alongside clean, well-designed rooms. And that all-important social space! And certainly, the first time visiting, we had some trouble to actually know what is a good location for a hostel to stay in. So, in this guide we will get to the bottom of that.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Krakow. This guide will ensure your planning is made easier. All the necessary links are included to make booking faster and hassle-free.

Visit Krakow for the wonderful Old Town, Jewish quarter and 14th-century Gothic church. It’s becoming increasingly popular, so enjoy it whilst it retains a strong charm. All you need to do is choose your favourite hostel and you’re all set!

Quick Introduction to Krakow Hostels

Average price for a bed: Poland in general is a great country to travel on a budget. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 5€ per night. A private room starts usually at around 15€ already. Cheap, right?! This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com and Hostelworld.com.

Nightlife: We highly recommend going out in the Kazimierz district at night. The bars are legendary, and there are plenty of great restaurants, and even street food. It is the former jewish quarter, full of history. There is a well-preserverd Jewish cemetry. Why? Because the Nazis threw their trash on this cemetry (instead of actually destroying it, fortunately). This, oddly, preserved this Cemetry. Check our guide to best party hostels in Krakow.

Free Walking Tours: Next we highly recommend taking a free walking tour in Krakow. There are plenty, just ask your hostel for a recommendation.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Party vs Chill: Krakow is big in the nightlife game. You can have epic nights out! Make sure you select the right type of hostel. In this list we share cosy, chill-out hostels as well as hardcore fiesta-party-hostels.

Budget: Check out our Krakow budget travel guide.

🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:

The 3 Best Krakow Hostels

We’ve already mentioned that you’re about to discover the best hostels in Krakow. But you should also know we’ve found two awesome party hostels, too! Exciting stuff, right? Then let’s go.

The 3 best hostels in Krakow are…

  1. Mundo Hostel – best hostel for solo travellers
  2. Draggo House – best pick for backpackers
  3. Ginger Aparthostel – top hostel for solo-female travellers

Rest assured these hostels have been chosen because of their facilities, design and that all important vibe.

All of the hostels mentioned have been placed on a handy map which you can find further down in the article. All major sights/attractions have also been added.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Mundo Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Ginger Aparthostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Mundo Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Draggo House
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Ginger Aparthostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Flamingo Hostel Krakow

1. Mundo Hostel (around-the-world design)

Let’s take a look at the eye-catching, cosy Mundo Hostel.

This friendly hostel in Krakow boasts a wonderful atmosphere, comfortable rooms and competitive prices. All of the rooms have been stylised on different countries. This is fun and we wonder which country you’ll choose.

Psst! Find out more about the rooms further down.

Mundo staff offer something you can’t buy: a warm and friendly atmosphere. Guests from all over the world also contribute of course, and this will no doubt include you!

Alongside a bustling bar, find music and food events also on offer here. Perfect for solo travellers, we’d say. So, those awesome rooms we mentioned earlier.

Book Mundo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mundo Hostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Would you prefer a mixed dorm in India or a double room in Hawaii? Twin rooms will take you to Mexico or China… and that’s only a few of the options.

Read: 13 Creative Hostel Design Ideas

Other super cool highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Stocked bar
  • Bike rental
  • Outside patio w/ all day free tea + coffee

We just had to include a photo of the delicious breakfast. Have you seen it yet?

This is also the place to enjoy local Polish cuisine. Join in a cooking class and feast on your masterpiece with the rest of the hostel. Mundo host weekend BBQ’s and dinners for guests. Re-fuel and get ready for a few drinks in the bar.

Music events are always happening. This includes Polish music as well as artists from further afield. Mundo Hostel is perfectly located amongst the Krakow attractions. That is, right between the Old Town and Kazimierz.

Mundo Hostel is the best hostel in krakow for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Friends
  • Couples
Book Mundo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mundo Hostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Mundo Hostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

2. Draggo House (dorm-only hostel)

Brace yourself for a beautiful Boutique and Design hostel in Krakow.

Number 2 on the list is the bright, spacious Draggo House.

This strictly no party hostel bans noise disturbance inside the hostel, yet encourages guests to make the most of the nearby pub scene. For party, check out our special guide to party hostels in Krakow.

Hence we deem this perfect for social butterflies that appreciate a good night’s sleep. For us, this is actually pretty awesome. Why? Because the nightlife of Krakow is just amazing. So take your hostel mates and go out in the district of Kazimierz, filled with amazing bars.

Good to know: this hostel offers only shared-style rooms.

Choose between 2, 4, 6 and 10 person rooms, all of which are mixed.

Book Draggo House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Draggo House one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

What do they include?

  • Smart TV
  • Lockers
  • Dividing shades (lower beds)
  • Personal socket + lamp
  • Air Con
  • Additional storage spaces
  • Private bathrooms
  • No ladders!

