Welcome to Podstel Bucharest!
Podstel is more than just a bed - we are a community hostel run by travellers, just a 5 minute walk from Unirii Square. We focus on giving each guest a unique experience and organise fun events, inspiring workshops & family meals every week.
We are owned and run by 3 best friends: Dan (UK), Sam (UK), and Jason (USA/Switzerland) who shared a collective dream to set up a new kind of hostel. Since 2012 we spent 4 years visiting over 400 hostels in 50+ countries to understand what travellers need from a hostel while building the Podstel vision on the road.
After all the hard work and adventures, we are excited to invite you to stay with us at the first Podstel.
Here’s what you can expect from your stay:
We know what it’s like to be on the road. We’ve travelled to over 50 countries on 5 continents, learning from other hostels and interviewing 100s of backpackers in order to understand 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 love language and enjoy communicating with our guests, so to help make sure nothing is lost in translation, we speak fluent English, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German & Swiss German.
We work hard to create a fun, homely and creative 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.
We work hard to make Podstel a vibrant, creative, and social place for you.
We are equipped with a stage, 90 inch projector and PA system, and our garden can host up to 150 people.
We enjoy organising fun events and inspiring workshops FREE OF CHARGE for all of our guests, such as:
-Weekly community events including open mic, movie night, family meals and yoga.
-Events: live music, art & cultural performances from locals.
-Workshops e.g. painting, meditation, writing, photography, drawing.
-Presentations on themes such as travel, self development and health.
Do you have a passion project or skill you’d like to share at Podstel? We love giving our guests a platform to share what they love with our community. We are always looking for people who want to host their own events and workshop so if you have something you’d like to share, send us an email and we’ll help you bring your idea to life.
If you’re looking for chilled ambient music, good vibes and an opportunity to meet locals, expats and fellow travellers, our summer bar is the place to be.
-Beers and alcoholic cocktails.
-46 speciality teas from all over the world.
-Delicious fresh fruit smoothies, made with fruits and herbs grown in our garden.
-Homemade freshly-squeezed lemonades.
-Toasted sandwiches & snacks.
Podstel is located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood just 500 metres South of Unirii Square. We are in short walking distance to many supermarkets, restaurants, parks, clubs, and many popular sights. We are also the closest hostel 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.
-Free hugs and positivity.
-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 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 soon at Podstel.
Check in: 1PM
Check out: 11AM
No smoking inside hostel.
Breakfast is NOT included.
We require 48 hours notice to cancel your booking. Any late cancellation or no shows will result in a cancellation charge to your credit card equivalent to the first night of your stay. If you wish to cancel your booking, please inform us by email.
Reception hours: 0700 – 2300 Monday - Sunday, but all of our staff live on site and are available 24 hours a day upon request.
Late check-ins: We can accommodate late check-ins outside reception hours. When booking, please provide us with your arrival time and we will send you self-check in instructions by email if you are arriving after 2300.
Payment by cash or card in local currency (LEI) or Euro upon arrival.
We do not accept group bookings for more than 6 people online. If there are more than 6 people in your group please email or call us directly and we’ll respond to your request.
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Instalaciones & Políticas de Albergue
- Recepción 24 horas
- Seguridad 24 horas
- Aire acondicionado
- Estacionamiento de bicicletas
- Juegos de mesa
- Intercambio de libros
- Desayuno no incluido
- Se aceptan niños
- Sala común
- Se aceptan tarjetas de crédito
- Tipo de cambio
- Mapas de la ciudad gratis
- Tour gratuito de la ciudad
- Acceso gratuito a Internet
- Aparcamiento gratuito
- Wifi gratuito
- Secadores de pelo
- Secadores de pelo para alquilar
- Duchas de agua caliente
- Acceso a Internet
- Ciber Café
- Plancha y tabla de planchar
- Acceso mediante tarjeta llave
- Incluye ropa de cama
- Comidas disponibles
- Sala de reuniones
- Sin límite de hora
- Terraza al aire libre
- Se aceptan animales
- Luz de lectura
- Caja fuerte
- Baño de Vapor
- IVA incluido
- Máquina para Té y Café
- Mostrador de excursiones
- Alquiler de toallas
Política de cancelaciónEsta propiedad cuenta con una política de cancelación de 2 días. Si no se realiza la cancelación dentro de ese plazo se aplicará un recargo de anulación igual a la primera noche de tu estancia.
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DIRECTIONS TO PODSTEL BUCHAREST:
FROM THE AIRPORT (OTOPENI):
The airport bus is number 783. It runs 24 hours a day; about every 40 minutes during the night, and every 15 minutes during the day.
Total time from Airport to our door with the bus: 45 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
It’s a very simple journey; we’re the closest hostel to the last stop of the airport bus at Piata Unirii!
From Arrivals, take Bus 783 to Unirii Square (Piata Unirii). Please note, Unirii Square has 2 stops, so make sure you get off at the very last stop!
You can buy a return ticket (valid for 2 journeys) at the kiosk next to the bus stop for 8.6 Lei (about €2). Please note, euros are not accepted.
When you get off the bus, walk to your right for about 100 metres until you reach Strada Bibescu Vodă.
Walk down Strada Bibescu Vodă until you reach Strada Calea Șerban Vodă, which will be on your right hand side.
Take a right and continue about 300 metres down Strada Principatele Unite. Our street is Strada Olimpului, and is the third street on your left. Take a left and walk about 50 metres down Strada Olimpului, and you will find us on the left hand side at Number 13. We have a blue and green gate.
Hooray! You made it. It’s time to let your bags down and relax :)
FROM THE TRAIN STATION (GARA DE NORD):
Total time from Gara de Nord to our door with the metro: 45 minutes.
The cheapest and simplest way to get to the hostel during the day from Gara de Nord is by taking the metro.
Go to the 'Gara de Nord 1' subway station and take the Yellow M1 Line towards Pantelimon. After 7 stops, get off the metro at Unirii Square (Piața Unirii), walk right, and follow the signs to Metro Exit “A”. After climbing the stairs and exiting the metro station, keep walking straight and take the first street to the right, Strada Bibescu Vodă.
Continue until you reach Serban Vodă Street and take a left. When you pass the church on the left, take a right on the first street, Strada Principatele Unite.
Continue on Strada Principatele Unite for about 300 meters. Our street is Strada Olimpului, and is the third street on your left. Take a left and walk about 50 metres down Strada Olimpului, and you will find us on the left hand side at Number 13. We have a blue and green gate.
Hooray! You made it. It’s time to let your bags down and relax :)
**IMPORTANT**: at both Gara de Nord and the Airport, watch out for tourist scams and con taxis. Don’t take the first taxi that invites you; find an honest driver.
Ask around and find one that is willing to use the meter. Most taxis have their price written on the taxi, and you should pay no more than 1.4 lei/km. A normal fare from Gara de Nord to the hostel is about 15 lei (€3.5) and from Henri Coanda Airport (OTP) to the hostel, maximum 50 lei (€11).**