Kismet Dao Hostel
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Kismet Dao Hostel
Strada Democratiei 2, Brasov 2200
(0268) 514 296
Dorm bed 37-45 lei
Double room 110 lei
Prices include breakfast
Double room 110 lei
Prices include breakfast
Prices are in local currency and are inclusive of all taxes.
User Reviews (13)
DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!27 January 2006
I was last end-october there with two friends, the boss of the hostel was out of hostel for two weeks, in Moldovia. Because i got to know now bugeurope, i deliver with some delay a report. the reason for that is, that some member of the staff (a guy called Chip/Chipian (deputy at this time) and a black guy whose name I dont remeber) were REALLY EXTRA RUDE - such events no one of us ever experienced anywhere before. => On the entrance door is written 24 hours open. On 23:30 this two staff members were half sleeping/half drinking in the living room, asking them for a map and a letter didnt pleased them very much .... to express it cautiosly Later in the night the cork of our champaign bottle stroke the light bulb (really bad luck) and we decided to not wake up the staff again, and to report it next morning. Arriving next morning this Chipian was welcomning us with very harsh and emotional words, at great part of it consisting of the s-word and the f-word: "what the f... happened? and why the f.. you did not wake me up .... If If such s.. happens again .... bla...bla...bla... ". Well, nice morning. During all the afternoon Chip and his fellow were drinking beer, one after the next, during working time ... and when we all played on the nintendo 64 in the sole and only living room, Chip arrived and sat to sofa, told us to shut up, because he wants to sleep! (half past eleven p.m.) resisting, but still exerted to avoid further troubles, we asked, if on the door is not written 24 hours open..? That was the point where Chipian let his hair down: He declared wordly, citation: (=>hard to forget it) "I am not paid to be nice, I am only paid to be here" and then again " I am paid to be here, and not to be nice to you." After that he jumped up (that was the point when we feared he would turn violent - according to his rough tone and that much alcohol), but his fellow calmed him down "Hey Chip, f... it, f... it .... !" So finally he came back with our passports and wanted us to leave - at midnight and snowfall). After a good deal of negotiation we three went to sleep, with the intention to leave early morning this maniac place. 30 Minutes later the black staff member came in, lied down on a free bed, in full garment, including his shoes, and begann allmost instantly to snore, so loud (of all that alcohol), that one of my travel mates left the dormitory and slept on the aisle next to the staircase. An later email to the owner of the hostel did not result in any response. May be it never reached him. Or it didnt interessted him. All in all we had the feeling, that this two guys just dont care about guest, to much selfabsorbed and egocentric, in combination with a (frightening) bad temper. All we saw them doing all day long was drinking beer, beer and more beer, playing chess or back gammon, and playing on the nintendo station. The Hostel itself would be beautiful, good located, it was clean, the other two girls of the staff were quite friendly, one of them Chipians girlfriend, but with a such treatment of guests I can not award more than one star.
Poor night's sleep16 December 2005
This hostel was ok. The staff were quite kind, and helped us purchase train tickets etc. We also enjoyed the free beer and chatting with the other residents. We were in the 'Shagging Room' a double. There was a balcony, which was alright. However, we were kept awake for hours by barking dogs, and in the morning the staff was smoking outside which wafted up into our room and woke us again, even with the balcony door closed. We also found the hostel difficult to find, but luckily some other residents helped us out. Breakfast was only make your own toast and what we thought was prune confit -- def not enough to get us through the morning. Not great, but not terrible either.
Quite well9 November 2005
After Sighisoara Nathans villa hostel this one looks worst but it could pass for this tips, a black guy picked us up from the crowded train station called in advance from Sighisoara staff and we took a taxi to the hostel, located in the other end of the city but just 5 minutes on walk to the old town. The staff "normal" and the rooms were so nice with balcony and terrace. Maybe is better than not the city. Breakfast could improve and bathroom as well with curtains to split the bath and the toilet...so its shared !!
