You're planning to travel to Poland and would like to stay close to the stunning Tatra Mountains.
Great choice! Those mountains, also known as "Polish Alps", are our beloved natural heritage.
You can choose Krakow but you'll waste quite a lot of valuable time on commuting.
If you wish to see a beautiful mountainscape from your window and stay close to trailheads, then consider staying in one of the below Tatra Mountains resorts.
I've divided this post into Polish and Slovak Tatra National Park. There are some differences between those two parts of the Tatra Mountains - read here to decide which one would be better for you.
Now, let's make your vacations delightful by choosing the best location for you to stay in the Tatra Mountains.
6 best Tatra Mountains resorts
TATRA MOUNTAINS POLAND
One of the most famous Tatra Mountains' resorts.
Is Zakopane worth visiting?
Yes, but not in the summer.
In July and August, the Tatra Mountains along with all the nearby resorts are brimming with travelers.
Nowadays, Zakopane is probably the most famous place in Poland. It's close to trailheads and ski slopes and full of non-hiking attractions.
Its fantastic location attracts many tourists. If you have no other option and plan on visiting Zakopane in the summer, book your stay well in advance.
You may check more detailed info about this famous Polish mountain resort here.
Here are my suggestions for hotels in Zakopane. I've checked the ratings, reviews, and location and read about the amenities each hotel offers.
Here are the best options:
Aries Hotel & SPA Zakopane - beautiful 5-star hotel in Zakopane center. Located a 5-minute walk from Krupówki Street. The hotel features an indoor pool and wellness center. Guests praise the location, tasty breakfast and lovely interior.
Willa Leluja - if you're looking for an apartment with a kitchen, you may be interested in this option. It's located within walking distance (1 km) from Krupówki Street. Guests are delighted with amazing mountain views from balconies, and the cleanliness and spaciousness of the apartments.
Hostel 1902 - budget accommodation in Zakopane. Located on Krupówki Street, this hotel is ideal for those who wish to stay close to the main tourist attractions. Guests appreciate the professional and friendly staff, comfortable beds and cleanliness.
A picturesque village divided from Zakopane by forest.
If you're not interested in pubs and museums and all you dream of are hikes in Tatra Mountains - Murzasichle is perfect for you. There's peace and quiet. Definitely less popular than Zakopane but located in close proximity to Tatra National Park. There are also ski lifts.Murzasichle is the second highest-located village in Poland. It sits at 820–950 metres and offers great views of the Tatra Mountains.
It's a fantastic option for those who travel by car. If you're going to travel Poland by trains and buses, choose Zakopane.
ApartHotel Tatry de Luxe FizjoMedical & Spa - comfortable hotel with amazing views from the balconies. Lots of travelers consider it one of the best hotels in Tatra Mountains. Guests are happy with beautiful and quiet rooms, excellent breakfast and friendly staff. This hotel features a wellness centre and a hot tub. Located 1 km from Murzasichle ski lift.
Stacja Murzasichle - a nice option if you prefer to stay in an apartment. This beautiful mountain-style place was opened in 2023. Guests compliment the mountain view from the widows, interior design and cleanliness. Located very close to the lifts and trailheads.
Willa Ostoja - lovely guesthouse located within walking distance from ski lifts. Guests praise wonderful views, tasty breakfast and quiet location.
Pretty mountain village located just several km from Zakopane. It's a fantastic option if you want to stay close to trailheads and prefer quieter locations - it's less touristy and crowded than Zakopane. In fact, Kościelisko is one of the smallest Tatra Mountains resorts.
Kościelisko will be perfect for you if you're planning to travel by bus - it's very easy to get there from Zakopane.
Wierchowa Chata - beautiful mountain-style hotel located super close to the ski lift. Guests appreciate the mountain view, helpful staff and nice garden with a big children's playground.
Korona Giewontu Lux Jaccuzi - spacious and comfortable apartments located very close to chairlifts and ski lifts. Guests are delighted with mountain decor and the outdoor hot tub.
Chata MTB - budget option. Nice hostel located close to hiking trails. It features a barbecue, sauna and well-equipped kitchen. Guests praise coziness and low prices.
TATRA MOUNTAINS SLOVAKIA
Slovak Tatras are my personal favourite. Tatra Mountains in Slovakia are higher and trails are less crowded. As you can see below, the majority of Tatra National Park belongs to Slovakia.
There are also lots of fun waterparks.
On the other hand, prices in Slovakia are a bit higher than in Poland - we Poles still have PLN currency, whereas in Slovakia you pay with Euros.
If you're interested in further differences between Polish and Slovak Tatras, check out this post.
Now, let's have a look at the best places in Slovak Tatra Mountains.
My absolute no 1 amongst Tatra Mountains' resorts. I love Štrbské Pleso! 💙
It's located in Slovak High Tatras at 1489 metres and it's simply beautiful. Postglacial lake surrounded by forest and the towering High Tatra peaks - a true fairytale! In Štrbské Pleso there are hiking trails and ski slopes.
