Hostel Cat Las Vegas

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The Hostelz.com Review

Hostel Cat is like a microcosm of Las Vegas itself ... a little bit seedy, a little bit crazy, and a lot of fun.

The Location

Located at the downtown end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Hostel Cat is a long walk (around an hour) from the main bulk of the major hotels/casinos, however it is quite handily on the Deuce bus route that runs twenty-four hours, which goes to Fremont Street in one direction and to the top end of the strip in the other. It is a short walk from the iconic Stratosphere and just across the road from the famous Little White Chapel (should you require a drive-thru wedding at any point during your stay!). It has its own car park and is approximately a twenty-minute walk from the Greyhound terminal.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel isn’t going to win any awards for luxury. Dorms have lockers and shelves for belongings but are a bit scruffy and sleep ten to a room. The beds are standard but fairly comfortable bunk beds with one bathroom (shower, sink, and toilet in the same room) in each dorm. Regardless of the time of day, whether 5 a.m. or 5 p.m., there always seems to be someone monopolising the bathroom and there is only one extra toilet (and no extra showers) located in the main hostel building -- it makes trying to shower and get ready a bit tricky.

As this is Las Vegas, be prepared to have people coming and going at all hours of the day and night (bring earplugs and eye mask!). Rooms have a single, noisy, old air conditioning unit that is right next to some bunks, so people understandably turn it off, leaving you with a pretty stuffy and sweaty sleeping space. Private rooms are also available and are priced at an especially reasonable rate on weekdays.

Common Spaces

Indoor common spaces are limited. There is a small kitchen with very little space to prepare meals and a fairly poor array of basic crockery such as cups and bowls, though plenty of shelving to store your food. There is a make-your-own pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., or you can pay for an egg-and-sausage breakfast later on if you are on “Vegas time.” There is a dining area with computers and vending machines, which leads on to a TV room containing a sofa, book exchange, sofa/bunk bed, and fridges! It’s compact and chaotic but it’s also a lot of fun and a good sociable environment. Wi-Fi only really works in the main building but staff are keen to get you to log off and meet people.

The outside space is huge with one large shaded table/benches, plus a couple of other tables out in the sun, but there could be a lot more in the way of seating to maximise the space. There is a barbecue which is used for hostel-cooked dinners some nights (filling, decent, and balanced meals at a reasonable cost); a stereo; and, oddly, sets of weights for the muscle-conscious.

Summary

The emphasis at Hostel Cat is on being sociable and having fun. There are nightly activities and trips to clubs (sometimes for free or at a low cost) and often sporadic outings during the day, too. Our visit involved a trip to a pool party at one of the big hotels -- the staff know how to get in for free and we just paid a very small fee for them to drive us there.

Staff seem to enjoy working at Hostel Cat and like to party as much as the guests! They are helpful in sharing tips for low-cost activities and can also arrange discounted trips to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam directly from the hostel. If you are traveling alone and looking to make new friends with which to enjoy Las Vegas, then Hostel Cat is an especially good option. If you are on a tight budget, it is also an unbeatable, cheap option (with none of the added resort fees of the hotels, either!).
by Laura T
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2013-04-01
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Exterior
Dorms and garden
kitchen
Common room
Dorm
Shower and toilet

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Cat Las Vegas" at 1236 South Las Vegas Boulevard.)

