Stray Cat Hostel

Hostel in Beyoğlu

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Description via Hostelworld

' Turkey’s largest city has always been a haven for the cats, which have been considered part of city life for decades. The Stray Cat Hostel has taken Istanbul’s unofficial mascot as its spirit animal and inspiration.....” From the article at Travel & Leisure Magazine — by Matt Haber

Central Location
Free city spy maps highlighted with city specials
Free luggage storage before check in and after check out
Free safe deposit boxes

At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour you to have authentic, creative and engaging travel experience 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, Cihangir, helps us achieve this, as it is easy for roaming around the city for night or day life from where we are located. For instance, 500 meters up the hill you reach Taksim area which may be called a new city center with lots of bars, clubs, shops, cafes and art galleries, this area is alive 24 hours. 150 meters down the street there is a tram stop, in 15 minutes this tram takes you to the old historical part of Istanbul with touristic sights like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace or Underground Cistern. There are all night open tea houses next to the Bosphorus sea down 200 meters from the hostel to enjoy yourself with the 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. Most of the dorm rooms have single beds not bunks, so it maybe a preference. Some rooms have their own showers and toilets and others have a shower and toilet just next to them on every floor.

Stray Cat Hostel 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. Murals and paintings made by previous guests and artists cover our walls. Please let us know if you wish to contribute this.

Features of Stray Cat Hostel


  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Airport transfers
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board games
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast not included
  • Common room
  • Elevator
  • Free city maps
  • Hot showers
  • Internet access
  • Jobs board
  • Linen included
  • Security lockers
  • Safe deposit box
  • Steamroom
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Towels included


  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available


  • Luggage storage