Romania’s capital Bucharest is definitely growing in popularity among travelers. Sometimes dubbed the ‘new Berlin’, the city is a hotspot for young crowds in search of alternative sights: old Belle Époque villas mixed with communist architecture, hip coffee shops and bars hidden on side streets and a friendly, very welcoming urban culture or countryside trips to visit famous Romanian castles. Add the ‘very affordable’ factor in the mix along with the growing tech and start-up scene and you’ll soon realize why many digital nomads have chosen Bucharest as their next stop.
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Hostels are a popular place to set up an initial base and start exploring the city so check out our list of the TOP rated 10 hostels in Bucharest for backpackers!
This place is not just any hostel! Omega house is hostel, cafe, coworking and coliving space “package” aka. ALL IN 🙂 . It’s ideal for backpackers, long term travelers, digital nomads or travel bloggers. It comes with everything you can possibly need for BEST time in Bucharest. High standards, perfection, cleanliness and community make this hostel to stand out from crowd in Bucharest! You can meet bunch of interesting and creative people, anytime you walk in.
At just €38 a night you can get a cozy private room in this hostel with a great location, virtually in the heart of Bucharest where none of the major landmarks are too far off. The hostel is in Piata Amzei, close to Piata Romana metro station, and this is where Bucharest’s hip and urban crowds gather to get away from the touristy Old Town.
Those interested in history will be pleased too: Umbrella Hostel is set up in an old building representative of Bucharest’s Belle Époque times. The villa has been professionally restored and retains its architectural charm while giving guests the comfort they need. Safety, cleanliness and location are among the highlights of this hostel and there are also shared rooms with 4 or 8 beds, apart from the twin-bedded rooms which are the standard offering. Prices are affordable too and the staff is very friendly.
Little Bucharest Bar & Hostel
This hostel scores high on location since it’s smack in the middle of Bucharest’s Old Town area where most clubs and bars are located. Thanks to its central location, you can explore Bucharest on foot or use the 2 metro stations or bus stops nearby. It also has a free Wi-Fi with very good connectivity which makes it a favorite among digital nomads.
The hostel is modern, very clean and with a rooftop bar that’s popular with locals, so travelers can quickly make new friends and mingle. Backpackers will find dormitory type accommodation in this hostel starting at €10 a night, while private rooms are usually priced around €55 a night.
If you are a backpacker or a budget traveler who doesn’t mind sharing a room, then Book-a-Rest could be the place for you in Bucharest. Whether you want to quickly get around the city using public transport or prefer to relax in their spacious common area with a beer and meet fellow travelers, this hostel has all the comfort you need in its various sized rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available everywhere on the premises so you can catch up with friends and loved ones back home.
There’s a bus stop just a short walk away and staff is very helpful and willing to give you tips on visiting Bucharest, so you won’t feel very much out of place. Book-a-Rest hostel is located in a residential area so the neighborhood is quiet and you get to see the locals getting on with their daily lives. Thanks to its very affordable rates, the hostel is very popular during busy tourist season so you should check for availability in advance. Having the right kind of atmosphere during evenings, this hostel gives travelers exactly what they want: a friendly place to stay and meet like-minded people.
Bicycle Hostel Bucharest
This hostel caters for travelers in their student or youth years, part of what is now called Generation Z. Youngsters touring Eastern Europe on a shoestring budget find it particularly attractive and suitable for their needs: cheap, convenient and offering a lively hub of people just like them. This hostel doesn’t even claim to have top facilities, just simple amenities for your basic needs: an open kitchen, a welcoming garden that serves as a nice hang out spot, Wi-Fi and shared rooms with bunk beds or private double rooms.
Bicycle Hostel Bucharest is conveniently located next to Bucharest’s main train station Gara de Nord which makes it an ideal base to explore the rest of Romania but it’s also close to many bus stops or the metro stations leading into Bucharest. There is also a large Kaufland supermarket nearby for all your shopping needs. And, of course, true to its name you can rent a bike from the Bycicle Hostel.
