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To experience and enjoy Kraków to the fullest, you should try to stay in the Old Town, which will put you within walking distance of major attractions, cafés, and restaurants. The downside, of course, is that the best places to stay are rather expensive, and the streets surrounding the Market Square can be noisy at night. If you do not mind paying the price, try to find a room in one of the hotels
If you do not mind paying the price, try to find a room in one of the hotels next to the Planty Park, or facing the hotel's inner courtyard. Cheaper options tend to have a little less character and are farther away from the center.