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The Best 10 Hostels in Bucharest

Bucharest's Palace of Parliament © freestocks-photos/Pixabay
Bucharest's Palace of Parliament © freestocks-photos/Pixabay
Bucharest has a wealth of hostels that provide much more than accommodation on a budget. Quirky, intimate, fashionable and exhibiting strong personalities, most are located within the city centre. Here are the best hostels to pick from when visiting Bucharest.

Podstel Bucharest

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A colourful hostel bang in the middle of the city, located just 500 meters from Unirii Square, Podstel is run by three friends who visited more than 400 hostels in more than 50 countries. Once they settled on a concept, they opened their first hostel in Bucharest, which comes with a spacious garden, a summer bar and huge round tent to wind down. Plus, the weekly activities include an open mic evening and workshops. Hugs are free year-round.
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Bucur's Shelter

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Taking its name from Bucur, the mythical founder of Bucharest, this downtown hostel, a seven-minute walk to the city’s Old Centre, offers, not only a shelter but also a comfy lounge and a cool, easygoing vibe. For a touch of originality, in the shared kitchen you will find traditional Romanian bowls, named strachină, handmade and usually hand-painted in beautiful motifs.
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The Cozyness Hostel

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In the unofficial competition for the cosiest hostel, this one is miles ahead of everyone else. Located nearby Tineretului Park, the city’s largest, it features a large garden and comes with two four-legged permanent guests. A Golden Labrador called Tera, and, more recently, a white cat have made the hostel their home. If we are to believe the owners, she is extremely picky, so if she finds it cozy enough, then so should you.
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Zen Tribe

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Set in a less touristy part of the city, but still within the central part, the Zen Tribe Hostel is run by good friends who will welcome you to their tribe and do their outmost to lend you their zen vibe. Catering in particular to young backpackers and travellers, it offers a quiet setting and as much free coffee and tea as you’d like.
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