The design of these rooms has been thoroughly thought out and we absolutely love them!

Have a look at the picture below to understand why. Space, comfort, lighting and originality have all been taken into consideration.

Truly the only hostel in Krakow offering such awesome rooms!

There are actually so many things to mention about this hostel that we just know you’ll love.

Sometimes a list is the best way to portray a cool hostel such as this…

  • On-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch + dinner
  • Own pub w/ selection of craft beers
  • Garden w/ BBQ area
  • Spacious common rooms
  • 24hr reception

Staff will help arrange pub crawls, a Free Walk and other fun events for you – just ask!

What’s more; Draggo House is just 50 metres from the cultural, party centre of Krakow. A super central backpacker hostel in Krakow. Yet again, this is a non-party hostel!

Draggo House is the best hostel in krakow for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo-travellers
  • Travelers who want a very quiet rest at night
Book Draggo House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Draggo House one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Draggo House one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

3. Ginger Aparthostel (calling female travellers)

Last but not least, let’s introduce the third awesome hostel on our list.

Ginger Aparthostel is more than just a place to sleep! Here you’ll find a cheerful atmosphere and comfortable rooms.

Each bed has been designed with individual space in mind. The splash of bold green on the walls really adds personality.

This is the best hostel in Krakow for female solo-travellers that like to mingle…

Read: Why Female Dorms? 7 Pros and 3 Cons

The 6-bed female dorm comes with your very own private bathroom.

Book Ginger Aparthostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Ginger Aparthostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Note: this is an over 18s hostel only.

All rooms – private, 6-bed, 8-bed and 12-bed dorms – include:

  • Luggage storage
  • Individual lighting
  • Private bathroom + extra communal shower and WC

Looking forward to the free breakfast? You should be! Choose between a French or continental style each morning.

A little birdie tells us that there are often tasty snacks awaiting you in the kitchen. Enjoy the views and sip hot tea with fellow travellers.

The social space is large, with great window views. Ideal for anyone wishing to catch up on their online work. There is a great selection of books, games and DVDs to entertain you.

Not quite exciting enough?

Don’t panic – weekly events and parties are organised for all types of guests. It’s pretty impossible to get bored here. Ginger Aparthostel is located 5-minutes from the famous Wawel castle, and 10-minutes from the Old Town.

We deem Ginger Aparthostel the best hostel in Krakow for:

  • Solo-female travellers
  • Digital nomads
Book Ginger Aparthostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Ginger Aparthostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Ginger Aparthostel one of the best hostels in Krakow, Poland

Best hostels in Krakow for solo travellers

What is the serious, best hostel in Krakow for solo-travellers? As someone conquering the world on your own, you need a fun, clean and cool hostel to meet and greet. Right?

In the beginning we already mentioned it.

These are our recommended hostels for solo travellers.

  1. Ginger Aparthostel – top hostel for solo-female travellers
  2. Mundo Hostel Krakow – best hostel for solo travellers

Ginger Aparthostel looks really comfortable and the common area is perfect.

Mundo Hostel has activities and events that will surely allow you to meet new travellers. They also offer cooking class!

Book Mundo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mundo Hostel

Best Party Hostels in Krakow?

Good news for you – Krakow offers up some truly great paaaaaaarty hostels. So good, in fact, we had to choose two. Hold on…in fact, we even wrote a special article now covering the absolute craziest Pary Hostels Krakow throws at you. The nightlife in Krakow is pretty darn good, so it’s important to start your night with a bang. Greg and Tom Hostel is our favorite!

Let’s explain why Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is our number one.

Well, surely you’re keen to hear about the party-related events.

How about pub crawls and vodka marathons?! Perhaps it’s best to start with a games afternoon and see where the night takes you.

It could lead you in many directions including karaoke, Sangria Fiesta, Polish eve and an all-year-long carnival. Cripes! Oh, and for the party lovers, we also recommend checking out the party boat in Krakow.

Make sure you line your stomach with a generous FREE dinner beforehand.

Hangovers and tired eyes will recover fast at the outrageous free breakfast. This includes fried bacon and eggs. You heard right!

Amazing inside knowledge: if you oversleep and mix breakfast, there is a free buffet from 11 am – 7 pm!

So when you are here, make sure to visit Greg and Tom Party Hostel.

Book Greg and Tom Beer House Hostel Krakow here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Greg & Tom Party Hostel one of the best party hostels in Krakow, Poland

Option two is the buzzing The Little Havana Party Hostel.

This hostel has the most beds (128) and bars (3!) than any other hostel in Krakow.

Surely it’s impossible not to make friends here!

There are activities galore here; it’s just a case of pacing yourself and making the most of it all.

Join a classic pub crawl, beer pong tournament and boat party.

If you’re low on energy, there are plenty of other social events such as movie nights, football matches, trivia night and walking tours.

