Welcome to Podstel Bucharest!
Podstel is more than just a bed - we are a community hostel run by travellers, just a 5-minute walk from Unirii Square. We focus on giving each guest a unique experience and organise fun events, inspiring workshops & family meals every week.
We are owned and run by 4 best friends: Dan (UK), Sam (UK), Jason (USA/Switzerland), and Ambrose (Canada/Portugal) who shared a collective dream to set up a new kind of hostel. Since 2012 we spent 5 years visiting over 400 hostels in 50+ countries to understand what travellers need from a hostel while building the Podstel vision on the road.
After all the hard work and adventures, we are excited to invite you to stay with us at the first Podstel.
Here’s what you can expect from your stay:
We know what it’s like to be on the road. We’ve travelled to over 50 countries on 5 continents, learning from other hostels and interviewing 100s of backpackers in order to understand what you need.
Beyond a friendly social atmosphere, hot shower and good night’s sleep, we want to get to know you as a friend and give you personalised recommendations of things to see and do in Bucharest.
We love language and enjoy communicating with our guests, so to help make sure nothing is lost in translation, we speak fluent English, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German & Swiss German.
We work hard to create a fun, homely and creative atmosphere.
Our spacious garden is filled with lush trees & flowers, hammocks, a summer bar and an Arabic tent, giving the feeling of a chilled natural oasis in the heart of Bucharest.
It’s a great place to unwind, enjoy a fresh smoothie and meet fellow travellers, locals and our two friendly house cats, Chai & Dharma.
We also have a ‘secret garden’ with hanging flower baskets and comfy cushions, where you can kick back, relax or even enjoy a game of table tennis with fellow travellers.
We work hard to make Podstel a vibrant, creative, and social place for you.
We are equipped with a stage, 90 inch projector and PA system, and our garden can host up to 150 people.
We enjoy organising fun events and inspiring workshops FREE OF CHARGE for all of our guests, such as:
-Weekly community events including open mic, movie night, family meals and yoga.
-Events: live music, art & cultural performances from locals.
-Workshops e.g. painting, meditation, writing, photography, drawing.
-Presentations on themes such as travel, self development and health.
Do you have a passion project or skill you’d like to share at Podstel? We love giving our guests a platform to share what they love with our community. We are always looking for people who want to host their own events and workshop so if you have something you’d like to share, send us an email and we’ll help you bring your idea to life.
If you’re looking for chilled ambient music, good vibes and an opportunity to meet locals, expats and fellow travellers, our indoor teahouse area is the place to be. It's also a great place to get work done with comfy seating, plug sockets everywhere and super fast WiFi internet.
-Beers and alcoholic cocktails.
-46 speciality teas from all over the world.
-Toasted sandwiches & snacks.
In the Summer, we serve delicious fresh fruit smoothies made with fruits and herbs grown in our garden, and homemade freshly-squeezed lemonades.
In the Winter, we serve hot mulled wine.
Podstel is located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood just 500 metres South of Unirii Square. We are in short walking distance to many supermarkets, restaurants, parks, clubs, and many popular sights. We are also the closest hostel to the bus stop of the 24-hour airport bus.
Here's our proximity to points of interest in Bucharest:
-Unirii Square: 5 minute walk to shops, ATMs, currency exchange bureaus, supermarkets, buses and Bucharest’s main metro station, Piata Unirii (direct connection to Gara De Nord - main train station).
-Nightclubs: 5 minute walk to two of Bucharest’s most popular clubs.
-Old Town: 15 minute walk to all the bars, cafes, bistros, clubs, art galleries, antique shops & museums.
-Other Key Places: 5 minute walk to Carol Park (Nation’s Heroes Memorial), 10 minute walk to Tineretului Park, 10 minute walk to daily free walking tour & 15 minute walk to Palace of Parliament.
-Free hugs and positivity.
-Fully equipped self-catering kitchen with a cooker, microwave, fridge, utensils, herbs & condiments.
-Free use of musical instruments - ukuleles, guitars, microphones, keyboard and PA system.
-Free board games.
-Free use of stage and opportunity to organise your own event or workshop.
That’s everything for now, thanks for reading and we look forward to welcoming you soon at Podstel.
Address 1: Strada Olimpului 13
City : Bucharest
Postal Code : 040198
Contact Name : Podstel Bucharest
Phone : +40 213 362 127
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Baggage storage
- Laundry service
- Photo copying service
- Free Events
- Summer Bar
- Free Maps
- Family Meals
- Free Wifi
- Table Tennis
- Free Parking
- Free Hugs
- Towels For Rent
Check-In / Check-Out Policies
This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies.
Check-In : 14:00
Check-Out : 11:00
Property and Cancellation Policies :
Terms and Conditions
No smoking inside the building.
Breakfast is NOT included.
Reception hours: 0800 – 2300 Monday - Sunday, but staff live on site and are available 24 hours a day upon request.
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.
We do not accept group bookings for more than 6 people online. If there are more than 6 people in your group please email or call us directly and we’ll respond to your request.