I had an awesome time here!!
I stayed in Istanbul a few times before, and I started to find the Taksim area a bit overwhelming.. so this one, only a few minutes away from it, and close to the sea was perfect for me. (Lovely tea place right by sea just 2 minutes walk...sea breeze, fish & bread & good tea...yummmmm.)
The people working there are GREAT, they are not only friendly and helpful, but they have great stories...:)) (Thanks guys!! ). Very laid back & warm atmosphere, & good energies around.
This is definitely not the place for you if you don t like cats!! there is 4 here (& an other million around everywhere in Istanbul...)..they are very cool & friendly & they only hang out in the downstairs area, not in the rooms...
The rooms are tidy & clean with showers & toilets very close to each of them... (maybe slightly too simply decorated for my liking)
There is some really cool food places around there, all different...Turkish "home food" in lunch time, cafe with menu in English.. and also very local kebab places & chicken-rice man with his stand & a classic sweet shop on the corner & the famous fish & bread by the sea. Lovely tea place right by sea just 2 minutes walk...Bosphorus, sea breeze, good tea...yummmmm... Shops selling beers are just a few steps away & open till very late.
I see some people here complaining about the climb up to Taksim...i really didn t think it was so bad ..it s about 10 minutes MAX and only the last short bit is kind of steep... and come on, it s a bit of exercise & good for the butt :)) AND: walking DOWN with the Bosphorus in front of you is real fun.
If I really had to say something negative... it would be that "the cleaning lady always seems very grumpy".. but that would be kind of ridiculous .. :))
I will definitely come back & recommend it to all my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stray Cat Hostel in Istanbul offers a simple , laid back, comfortable , affordable accomodation in city center. The hostel is located 5 minutes walk from Taksim City Center, Taksim is full of bars , cafes and clubs for every taste, 200 meter down from the hostel there is a tram stop takes you in 15 minutes to historical monuments of Hagia Sofia, Topkapı Palace, Underground Cistern, Blue Mosque. Stray Cat Hostel in Istanbul has double, triple, four bed and 6 bed rooms . Some rooms have their own bathrooms some has shared ones . Breakfast is included in all prices. Also free tea, coffee and mineral water all day long is included to room rates . Safe deposit in reception for valuables are free of charge . Free bedding , beds, sheets and towels are included in price. Free high speed wi-fi is also available, and we have one kitchenette with tea coffee making facilities, and one equippied kitchen for free guest use.Stray Cat is a quite social hostel but not a party one. We do not serve alcohol just you can enjoy your drinks that you bought from several discount supermarkets and liqour shops in 2 minutes walking distance to hostel in our smoking or non smoking separated common areas. Just please note that although we are a very social hostel with an artistic vibe, that different paintings made by different guests and artists, the Stray Cat is not a hard partying hostel. We offer free night stay to artistic travelers would like to make a paint or performance in hostel . We have 24 hours reception with people working on desk who are knowledgeable and helpful for your possible needs, wishes and questions in Istanbul. We do not tolerate any kind of behaviour that consist of sexual, religious, ethnical, and racial discrimination, we reserve the right to refuse service anyone falls under these categories.Thank You. We wish you a nice stay. ... more less
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