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WHAT IS CATS HOSTELS?

Cats Hostels isn’t just a place to sleep. We are SO much more than that.
We’re a family of hostels with a mission: to make sure your trip is an unforgettable EXPERIENCE.
We’ve been hosting genuine backpackers for fifteen years now, so we know what we’re doing.

WHAT WE OFFER

Good locations, comfortable lodging, great value, lively atmosphere, and fun activities for SOCIAL TRAVELERS.You’ll come for the price, you’ll stay for the vibe!

CATS MANIFESTO

URBAN

Cats Hostels are nested in the heart of big cities. We’re city-dwellers with urban spirit, which we extend to our travelers during their authentic experience with us. Making sure our guests get up close and personal with the area’s culture and feel each city’s rhythm is our main goal.

ACTIVE

Cats Hostels are buzzing with life. We can’t stand doing the same mundane thing day in, day out, so we are constantly offering new activities for you, so you can make the most of the city! We select all the best unique experiences, you name it: from a tapas tour to a cultural route, to speed dating or the wildest pub crawl!

SOCIAL

Cats Hostels, for FIFTEEN YEARS (wow, ages!), has stuck to one clear philosophy: a hostel is a social place… if not, it ain’t a hostel!! Discovering an awesome new city is 500 times more exciting if you have a friend by your side*. That’s why we strive to create an inclusive atmosphere, welcoming people from every corner of the planet, and with staff that are always up for a good laugh! *Not clinically proven, but 100% real

INNOVATORS

Here at Cats Hostels, we’re pretty used to being pioneers. We were Madrid’s first major social hostel ever, and since then, we’ve been breaking down all boundaries in our field, all for the sake of you all! Little things like providing lockers and personalized keys/bracelets, or installing co-working spaces, or screens with special info updated throughout the day, have become key advancements in the hospitality we offer.

THE CATS EXPERIENCE

STAY

At Cats Hostels we do know one thing: Making the most of your trip requires fully-charged batteries! That’s why we have perfectly equipped rooms for you to put your feet up and regain your strength after the day’s fun, providing Wi-Fi, lockers, personal outlets, etc. We have an option for everyone. Traveling solo? Come and share a dorm with other travelers! Traveling with a partner? Come and enjoy one of our private rooms! Traveling in a group? Let us organize everything for you and get just the rooms you are looking for. Cats is always a win-win.

PLAY

Now, who wants to live somewhere boring? Not us, and you either! We love surprises and sharing them with you. For this reason, all Cats Hostels have their own little gem, in the form of social common areas. Imagine yourself sipping sangria with friends in a 17th-century historic courtyard or having a snooze on a rooftop. Whether you’re looking to meet people or to rest quietly out of your room, our hostels have the common space for you.

EXPLORE

The fun part of exploring a new city comes when you leave the travel guide aside for a moment and go with the flow. Be open to what the day (or night) brings you and spend quality time with other travelers and locals. To make this easier for you all, we have developed, over time, a wide variety of awesome activities. If you want to paint the town red, sign up to our Pub Crawl! If you’re more of a wine and dine person, come along on one of our day tours! Anything you’re into… Tag along and try them out!

STAY

At Cats Hostels we do know one thing: Making the most of your trip requires fully-charged batteries! That’s why we have perfectly equipped rooms for you to put your feet up and regain your strength after the day’s fun, providing Wi-Fi, lockers, personal outlets, etc. We have an option for everyone. Traveling solo? Come and share a dorm with other travelers! Traveling with a partner? Come and enjoy one of our private rooms! Traveling in a group? Let us organize everything for you and get just the rooms you are looking for. Cats is always a win-win.

PLAY

Now, who wants to live somewhere boring? Not us, and you either! We love surprises and sharing them with you. For this reason, all Cats Hostels have their own little gem, in the form of social common areas. Imagine yourself sipping sangria with friends in a 17th-century historic courtyard or having a snooze on a rooftop. Whether you’re looking to meet people or to rest quietly out of your room, our hostels have the common space for you.

EXPLORE

The fun part of exploring a new city comes when you leave the travel guide aside for a moment and go with the flow. Be open to what the day (or night) brings you and spend quality time with other travelers and locals. To make this easier for you all, we have developed, over time, a wide variety of awesome activities. If you want to paint the town red, sign up to our Pub Crawl! If you’re more of a wine and dine person, come along on one of our day tours! Anything you’re into… Tag along and try them out!

OUR STORY

When we go on about wanting you to join the Cats family… it’s because we literally are one huge family in every way! Back in the good old days of 2003, four brothers from Barcelona and a couple of buddies had a vision: they wanted to turn their professional lives around, so they decided to bring the “hostel culture” they’d experienced in other European countries to Madrid.

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CRAZY HOUSE

Cats Hostel Madrid Sol

So, they started searching the city for somewhere magical. They spent months looking at countless buildings until…Bullseye! They stumbled upon a beautiful house, what is now Cats Hostel Madrid Sol (C/ Cañizares 6), and they knew that the possibilities were endless. The building was a ridiculously awesome 17th century mansion in the city center with an intriguing hidden history (ghosts and all, but we’ll tell you about that later). Obviously, this was THE place.

HOSCAR Award

After a little makeover converting the building into an equipped hostel and a few innovative technological details here and there… we opened our doors in July 2004!! After only one year in operation, we won the HOSCAR award (no seriously, that’s what it’s called) for the best hostel in the world, given to us by the awesome network Hostelworld… like the la crème de la crème of the hostel sector. Even back in those days, our main philosophy was highly valued: break with the mundane Madrid hostels to create a home away from home and offer authentic life experiences.

FAMILY+1

Cats Hostel Madrid Lavapiés

With this groundbreaking way of cultivating hostel life, the family welcomed a new member: Cats Hostel Madrid Lavapies, located in the buzzing Lavapies district (c/ Cabeza 24). Turning a traditional 18th century building into a modern hostel fit for 21st century travelers was a challenge itself. Serious architectural improvements were needed. But it was so worthy! Each building started taking on its own kind of identity without losing the brand standards.

PORTUGUESE FAMILY

Cats Hostel Porto

It was time to grow… but in a new country. The first move towards conquering the Iberian Peninsula (just kidding, we’re not playing Risk game, are we?) and our first hostel in Portugal. We saw possibilities in this lovely northern little city who was starting to be trendy but not overcrowded: Porto. We found a beautiful building covered in tiles with lots of comfort and a sweet rooftop! We started in August, in the heat of summer, so we obviously fell in love with the city.

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