I recently stayed at Kismet Dao for three nights and had a brilliant time there. Brasov was a great place to visit, with a charming old town, scenic mountains and impressive castles nearby.
We had prebooked our stay at the hostel and on arrival at Brasov train station, somone from the hostel met us and pointed us in the direction of the correct bus to catch. This was a foretaste of the great service the hostel provided. The hostel was a short 10 minute walk from the town centre, and was well connected to the train station by taking a short bus ride.
I stayed in a six bed dorm, which was very comfortable, warm and had big lockers for bags and valuables. There were also plenty of toilets and showers (with piping hot water) in the building. The hostel had a decent sized kitchen, and provided breakfast (included in the booking price), which filled me up for the morning! The hostel also had a large chill out area in the basement with TV, various books, games and it was a good space to meet fellow travellers. In the reception area there were also two computers with internet access.
The staff were very helpful, and provided good advice on visiting the main attractions, and on where was good to eat out in the town.
The hostel also offers to sign you up for a day trip to three nearby castles/palaces (Peles Palace, Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress) for 80 lei (about £16), and alternatively provides details of how to reach these places on your own if you fancy going solo. From my experience, I would only do the tour if you are very short on time. We did the tour and unfortunately it was rather rushed (especially at Peles where there was loads to see) and our particular driver could have starred on Top Gear with some of his driving on the mountain roads! If you have the time, I would plan to take 1.5 days and visit these sites by bus - much cheaper, and at a slower pace!
I would highly recommend Brasov as a place to visit. I hope to return at some point, and I would definitely plan to stay at Kismet Dao again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As of November 2017, the Kismet Dao Hostel has moved to a new location on Democratiei street #2B in the historical center of Brasov, conveniently closer to everything. We are Brasov�s first and best hostel, offering FREE: - Breakfast - A soft drink - Coffee and tea all day long - Unlimited WI-Fi and internet access - Big lockers in the rooms (big enough for your backpack) - Use of towels - Bikes ( maintenance fee) - Use of kitchen and facilities (including a BBQ area) - An awesome yard with a terrace to enjoy breakfast and hang out during the day - Baggage storage - Brasov map with highlights, city information - Phone calls for reservations in Romania OUR FIRST RULE: NO RULES! NO LOCK-OUT or CURFEW, noon CHECK-OUT TIME (you are welcome to use the hostel's facilities for the rest of the day). 24 hour reception. Find yourself here! ... more less
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