Location/Contact

Address
1236 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Coordinates
36.155905, -115.149752 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.hostelcat.com
Telephone
(702) 380-6902
Fax
702-383-0511
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  HOSTEL CAT Sandwiched between a tattoo parlour and a strip joint and across the road from a wedding chapel. You might wonder what to expect at this hostel. Is it all Vegas craziness? No, it's not. Inside it is generally calm and secure. No noise ever emanated over from the stripper's and there were no untoward goings on that we saw. (Sorry if that disappoints!) Location This hostel is easy to find, located on Las Vegas Boulevard. It is all on ground level and painted pale blue and yellow with a picture outside it of a cartoon cat! It is around 20 minutes walk from the Fremont area and about 10 minutes walk from the Stratosphere. The main strip is a bit further away again but you can easily catch the Deuce bus which runs 24 hours. There is clear signage outside which is illuminated at night. There is a also a Walgreen's store on the corner of the street. Rooms and Bedrooms The rooms are arranged around a large courtyard but you need to type in a door code to enter this area. This keeps all the crazies out (unless they have booked a room!) You have a little gold-coloured key to open your own door with. (The bond for this is $10.) There are a range of room types and rooms are cleaned daily. The 6 person dorm is quite small but never really cramped and there is just enough space for everyone's things. The bed is comfortable. There are large lockers but no other furniture in the room. There is a heater in the room and a clean, ensuite bathroom. The bathroom is a decent size so you have room to get changed but the walls are pretty thin. There is soft toilet paper and the shower is nice (although we may have spotted a little mould on the ceiling). There is another toilet available opposite the reception. Common Spaces The kitchen is fairly small but has everything that you need including 2 microwaves. From 8.30 am, free pancakes are yours for the making. The mix is done for you and then you can make as many as you like. There are tables and chairs in an adjacent social area. There is a public computer here but as there is a charge, it is rarely used. Wifi is free. There are a choice of large fridges but don't look for them in the kitchen as they are all in the lounge! This living room is not vast but seems to accommodate a good number of people. Netflix is available on the television and people will sit around and watch a movie together in the evenings. There are opportunities to go on a hostel trip in the evenings, to a club, pub or pool party. Some nights these are popular and sometimes there are no takers. The main social area indoors is open from 8 am to 1 am only. Our stay was when the weather was cooler. On hot days, there would be more outdoors socialising which is likely to affect the surrounding bedrooms. Summary This hostel is good value if you don't mind being located away from the main strip. There are nights out for those who are interested or the quiet TV room for those who aren't. There is a chance you may see some odd characters in the area but this is true of anywhere in Vegas and is not a problem at this hostel. This hostel is a good choice if you would rather gamble with your money than spend it on accommodation. It is as sociable as you choose to make it. We were pleasantly surprised.
Street view of Hostel Cat TV lounge with sofas and fridges Bedrooms and courtyard Kitchen Dorm room
Charli
2014-10-25
 
Good marks mostly
I'd rate the staff very good and the hostel offers almost everything, but housekeeping is quite intrusive, coming in several times daily, slamming the doors when done inspecting ... looking in the rooms. Females who cannot get an upper bunk should consider all femme dorm ... I had trouble with a drunken male on the Bar Crawl nite at 5 in the morning ... scary. $3.50 early check in fee before 2pm, plus there's a CC fee, and $1 to 'rent' a towel.
globehopper
(USA)
2012-12-12
 
Just awesome!
It's definitely the best accommodation for international travelers. It's not just cheap it's also so much fun. The hostel arranges different activities every night, so you have the opportunity to go gambling, to the strip in a limo or just to a bar with 25cent beers! Or if you dont want to go out you can just stay at the hostel playing beer pong. You will probably stay longer than you planned to!
Verena
(Germany)
2012-05-26
 
Good facilities and convenient location.
I found the rooms to be decent considering they are shared for the most part. The rules are such that abuse of facilities is not tolerated so everything works all the time (at least during my 3 day visit). The kitchen has enough cookware that almost anyone can find what they need to cook meals. Although I had no desire to go bar hopping; the place arranges a casino hopping night once a week and when I visit again in June, will probably go on that this time. There is a discount available at one supermarket that is reachable by bus in only about 5 minutes from the bus stop. If a person wishes to gamble, there is a large casino reachable on foot in about 15 or 20 minutes. If you fall in "love" you can walk across the street and get married and then get your "true Love" tattooed next door to the hostel. All in all the place is pleasant and conveniently located. Had a good time while staying on the cheap and will return for the same reason.
Jerry
(USA/Living in Philippines)
2012-05-09
 
Best accommodations available for international travelers
The courtyard was a friendly and CLEAN environment, ALL staff and Management were helpful and informative. I didn't participate in any of the nightly activities, however passing through i saw wonderful things, people from all over the world from many different nationalities talking and partying together with nothing but smiles. it is quite evident that Hostel Cat takes pride in ensuring that the integrity of the hostel is not affected in a negative way. I would not consider staying anywhere else in Los Vegas and I would suggest staying there to anyone above the age of 21.
Hoody
(Canada)
2012-04-25
 
