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Valentine’s Day in Bucharest hostels

As February is approaching, lovers from all over the world are expected in Bucharest hostels.

No kidding ! Where is the best meeting point for youngsters than in hostels.
We are waiting you in our best Bucharest hostels: Crazy Duck Hostel, BOOK-A-REST Hostel and Crazy Duck Lodge! You may come as a couple or you may find your half here in Bucharest :)

Our staff arranged for you nice activities and will propose you the best spots to hang around during this special day. There will be plenty of concerts in town, special programs in Bucharest clubs and restaurants from Old Town or alternative ideas as escape rooms, laser tag contests and many more.
Our Bucharest hostels come with a flat rate for all our properties of 24 EUR/double room with private bathrooms, 30 EUR/family room (4 person occupancy) with private bathrooms, 9 EUR in 4 beds dorms or just 7 EUR in 8 beds dorms.

You can also see on our accounts on booking.com the special nonrefundable rates for different kind of rooms provided by us. Any special request or group request will be set at a special rate. Please ask for any special requirements you may have during Valentine’s Day booking period (13-15 February 2016)

Don’t waste your time! Book your stay in Bucharest for Valentine’s Day 2016 right now!

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People from hostels – are you the real backpacker?

The genuine question we put every time a new tourist come at Crazy Duck Hostel Bucharest is : what expectations have this guy? The main point is that every tourist have in mind some ideas about how he would like his accommodation to be.

Many of us even if traveled a lot still have in mind the comfort of a hotel room. Of course hostels can be great when you socialize with many other tourists and get new friends. But are you aware that the noise level in a hostel is much higher than inside a hotel? Last evening I just saw come reviews on tripadvisor.com regarding different hostel experience in Bucharest. I was truly shocked to see that some tourist complains about the noise even if the accommodation was good. Unfortunately for a hostel staff is quite difficult to manage this kind of problem. A hostel should be a lovely funny place fill with young people who want to have good fun. If you try to tell them that they should be quiet than they will answer you : This is a HOSTEL not a hotel. So, what can we do about?

During this year hostels in Bucharest just divided in 2 categories – party hostels and chill out hostels. We can talk also about city hostels in Bucharest which are located in hot spots of the city but they have a mixture of tourists.

I think from my travel experience that we should be aware of what we search for our holiday. If we are traveling alone or with friends, than we can stay in a party hostel. If we come in a couple, than is better to ask the hostel if they have private rooms and if they have noisy tourists before booking it. When you come with children, the only hostel still available for you in order to have a good comfort is just a chill out hostel. So, before booking your hostel just take your time and see some of their reviews on tripadvisor.com or booking.com and if still you are not aware just e-mail to the property and ask them about conditions.

At Crazy Duck Hostel Bucharest we care a lot about our tourist comfort. This is why we ask you to put us any question regarding the accommodation. You’ll get all the details in advance and will be sure about your choice. See you in Bucharest at Crazy Duck Hostel!

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Rent a car in Bucharest

Do not waste time on trains or buses! If you come to visit Romania for at least 4-7 days and really want to see the country than the best solution is to rent a car in Bucharest or where else your flight just landed.

At Otopeni International Airport are several rent a car companies just waiting for you :)  And rental price in Romania is affordable. Also the gasoline price is not as expensive as in western European countries. So, if you just have in mind a regular 3-4 days route of about 700-800 km with a compact class car the total cost including car and gasoline should be around 200 – 250 EURO.
One of the best route you can do if you come for the first time in Romania is from Bucharest to Sibiu via Pitesti, Curtea de Arges and Transfagarasan mountain road. From Sibiu which was European Cultural Capital in 2009 just go to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval fortified town in Romania and from there to Brasov, a beautiful town and entrance gate to Transylvania. Then back to Bucharest on the beautiful landscape of Prahova Valley. On this route you can visit most beautiful castles as Bran (better known as Dracula castle) , Poenari Castle (real fortified castle of Vlad Tepes) , Peles Castle or magnificent monasteries as Curtea de Arges. But the biggest highlight is the road itself. On Transfagarasan road you will understand why the guys from Top Gear consider this one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Europe.

