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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

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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 9.2

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.4


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    12 May 2019
    One of the nicest and chilliest most relaxing and community driven atmospheres I’ve seen in a hostel. You can tell they truly care about the travel experience and connections between individuals. Podstel was a very hospitable stay from the moment I walked through the door. Good location, great food, awesome planned activities and events, a dope garden with chill music and extremely helpful staff that make you feel like family away from home. Loved it and would highly recommend to anyone.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 May 2019
    Great hostel with more than helpful staff
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 May 2019
    Awesome staff (they know everything!) And super fun evening activities. Comfortable beds, everything was very tidy.
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 May 2019
    I was alone my first day in Bucharest and I couldn't have asked for a better hostel experience. I met up with a group to do a bike ride and ended up staying for dinner and music afterward. The staff and volunteers at both locations are great at getting people to be social in a way that feels natural. I had such a great time that we booked another night at Podstel when we ended up coming back through Bucharest. Rob and Kima especially were a lot of fun to spend time with. Book now for sure!
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    03 May 2019
    Great location, very clean, comfy beds. And the staff are lovely!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    16 May 2019
    Fab place to stay. Loved the atmosphere and staff were really, really friendly. Good facilities and perfect location, close to attractions and the old town.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    04 May 2019
    My stay was very pleasant and comfortable. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. Definitely recommend!
    Ukraine, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    02 May 2019
    Very comfortable hostel with nice beds. Staff are extremely helpful. Facilities are nice. The hostel is quite low key and quiet soo keep that in mind. Mostly private rooms so I encountered a lot of older people working but also nice, sociable young people. My one complaint would be that my 8 bed dorm had glass windows as a door so a lot of light/noise can bleed through.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    12 May 2019
    + Quiet and nice residential location, not too far from the old town + THE GARDEN TENT! Spent basically my whole stay outside chatting or relaxing outside + Welcoming, knowledgable (and often talented) staff + Comfy beds and sheets. - Only had 3 showers, which didn’t have obvious place to store clothes to get changed afterwards - The toilets were tiny and the doors were difficult to close/lock -There was rubbish left on my bedside ledge that hadn’t been cleared when I checked in -Small lockers
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    09 May 2019
    To improve for better direction to reach the hostel. Friendly staff, very clean.
    Malaysia, Female, 41+
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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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