I always read all reviews and ask questions before I go anywhere, so I thought I would post a review and some tips of our weekend for anyone travelling. Firstly, what an amazing place, we loved it. Flew Jet2 com, no problems at all and just did hand baggage, tough call for a girl who likes her shoes and make up, but I coped. We got a taxi from the airport to the Jewish Quarter, where we were staying and although maybe more expensive than a train, it was so convenient. We booked online with pablo-taxi.com, met us at the airport, immaculate car, polite driver and 70 zlt, about £15. We then used the same company for our return journey and a trip to Auschwitz and would highly recommend them, so reliable.
Accommodation - We stayed in the Hotel Columbus in the Jewish Quarter and we loved it, again, staff fanatastic, immaculately clean really handy for the district (which we loved) and about 10 minutes walk from the Old Town. Free wi fi, a little tempremental, but not a major problem and breakfast was lovely.
Food - We ate in 2 lovely restaurants recommended by the hotel and got a free glass of wine in each for mentioning the hotel. Trevino and Szara, the food was fantastic, lots of polish people in there and suberb value. We also had a meal in the Italian Restaurant in the old town facing the back of the cloth hall, went downstairs to go the toilet and you were transported to Morocco, cushions and pipes!
Drinks - Really cheap everywhere, all flavoured vodka and cocktails in most places and of course beer and lager. We particularly liked the oldest bar in the Jewish Quarter, Alchemia, very old world and a great vibe. It is on a row of lots of bars, lovely cocktail bar along there, the guys love showing off making the cocktails and all fresh juices, and a live band when we were in. We found lots of Polish people were out, worried about it being lots of groups of English, but not and the ones that were were very well behaved.
Trips - we did 2 free walking tours, we used freewalkingtour.com you just turn up, 10am for the old town and 11am for the Jewish Quarter, meeting at St Mary's Church, Main Market square. They work on tips and therefore need to be good and believe me they were, Pawwel for the old town and Alizia for the Jewish Quarter, both amazing English, very knowledgeable and lovely people. You will find places, you would never find on your own, or walk past and not know what they are, fantastic way to see the city and both last about 2 hours, 30 minutes. We also did Auschwitz, which everyone should have to do, lest we ever forget. Amazing tragic place, the guide was passionate and knowledge and has every respect for the dignity with which he spoke.
Tips - we left museums until the monday when they are free, don't unless you intend to go early, they only have so many free tickets and once they have gone that is it, they will not let anyone in, so despite going to Schindler's factory for 1.30 at the end of the walking tour, we were unable to get in.
Jewish quarter has a fabulous vibe about it, great place on an evening.
Go to Krakow, beautiful city, we loved it.
I am happy to answer any questions, if I can.