This hostel is representative for the accommodation culture pre-digital nomad era. Bucur’s Shelter wants to give its guests a homely feeling where they can relax and meet fellow travelers. All sort of events are organized to encourage bonding and mixing amongst guests even if they come from different parts of the world. The hostel set up a large, open-area lounge just for that and prides itself on helping people make new friends.
The hostel is located a short 10-min walk to Piata Unirii metro station, practically the city center from where you can reach any direction. If you prefer to eat something else than what the hostel offers – which is pretty good by the way, there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in the area.
The Midland Hostel
This could as well be Bucharest’s hidden gem as far as hostels go. The Midland Hostel is consistently highly ranked high for its all-round great experience. Very often travelers return from a trip and feel some parts of it could have been better, be it the accommodation, food or what they saw on their trip. The Midland Hostel in Bucharest tries to help with everything: they offer guests a comfortable place to stay and can suggest tours in and around Bucharest so that you don’t miss anything during your trip in Romania.
If you’re big on cooking there’s a large, well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare the food of your choice or maybe show off your cooking skills to other guests. You’ll also get very good Wi-Fi on site and there are computers guests can freely use when needed, which means your laptop can stay at home so you can focus on discovering the beauty of Bucharest. The Midlands Hostel is a great choice for backpackers and budget travelers so you don’t have to think twice before choosing this hostel for your stay in Bucharest.
Cloud 9 Living
This hostel is located close to Bucharest’s University Square, practically the heart of the city and very close to Old Town area. Though it started accepting guests only this year it soon became a favorite among travelers raving about their stays in this hostel. Catering for budget travelers but providing them with the necessities of a simple and value-for-money accommodation such as clean rooms, good food, excellent location, free Wi-Fi with very good connectivity and friendly staff. For larger groups the hostel also offers an airport shuttle at a price that really makes it worthwhile.
What makes this hostel different? It must be their home-like atmosphere and informal way of doing things, which makes globetrotters feel at ease once they step inside.
Podstel can be considered the ‘expat’ of Bucharest’s hostels scene: it was founded by 2 young Brits who have pooled together their travel experiences from staying in hostels around the world to create one that will satisfy travelers’ needs. They created their own custom-designed Pod Capsules which give travelers all the space they need, whilst striking the perfect balance between community and privacy. All other facilities and amenities you would expect in a hostel (storage box, 24h service, Wi-Fi, laundry) are there, but also some extras like allowing pets.
There are many community events organized in their beautiful garden which serves as a tea house for the public and a lounge for hostel guests with sunbeds and chill areas, making it a great place to mingle with locals. It’s also conveniently located next to Piata Unirii so Bucharest is never too far away!
This hostel is popular with tourists for its bar and restaurant but also because you can park your car free of charge on site. Wi-Fi is very good and there’s a 24-hour desk that will make sure you get help whenever you need it. Most rooms have separate television sets and en-suite bathrooms and having a large number of rooms you’re sure to find availability when needed.
Guests also like this hostel for its convenient location close to 2 metro stations running on different lines which you can use to get to anywhere in Bucharest. Being close to a residential neighborhood, there are plenty of shops nearby where you can buy all your necessities. A double room here will set you back by around €35 a night.
Hostel Vitan 273
Located in Bucharest’s 3rd District this hostel offers most of the things you would look for in a simple accommodation for a short stay in Romania. Premium rooms have all the facilities you need such as TV, en-suite bathroom and the staff is particularly helpful according to reviews and run a service desk that operates around the clock. They can also help you with extra things such as renting a car should you need one.
Other highlights of Hostel Vitan 273 are the food it serves, the nightlife in the area and the great walks you can enjoy heading towards the city center. Finally, there’s a terrace with a view that travelers particularly enjoy. Though their rates may not be the cheapest ones as far as hostels go, they definitely offer good value-for-money.
Author Bio: The author Marius Iliescu is the founder of Romanian Friend, a locally-run initiative promoting authentic and responsible tourism in Romania by partnering with local guides, small businesses and non-profits doing local tours and trips. Follow us on Facebook!