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.
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.
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.
Hosted in a beautifully restored 1920s villa located in the lively area near Amzei Square, Umbrella Hostel will give you a taste of the time in Bucharest’s life when the city was known as ‘little Paris’. Colourful and cozy, it features an outdoor terrace and free city tours.
This is the courtyard of the hostel I stayed in in Bucharest. It's getting very hot in the city now. But there are a lot of green parks, beergarden like cafés and other areas where to relax and enjoy a summer day. Reminds me a bit of Berlin. #summerinthecity #travelphotography #wallart #bucharest #romania
Located on Dacia Boulevard, one of the main arteries of Bucharest, lined with imposing villas dating from the turn of the century, Globe Hostel offers dorms decorated with style and attention to detail. Featuring a women-only room and offering free linen and towels for four+ day stays, this quiet hostel is located close to memorial houses and numerous museums.
X Hostel Bucharest
Located within walking distance from the Old Centre, the X Hostel definitely has that X Factor going on. Exuding an unmissable party vibe, this hostel will make you feel right at home provided that your house comes with a bitcoin ATM and foosball, giant Jenga and a large collection of board games.
Pura Vida Sky Bar & Hostel
One of the best known hostels in Bucharest, Pura Vida Sky Bar & Hostel, comes, as the name suggests, with quite some perks. High up on the roof you will have access to a terrace that opens up towards Bucharest’s Old Centre, the most picturesque part of the city. Fun, with a bohemian vibe, it hosts weekly events for its guests.
The Cozyness Hostel
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.
Located in one of Bucharest’s most charming areas, nearby the city centre, Book-a-Rest wins points not for its original name, but particularly due to it being hosted in a beautifully restored villa. It offers an indoor yard and a terrace, spot on for the time of the year when nights in Bucharest get hot.
Book-a-Rest, Strada Sfântul Ștefan 21, București 023996, Romania, + 40 786 745 028
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.
Located near the Old Centre, the city’s party district, Puzzle Hostel is set in a beautiful old house and features brightly coloured interiors. They offer a charming lounge area and free sheets, blankets and towels as well as free full breakfast, to make sure your start off your visit to Bucharest on the right note.
Puzzle Hostel, Calea Griviței 32, București 010733, Romania, +40 733 128 887