Important Announcement

Unfortunately, due to Covid, Podstel is currently closed until further notice. If you have an enquiry or any questions then please get in touch using the contact us details at the bottom of this page. Thank you.


9 Years. 3 Locations. 50,000 Guests Hosted From 110 Countries.

What is Podstel?

Podstel is a community and home for travellers and locals to come together to share their stories, learn something new and make meaningful connections. 

With three locations in Bucharest, Romania, Podstel is  a hostel/cafe combo, providing accommodation for travellers while also welcoming locals, students and expats for inspiring and insightful weekly events, workshops and performances.

Through our NGO, Creative Steps, we also serve as an open creative space for locals to develop their passion projects, as well as providing artists and creatives a platform and the means to share their story, skills and ideas with our community.


We believe that travel is one of the best mediums to empower people to belong, learn and grow.

Despite prolific developments in our ability to connect using technology, we believe that the most meaningful human connections in life are made in person.

Our mission is to create homely and community orientated spaces where travellers and locals from any culture and background can come together to share their stories & skills, experience something new, and make new friends for life.


In 2012, childhood friends Dan & Sam set out on an adventure to travel the world. Early on in their trip, Dan & Sam discovered a passion for hospitality while staying in a hostel on a road trip down the East coast of Australia. This experience inspired them to embark on a journey to learn about what it meant to build a thriving community. Their journey was 4-years long, spanning 50 countries and led to the creation of Podstel.

In 2016, the first Podstel was set up in Bucharest, Romania. On the back of a successful year and receiving an award from Hostelworld for the “Best Hostel in Romania”, a second and third Podstel were opened by the middle of 2018. By 2020, just 4 years after the first location was established, Podstel had grown to a team of 20, hosting over 50,000 travellers from 110 countries. 


Each Podstel is different in flavour, and all 3 of our locations are located in Bucharest, Romania.

Importance Notice: Due to Covid, we are closed until further notice, but if you have a question or enquiry then please get in touch using the contact information below.


Business Enquiries / Opportunities

For any business queries or you want to join the Podstel team, please get in touch here:

PLEASE NOTE: For any questions regarding a reservation you made, please contact the Podstel you made your booking at using the details below:

Podstel Bucharest

Podstel Umbrella

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