Quite possibly the best hotel in Krakow, the Stary is a converted merchant’s house, originally built in the 15th century. The company that owns it, the Likus group, has really gone to town in restoring it—a glass lift, marble, silk, exotic woods, and Oriental carpets, two heated pools (one with massage jets), a salt cave, Finnish and steam saunas, and yoga among the many treatments. Even the single rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. In summer they open a rooftop terrace with bar—in colder months, the quality Trzy Rybki restaurant more than compensates.