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Hostel | Mebusan Yokusu No 35, Taksim Findikli Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey 34433

90.1% Overall Rating

68 out of 77 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/09/2014)

"Friendliness of the staff was second to none; they provided all sorts of information about Istanbul and frequently asked if everything was O.K. and whether they could help in any other way at all. Simple, but nice…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry service
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Outside area
  • Pets allowed

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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90.1%

Overall Rating

68 out of 77 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Stray Cat Hostel'

Atmosphere
95.2%
Location
92.8%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
80.0%
Staff
96.8%
Value
92.8%
Safety
87.2%
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

21 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness of the staff was second to none; they provided all sorts of information about Istanbul and frequently asked if everything was O.K. and whether they could help in any other way at all. Simple, but nice buffet style breakfast provided. Note: being a fan of cats is strongly recommended to get the most out of your stay!

Disliked: The hostel is not very clearly marked, so it took a while finding the place in the dark.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Geneva Chu

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 September 2014 Geneva would recommend this property

Liked: The art on the walls is fantastic! And the staff are so friendly and helpful. Great location, delicious breakfast included, very welcoming atmosphere with a great common room for meeting travellers and funny playful cats.

Disliked: Nothing, but since wonderful cats visit often don't go into the common room if you're allergic to cats. Maybe don't go to Istanbul if you can't do cats.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

21 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The friendly staff make your feel home and welcome

Disliked: The bed was not the best, and the toilet had some difficult with the flush, but nothing major

The property's response is...

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

01 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is nice, the rooms are fairly clean and cheap. Staff members are super helpful and polite.

Disliked: Bathroom could have been cleaner, a slight "off" smell on the floors.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

sumin park

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

16 July 2014 sumin would recommend this property

Liked: Good

Disliked: sumin left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

01 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is really helpful. They ask always about your plans for giving some good tips or places to have a meal for low prices. Very close to Taksim.

Disliked: Istanbul has many hills. To go from the hostel to Taksim you have to climb a hill, it can be exhausting. But that's not a problem of the hostel, all the city is like that. It has got cats in the living room. They move freely, even over you. Make sure you don't mind that. But don't worry, they are clean and caring.

The property's response is...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Lauren Carrington

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

27 June 2014 Lauren would recommend this property

Liked: Stray Cat Hostel is perfectly located in the European side of Istanbul - close enough to the restaurants and nightlife with the advantages of a quiet nights sleep. The sights are easily reachable as the hostel is in the ideal location for accessing transport; including ferries to the Asian side. The main plus of this hostel is the staff - the are amazingly helpful and friendly and are the reason that I will most definitely be returning to Istanbul and Stray Cat Hostel. Hostel was beautifully decorated and whilst the rooms were simple they held all you need.

Disliked: Having either a locker or safety deposit box in the shared rooms would be nice. These may be provided in the dorms.

The property's response is...

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway

08 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The people were lovely and the breakfast was amazing.

Disliked: There were something wrong with the pressure of the water.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: -Location was quite good, very close to Taksim square and metro -Good breakfast -Super friendly staff -Clean towel and bed sheet -Highly recommend for money saver

Disliked: -Wifi was not working well in higher floors

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the very friendly and charming staff, the cats and the pictures on the walls

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

22 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Interesting quirky place in good location in new town. Best thing is the staff all of whom extremely helpful, nice and funny. Very easy access to the old city Y and great places to visit on this side of the water. Good breakfast and some cute kittens when we were there.

Disliked: The only thing I can think of saying here is that the instructions from the airport bus drop off referred to west instead of east

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Jing Sun

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

21 April 2014 Jing would recommend this property

Liked: First of all, it is definitely a colorful hotel and it's interior decoration is totally free style! All the paintings on the wall (cats! A cats lovers must go place!) is worked by the guests in different styles. The reason why I chose it is Istanbul is my last stop of my vacation and I wanna find somewhere interesting to live in, and this lovely place never disappointed me:) The staff are very nice and helpful and they have a good taste of dinning places! Remember to ask them for recommendations!

