We have continued our digital nomad adventure and got a coach from Varna to Bucharest, Romania. We decided to spend longer than usual Bucharest and explore the vast city and number of things it has to offer. An decided to stay at The Midland Hostel, located in the picturesque part of Old Town.
This was the first and only stop for us in Romania, after staying in 2 different hostels already on the trip and wanted to have a space that would enable us to work and make our own food. We chose one of the cheapest hostels and the most functional for our length of time here.
- Location - 80%80%
- Room - 82%82%
- Facilities - 79%79%
- Value For Money - 90%90%
In conclusion, the Midland Hostel is a well-run hostel with a great family feel. It offers good facilities, awesome entertainment, and is in a great location. We'd stay nowhere else if we were to go back to Bucharest.
Dates: 19 June 2017 – 25th June 2017
Price We Paid Per Night: £13.33 (in leu at the time of conversion)
Room Type:2 Beds in a 8 Bed Mixed Dorm
Booking Platform: Booking.com
The Midland Hostel is located in the picturesque area of Old Town. You can take a 10-minute walk that would lead you to the main strip that has a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. This will also take you to major bus routes and the metro station Piata Romana (easily noted to be near McDonalds and KFC).
The metro will cost you 5 leu for a two-way journey no matter where you are heading. Though we only used this once, most of the attractions and museums are within a 30-minute walk from the hostel. We found that the location worked well as the there was plenty around and plenty to do.
The hostel is based in the Old Town which has ample supply of restaurants, supermarkets and a local market. This has certainly been a benefit to finding places to eat that were cheaper and still a wide variety.
We stayed in the eight-bed mixed dorm on the main floor. The room was one of 3 that led from the main communal area. The room was clean, comfortable and came with lockers for 10 leu deposit.
The beds were well looked after and were comfortable. The pillow was a little lumpy but nothing that can’t be fixed. The room came with air con and had a large window that could be fully opened. Each bed was supplied with a plug socket and towels stored in a cabinet by the bathroom.
The room was great for what we wanted as we were staying longer than other places. It depends on what you are looking for but overall a great place to stay for 1 night or 6 nights.
The hostel was upstairs straight into the communal living area, the kitchen off to the left. The living space had 4 sofas and a coffee table within the middle. There were 3 dorms coming off the living area, each with 8+ beds and lockers. The bathroom had 2 toilets and 2 showers, both kept very clean and maintained.
The kitchen was a fair size kitchen with 2 tables each with 2-3 stools. There was a fridge for guests to keep food in, sticky name labels supplied and a second fridge providing water for 3 leu and 4 leu for beer. The kitchen had a 4 top gas hob, kettle and microwave as well as a wide range of kitchenware. The hostel supplied complimentary tea and coffee to guests.
What we particularly enjoyed about The Midland Hostel was the relaxed approach to the additional services on offer such self-serve fridge. In the living area, there is chalkboard behind the main desk that had a tab for you to note what you had taken from the fridge.The chalkboard also contained information on the weeks’ events such as pub crawls, festivals and game nights with information for tourist hotspots and airport bus timetable with a section for self-currency exchange.
On arrival the staff gave us a map of the city, they marked on local places to eat and even added a cheap eat option. However, that wasn’t all the staff also marked out where to get the metro and nearest supermarket, while we didn’t need it ourselves the staff will also call you a taxi and book you a tour at the local attraction.
The hostel also came with complimentary wifi. The internet speed in the hostel is fantastic.
However, the only thing that I would say let it down would be a number of bathrooms available. I would definitely say I would stay here again for any future visits to Bucharest, the hostel had a great location, a good atmosphere and great facilities.