Cheap Price, Awesome Service, Super Friendly Staff
I stayed here for 3 days during my Spring Break and I had an amazing time. It was the cheapest hostel that I ever stayed at so my expectations were low but it was awesome. The rooms are cleaned everyday and the bathrooms are cleaned every day too. They have a great common area and also a big courtyard and WIFI in both! They have free pancakes in the morning and the staff was super friendly and helpful. There was a tall guy named Dan with crazy hair that told me all about where to go on the Strip and on Fremont Street. He even told me which casinos give free money when you sign up for their cards. I couldn't do his tour because it was on a day that I wasn't there but he told me all of the info anyway. He even speaks Mandarin! Have fun in China Dan! I recommend taking their limo to the club on Saturday night. The limo was cool and we got into the club without having to wait in line. It's only like $20 or $25 but that includes open bar at the hostel for an hour so it's worth it, for sure!
RoundtheWorldBackpacker
(USA)
2012-03-28
Not in the heart of the action (the Strip) but close enough to be convenient and far enough to be cheap. It's a clean motel style hostel with a social vibe. A good choice if you're on your own. The Location It's north of the strip, it would take about 20 minutes by foot until stratoshpere, the northern-most casino. HOW TO GET THERE : You can take the bus : the stop is "4th street" on the Deuce line : * coming from the south (strip) : after the stop walk a little bit further and you'll see a parking lot on the right with a strip club : the hostel is the pinkish low building on the left side of the parking. * coming from the north (fremont street, greyhound,...) : the stop is "4th street" but is actually on los angeles boulevard, which is where the hostel is : when you get off, walk a bit back and you'll find the hostel next to the big sign "strippers, nude daily". YES it is next to a strip club but YES is does feel safe and there is no sketchy people hanging around, it's just a really convenient landmark to find the place ;) It's a 2 minutes walk to the bus, a 5 minutes walk to 7 Eleven and Walgreens for groceries, a 5-10 minutes ride to the strip (bus pass 24h=7 $). The Deuce bus rides 24h every 15-20 minutes Rooms The rooms are around a courtyard which is separated from the common area (more quiet). It's 6 beds dorms, with private bathroom (one shower per room). Lockers (medium size) in the room (bring your own lock). They're careful about bedbugs (no sleeping bags, and some matresses with plastic). Overall it's clean, and reasonably spacious. Metal bunk beds (ok but not very stable). The nice thing is, for 2$ more you can have a "private room" which is actually a whole dorm just for yourself. Bathrooms Each dorm has its own bathroom : one shower, one toilet, one basin, one mirror. It's clean, and there is enough space to make a "dry area". No shelves to leave your toileteries. Ratio : 1 shower per 6 persons = perfect. Common Spaces Living room : a big table for dinner, a big TV, 2 sofas, it's quite gloomy but yet a good enough place to socialize, yet you don't feel like hanging out there just to chill out on your own (not homey). A couple of computers (you have to pay to use them) Kitchen : next to living room, quite small, some cutlery and plates (i'd say for about 5 person max), stove, microwave, fridge, toaster, shelves. Courtyard : next to the rooms, one big table to chill out, nice place. Amenities WIFI : yes, and free (with your own laptop), yet quite slow and only in the living room and the lower part of the courtyard (not in most rooms). If you want to use the public computers you'll have to pay. Breakfast : tea, coffee, and pancakes : you have to cook it yourself, if you're too lazy or too discouraged by the bad pans then you won't have another choice : no cereals or bread. Lockers : yes, in the room, with your own lock. Medium size (a big backpack won't fit, but you can secure more than just laptop and camera) Luggage storage : yes, for the day, at the reception Summary This hostel is reasonnably comfortable and clean, with nice friendly staff making an effort to get people to gather and do stuff. Activities organised every night. There are places to socialize and a party vibe but the rooms themselves are quiet. Overall it's a good choice in Vegas if you're on your own and looking for a small crowd to party. If you're 2 and/or have your own crowd, then I think there are better options : a lot of motels around, and also a lot of hotels on the strip do promotions through online booking centers which can come out as low as 30$ per room.
Yolene Ors
(France)
2011-10-13

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