Disliked: Jing left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

yuki abe

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

04 April 2014 yuki would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, helpful and easygoing staff, cute cats, comfy bed room(4bed female dorm). I enjoyed 4night stay in istanbul. People offer you recommendation what to see, how to get the places, places to eat.

Disliked: Shower can be improved(no changing space, very weak water pressure, ants on the wall). Breakfast time starts a bit late, from 9am. There is no proper kitchen you can cook by yourself. and importamtly Its better paying when you leave. Because they would forget even if you paied in advance. Its just not nice to be followed for paying after good farewell...they are good people but maybe a bit too relaxed as professionals.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

20 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: atmosphere and friendliness

Disliked: There were a lot of cats, I like them, but there was a really bad smell coming from the first floor. The cats could eat your breakfast with you.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

19 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: .

Disliked: .

100.0%
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Daniel Shoesmith

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 March 2014 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location, really helpful staff who happily answer all questions, friendly guests and kittens.

Disliked: Nothing.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Philipp Busch

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

20 February 2014 Philipp would recommend this property

Liked: Nice Breakfast! Friendly staff. The location is quite good a little down the hill from Taksim square and close to a tram station that brings you in a few minutes to the heart of the touristic center ... Good place to meet other travellers ...

Disliked: Bathroom and toilette are clean, but a little old and could use a makeover ... there are a few cats around that stay downstairs in the common area, the cats are nice but leave a bit of that typical cat-smell around ... but you ll get used to that quite fast ... no kitchen facilities.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

06 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location: Near to clubs, bars, restaurants, ... Train Station to the Old Part of Istanbul can be reached in 5 minutes by feet. Super helpfull staff.

Disliked: Bad Wi-Fi connection inside the rooms ...

100.0%
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Melissa Caron

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

04 January 2014 Melissa would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere was super friendly and inviting. The staff were very informative and fun. I would defiantly stay here again. Number one hostel in Istanbul!!!

Disliked: Melissa left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were really friendly and helpful, they reccommended great places to eat and drink. The cats in the common area were great too, if you like cats. The common area in general was a really nice place to hang out. Free lockers, towels, breakfast etc... Everything was included in price. One shared bathroom per floor (on our floor there were only 2 double rooms and a shared room of only 3 I think ), so this wasn't too bad. The toilet was generally clean and fine. Shower room about average for a shared hostel shower, it was fine. Location is not far from Taksim square and the main shopping street, and also very close to a tram stop to get to Sultanahmet very quickly. If you like cats - reccommend to stay.

Disliked: Room was pretty basic and small, and bed and pillows not all that comfy. Found the heating system quite noisy when trying to sleep in my room too (kind of weird complaint.) Bad for some - there are a lot of cats in the common area (hence the name of the hostel), they are very friendly and playful. This wasn't a bad thing for us at all though, we enjoyed laying around with them in there :) If you don't like cats - don't reccommend to stay.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Helio Da Costa E Silva

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa

19 October 2013 Helio would recommend this property

Liked: WE had a great time at stray cat, Great location, super friendly and helpful staff unfortunately I can't remember the name of all of them. Thank you guys for your help on my stayed, I really would recommend Stray cat to a friend! Big hug from Ireland Cheers

Disliked: Helio left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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James Daniell

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

08 October 2013 James would recommend this property

Liked: The Stray Cat is a relaxed getaway from the intensity of Istanbul/

Disliked: James left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

City break

02 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, for cats lovers only - but they are very cute!

Disliked: A bit pricy for the quality of the accomodation

100.0%
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Joanne Nussbaum

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 September 2013 Joanne would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff, quaint and quirky decor, cool place

Disliked: can't think of any negatives

100.0%
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Divya Suresh

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

06 June 2013 Divya would recommend this property

Liked: I loved the student-ish feel of the hostel, the graffiti on the walls and the size of the rooms (even if they were common). The location was great - a bit of an uphill walk to Taksim Square but very convenient. The owner and other staff of the hostel were excellent. They had great recommendations and were extremely friendly and quite happy to chat about any topic under the sun. And of course, there were all the stray cats - don't stay here if you are allergic to cats. Otherwise, it was a lovely, cozy place. And it is a hostel with an elevator!

Disliked: The shower could have been better - but I've never found a decent shower in any hostel anyway.