Are you planning a trip to Romania and wondering where to stay? If you’re searching for an accommodation that is cosy, lively and budget-friendly, Romania has plenty of hostels to choose from. To help you have the very best experience, we’ve prepared a list of the most comfortable and welcoming hostels in the country.
A hostel where guests are invited to be part of a noteworthy experience through ad-hoc activities, workshops and events, Podstel is focused on serving the community and upholding values. Travellers are given the opportunity to volunteer in exchange for food or a night stay. But what’s even greater is the family feeling you get from the staff and roommates. Not only will you share spacious and comfortable rooms, but also great stories as you meet people in the inside lounge area, the outdoor space or the teahouse.
Boasting a central location in Bucharest, in the Amzei Square, Umbrella Hostel is situated in a beautifully restored building from the 1920s. Featuring double, triple, quadruple and eight-bunk bedrooms, the hostel’s design and decor creates a warm ambiance. Travellers can enjoy an outdoor terrace, free WiFi, a laundry service, a well-equipped kitchen and a colourful common room, perfect for meeting people. On top of this, you can also look forward to a friendly and welcoming staff that will make sure you have everything you need for a great experience.
As its name implies, The Spot Cosy Hostel is a warm, homey hostel in Cluj-Napoca. The living room, bedrooms and even the hammocks in the backyard are all comfortable and uniquely decorated. The breakfast is complimentary, as well as coffee, tea, towels, clean sheets, a hair dryer and even a city tour. You can share your room with up to 11 people, as the vast multi-coloured rooms have space to spare.
Between the two main squares in Cluj, a peaceful and quiet oasis can be found at Zen Hostel. With funky designs, comfortable beds and numerous spaces to relax, including hammocks and a gorgeous terrace, Zen Hostel is perfect for a laid-back holiday. The hostel features two, four and six-bunk dorms, lockers, a roomy kitchen, a bar and a sympathetic staff. Zen Hostel is a great option when staying in Cluj.
Located in Brasov’s Old Centre, JugendStube is a lovely hostel, where cleanliness and hospitality are prioritized. The two, four and six-bunk bedrooms are colourful and well kept, with comfortable beds. Guests have access to a fully-equipped kitchen, free WiFi, books, laptops, maps, a common room with board games and as much tea as you can drink. Yet, the best part is that the welcoming hosts are always there to advise you, give you tips and suggest places to visit.
At Kismet Dao Hostel you can find everything you want and more. Situated in Brasov’s Old Town, the hostel features a modern design, spacious two, six and eight-bed dorms, marvellous terraces, a pet-friendly environment, a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge with cosy couches and plenty of games, free WiFi and barbecue facilities. Breakfast is also included with unlimited coffee and tea. Don’t worry about checking in at a certain time, as check-in is flexible.
The greatest thing about Smart Hostel is that it is on Sibiu’s Big Square, so guests only need to walk two minutes to enjoy the best restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. The hostel features two, six and eight-bed dorms, a well-equipped kitchen, clean bathrooms and a lounge area sprinkled with games, books, maps, a guitar, a computer and a printer. Breakfast and WiFi are complimentary and the helpful staff makes guests feel welcome.
Downtown Hostel might not have many rooms, but the rooms it does have are beautifully decorated and fun to stay in. In the kitchen, you can find complimentary homemade marmalade, biscuits, tea and a cook book of traditional Romanian recipes. In the summer, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on the outdoor terrace or chat with fellow guests during cooking classes, game nights or movie screenings. During the day, you can easily reach the city centre of Timisoara, and if you ask the staff, they might even show you around town or join you for a drink at a local bar.
A mix of modern and classic, Freeborn hostel is the place where you will never get bored. Your stay starts with a free shot of palinka, the Romanian traditional drink. After you are settled, you are free to relax in the courtyard or play ping pong or other games with guests. Borrow a bike and take a ride around the city, enjoy free drinks at the hostel’s bar, play the guitar or eat your heart out at waffle parties and barbecue cook-offs. At night, snuggle into a comfy bed in one of the many rooms that accommodate six to ten people.
The best hostel in Iași is Bicycle Hostel, a modern and tastefully decorated place that takes creature comforts seriously. With big rooms filled with two, three or four beds, this small, but lovely hostel is quiet, cosy and full of helpful staff members. Only a 10 minute walk from the city centre, near the bus station and the supermarket, the hostel is perfectly located. Plenty of board games are available to play with other travellers in a big lounge, as well as a nice kitchen to try local recipes in.
A gateway to the citadel of Alba Iulia, Citadel Hostel features free parking in a fresh and modern setting. Laundry and ironing facilities, free WiFi, barbecue equipment and board games are at the disposal of guests. With big rooms, fabulous decorations, a fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely, caring staff, the hostel has made a reputation for being the best in town. Coffee and tea are on the house, as well as information and recommendations about the city.