Known as the capital, and the largest city of Romania, Bucharest is an important industrial and commercial centre of the country. It is one of the must-visit destinations for those travelling to the Balkan regions. This 6th most populated city in the European Union offer lots of surprises and fun activities for all sorts of travellers. Passing by Bucharest unexpectedly for 2 days, I decided to stay at a low-budget, highly rated hostel in town without booking in advance, as I was travelling off-season. My unplanned stay in the Midland Hostel turned out brilliant. Here’s why:
Their staffs are multinational, welcoming, and open-minded
The property was founded in 2013, and one of the best things about the Midland Hostel is the staff members as well as the owners. They are a group of 3 friends from 3 different parts of the world who arrived in Romania and fell in love with the country. They decided to stay and establish a place for true open-minded travellers. That’s how the Midland Hostel was founded. The international and multilingual staff will make sure you enjoy your time in Bucharest, and move to the next destination as easily as possible.
Their off-central location is surprisingly ideal
The hostel does not lie in the historic centre,the old town of Bucharest, but within about a 10 to 15 minutes walk. This area is convenient to take the public metro to the city centre, the Village Museum in the North of Bucharest, and the Palace of Parliament - the second biggest parliament in Europe. There are supermarkets open for 24 hours a day along with other open-markets. fast-food stores, local traditional restaurants, and even a street-art district, which are all only within a few minutes walk.
You will feel like home at this small and cozy property with 24 beds
Their capacity is only 24 beds, meaning you will be treated like an individual rather than a regular guest who comes and goes after paying. There are three options for you to choose from: 12-bed dorm, 8-bed dorm, 4-bed dorm, and a private room. A dorm bed costs between 7 EUR and 10 EUR (7.76 and 11.06 USD). There’s a fully equipped kitchen for you to cook your meals or make your favourite cocktails. High speed wi-fi connection and electricity sockets can be found all over the hostel. Linens, towers, tea, and coffee are offered for free.
The atmosphere is suitable for all sorts of travellers
The Midland Hostel is not just the place for finding a cheap bed to sleep, but to share experiences, make friends, and have fun all together. Guests here have the true spirit of travellers, as they are absolutely friendly from the moment you step through the hostel’s door. Guests usually hang out in the common area, play board games, have chats, or drinks before optionally joining a pub-crawl. Dont worry! It’s not a crazy party hostel, because inside smoking and drunk behaviours are not allowed. However, do not expect it to be a very quiet place either. Here, guests and staff drink, eat, interact, and also hang out together. There’s just the perfect amount of noise and music that you would find in an exemplary hostel here! In the last night of my stay here, one of the staff’s mother even made lots of food for all the guests so we could enjoy our ‘family’ dinner together. We spent wonderful time playing games, drinking and chatting the whole evening.
You can ask anything you need, they know where to find!
Do not hesitate to ask the staff about where to go, what to eat around town, and anything else you may need. I even asked for a reliable local hairdresser and the receptionist girl showed me a good place right downstairs. You can reserve an appointment with the hairdresser, and it costs much less than in other parts of Europe.
During your check-in, ask for recommended places based on your interests, free tours, and discount tourist cards. There are many things to enjoy for free in Bucharest, such as free museum visits every first Thursday and26th of the month. Enjoy exploring the city!
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