Originally Posted by slashtommy
Sleeping with the bike in your room is quite frankly ridiculous. The Balkans is not the 3rd world, many of the countries are wealthier than recent EU members. Most hotels, hostels and guest houses will be very accommodating as regards security. Many will have locked compounds/courtyards, underground parking or other secure parking nearby.
To echo that (as the person who accompanied @slashtommy on that Balkan trip). Twice in Romania (and once in Bulgaria) we explained to the hotel that we needed parking and they found locked spot for us that would not normally be open to the public. We were down the side alley the staff used for smoking in Bulgaria once, and next to the owners dog kennels in Romania in their private part of the hotel another time.