Kismet Dao Hostel, Brașov

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Kismet Dao Hostel is located in Brasov in the centre of Romania, only a short trip from Bucharest, a must-visit town with plenty of history and beautiful landscapes nearby.

The Location

This hostel is just a short, five-minute walk from the centre of Brasov and some of the main attractions. Getting to and from bus stations and the train station is easy as there is plenty of public transport you can take close to the hostel. There is some parking close to the hostel, but it is quite cramped and difficult to park there and there may not always be availability.

Brasov also has excellent transport links across to the whole of Romania as it is centrally situated. There are daily buses to most destinations including Chisinau in Moldova.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are several dorm rooms of varying size from six- to twelve-bed dorms available. The rooms are big and have a lot of space. The beds may be a bit noisy and squeaky, but the mattresses are comfortable and you get a free locker upon checking in. Dorm rooms are not locked, but because you have your own locker there is no problem with securing valuables. There is also the option of a private room as well available to guests who wish to have their own space.

The showers are cleaned daily and relatively good. Sometimes the floor can get very wet from water spilling out into the bathroom and they can be very busy in the mornings. There is enough space to get changed in them, but it is a basic shared bathroom with one side for women and the other for men (three showers for each). It's more than functional enough and meets all the basic needs.

Common Spaces

The main spaces are the kitchen and the common area is situated downstairs in the basement. The kitchen serves well to meet, socialise, and cook and is the most common place to meet new people during the day and evening. After midnight, guests must go downstairs into the common room to continue socialising as otherwise noise from the kitchen may disturb other guests. The common room has games, table football, sofas, and audio equipment and is a nice space to use.

A lot of guests are very sociable and stay up to have drinks with each other and whilst there isn't much of a party atmosphere (Brasov is not a party town), the social aspect is really great and the hostel layout helps people socialise, which can be very important for a hostel. Most people who stay there are other backpackers, so the atmosphere tends to be very great.

There is Wi-Fi all over the hostel, and the only thing we perhaps struggled to find was enough charging points for things like laptops and mobile phones.

Summary

This is a very lively and popular backpacker hostel in Brasov. Whilst it is basically furnished, it is more than functional and has great and helpful staff who know a lot about what to do in the area. It's an excellent place to stay for quite a few nights and you may even end up extending your stay.

Davehockey
2015-09-30
Hostel entrance Hostel reception Showers Dorm rooms

Party hostel

I've stayed there in June 2007 and met some of travelers who lived here months. They have formed a club tour for beer here.

Anonymous
2010-02-23

Cheap but tacky also

Kismet Dao lacks homeyness and personality. If you dont want to party, beware, as the music from the downstairs basement is easily heard from the second floor dorms till late and the smoke had no trouble getting up the stairs! Finding two friends of the staff taking up the couches in the morning after a night of partying with the tourists left a bad taste. They offer a lot of cost cutting with free stuff but would have preferred generosity in the way of some photos on the wall, better bedding, recommendations for businesses around town, puzzles, or board games. There are some inspirational sayings around the walls but they are not reflected in the atmosphere of the place. Get a pension for the same price if you want peace or a more grounding experience.

Mel
2008-11-21
Australia

Balconies are saving grace

I arrived in the middle of the night after a dodgy taxi ride to the hostel itself, alarmed that when I walked in no one was there. When I finally got up to my bed, top bunk with no ladder! tricky! ladders would be excellent additions. bathrooms are a bit weird, different sexes on different floors, with one girl shower and several boy showers? seems backwards. TV room is pretty good, lots of seats and lots of good DVDs. Washing service is pretty good, despite losing two of my socks! kitchen is well equipped and spacious. Breakfast is only bread or toast if the electricity doesn't go off in the morning. Tours are expensive, just get the 4Lei bus, much better value! Saving grace of the hostel is the views from the balconies at the back. Lush sunset every night, despite the howling stray dogs.

Sophie
2008-09-12
England

Trying too hard.

The hostel was decent. A bit pricey though, and quite hard to find on foot. Do take the bus, do not try to walk there. Also cabs are just as cheap as the bus for groups of three or four so grab one if them if that's the case. Also, you should, in no case take their tour of Bran and Risnov. It is a ripoff and the people at our hostel who went were envious that some of the other of us had done it for something like 10 Euros total including transportation and entrance fees. Also, we got to meet some cool Romanians, which they didn't.