Downside: sorry guys, no stag parties accepted at this hostel.

On that note: Netflix and Chill – The 10 Do’s and Dont’s.

Book The Little Havana Party Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The Little Havana Party Hostel one of the best party hostels in Krakow, Poland

More Krakow hostels worth a mention

There are plenty of hostels Krakow has to offer and they are really good. We have given you the best of the best and if you are still looking for more hostels in Poland Krakow, you are in the right place.

Check it out!

  • Flamingo Hostel Kraków
  • Mosquito Hostel
  • Let’s Rock Hostel

Flamingo Hostel Kraków

Flamingo Hostel Krakow has a nice touch. Its interior is pretty good that will really make you feel relaxed. It is very modern, bright and charmingly decorated.

The atmosphere is great. Little cozy and spacious room is perfect for meeting new soul in Krakow.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Heating
  • Good breakfast

Location: Old Town, less than 50 m from the magnificent Main Market Square.

Book Flamingo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Flamingo Hostel

Mosquito Hostel

Mosquito Hostel? It is such a funny name. Who wants mosquito, right? But don’t judge it just yet because this hostel is actually good.

Mosquito Hostel Krakow offers modern, comfortable and brightly decorated bed dorms and private rooms.

This hostel is a great choice for both chilling out as well as partying. The staff are super friendly and try to get everyone engaged every day.

The free dinners are delicious and a great way to meet people. They also have activities each night which are quite fun.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi

Location: Located 5 minutes walk from the train station and 500 m from the Main Market Square.

Book Mosquito Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mosquito Hostel Krakow

Let’s Rock Hostel

Are you someone who is really into music? You’ve found the right place, Let’s Rock Hostel.

A Kraków hostel that is inspired by rock music and various other musical genres, with walls covered with musical themed graffiti.

Their commons areas are great for meeting new travellers. Staff are amazing! They also used to manage Pink Panther Hostel which is now closed.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Good breakfast

Location: Located in Krakow’s Old Town. Let’s Rock! is situated just a few steps from the Main Market Square and Wawel Castle. The Jewish District of Kazimierz is just 10 minutes’ walk away.

Book Let’s Rock Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Let's Rock Hostel

Pub Crawls in Krakow

Want to experience Krakow best bars? Adult clubs in Krakow? Oh yes, my friend, Krakow is a huge party city, nightlife is really big. There is many, many pub crawls you can join. In fact, many hostels offer their own pub crawls to join. Time for party Krakow backpackers!

Either way, you can find all popular Krawls directly here.

Get your ticket beforehand, so it’s not sold out.

More party tours in Krakow: This Krakow Crawl is a Pub crawl like no other.

Start your night off with an open bar for one hour with unlimited, Beer, Rum, Gin, Vodka and shot. Get to know your group and maybe some strangers with their very own Pub Crawl Bingo.

The local party guides then take you to 5 of Krakow’s best bars and clubs and you receive free priority entry and a free welcome shot. You won’t forget a thing as this crawl has a professional photographer with us the entire night.

This ain’t your grandma’s birthday party; Enjoy!

Get Pub Crawl ticket here

What about the cheapest hostels in Krakow?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Krakow.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Krakow
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Krakow best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Krakow put on a map + sights

Eager to know where all the aforementioned hostels are located? Need fun ideas for your time in Krakow? We are way ahead of you!

Below is a handy map with everything pinpointed – the 3 best hostels, party hostels and top sights of Krakow all in one place. There are plenty of things to do in Krakow and you want to start with its attractions so these are the sights in Krakow you should visit:

  • Wawel royal castle
  • Krakow old town
  • The main square
  • Planty krakowskie
  • Kraków Barbican
  • St. Mary’s Basilica

Here is a handy link to help you book a full-day Auschwitz-Birkenau guided tour. There are many different trips to Auschwitz available. Have a browse and choose your preferred tour here. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow takes around 7 hours.

As for the Airport transport, check this guide on how to get from Airport Krakow to City center.

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • Sights: Blue
  • Transport/Travel Hubs: Green
  • More COOL Hostels: Purple
  • Best Party Hostels in Krakow: Orange
  • Best Hostels in Krakow: Pink

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Closed Hostels:

Secret Garden Hostel

Update: This hostel permanently closed its doors in 2020.

An excellent hostel where everything is well organised to a very high standard. The little garden in front is perfect for drinking your morning coffee away from the traffic noise. Secret Garden Hostel is definitely a good value for money.

The rooms are so cute and clean and the facilities are very nice! Complementary tea, coffee or cocoa in the dining room is a nice touch.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Very good breakfast

Location: Kazimierz district, 200 m from Wolnica Square. The Secret Garden is only 290 m from promenade on the Vistula riverbank. The New Square is 650 m away. The former seat of Polish kings, the Wawel Castle, is 1 km away.

The Secret Garden Hostel

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