Almost great8 September 2005
The staff were fine with us when we stayed for a couple of nights in August. The balconies are great for a pre-meal drink and the basement for staying up drinking and chatting was fantastic. The toilets/showers were totally inadequate - too few and crap. One room with two bath/showers and a toilet each with a shower curtain around them? This hostel could be great if their facilities were improved/increased.
???8 January 2005
I can't wrap my mind around reviews like the last one. I had an absolute blast at Kismet Dao, and everyone else who I met while there seemed to be having the same experience. The only negative I can see is that some of the staff weren't always friendly. But all this means is that they wouldn't necessarily be smiling while they helped me out. Furthermore, a lot of the staff, like everyone's favourite Julian, were extremely friendly. I also took the castle tour offered, and ours was spectacular. Julian was a very engaging tour guide, and bought us food and liquor. And yes, the driver was bordering on homicidal... welcome to Eastern Europe. Everyone drives that way. The location was perfect: nothing, except the train station, was more than 15 minutes away (warning: many locals told me that the #4 bus that runs from the train station to Piata Unirii was a favourite target for thieves. Indeed, someone at Kismet Dao had indeed been robbed on that bus. Have the hostel people at the station call you a cab). The best thing about this hostel is the atmosphere, super-social, and full of extremely interesting people. Check out the basement room, there's always some people chilling there.
Poorly managed, atmosphere reeks of MTV's Real World1 August 2004
Kismet Dao did not live up to expectations. Their contact person at Brasov's train station was exceedingly shady and would not confirm our reservation despite the fact he was in contact with the hostel by cellphone. Instead he sent us on an overpriced cab ride to the hostel itself. As it turns out, our 3 day advance reservation was mishandled and as a result one my traveling partners spent the night on the top floor landing on a matress. But its ok because he got a 2 Euro discount. We also chose to take one of the hostel's tours to 3 local castles. The next morning we met at the assigned time and waited for 20 mins for the receptionist to inform us that our guide was sick (or hungover?) and thus we would only proceed with our exclusively Romanian speaking driver. 2 Euros were generously shaved off the 12 Euro cost. Needless to say, the tour sucked as my fellow hostel residents and I had no idea the itinerary or schedule, in addition to the fact our bus had no A/C and the driver blared suicide inducing Romanian techno pop. Overall the facilities were decently maintained but the rules strain to maintain a "fresh" and "hip" atmosphere for the hostel guests. I enjoyed how the official rule sheet encourages guests to be quiet after 10 pm because the neighbors are assholes. Maybe the neighbors are tired of the cretins who work and stay there! Perhaps the neighbors would relax if they took advantage of the free buttocks massage offered by Kismet Dao's talented staff. As of writing (late July 2004) a British imbecile had some agreement with those in charge to basically hang around the hostel in a drunken stupor. He definitely did not have a bed and spent time sleeping on the landing and bathrooms when not drinking himself to death. Although he was certainly fun to badmouth, I think the hostel needs to rethink their philosophy when they allow derelicts access to something that all other guests must purchase. I'm fresh out of college and pretty open minded. When I stay in a hostel all I want is to get my money's worth and not feel ripped off. Kismet Dao failed in that regard, it is overpriced for how they handle their guests. The hostel management is too concerned with looking good than actually providing quality service.
When in Brasov, stay here, simple as that !!21 July 2004
Good Value Nice Hostel14 October 2003
April 2003 Having spend 3 days at the well run Elvis hostel in Bucharest I also went on to the franchise in Brasov by the same name (where they had phoned ahead and had a guy meet me in the train station (I ignored him at first as I thought he was a station hustler but then he called me by name and travelled with me to the hostel) In Bucharest station there is a Visitors Kiosk (also in Brasov) which I did not notice but after ignoring the taxi touts I found a reputable company (as listed in Lonely Planets) who took me to the hostel for 50,000 lei as agreed (the meter was on and showed about 15,000 less if I remember, heck its only cents !!!) It is also easy by bus getting off when you see the Greek Church style building ahead of you on the other side of the roundabout. The buses have electronic notice boards inside and show Mosilor. (see Lonely Planets or on the web page of the Hostel for more details.) It is decorated in a loud hippy style but is quite pleasantly striking.Bucharest could appear quite grey and bleak specially if the weather is bleak so this is quite vibrant. The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable and as in Brasov will organise taxis to get you to attraction either in town or in the surrounding areas. They all spoke good English (even the Australian owners.) The kitchen area is small but adequate. The laundry system is you leave it in a basket in the down stairs laundry room and it is returned to you sparkly clean. There is a downstairs television room where you can smoke your complimentary Romanian cigarettes and your 1 daily on the house beer. The free internet access is not on the premises but you are given the money to go to the nearby internet cafe (full of locals playing Counterstrike as a serious business). All in all a pleasant stay and value for money.
