At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour you to have authentic, creative and engaging travel experiences in Istanbul. Here we, the staff, are travelers' connection to the city. We are here to present you different ways to enjoy Istanbul .
The location of the hostel, in Cihangir, helps us achieve this. Only 500 metres up the hill is Taksim. It is full of local bars, restaurants , cafes and art galleries. There is a tram stop 150 metres down the street. In 15 minutes this tram will take you to the old historical part of Istanbul with touristic sights in Istanbul like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace or the Underground Cistern. There are all night tea houses next to the Bosphorus sea, 200 metres down from the hostel you to enjoy yourself with a view of the sea, made better with the company of a cup of Turkish tea or coffee.
There are different types of rooms , single, double , triple rooms and also dorms with four beds, mixed or female options. Some rooms have their own showers and toilets and others have a shower and toilet just next to them on every floor. Most of the dorm rooms have single beds not bunks, so it maybe a preference.
Stray Cat Hostel Istanbul is a social hostel, but not a party one. There is some writing on the entrance wall which explains our preference about tolerance: We are not able to tolerate any kind of behaviour consisting of religious, sexual, or ethnic discrimination. This is for the comfort of any individual staying with us.
Enjoy being in Istanbul.
P.S. : We offer a free night stay to artistic travelers who want to make a performance or art in the hostel. Please let us know if you wish to contribute this.
LATEST REVIEWS ONLINE :
Amazing hostel! The staff was incredibly warm and friendly, there is a great sense of community in the hostel, and the cats are so fun to play with. Very close to Taksim Square and all the public transport. Just a short tram ride from the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, etc. I would absolutely recommend!
USA, Female, 18-24
Stray cat made my stay in Istanbul unforgettable. The staff here are excellent (cats included); super friendly, always smiling and always chatty. There are no bunks here, just normal cosy beds and the location is perfect. Being in the heart of Cihangir guests have hundreds of bars, cafes, restaurants and all sorts of shops on their doorstep. The hostel is safe and secure, very cosy, has a wonderful atmosphere and is decorated very nicely. A unique hostel and would recommend 100%.
Ireland, Male, 18-24
Beautiful hostel . Perfect location and decent people in the hostel. The hostel is near all the attractions and also near Takshim square ( connectivity to airport ). I have met some real nice travellers there, honest travellers and had great time in Istanbul. It's compact and 4 bed in a room is very spacious. Suggest everyone in travelling to istanbul to stay here.
India, Male, 25-30
I loved this hostel! Staff are so nice, helpful, and accommodating. Location is great next to Taksim Square and in very close proximity to good restaurants and shopping. Breakfast is very basic but it does the trick. Cute kittens around the hostel don't hurt either :). Would recommend this place to fellow travelers!
USA, Female, 25-30
My stay at the Sray Cay Hostel was short, but I can tell with no doubt it's the best hostel experience I had (and I had some...) The location was great, in a nice neighborhood close to Taksim and all the good stuff. The art and design of the place is awesome, feels cozy and comfortable (and the cat!!) Sedat the owner was so nice and helpful, guided me to good food and where I needed to go, and the staff (that I met) Ali and Emma were so cool, willing to have an interesting talk into the night
Israel, Male, 18-24
We had an excellent experience at the Stray Cat. We felt secure as two young female travelers, and the staff went above and beyond with helping us discover the city. They made it a priority to offer us information about the various cultural areas of the city, and their specific recommendations for the must-see sights and experiences were spot on. The atmosphere at the Stray Cat creates many opportunities to get to know other travelers. Great sense of community, and free water!
USA, All Female Group, 18-24
The hostel is cosy and the environment was pretty and nice! The staff were really helpful and friendly!
Singapore, Male, 18-24
Really enjoyed my stay at this hostel and felt sad to leave actually. The two kittens were very sweet, they have a nice life here.
England, Male, 31-40
Wonderful location and wonderful staff! I really loved the kitties! My room was basic but very comfortable and exactly what I needed for a 24 hour tour of Istanbul and the staff were super helpful in guiding me. The young man who works the night shift even walked me to the bus station 20 minutes away when I had to get back to the airport and helped me carry my heavy bag. Really nice people. Only complaint - I was a bit cold and could have used a blanket but to be fair I didn't think to ask.
USA, Female, 25-30
Beautiful hostel with friendly and helpful staff (and adorable kittens!)
Wales, Female, 25-30
“Just 5mins walk from the nearest Tram station plus a little upward slope, very good location. The staff are friendly and nice. The cats are adorable and nondisturbing! The common room is a cool area to meet other guests and play with kittens! Toilet and bathroom are clean and neat. The single room is comfortable.”
Hong Kong, Female ,18-28
We had a verz comfortable room, the hostel is close to the Taksim square, and even if you have to climb up the hill to get there, it pays off. and the manager is really kind helpful person, gives you good tips of hidden bars and restaurants to enjoy the city like a local.”
Slovakia - Female, 18-28
Awesome position, amazing value for money, even breakfast included, tasty and filling. Clean, nice living area, warm atmosphere. Very good working WiFi. Helpfull staff. Totally recommend. I liked the orange linen.”
Romania - Male 25 -35
'It is so cosy & friendly. I loved all the artwork on the walls. The staff were lovely & so helpful. It's close to everything.
Australıa, Female, 41 +
Sadek was so helpful and friendly! Such a charming little place with the cutest Kittens! Highly recommend staying there. Single beds instead of bunks which are obviously preferable. Lcation is out of the super touristy area but not far, close to the hipper areas of Taksim and is in Changir - plenty of excellent places to eat and drinking near. Beware of the hills! Give you a good work out.
New Zealand, Female, 25-30
This hostel is wonderful. A really cool, relaxed atmosphere. Cute kittens to play with. Free breakfast. Great location, right near the metro, ferry and tram. A short walk from Taksim square. Always someone around to give advice and to let you in. Fantastic!
England, Female, 18-24
The Stray Cat is an awesome place to stay in Istambul. It is in a great location with everything within walking distance, super friendly and helpful staff and an excellent relaxed vibe. I highly recommend.
Australia, Male, 25-30
The hostel had a great social atmosohere and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was well located and near the T1 tramline so it was easy to get to all the major tourist attractions within 15 minutes. The rooms were simple and clean and overall I would definitely recommend this hostel and I will also be returning soon hopefully!