So, what are you waiting for?

Before choosing your rent a car in Bucharest take some advices.
– Usually companies charge you between 100 – 300 EUR as a deposit.
– Cars come with full tank and must be return the same otherwise the petrol is surcharged at about 2 EUR/liter.
– Better take the car from Otopeni International Airport – rates are usually cheaper
– Some rent a car companies (as Active Rent a Car or Primus Rent a Car) will bring you the car at the requested location but this services could be charged
– Of course that you’ll get a better rate for longer period rental; usually companies will advertise with their 30 days + rental price :)

Regarding real prices (which I consider to be the prices for 1-7 days rentals) for mini to compact class should go from 20 to 35 EUR. Don’t pay more than this!

Of course there are also well known international rent a car companies with offices in Bucharest (most at Otopeni International Airport). If you take the car from the airport their offer is more or less the same as from local companies.

I hope I convinced you to rent a car in Bucharest and drive over the beautiful landscape of Romania – it is an amazing experience and you’ll find that Romanian drivers are quite relaxed, so don’t worry.

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Flashpackers vs backpackers in Bucharest hostels

In 2014 managers from Bucharest hostels faced a new kind of traveller – the flashpacker.

Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively cheap, flashpacking has been defined simply as backpacking with a bigger budget.

What is sure is the flashpackers as a rapidly growing segment of travelers who adhere to a modest accommodation and meal budget, while spending freely, even excessively, for activities at their chosen destination.

For example, I knew that when I first set off on my worldwide adventures I thought I was going to act like a backpacker but to invest a little more money into private room accommodation and extra activities. I soon discovered that lately most backpackers seem to have the same approach in travelling.

So now I think that flashpacking is the new backpacking for guys over 30 J . More and more people seem to be waiting until they’re a little bit older before they experience the world, so flashpackers, or champagne backpackers, are now not so unusual.

This is what wikipedia says about backpackers.

“Backpacking is a term that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. Terms such as independent travel and/or budget travel are often used interchangeably with backpacking. The factors that traditionally differentiate backpacking from other forms of tourism include but are not limited to the following: use of public transport as a means of travel, preference of youth hostels to traditional hotels, length of the trip vs. conventional vacations, use of a backpack, an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights.”

It now seems like “backpackers” are in the minority and I say that because even the term flashpacker seems to have evolved recently. I now see flashpackers as those travelers who can’t even travel without their laptop, i-pod and various other bits of high-tech equipment. When I first went traveling very few people even traveled with a hairdryer so seeing all this electrical equipment being carried around still feels a bit odd to me.

As manager at Crazy Duck Hostel I’ve seen thousands of tourists from both areas. After I analyzed the 2014 market in Bucharest hostels I can definitely say that flashpackers are now more than backpackers. Everybody is looking after private rooms in hostels or at least after smaller sized dorms (with 4 or 6 beds instead of traditionally 12-20 beds ones) . This is the main reason why most of Bucharest hostels are now reconsidering their accommodation structure. Also for the new flash clientele everybody is preparing a new selection of fresh, interesting alternative tours even if there are a little bit more expensive than the traditional ones.

So, now Bucharest hostels are waiting for you , backpackers or flashpackers as well, with a new offer adapted for the 2015 travel requirements.

See you in our town soon !

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One day escape from Bucharest

Choose Hostel Romania ideeas for short day trips departing from Bucharest !

I know –  most of you guys don’t have so much time to spend in Romania ! You choose Bucharest for your first stop – and this is a good decision. In just 2-3 days you can see most of the hot points of our city, visit the best museums, see the most interesting buildings and join the wildest parties.

But Romania is not only Bucharest. So, if you just have only one more day to spend on our trails I propose you a one day escape from Bucharest in our beautiful mountain area – Prahova Valley.

