What is Podstel?

Podstel is a mission to create a worldwide network of ‘homes” where travellers and locals can come together to share their stories, learn something new and make meaningful connections.

With our first two Podstels in Bucharest, Romania, we are a hostel/cafe combo, providing accommodation for travellers while also welcoming locals, students and expats to enjoy a drink as well as fun and insightful weekly events and workshops.

We also serve as an open creative space for travellers and locals to work on their passion projects, as well as giving up and coming artists and creatives a stage to tell their story and share their ideas with our community.


We believe that travel is one of the best mediums to empower humanity to connect, belong and grow together.

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

Our mission is to create “homes’ in every major city around the world where travellers and locals from any culture and background can come together to share their stories & skills, experience something new, and make meaningful connections that last.


In 2012, childhood friends Dan & Sam set out on an adventure to travel the world. Early on in their trip Dan & Sam had a profound experience while staying in a hostel for the first time, discovering a deep passion for hospitality and a calling to go on a journey to learn about what it meant to build a thriving community.

That journey turned out to be 4-years, 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 Podstel was created in the middle of 2018. After a memorable journey, the team is now expanding the Podstel vision across Europe to new locations over the next several years. 


Our first two Podstels are located in Bucharest, Romania and you can read more about each Podstel and book your stay below.

We’re always on the look out for people with the right attitude & mindset, who also share our values and vision, to set up and run their own Podstel. If you resonate with Podstel’s vision and you think you’ve got what it takes to run your own Podstel, we’d love to hear from you


Business Enquiries / Opportunities

For any business queries or questions regarding opening your own Podstel or joining 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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