My Gut and My Brain: Booking with Airbnb in Krakow

Planning for our mother/daughter trip to Europe is rolling right along! I just booked our lodgings for our three nights in Krakow, only a few minute’s walk from the main square. We will be renting an entire apartment with semi-separate sleeping areas, complete with small kitchen, washing machine, and (most critical) internet – all for a cost of  $42 USD per night. Not too bad!

When I wrote about my initial research for places to stay in Krakow, I searched through images of apartments and hotels in Krakow, making note of my “gut reaction” regarding which ones were attractive and looked clean and safe. I found a few nice looking places for as low as $25/night.

But they were a good half mile or more from Old Town. This is where the “brain” comes in to narrow down the choices. We wanted to be right in the thick of things, so while this apartment wasn’t on our original list, we decided this option was the best choice. It’s still much less expensive than hotels in the area, so all in all we’re excited!

The apartment faces Plac Szczepanski, which is only a couple blocks from the main square.

Now that I’ve booked one place on Airbnb (Venice), the booking process this time was much quicker and easier. And our host so far has been incredibly helpful, despite the fact I’ve only been talking to him for a few hours! He’s suggested sights to see and transportation to those destinations, and has given me a few links to local tour companies (I found some tours on Viator, but hadn’t really found any other options yet).

Best of all, after searching the website What’s On When, I realize we’ll be in town for the STREETART Festival!

Krakow’s STREETART Festival keeps the centuries-old tradition of street performance alive for modern audiences. The revelry is centred on the medieval-style Old Town Market Square and sees magicians, jugglers and puppeteers tumble and perform in front of rapt audiences.

Organised by Teatr KTO, the festival fuses medieval street performance with modern theatrical trends, and is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Central-Eastern Europe. Expect lively music, colourful costumes and a host of special effects. The festival draws large crowds each summer and is suitable for all the family.

zacatecas (meksyk 2008) / fot. witold siemaszkiewicz



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12 replies

  1. Have fun in Nashville! It’s on my radar, so I’m looking forward to your trip report.

  2. I absolutely LOVE booking with Airbnb! The prices are always much better than hotels — and most of the time even better looking!

    • That’s what I’ve found so far. I can’t believe I never thought to try the site before! I’m often wary of taking long trips because I can’t afford the $100+/night for a hotel. Now I have other options 🙂

  3. Josh here from the BlinkPack blog. AirBnB is such a great gift to the budget traveler. Looks like you found a great place, and I hope the trip is fantastic. Cheers!

  4. I am mildly intrigued and have been dotting around your website for a while. I guess your Polish postcards caught my eye first. Where did you find them? I have a pretty old postcard collection myself, but I stopped collecting a while ago. It was getting out of hand, but I still find them interesting.
    I have family in Krakow and was wondering what had decided you to visit Poland I tried to track back through your exploits, but gave up and decided to ask you instead. I came here courtesy of Gallivance.

    • Hi! Thank you for stopping by my site! All of the Polish postcards I have are inherited through my mother, from her side of the family. Many of my mom’s relatives, who have since passed away, sent post cards to my grandmother and great grandmother, and my mom inherited them as keepsakes.

      This Polish heritage is what made us decide to include several places in Poland on our mother/daughter Europe trip. While I don’t know that I have any distant cousins in any of the cities we are visiting, my mom wanted to go to many of these places too (for the first time, or again, since she visited in the 1970’s with her mother).

      You said you had a pretty old post card collection – where do yours originate?

      • Ah, I missed that you had a Polish family connection.
        My postcards are just from my travels. I wasn’t so good with a camera in pre-digital days, and it guaranteed I had some good shots of the places I visited and loved.

        • That’s fun! I started my collection with post cards from when I traveled as a kid – they were the only souvenir my parents were willing to pay for sometimes! Later, when my mom cleaned out an old box and found these, she gave them to me for my collection. Thank you for visiting!


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