First advice – inside Romania use the train – it is nice, have a clear schedule and brings you in good shape where you want to J

Let’s see now the first Hostel Romania route:

Bucharest – departure 08.30 – arrival Sinaia 10.03 / train no IR 1580

  • Time to visit Peles Castle in Sinaia 1 ½ hours

Peles Castle is open from 9.15 am till 4 pm /ticket  price 20 lei for standard tour (just groundfloor – 45 min)

Sinaia departure 11.43 – arrival Brasov 12.46 / train no IR 1621

Departure from Brasov bus station Autogara 2 TRANSBUS to Bran 13.30 – arrival Bran 14.24

Very important – from Brasov railway station check again the bus schedule for Brasov – Bran and Bran – Brasov route as it can change without notice.

  • Time to visit Bran Castle and surroundings – 2 ½ h

Bran Castle is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm/ ticket price is 25 lei

Departure from Bran to Brasov by minibus at 17.08 – arrival Brasov 18.00

–         Hang around in Brasov Old Town – 2 ½ h

Departure from Brasov railway station 20.45 – arrival Bucharest 23.00. As you probably book your accommodation @ Crazy Duck Hostel in Bucharest you are lucky ! After a just 12 minutes walk you are back in your cozy room at our hostel.

I know, you will be really tired after this day but trust me, it worth ! And don’t forget to check after new Hostel Romania routes on our site !

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Crazy Duck – Your stay in Bucharest hostels in the very best area

Choose the best from Bucharest hostels !

Book @ Crazy Duck Hostel and be in the middle of the town, close to every point of interest.

Let’s see what is nearby – in 3 minutes walk you can enter Cismigiu Garden from Stirbei Voda street. Entrance in the park is next to Kretzulescu Palace. During summer and autumn you can hang around this beautiful park, rent a boat or just sit and drink a refreshing coffee in the morning.

Next stop is Revolution square who gained worldwide notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Nicolae Ceausescu’s final moments in power on December 21, 1989. It was here, at the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, that Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square below turned on him. He fled the angry crowd in his white helicopter, only to be captured outside of the city a few hours later.

But this is not everything.  On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum, the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historical  Athenee Palace Hotel (now Hilton)  At the south end of the square, you can visit the small, but beautiful, Kretzulescu Church.

The Athenaeum is the work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania. This building was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.

After a short walk from Revolution Sqare you can arrive to Magheru Boulevard and Romana Square (by the way here stops bus 783 which connect you to the international airport) or through Calea Victoriei to the Old Town.

The area behind Athenee Palace Hilton hotel is full with restaurants and small terraces – an ideal place to have your lunch. Keep in mind that between 12 am and 4 pm most of the restaurants gives happy hour set menus at cheap prices.

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How we start Crazy Duck Youth Hostel in Bucharest

The beginning of Crazy Duck Youth Hostel in Bucharest comes from a funny ideea !

Hi, my name is Andrei. Travel is my profession as well as my hobby. I worked in different travel agencies in Bucharest for last 15 years as outgoing manager.

But times has changed. Fortunately !

Last autumn I decide with my friend and high school mate Adrian to open a hostel in Bucharest. From the beginning we decide to create a home away from home for our travelers. This was the primary concept of Crazy Duck Hostel.

Our property in Stirbei Voda Street was quite in a good location for a youth hostel in Bucharest, between the main railway station (Gara de Nord) and the Old Town. So after a 4 month renovation we finally open Crazy Duck. What we get was an 8 room hostel with a maximum capacity of 26 beds. Each room was designed to have a private bathroom and no more than 4 beds. We arranged a nice recreation area with a fully equipped kitchen, a nice game room with smart TV and music dock and a garden terrace where we can enjoy a cold drink in a hot summer day. It is designed more to be a chill out hostel rather a party hostel.

So, the game begin on 5th May 2014 and by now we already had more than 1500 tourists who visited us. It is fun and we really enjoy to make new friendships and give as many information regarding our hometown Bucharest and our country Romania. This is the reason why many past tourists we had consider Crazy Duck Hostel as their second home.

We are waiting you as well with a beer from the house to share our stories about travelling – the most fascinating thing in this world.

Your hosts and friends, Andrei & Adrian @ Crazy Duck Youth Hostel in Bucharest

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