The former communist nation of Romania is now one of Eastern Europe’s coolest holiday destinations – book an affordable bed via Culture Trip.
Hostel culture in Romania has really developed since the 1989 Revolution that ousted the communist regime – young entrepreneurs, “borrowing” the international hostel concept, have been busy ever since, opening small businesses in the tourist cities of Brașov, Sibiu, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca (or simply Cluj) and Timișoara. All have preserved historic quarters, some even a whole medieval Old Town. Others enjoy natural settings and proximity to the mountains, making for unforgettable holidays. Here are the best hotels to book across Romania – easily fixed with Culture Trip.
Bucharest features a well-preserved historic neighbourhood, lush 19th-century parks, and interwar boulevards with modernist architecture. You’ll find Little Bucharest Hostel right in the heart of the city, in a refurbished neoclassical-style building from 1902. All rooms provide amazing Old Town views. Accommodation options range from six- to 14-bed mixed-gender dorms with wooden bunk beds, and there are doubles with stylish wrought-iron furniture as well as an apartment with vintage decor. The best bars, restaurants, shops and art galleries are around the corner, while the fascinating Old Court Museum is just a short walk away.
With 800 years of history, Sibiu is a beauty – all wonderfully preserved Saxon buildings, winding passages and Baroque churches. On pedestrian street Bălcescu is B13 Hostel: an active youth hub with a burger bar as well as ribs&beer, a restaurant with a pavement terrace. Mixed and female-only dorms roll out jazzily bright decor, and there’s a communal space filled with big comfy red sofas. Here in the Old Town you have pubs, restaurants and historic attractions practically on your doorstep, including the Piata Mare (Large Square). For an excellent view of the city, book into the 20-bed dorm.
In the shadow of mountains, Sibiu attracts passionate hikers as much as it does history aficionados. With double rooms and six-to-eight-bed spaces, PanGeea stands at the entrance to the Piata Mare, a short walk from major cultural landmarks such as the Brukenthal National Museum, containing works by Van Eyck, Memling and Titian – or the Bridge of Lies, which can apparently tell if the person crossing it is a liar. Each room has a kitchen and a dining area as well as a bathroom and plenty of lockers. Sip your coffee in the baroquely furnished on-site cafe. If you feel like cooking, there’s a supermarket just opposite.
Looking for a “secret” place to stay in one of Romania’s best-preserved Saxon towns? Try this hostel on a medieval street in the heart of historic Brașov. You’ll be within walking distance of the main sights – say, the Black Church and Council Square. Dormitories have massive timber bunk beds with curtains for privacy, double mattresses and lockers with safety code. You’ll find separate showers in the shared bathrooms while kitchen amenities include a fridge, a microwave, a coffee-maker and a sandwich maker. Whatever you do, make the short trip to the celebrated Dracula Castle – Castelul Bran – in the heart of Transylvania, just 30km (19mi) from Brașov.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Roxana Coman.
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