what a hostel should be6 October 2003
i backpacked around europe for a year and stayed in numerous hostels. this hostel (now kismet tao villa) was one of the best i ever found. it has everything a backpacker needs and provides amenities that are sometimes difficult to find. the free laundry, internet, beer, and cigarettes made it like home, but better. the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. the location is wonderful: away from the touristy part of town but easily accessibly and with a divine view from the balconies. i ended up staying about 10 days, not only because the town was so cute and welcoming, but also because the hostel and the staff were the same. i met loads of wonderful people and had a great time. this hostel is social, but also has plenty of places for you to have personal space. honestly, the only problem was the number of bathrooms. it is hard to find a better hostel.
Great pleace, great people27 August 2003
I travelled to these hostels near the early stages of them opening up. I was there in Feb. of 2002 and I had the best time. I was planning on spending 5 days only, and I ended up spending three weeks. The staff at all 3 hostels were helpful, very friendly, and great to hang out with. They gave great information on what to do and where to go. The value of the hostels were great. At the time I went the price was 10 euros for Brasov and Sighisouara and 12 euros for Bucharest. Elvis himself is a great guy and so is Nathan and Ho Joon (Asian Elvis). These are people and places I will remember forever!
Worth the Stay21 April 2003
This hotel situated in a quiet street close to town with lots of buses connection to town but really it is a nice walk. The staff were very helpful and informative. They will organise taxis to Bran and other attractions which split with others is a reasonable way to vist the area. The kitchen area was a god send especially if you have special dietary needs. The town has good large stores and a good market. The dormatory was light and airy and I shared with 5 others but it was still quiet. The barking dog is a thing special to Romania, yopu get used to it and sleep through. From the Hostel, bus number 1 to the end of the line will take you to a residential area with a local bar with really cheap draught beer (three types ). Just get the bus back when you have had enough
Best hostel in Eastern Europe2 March 2003
Unlike the other review, I found the hostel to be clean, comfortable, easy, friendly and accommodating. Whatever I needed, the staff was so helpful. What I found really important as a backpacker is that they offer free laundry. As to the cost of the place, the price of a local 5 star hotel is not comparable to $10. Aro Palace is still state owned and falling to pieces but still more than $50 per night. I did my research on the net before staying a week in Elvis VIlla in Brasov and found the most favorable reviews in Bucharest In Your Pocket, Lonely Planet, Lets Go, etc. And the place lived up to it. Yes, the place was a little sterile but the staff and atmosphere more than made up for it. Convienence is a factor here as the staff wil help you out with everything you need from transportation to mail. You can go with a local but you never know if you will get ripped off and they all operate illegally, thus suspect to random raids by the police.
Sterile25 January 2003
This place is clean and comfortable, but very sterile and overpriced. We spent 4 nights here and were amazed when we inquired the price of a local 5 star hotel, and it was cheaper than a dorm room at this hostel. It is easy just to go to this hostel, but it is worth the effort to stay away. The staff there just cant be bothered and unlike the other Elvis Villas, its management is non existent. The people working there are more interested in picking up a rich backpacker (good news for some) than taking a simple reservation. The word 'useless' springs to mind. The number of beds does not match well with amount of bathroom (and kitchen) facilities. The bush out the back is usually a quicker option in peak times. But, they are clean and well maintained. If you want sterile, stay at a hotel for the same price. Otherwise, do what we did, stay at the local holiday villas run by the locals. They are a quarter of the price and you get to stay with the locals. Sign language is universal if your Romanian is not to flash.