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C Star
2007-08-17
USA

Disappointing

Not a great place. I've stayed at a hundred hostels and this one ranks poorly. They tried to overcharge me when I checked out, telling me I'd been given a better room than I'd originally reserved. Free "meet and greet" at the train station is misleading. This doesn't mean they pick you up. Instead, they send someone who discourages taking the bus (which I found out later is clean, cheap, and reliable) and instead offers private transport for a fee. Free laundry comes with free attitude. They waited to wash my clothes until the night before I had to leave. When I asked if my laundry had been washed and if it would be dry by the next day, the staff member on duty wouldn't tell me. Beds are like rocks. The "all you can eat" breakfast is white bread and jam. Two showers -- however, they do fit a toilet, a bathtub, and an actual shower into the same room, divided by curtains -- emergency-room style. An unguided "tour" to Bran and local castles that doesn't cover admittance fees and involves overpaying for transportation (20 euros). However, they do have an extensive DVD movie selection -- all of which is burned, so the audio/video quality is poor and of course comes with Romanian subtitles.

Chris
2007-07-30
USA

Great atmosphere, free laundry, free internet, free beer!

This hostel was great. The dorms, showers and toilets are all kept clean. There is a large kitchen for self-catering as well as a balcony on which you can eat your meals and enjoy the view. Breakfast is pretty average, there is a free internet terminal and a lounge with cable TV. What I liked best was the basement which turns into a bar at night, where the staff help you party along with some of their friends. Being tucked away downstairs means that those who want an early night don't need earplugs. A great place to stay and a great place to meet fellow backpackers.

Mike
2007-07-28
Australia

I thought the staff was pretty friendly and the place was clean. The breakfast is pathetic but it is free. Only hostel I went to with free beer and free laundry! I really liked the castle tour and could have never organized that solo (and I thought it was cheap anyway). The TV has cable and there are lots of movies (almost all in English). Their computer breaks a lot but they always managed to fix it.

Sam
2007-05-23
USA

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Description

The hostel has now MOVED to its new location on NEAGOE BASARAB No 8 and we are open so you are more than welcomed to come stay with us, we will make you feel right at home!

The first and only hostel who gives you FREE FOR EVERY NIGHT OF YOUR STAY! (over 16€ value for 9€!):
1. Breakfast
2. One 500 ml BEER, or drink
3. Wi-Fi and internet access
4. Big lockers in the rooms
5. Use of towels
6. Linens and Beddings-we make the beds for you!
7. Use of kitchen and facilities
8. Baggage Storage
9. 24 hour running hot water
10. Meet and greet at the train station (upon request)
11. Brasov map with highlights, city information
12. Phone calls for reservations in Romania.

Our first rule, NO RULES.
NO LOCK-OUT and CURFEW, noon CHECK-OUT TIME. 24 hour reception. We speak English, French, Italian, Spanish and of course Romanian.

Simply the best valued, cleanest and cheapest hostel in Brasov. Other hostels claim many things but we actually deliver. We will beat any Brasov hostel. See it for yourself.

Our staff will give you full information support for every spot of Romania. We know what you need as we were backpackers too so we are here to help you with whatever information you might need: what to see and do, where to stay, how to get there, maps, information, guide books, flyers and and bus/trains timetables.

- Our central location in Old Town means we are conveniently close to everything.

- The hostel is modern, of western standards and wickedly clean.

- Our lounge has tables and comfy couches to drink and relax. Listen to music and socialize with unique, interesting people from all over the world and party into the morning.

- We have a cable TV room with DVD player, over 100 DVD's, couches and comfy pillow corner, xbox 360 and more many games.

- Our fully equipped guest kitchen is waiting for you to start cooking!

- We offer the cheapest guided all-day tour of the 3 nearby castles.

Founded in 2001 we are the first and best hostel in Brasov. Co-owned and run by a Korean-American and a local Romanian. We understand travelers' needs because we are backpackers.

Kismet is actually an English word meaning fate, adopted from Arabic. Dao (or Tao) means The Way. Daoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy. The basic eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change is the Dao. Put the two together and you have Kismet Dao, the Way of Fate. Find yourself here.

Location and Contact

Location

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Address: Neagoe Basarab 8, Brașov (Brasov), Romania

Kismet Dao Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Kismet Dao Hostel Brașov www.kismetdao.com
Phone Number: (40) 268-514-296
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Luggage Storage

Parking

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Bar

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Darts

Entirely Non-Smoking

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

TV

Walking Tours

Pet-Friendly

Max. Age: All Ages

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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