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“A brilliant place to stay in a superb part of Romania”
Review of Kismet Dao Hostel

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Kismet Dao Hostel
Ranked #1 of 101 Speciality Lodging in Brasov
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Gabby is truly an excellent hostess as she has figured out what the traveller really needs apart from somewhere to sleep. A free beer, an excellent kitchen, lively staff and FREE LAUNDRY!!!!! Amazing hostel right in the foothills of beautiful Brasov.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

a great hostel in an amazing place. i cant express how much this place made my trip. the hostel is super nice one of the best ive stayed in and the area is just stupidly amazing. i wish i had stayed longer, for the hostel and the sites.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Thank grom H
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Kismet Dao is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at! They welcomed us very friendly and as we were a little bit to early to check in they offered us drinks and breakfast and gave us free internet…

The rooms are all divided into different themes. We were in the snorers room! The beds were very comfy and they have lockers in the room. For a deposit they give you a key for it!

In the basement you will find the bathrooms and showers and also a community room where most travelers meet in the early evening before going out!

On top of all this a beer is included for every night you stay!!!!

From the hostel to the city it's only a 10 minutes walk!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sebastian C
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

one of the top 2 hostels we stayed at in terms of facilities, extra effort had obviously been put in. Kitchen, bathrooms, dorms, common room, all really nice and spacious. the staff were really friendly and helpful and there were nice little touches like breakfast, coffee, free internet. Nice social vibe among the travellers too.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Kismet Dao is a nice and quiet hostel. I stayed in a twin room with a friend for one night. Bathroom to be shared with other twin /private bedrooms.
++ internet, breakfast, organized tours, security, modern rooms, clean, drinks on demand for cheap (even incl for your first night, maybe more?), only 15-20min walk to the center and sometimes shorter distance for other places like restaurant, supermarket, markets, residential area so quiet
- squeaky bed, ... and some minor stuffs, ... uuuh that's all

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank bulbisi
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Kismet Dao Hostel is quaint. The rooms are simple, as are the bathrooms, but it is a place where you feel safe and secure. They have a really nice common room in the basement where it is really
Easy to meet others, as well as a large kitchen. Breakfast is provided and is very decent! They can organize tours to 'dracula's castle' and others which I would definitely recommend going on! We did and it was great! It would be pretty hard to see it all yourself. Within walking distance you can find pretty much everything, as it is only a short walk into the town!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Emma2478
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Additional Information about Kismet Dao Hostel

Address: Street Strada Democratiei | 2b, Brasov 500113, Romania (Formerly Kismet Dao Villa)
Region: Romania > Transylvania > Central Romania > Brasov County > Brasov
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 101 Speciality Lodging in Brasov
Price Range: £17 - £26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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