Podstel Doors Hostel
Hello and welcome to Podstel Doors Hostel – the most colourful, chilled and vibrant hostel in Bucharest!
We're located right in the heart of the city and in walking distance to all the famous sights, clubs, bars, shops, and two of Bucharest’s most beautiful parks. We’re also the closest hostel to the airport bus.
We're owned and run by travellers Dan & Sam - two childhood friends from Britain who spent 4 years hitchhiking and adventuring the world with a dream to set up hostel built on principles of community, sharing and learning.
After gathering ideas and inspiration from over 400 hostels and 100s of backpackers on 4 continents, we're excited to share with you what we’ve created here at Podstel.
Here’s why Podstel is your perfect place for a fun, comfy and memorable stay in Bucharest:
We have visited over 50+ countries so when it comes to hostels and travel we understand exactly what you need. We live on site and we want to help you feel at home, get to know you as a friend and listen to your travel stories. We also speak 8 languages (English, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German & Swiss German) and can give you personalised recommendations for things to see and do in Bucharest.
Podstel is a social hostel with a cosy and vibrant atmosphere. We work hard to create a friendly and welcoming feeling by hosting fun events, activities, group dinners, performances and workshops, which make it super easy for you to meet fellow travellers and Bucharest locals.
With over 46 varieties of tea from around the world (we might have a tea from your country), our cosy, zen-inspired tea house is the perfect place to chill, enjoy events and exchange stories with fellow travellers & locals.
Outside our front door is our beautiful 450m2 garden - a green oasis and ideal place to chill in the heart of Bucharest. With lush quince trees and hammocks, our garden is the perfect place for hosting fun events, activities & workshops or just relaxing and enjoying the sun. We’re equipped with a summer bar, stage, dozens of tables & chairs, and a beautiful Arabic Tent which can sit up to 40 people.
Please note: we’re always looking for talented musicians, artists and teachers to hold events and workshops, so if you have something to share, get in touch and let's make a plan to bring it to life!
We’re located just 500 metres South of Unirii Square in a peaceful neighbourhood that is in excellent proximity to everything you need for your stay. Here's our proximity to various places in Bucharest:
•5 minutes walk from Unirii square – shops, ATMs, currency exchange, supermarkets, buses and metro (Piata Unirii)
•5 minutes walk to the Airport bus (nr. 783) – it runs 24 hours a day and we’re the closest hostel in Bucharest to it.
•10 minutes walk to Old Town – for all clubs, cafes, 200 bars, eateries, art galleries, antique shops, museums, coffeehouses.
•10-minute taxi drive to the main train station – Gara De Nord – €3 euros or 20 mins on metro.
•5 minutes walk to Carol Park – a beautiful park with the 'Eternal Flame' and the “Arenele Romane” which is used to host open air concerts in the summer.
•10 minutes walk to Houses of Parliament – the 2nd largest administrative building in the world after The Pentagon in USA.
•10 minutes walk to Tineretului Park – a picturesque park with a huge lake, and lots of events and fun activities in the summer.
•10 minutes walk to The Old Princely Court – a palace built during the rule of Dracula.
FOOD & DRINK, SERVICES & FUN
•1 minute from one of Bucharest’s best Italian restaurants.
•2 minutes to the nearest corner shop.
•5 minutes to the closest small supermarket.
•5 minutes to the closest fresh local bakery.
•5 minutes to the closest pharmacy.
•5 minutes to the closest Post Office.
•5 minutes to the closest coffee shop.
•5 minutes walk to Fabrica Club – one of the hippest club in town for young people, hosting events and live music every weekend.
•5 minutes walk to the best kebab in Bucharest.
•Free kitchen with utensils to cook up your own meal.
•Free parking on the street (please let us know in advance).
•Free walking tour.
•Free board games – including Cards Against Humanity!
•Free books and guide books that you are welcome to read.
•Free printing of tickets and documents.
•Free city maps and personal recommendations based on your interests.
•Free use of iron and iron board.
•Free hard drive with a huge collection of movies and series.
•Free slippers for teahouse/hostel.
•Free luggage storage.
•Free adapters available to charge your electronics.
•Free spices, herbs, sauces and condiments to use in our kitchen.
•Free taxi arranging service from the hostel 24 hours a day.
We look forward to welcoming you at Podstel and doing our best to make your stay an experience you’ll never forget.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Reception
- 24 Hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Cable TV
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Currency Exchange
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Key Card Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Meeting Rooms
- No Curfew
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pet Friendly
- Postal Service
- Reading Light
- Safe Deposit Box
- Steam Room
- Taxes included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
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 the first night charged to your credit card. If you want to cancel your booking, please inform us by email.
Reception hours: 0700 – 2300 Monday - Sunday, but all our staff live on site and are available 24 hours a day.
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.
Since we are a small hostel, we do not accept group bookings for more than 6 people online. Email or call us directly and we’ll respond to your request.
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FROM THE AIRPORT (BANEASA OR OTOPENI):
From Departures, take the Express Bus 783 to Unirii Square. 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 7 Lei (€1.50). Please note, Euros are not accepted.
When you get off the bus, walk to your right for about 200 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. Walk about 50 metres down the street and you will find us on the left hand side at Number 13. We have a black and yellow gate.
Hooray, you made it. It’s time to let your bags down and relax :)
The duration from Airport to our front door is about 45 minutes outside of rush hour (we’re the closest hostel to the last stop of the airport bus).
The bus runs 24 hours a day; every 40 minutes during the night, and every 15 minutes during the day.
Henri Coanda Airport (OTP) has 2 offices for calling a taxi. They are located right next to the checkout area. Ask for a cheap taxi and it will be there right away.
FROM THE TRAIN STATION (GARA DE NORD):
Go to the 'Gara de Nord 1' subway station and take the Yellow 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 from the subway 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 metres. Our street is Strada Olimpului, and is the third on your left. Walk about 50 metres down the street and you will find us on the left hand side at number 13 - We have a black and yellow gate.
Hooray, you made it. It’s time to take of your bags and relax :)
We’re located just 500 metres south of Unirii Square in a peaceful neighbourhood that is in excellent proximity to everything you need for your stay:
•5 minutes walk from Unirii square - shops, ATMs, Currency Exchange, Metro, Buses.
•5 minutes walk to the Airport bus (783) - we're the closest hostel to the bus stop.
•10 minutes walk to Old Town - for all clubs, cafes, 200 bars, art galleries, antiqueshops, museums, coffeehouses.
•10-minute taxi drive to the main train station (Gara De Nord).