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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 have two locations in Bucharest, and whilst you're welcome to chill at either Podstel, consider your own preferences when booking:

1 - Podstel Bucharest: This is our hostel/teahouse combo offering daily Family Meals and social evening activities.
2 - Podstel Umbrella: This is our modern, chilled, quiet and comfortable space where private rooms are also 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 and just a 10-minute walk from Unirii Square. We are focused on giving each of our guests a unique experience by organising fun 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 friendly house cat 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 enjoy organising fun events every day of the week, free of charge to all of our guests. These include Games Night, Craft Night, Open Stage Sessions, Trivia Night, Live Performances, Insightful Talks, Mediation/Yoga Workshops and much much more!

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.
- over 40 speciality teas from all over the world.
- Toasted sandwiches, delicious cakes & healthy snacks.

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

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 8 minutes walk to the closest bus stop of the 24-hour airport bus.

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

- Unirii Square: 8-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: 10-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 cat.
- 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 use of many card/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 9.5

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    12 Oct 2019
    I had a great stay at Podstel. Every night there is an activity, the staff are amazing people, and the family dinners were delicious & the perfect place to meet fellow travellers. It's got a very positive environment. I had a lovely time.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 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

    04 Oct 2019
    Was made to feel welcome as soon as I walked through the door. It was Friday night and I arrived just as communal dinner was being served (veggie chillie, nice). Whilst I had an idea to venture out into Bucharest, I found the hours roll by as I enjoyed the company of the other guests and staff. We ended up all going out for drinks as a group afterwards, and I met some amazing people, one who came to visit me on their return to London too. I will definitely return! Also, the tea was awesome!
    England, 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
  • 9.7

    Superb

    07 Oct 2019
    It was really great stay and great experience. Podstel is super friendly. By the way the family meal was great every day again and the tea and the pie..... Everything got done in the best way by the staff of the hostel.
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    11 Oct 2019
    Awesome hostel, crew was cool and had events each night! Had an amazing night👌
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 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
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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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