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Podstel Bucharest

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

PLEASE NOTE: We now have two locations in Bucharest. If you stay with us, you're welcome to chill at either Podstel, but please book taking into account your preferences:
1 - Podstel Bucharest: social, weekly events/workshops/family meals, garden, cafe/bar.
2 - Podstel Umbrella: more chilled, modern, comfortable, private rooms available.

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Welcome to the Podstel family!

Podstel Bucharest is more than just a bed - we are a community hostel run by travellers, just a 5-minute walk from Unirii Square focused on giving each of our guests a unique experience by organising fun weekly events, insightful workshops & delicious family meals.

Podstel was founded by Dan and Sam - childhood friends from the UK - who shared a collective dream to set up a home where travellers and locals could share their stories and learn something new from each other.

In 2012, Dan and Sam embarked on a journey around the world visiting over 400 hostels in 50+ countries, collecting ideas and trying to understand what travellers wanted from a hostel which ultimately led to the Podstel concept.

After all the hard work and adventures, they put into everything we learned into practice, and here's what you can expect from your stay at Podstel Bucharest - the first and original Podstel:

STAFF

We know what it’s like to be on the road. We all love to travel and have adventured to over 50 countries on 5 continents, learning from other hostels and interviewing 100s of backpackers in order to understand exactly what you need.

Beyond a friendly social atmosphere, hot shower and good night’s sleep, we want to get to know you as a friend and give you personalised recommendations of things to see and do in Bucharest.

ATMOSPHERE

We believe it's important to help you feel at home while you're on the road, so we've done our best to create a fun, homely and familiar atmosphere.

Our spacious garden is filled with lush trees & flowers, hammocks, a summer bar and an Arabic tent, giving the feeling of a chilled natural oasis in the heart of Bucharest. It’s a great place to unwind, enjoy a fresh smoothie and meet fellow travellers, locals and our two friendly house cats, Chai & Dharma.

We also have a ‘secret garden’ with hanging flower baskets and comfy cushions, where you can kick back, relax or even enjoy a game of table tennis with fellow travellers or locals.

EVENTS/WORKSHOPS

We work hard to make Podstel a vibrant, creative, and social place to be.

We are equipped with a stage, 90-inch projector and PA system, and can host events for up to 100 people in our garden.

We enjoy organising fun events and inspiring workshops FREE OF CHARGE for all of our guests, such as:

-Recurring weekly events including the famous Podstel family meals, unconventional movie night, 'skip the small talk' philosophical discussions and yoga.
-Events: live music, art & cultural performances from locals.
-Workshops e.g. meditation, writing, photography, drawing.
-Presentations on themes such as travel, self-development and health.

TEAHOUSE/CAFE

If you’re looking for chilled ambient music, good vibes and an opportunity to meet locals, expats and fellow travellers, our onsite teahouse/cafe is the place to be. It's also a great place to get work done with comfy seating, plug sockets everywhere and super-fast Gigabit WiFi internet.

We also offer:

-Beers and alcoholic cocktails.
-46 speciality teas from all over the world.
-Toasted sandwiches & healthy snacks.

In the Summer, we fresh fruit smoothies made with fruits and herbs grown in our garden, and homemade freshly-squeezed lemonades. In the Winter, we serve hot mulled wine.

LOCATION

Podstel Bucharest is located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood just 500 metres South of Unirii Square. We are within a short walking distance to everything you will need for your stay (supermarkets, restaurants, parks, clubs, and many popular sights). We are also only 5 minutes walk closest to the bus stop of the 24-hour airport bus.

Here's our proximity to points of interest in Bucharest:

-Unirii Square: 5-minute walk to shops, ATMs, currency exchange bureaus, supermarkets, buses and Bucharest’s main metro station, Piata Unirii (direct connection to Gara De Nord - main train station).
-Nightclubs: 5-minute walk to two of Bucharest’s most popular clubs.
-Old Town: 15-minute walk to all the bars, cafes, bistros, clubs, art galleries, antique shops & museums.
-Other Key Places: 5-minute walk to Carol Park (Nation’s Heroes Memorial), 10-minute walk to Tineretului Park, 10-minute walk to daily free walking tour & 15-minute walk to Palace of Parliament.

OTHER

-Free hugs and positivity.
-A chance to meet our cats.
-Fully equipped self-catering kitchen with a cooker, microwave, fridge, utensils, herbs & condiments.
-Free use of musical instruments - ukuleles, guitars, microphones, keyboard and PA system.
-Free board games.
-Free use of the stage and opportunity to organise your own event or workshop.

That’s everything for now - thanks for reading and we look forward to welcoming you to the Podstel Family. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.4

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 8.8

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.1


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Oct 2019
    Best hostel I've stayed in. Super friendly staff who offer tips for what to see and do. Dormitories are cosy and have lockers, plus the beds are arranged to maximise privacy. Other facilities are great - spacious kitchen and showers. The staff make the atmosphere welcoming and fun by organising relaxed events in the evenings - but there is also no pressure to join if you want to do your own thing. Great location, within walking distance of where many waking tours start. Thanks for a great stay!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 Oct 2019
    They make you feel part of the Podstel .family
    Spain, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Oct 2019
    The stay was absolutely amazing. The staff, the facilities, the whole overall vibe are just amazing. I only stayed there for a night but felt completely taken in and taken care of. Will come back more than once!
    Lithuania, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    11 Oct 2019
    Excellent hostel. It's located in a walking distance to the old town and the staff is really worried about your experience. They suggested excellent nightlife options and offered social meetings to the hostel guests (even though i didn't participate, heard they were cool). Stayed one night in a private room and one night in a shared room and both were ok, with good beds, lockers and power plugs to every bed. Really recommend it!
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    08 Oct 2019
    Honestly a wonderfully social hostel! Great events to meet people, great home cooked family meals! Staff there are fabulous! Must dos walking tour, and therme. Is a bit of a walk everywhere so just keep in mind. But wouldn’t stay anywhere else Great food and cafe culture And very affordable Would definitely be back
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    01 Oct 2019
    I really really wanted to like this hostel but I do have some issues. The beds were crazy comfortable which was nice, the place was clean and location good. I liked the food they cook for the dinners and the price was reasonable. My biggest issue is that their are a huge amount of volunteers at the hostel that stuck to their own group and didn’t do a good job of mingling the guests together. The activities were also not very social at all, they should organize things like going out to a pub.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    30 Sep 2019
    A homely hostel not far from the old town. A nice outdoor area, good atmosphere and friendly staff. Offer a family dinner every night for 20 lei which in my 2 days there they were vegetarian, the rooms are large and spacious. My only recommendation for the owners would be to offer more free incentives to the guests as I felt like I was only paying for the bed. Breakfast included would really add more value to the experience and would be the talk amongst other travellers
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    26 Sep 2019
    Comfortable beds, good location, staff are pretty cool. Very clean and events are well run.
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    26 Sep 2019
    This place has an amazing tent/common area for relaxing. The beds were comfy and the location was good. It was difficult to use the kitchen due to the staff always using it for family dinners and staff didnt really acknowledge you were there. I think there is way too many volunteers working here. It felt like a boys club. The only people who tried to converse with you were other travellers even though there are social things each night no travellers would really go due to the atmosphere.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.0

    Good

    01 Oct 2019
    Staff was not very friendly, specially one of the owners. Wouldn't really recommend.
    Mexico, Female, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room


Awards

  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Romania

  • 2019

    5th, Best solo male hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Romania

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