And it's easily accessible - you can get there by car or električka train.
Here are some great hiking trails which start in Štrbské Pleso:
Here are the highest-rated hotels in Štrbské Pleso:
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras - a 5-star hotel well-known for its comfort and luxury. Many travelers consider it one of the best hotels in Tatra Mountains. Guests value the beautiful wellness centre, tasty and abundant breakfasts and spacious rooms.
APLEND Lake Resort - the perfect option if you'd like to stay in an apartment. There is a wide variety of apartments to choose from. Located just on the lake shore, this hotel is praised for spacious apartments, comfortable beds, friendly staff and underground parking.
Vila Emma - cozy guest house located within walking distance from the lake. Guests compliment the cleanliness, tasty breakfast and amazing view from the widows.
Another mountain resort in the breathtaking High Tatras. Popular among hikers, trail runners, and every traveler who appreciates scenic mountain landscapes. Tatranská Lomnica is also one of the best places for skiing in Slovakia.
Here are the hotels with the highest ratings:
Grand Hotel Praha - luxury hotel. Many travelers consider it one of the most beautiful High Tatra hotels. It features a swimming pool and wellness centre. There's a bar with live piano music. Guests are delighted with the food, comfortable rooms and tasteful decor.
Apartmany Belianky - the perfect option if you're looking for a well-equipped and quiet apartment. Located close to the resort's centre. Guests praise comfort, cleanliness and wellness centre.
Vila DEDO - great budget option close to Tatranská Lomnica's center. Nice guesthouse with beautiful views from the windows. Guests are content with the peaceful location, cleanliness, kitchenette in the rooms and parking.
Zuberec is a picturesque village resort in Western Tatras.
I like it a lot - it's quiet and peaceful and located close to interesting hiking trails. Sivý Vrch, Salatín, Brestová, Roháče - these are some of the great hikes in Tatra Mountains Slovakia.
There are also fantastic ski lifts so it's a great place for skiing in Slovakia.
Also, prices in Zuberec are lower than in Štrbské Pleso or Tatranská Lomnica - it's a great mountain destination if you prefer to travel cheap.
Another advantage of staying in Zuberec is that it's close to the Tatralandia waterpark. Tatralandia is the biggest waterpark in Slovakia and a must-visit for families with kids, hikers who want to soothe their muscles in hot thermal waters and all who love having fun splashing and splashing and sliding.
Let's have a look at the highest-rated hotels in Zuberec:
Penzion Pribisko - it's located close to ski lifts and hiking trails, in a quiet and peaceful location. It features a bowling alley, table tennis, squash and mini golf facilities, as well as saunas and steam rooms. Guests are very happy with the food and helpful staff.
Apartmány Oravskie - modern and cozy apartments located close to hiking trails. Guests appreciate the comfort, and spaciousness of the apartments, friendly owners and cleanliness.
Penzion Josu - beautiful mountain-style guesthouse. It features a wellness center, bowling alley and tennis court. Guests are satisfied with the location, tasty breakfast and friendly staff.
Tatra Mountains: hiking
I'd risk a statement that the Tatra Mountains offer the best hikes in Europe.
But OK, I haven't hiked in every mountains in Europe (so far) so can't say for sure 😉
Anyway, if you'd like to get to know this beautiful region, have a look at some of the best hikes in Tatra Mountains:
- Bystra Lavka in High Tatras (from Štrbské Pleso)
- Popradske Pleso - High Tatras Slovakia
- Kriváň - a bit demanding but very satisfying hike in High Tatra Slovakia
- Rysy Mountain - High Tatra Mountains, Poland
- 8 most stunning High Tatras hikes
- 5 day hikes in Tatra National Park Poland
- 6 most beautiful places in Tatra National Park Poland
Tatra Mountains: skiing
If you'd like to try skiing in Tatra Mountains, then you can practically choose whichever mountain resort - they all have good ski infrastructure.
In the High Tatras, prices of ski passes are quite similar to European ski resorts in the West but in Western Tatras or Low Tatras, skiing is cheaper.
I've tried skiing only in the below Tatra mountain resorts:
Weather in Tatra Mountains
One thing's sure - it's unpredictable.
You can expect snowfall in September or ice on a trail in June. Storms come quickly and are violent, especially in August. The weather may change in the blink of an eye.
It happens often that it's sunny and warm in the valleys but up in the mountains above 2000 metres, it's cold, cloudy and windy.
Travel & hiking tips
“Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, as they say in the army - and I always, always want to be ready. Just like Bigfoot.”
― Anthony Bourdain
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
— Robert Schuller
I adore the above quotes 🧡
If you wish to come prepared, travel Poland, hike Tatra Mountains and enjoy your fantastic vacation adventures, have a look at the below posts.
It's important to return home happy, satisfied and full of positive memories.