Overview of Hostel
PLEASE NOTE: We now have two locations in Bucharest. If you stay with us, you're welcome to chill at either Podstel, but please book taking into account your preferences:
1 - Podstel Bucharest: social, weekly events/workshops/family meals, garden, cafe/bar.
2 - Podstel Umbrella: more chilled, mo
DIRECTIONS TO PODSTEL BUCHAREST:
FROM THE AIRPORT (OTOPENI):
The airport bus is number 783. It runs 24 hours a day; about every 40 minutes during the night, and every 15 minutes during the day.
Total time from Airport to our door with the bus: 45 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
It’s a very simple journey; we’re the closest hostel to the last stop of the airport bus at Piata Unirii!
From Arrivals, take Bus 783 to Unirii Square (Piata Unirii). Please note, Unirii Square has 2 stops, so make sure you get off at the very last stop!
You can buy a return ticket (valid for 2 journeys) at the kiosk next to the bus stop for 8.6 Lei (about €2). Please note, euros are not accepted.
When you get off the bus, walk to your right for about 100 metres until you reach Strada Bibescu Vod?.
Walk down Strada Bibescu Vod? until you reach Strada Calea ?erban Vod?, which will be on your right-hand side.
Take a right and continue about 300 metres down Strada Principatele Unite. Our street is Strada Olimpului and is the third street on your left. Take a left and walk about 50 metres down Strada Olimpului, and you will find us on the left-hand side at Number 13. We have a blue and green gate.
Hooray! You made it. It’s time to let your bags down and relax :)
FROM THE TRAIN STATION (GARA DE NORD):
Total time from Gara de Nord to our door with the metro: 45 minutes.
The cheapest and simplest way to get to the hostel during the day from Gara de Nord is by taking the metro.
Go to the 'Gara de Nord 1' subway station and take the Yellow M1 Line towards Pantelimon. After 7 stops, get off the metro at Unirii Square (Pia?a Unirii), walk right, and follow the signs to Metro Exit “A”. After climbing the stairs and exiting the metro station, keep walking straight and take the first street to the right, Strada Bibescu Vod?.
Continue until you reach Serban Vod? Street and take a left. When you pass the church on the left, take a right on the first street, Strada Principatele Unite.
Continue on Strada Principatele Unite for about 300 meters. Our street is Strada Olimpului, and is the third street on your left. Take a left and walk about 50 metres down Strada Olimpului, and you will find us on the left-hand side at Number 13. We have a blue and green gate.
Hooray! You made it. It’s time to let your bags down and relax :)
**IMPORTANT**: at both Gara de Nord and the Airport, watch out for tourist scams and con taxis. Don’t take the first taxi that invites you; find an honest driver.
Ask around and find one that is willing to use the meter. Most taxis have their price written on the taxi, and you should pay no more than 1.4 lei/km. A normal fare from Gara de Nord to the hostel is about 15 lei (€3.5) and from Henri Coanda Airport (OTP) to the hostel, maximum 50 lei (€11).**.
We?re located just 500 metres south of Unirii Square (centre of Bucharest) in a quiet neighbourhood that is in excellent proximity to everything you need during your stay: ?5-minute walk from Unirii square - shops, ATMs, currency exchange, metro, buses. ?5-minute walk to the Airport bus (783) which runs 24 hours a day. ?10-minute taxi drive to Bucharest's main train station (Gara De Nord). ?15 minute walk to Old Town for all clubs, cafes, bars, art galleries, antique shops and museums.
Conditions & Policy
Credit Cards Accepted
GENERAL Check-in/ Check out Information Check-in: 2 PM Check-out: 11 AM** **If your departure is later, you are more than welcome to stay in the hostel during that day and use the facilities. We also have free luggage storage on your day of departure! Booking Policy When making a reservation with us, you will be required to provide identification information including, their name, email address, contact telephone number, credit card number and expiry date. For bookings over 100€, to confirm your booking, Podstel will charge the price of the first night stay. The charge will be made to the credit card provided, as a deposit. The remaining payment will be paid, upon arrival at Podstel. For bookings over 200€, to confirm your booking, you will need to provide 20% of the total amount in advance. Payment can be through credit card or we can give you our bank details for direct debit. Your booking will be confirmed once payment is received. Podstel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards without any written approval from the customer and may at any time cancel the Booking if the payment details provided by the Customer are invalid and the Customer fails to provide alternative valid details. Cancellation Policy If you wish to cancel or amend your reservation to receive a full refund you will need to notify us by email 48 hours in advance of your arrival date by 2.00pm (GMT+2). If you notify us any less than 48 hours before your arrival date, or in case of a no-show, you will not be entitled to a refund and will be charged for your first night of accommodation. — Advance Purchase rates: If cancelled, modified, or in case of a no-show, the total price of the reservation can be subject to change. — Podstel may at any time cancel a Booking if the Hostel becomes unavailable due to circumstances outside Podstel’s control. In which case Podstel will refund the Customer any deposit or booking fee paid. Group Booking (More than 6 people) If you want to make a reservation for more than 6 people, please contact us by email, We have special group prices! Group Policies regarding payment and cancellation will be given on request Discretion All bookings are subject to availability and Podstel reserves the right to decline any booking at its discretion Liability Except in relation to death or personal injury caused by our negligence, Podstel’s liability remains, at all times, limited to the value of the services booked, excluding any amendment charges paid to us. - NEED INSURANCE FIRST HOSTEL RULES No Smoking Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the PODSTEL buildings. Any guest found smoking inside the building, outside of the designated areas, will be fined €50 and asked to leave the premises immediately. A refund will not be issued for the stay. No Drugs Drug use is illegal in Romania. Any guest found using drugs within any of the buildings will be fined €250. He/she will be asked to leave the premises immediately. A refund will not be issued. Damage to Podstel Property Guests will be expected to reimburse Podstel for any damage caused by inappropriate behaviour during their stay. ID Valid photo identification in the form of a National ID or Passport is required at check-in. Conduct Guests are required to conduct themselves in a reasonable and responsible manner at Podstel and must not act in any way which may disturb other guests. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in guests being asked to leave the hostel in which event all Charges and Additional Charges shall become immediately payable by the Guest. Damages The guest will be responsible for any loss or damage caused at Podstel. The guest may be liable for Podstel’s reasonable cost of repairing, cleaning or replacing any property of Podstel which is damaged, soiled or lost by a Guest. Animals No animals are allowed in the hostel or garden area. Bed Sharing No single dorm room bed can be booked or used to accommodate two people. Each room is limited to the number of people stated on the online platforms. Age Restrictions Bookings cannot be accepted from any person under the age of 16 unless they are accompanied by an adult (18 or over) Nobody under the age of 18 will be accommodated in any shared dorm rooms and therefore must stay in a private dorm, accompanied by an adult (18 or over). Failure to adhere to this rule will result in automatic cancellation with no refund given.