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Cat's Hostel
Ranked #19 of 414 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

But in the middle of winter, freezing your feet off to go to the bathroom can make you second-guess your decision. The rooms were quite secure (so secure we sometimes had trouble getting into them ourselves), and there were lockers, which was a plus. But if you're planning to access the internet, be sure to take a jacket, because thanks to renovations, the common area (other than the bar) is freezing.
I was traveling with a group of 5, and originally we'd booked 5 beds in a 10-bed room, but when we arrived, we'd been moved to a 6-bed room with no extra cost. (Apparently a large group arrived insisting that they all share rooms). The staff was hospitable and the rooms were small, but warm, thankfully. (In the winter, that's a major plus).
Also, on a side note, when we went, there's was no clear identification as to which bathroom was the female bathroom and which was the male, so this poor guy kept walking in to the shower room terribly confused and embarrassed. Needless to say, he was socially shunned.
Otherwise, we felt safe, which is the most important part. The hostel was walking distance to most of the places we wanted to go, and the price was very reasonable.
For a backpacker, sometimes feeling safe and saving euros is the best you can hope for.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

We were a party of 11, and if you are going to stay here you have to be open minded... very good value for money, the rooms are more than enough for rest a few hours, the only problem was that at the time we stayed there ( 18th to 21st January ) they were renovating the hostel, so during the day (from 8:00 to 18:00) you cant take a nap because of the noise... Clean bathrooms, hot water, breakfast included more than enough to start the day (1 orange juice, 1 donuts/ croissant and a coffee/ hot chocolate), free internet (3 computers) downstairs in the bar, and some animation till 1:00, but the space it´s open till 3:00 if you want to socialize with other guests... Very good location with a lot of bars/tapas 5 minutes away, specially in Plaza the santa ana, one cerveceria Cien Montaditos (1 montadito =1€ and 1 large beer=1€)... if you continue along Calle del Prado a lot of diferents bars you will find... If you choose cats you´re going to have more than you paied for...

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

You could do a lot worse than this cheap hostel that's in the middle of everything. It's a good 15 minute walk to Atocha Station, 10 minutes to the Plaza Mayor, and around the corner from a small supermarket (Dia). This place is built in airy Southern Spain style with screens on the door and a roofed courtyard in the middle. The basement is a tiny bar that, on Saturday nights, serves a tiny plate of average paella with the purchase of one beer. The bathrooms are dorm-style with shower stalls, but it can get steamy and crowded. The hot water comes and goes.
The breakfast is a small cup of coffee with cereal or the biggest croissant you've ever seen. It's not a lot, but it's included and gets you going until lunch (and is a rather typical Spanish breakfast).
There's one washing machine and one dryer on each floor, so you might have to time it right when you can use it.
The only real negative is a matter of taste. At 30 years old, I might be outgrowing the hostels but this place made me feel about 100. Lots of youngsters give it an excited, vibrant feel during the day and the noise can last all night. I didn't mind it, until I needed some sleep on my last night. Then it felt relentless. But hopefully, you've had so much fun in Madrid (the most manic city I've ever been in) you'll be too exhausted to care.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Thank McCandlessBus63
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

I stayed in this hostel with 9 friends. We had a good experience, yes the dorms were cramped, the sheets were not the cleanest, and the toilets were basic- but to be honest its not bad for £14 /night! They put on a free disco one night with free paella for residents- which again was ok. The central seating area is really pretty and created a nice ambience for us. The staff were fairly friendly, and they allowed us to leave our bags there till night-time when our flight was. We were barely in the hostel anyway as we were out exploring the beautiful Madrid!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Pros - its cheap. Came because it was listed in europe's famous hostels and had great luck with them.

Cons - worst staff I have experienced. My friend arrived at 8 am and they wouldn't let him wait inside until check in at noon and they wouldn't even hold his bags for him so he had to wander the city at 8 am with his backpac and his guitar. They provide no direction and they don't seem to listen when you as a question. Often not even looking at you to respond.

There is construction going on (dec 2011) which made it very noisy early in the am but I supposed that is why it is so cheap.

There were people around cleaning and the bathrooms are clean.

The inside is absoutly beautiful.

They monitor the breakfast like nothing I've seen where you get a coffe OR a tea OR a hot chocolate and you have to order from the lady behind the counter.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Not clean. Staff unfrendly. Breackfast only 1 donuts. Room withuot window. Durty sheets.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank John0077
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

There were bed bugs. I came home covered in incredibly itchy bites. The room were either too hot or too cold. Wifi was awful, you had to sit on the stairs to get a signal which made it very hard for anyone to pass. staff seemed cold and unfriendly. Breakfast in the morning was definitely not worth getting up for. Definitely would not recommend it to anyone I liked.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Frances P
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Address: Calle Canizares 6, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 414 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
Price Range: $17 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ust outside the Puerta del Sol, the center point of Madrid, you can easily and quickly make it to the city’s most famous sites, like the lively Santa Ana plaza, world-famous Prado museum, and refreshing Retiro Park. But don’t worry – we make it easy to fit in that siesta in our Andalucían style common area, beautiful evidence that Cat’s was at one time a 17th century Spanish palace.As the sun goes down, the madrileños come out! When you start your night at Cat’s Cave Bar, it is sure to be a blast! Every night of the week we will take you on the best pub crawls, where you will meet your fellow travelers and truly experience the Madrid lifestyle. During the week we also offer you tapas and shopping tours, and free Flamenco and Salsa dance classes. And of course we’ve got the basics. Our newly renovated rooms range from 4 to 14 beds, each with clean sheets and secure lockers for each guest. Breakfast is included in the price and you can choose from a variety of cereals and pastries every morning. Free wifi is available in the common areas and there are also available computers for guest use. And on departure day, we have secure luggage storage where bags can be left while you get your last tastes of the city! ... more   less 
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