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Podstel Bucharest

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect 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 (centre of Bucharest) focused on giving each of our guests a unique experience by organising fun weekly events, insightful workshops & delicious family meals.

We are owned and run by 5 best friends: Dan (UK), Sam (UK), Henry (UK), Jason (USA/Switzerland), and Ambrose (Canada/Portugal) 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.

Podstel Bucharest is the result of a big travel journey that started in 2012. On that journey we visited over 400 hostels in 50+ countries, collecting ideas while building our concept and trying to understand what travellers wanted from a hostel.

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

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.

We all love language, so to help make sure nothing is lost in translation, we can speak fluent English, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German & Swiss German.

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 9.7

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.9

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.4


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    14 Apr 2019
    Had a great time at this hostel! Amazing people working there and staying there, was cozy and home-y. They had events every night so it was a great chance to meet new people (locals and travelers) but also easy to just hangout on your own and explore Bucharest. Would definitely recommend and stay again!!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Apr 2019
    I had a wonderful time at Podstel and the staff are great. I arrived early morning and was able to check in, leave my bag at reception and was told what time to come back so my bed would be ready. I loved that there were so many events happening at the hostel and everyone was so lovely. I will definitely come back to this hostel!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    10 Apr 2019
    Excellent hostel, just can't imagine something to mention that is not OK - easy to find coming from the airport (just one bus needed), close to the center (walking distance), excellent staff, busy every day with events and as such, the people staying there are perfect as well. The bathrooms are perfectly clean. Have been before here and it is even improved.
    Bulgaria, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Apr 2019
    Podstel Bucharest was absolutely amazing! This was my first time staying in a hostel, as well as traveling alone. Upon arrival, I was greeted with a friendly face, as well as some friendly guest. The night I arrived there was an event called speed friending, that was absolutely amazing in meeting new people. I felt extremely safe the entire time.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    04 Apr 2019
    Coming here feels like coming home. The atmosphere is very relaxed and super friendly. Not only is the staff amazing and makes you feel like a friend the second you walk in, even the people seem more connected then the usual. The events they run daily are a really nice way to meet everyone. It was very clean, secure and super cozy. They have everything you could wish for in a beautiful setting. I liked it so much I came back after two days in another city!
    Slovenia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 Apr 2019
    Social vibe, great garden, different events throughout the week. Will easily be my first choice if I visit Bucharest again.
    Wales, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    02 Apr 2019
    I only stayed for 2 days but regretted I couldn't stay longer. The staff is amazing, you directly feel welcome. They have some really nice activities every night but they stop at a reasonable hour so everyone can sleep when they want to. Thanks a lot for making my stay in Bucharest so nice :)
    Belgium, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    31 Mar 2019
    As soon as you walk in, you are given slippers and treated like family. The location is in a more residential area and it is not a far walk from Old Town. The staff were pleasant and humorous. The atmosphere on a beautiful Romanian day is incredible. I would recommend again and again.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    31 Mar 2019
    This was the best hostel I’ve stayed in so far! The atmosphere is really great, with events organized every night. The staff makes you feel very welcome when you check-in. The location of the hostel is good too, not far from the city center but in a calm neighborhood. And they have a very cute cat :) I would come back if I visit Bucharest again!
    Switzerland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    30 Mar 2019
    Not enough showers for number of beds (only 3). Weird arrival: originally told I either had to accept a bed with no locker (I booked for a locker) or pay more for another room with the same number of beds but a worse location (top floor has no bathrooms). But eventually put me in top floor room for original price. So it ended up fine. Social events everyday.
    USA, 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 Reception
  • 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
  • PlayStation

Awards

  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Romania

  • 2019

    5th, Best solo male hostel

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Romania

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