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

91.1% Overall Rating

51 out of 60 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (04/04/2014)

yuki abe thinks…

"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…"

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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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91.1%

Overall Rating

51 out of 60 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Stray Cat Hostel'

Atmosphere
96.8%
Location
96.8%
Facilities
84.0%
Cleanliness
82.4%
Staff
96.8%
Value
91.2%
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71.4%
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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%
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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%
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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%
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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 ...

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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%
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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%
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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.

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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%
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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

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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

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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.

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Samantha McCann

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

30 May 2013 Samantha would recommend this property

Liked: Such character, wonderful staff, wonderful owner, three kittens were adorable, beautiful murals all over the walls, colorful rooms, clean bathrooms, quiet, cool, a block from the tram, a block from the Bosphorus, intimate feeling, met some really great people. Loved it all.

Disliked: Samantha left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Nikolai Vassiliev

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

17 May 2013 Nikolai would recommend this property

Liked: Location, friendly stuff, breakfast, cats.

Disliked: Squeaking bed, lack of sun in dense Istanbul urban fabric (half of rooms has windows to the street, but not ours). .

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Agata Ziolkowska

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

06 May 2013 Agata would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful staff. They are great people willing to help you every day. Breakfasts (varied and good), location (next to Taksim), lovely cats, atmosphere. It's the best hostel I've been to.

Disliked: The smell of the cats sometimes. Although I loved them. And the street was quite loud during the night.

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Marko Plahuta

With my spouse / partner

City break

01 May 2013 Marko would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent hostel at strategic position in Istanbul. Close to public transit, ferries and nightlife. Open whole night. Very friendly staff with a lot of practical advice to improve your stay, seem on top of events in the city. It pays to listen to them. They have really nice cats and kittens.

Disliked: Marko left no negative feedback.

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Andriy Bahlay

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

24 April 2013 Andriy would recommend this property

Liked: It was the last hostel in our 3.5 month jorney around South-East Asia. So on the way to home we were suprised by the service in Stray Cat Hostel. Everything is absolutly great: location, frinedly staff, art decoration, clean rooms, wi-fi, kittens! Would definetyly come back again!

Disliked: Andriy left no negative feedback.

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Marco Azzalini

With my spouse / partner

City break

22 April 2013 Marco would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, cozy and clean rooms, very warm staff. More than recommended!

Disliked: .

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Madeleine Wise

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway

26 January 2013 Madeleine would recommend this property

Liked: the staff here were really friendly and up for a chat all the time, they have 4 beautiful cats who live there also which give a real homely feel to the place. its a fantastic location, 5 min walk from the main street but you don't hear any of the music that last until 4 in the morning. we would defiantly recommend this hostel to any type of traveller. thanks guys!!

Disliked: Madeleine left no negative feedback.

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Frederic Jennings

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

08 January 2013 Frederic would recommend this property

Liked: The people running this are among the nicest hostel staff I've EVER enjoyed. The place is full of art, has a very wonderful vibe, and they're not kidding about having several cats, including a greeter-kitten. If you're a cat person, you won't find a better hostel in Turkey.

Disliked: It could have been a bit warmer in the room, but this was during an unseasonable blizzard.

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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely, friendly staff and plenty of super cute cats.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

20 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: We ended up staying here almost an extra week because we liked it so much. The location can't be beat as it's close to Istiklal and the neighborhood is fun to explore. Staff was so helpful and know a lot about the city - they gave us a lot of off-the-beaten path tips. because the atmosphere is so friendly. and calm The rooms are basic but clean and the bathrooms are practically new. And, kittens!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

21 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice location, very close to the sea:) Cosy athmosphere , helpfull staff and good ratio of price and quality. Impressions are probably related to the season, but it seemed to be a nice place to stop if you are on a budget.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It has a good location - 10 min by tram to Eminonu.Tram station is 3 min away. The staff was very helpfull and nice. The breakfast was more than ok. The room was above average: clean and confy beds, spacious rooms. The bath was right next to the room and it was very clean. There are a lot of ATM machines 5 min away from the hostel and also a supermarket across the street and a small market open late.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.