While staying in Romania, one thing that took me by surprise was how nice the hostels were, and of these, Kismet Dao in Brasov stood out in particular. It was a bit tricky to find at first, all nestled away up a hill on a small quiet neighborhood street (as seen in the picture), but like the city itself, the hostel is nothing short of amazing and has a character quite unlike any place I've stayed at before.
The building may not call too much attention to itself from the outside, but once you step in and are greeted by a giant mural of Vlad the Impaler riding a bicycle, it instantly becomes apparent that there is something special about the place. The rooms were all colorful and artistic, but not in a too flashy way, and everything was set up in a way that seemed to maximize comfort, which included numerous couches, a large and welcoming common room and even a garden and patio if you (like me) often feel the need to go outside, such as when you eat the free breakfast provided, which here happened to be pretty extensive.
But accommodations aside, it was the little quirks of this place that truly made it stand out. For example, it is, to this day, the only hostel I've ever stayed at that gives you a free beer or other drink if you prefer every single day. And if you'd like another, it's less than $1/less than 1 euro. But if that's not amazing enough, there's even a hostel dog! Yes, among the guests resided a big, friendly dog, always there to give you a nice welcome. Still the only one I've come across so far.
And the staff was super helpful too. Blake and I, for example, had a Wizz Air flight to Hungary from a different city called Targu Mures and never bothered to check how to get there from Brasov. Turns out, there is no direct bus or train... or pretty much anything. When we realized this, we thought we were royally screwed, but the woman at the front desk stepped into action and within minutes had a car ready to take us to our destination for a pretty inexpensive fare (despite a 3 hour drive). So yeah, this place was great.