Retro Youth Hostel
just another Romanian hostel
Good location: small street near city center.
Personnel is OK. Can be more relaxed and involved.
I have been welcome and supported.
Beds not for tall people, as in most Romanian hostels.
So-called breakfast was next to useless. Quite a few Romanian hotels imagine you have to eat next to nothing in the morning.
Unique Quality: storage room
Okay City-Center Hostel
I stayed at Retro Youth Hostel for three nights in the summer of 2010. On the first night I was put in a room on the side of the hostel with the breakfast nook (as opposed to the side with the below-ground kitchen. The room was a bit damp, but when I woke up in the morning I found I had bug bites ALL OVER my lower legs. Yuck! I requested a change of rooms, and I was switched to the opposite side of the hotel, in an upper "loft" style room with lots of beds (but no bunks AND no bugs!). I would recommend requesting an eight- or nine-bed dorm, as they are bright and airy, and seem to be cleaner. Great things about this hotel include the helpful multilingual front desk staff (who maintain a list of current events and activities in the lobby) and the central location. Access to bathrooms and common areas, secure lockers and storage areas, and internet access are only average.
i got Cluj at 3am ..it was a dark night and i didnt dare to take a cab ..so i walk all the city long from train station looking for the hostel with my heavy backapck and my lonely planet guide in my hands... it wasnt hard to get there..just guiding by the river .that i had to crosss and getting in Piata Uniri ..from there its so easy...
The staff was quite friendly ..reception 24h they invite me to sleep there and i couldnt pay in euro just in lei or leu (the same)
I slept a few hours in a bunch bed and woke up and take a quick look at the city... i could kept my luggage in reception btw
The worst maybe is that there is just one bathroom for everybody so wake up early above all in rush season
There is free and nice breakfast i guessed remember and its not expensive among 10 euros and 12
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WEll, I booked at Hostels.com so that was fairly easy. Getting there with the directions provided was fine (it's 1 block from the main square), great location. There is no curfew or lockout- sleep in and stay out late! The staff is more than helpful and always around. They'll help you find cheep lodging at your next destination and even call for you.
There's a phone you can use (they sell phone cards 100 minutes to USA for $10 !!!).
Laundry is only a few dollars, but there's no dryer.
Breakfast (extensive) is only 2 Euro, and coffee and tea are always available for free. The kitchen is great and has plenty of supplies for you to cook on your own if your system cant handle the local food.
The only problem I can foresee is if you are a light sleeper, make sure you get a bed in the second room. The first one is right off the stairs (no door) and where the TV, bathroom and stairs down to the kitchen are, so it's going to be a bit noisy.
Overall a great value and a great place!
Unique Quality: I found the type of people who wind up there (perhaps it's Cluj in general) are very cool and smart and independent, so there is no shortage of conversation!
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