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.
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.
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.
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.