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“Overpriced and our room smelt like a dirty hamster cage” 1 of 5 stars
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Sumo Cat Hostel
Mueyyedzade Mah. Luleci Hendek Cad. Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #217 of 850 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
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“Overpriced and our room smelt like a dirty hamster cage”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

This place was a rip off at 50 euros for a double room, you'll get much better value in other hostels in Beyoglu or hotels in Sultanahmet. This was the last placed we stay in our three week trip of Turkey and we were sorely disappointed. We chose Sumo Cat because of the excellent reviews it received on trip advisor but having stayed there I find it hard to believe that these reviews were written about the same place.
The hostel is down several dark side streets with building sites all around and I wound defintely caution against any solo female travellers staying there. Our room although it had nice murals on the walls was tiny as was the bathroom. When we used the shower it leaked a pool of water into the bedroom and there was a large damp patch on the wall, thus leaving our room smelling like a dirty hamster cage. The breakfast was cucumber, tomatoes and bread (the cheapest they could offer and still call it breakfast) and the "communal area" was a windowless basement room that looked like a prison cell.
The staff seemed friendly and it's a shame that we had such a bad experience as the hostel seems to have potential. I had a long discussion with the owner and expressed our dissatification and asked for money off our room due to the smell however it fell on deaf ears.
At the start of our trip we stayed in a hotel in Sultanahmet for exactaly the same price and we had a large room with two beds, a nice non-leaking bathroom, a generous buffet breakfast, a lovely communal area and the hotel was on a lively well lit street.

My advice is shop around and don't give Sumo Cat your money.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kairo
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9 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

Dieses kleine, neue Hostel hat mich mit dem Charme seiner individuell gestalteten Zimmern ( unseres war das Wolkenzimmer ganz oben!) vollkommen überzeugt. Das junge Personal ist sehr hilfreich und die Lage, unweit des Karakoy, ermöglicht kurze Wege zu allen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Die sanitären Anlagen sind sehr sauber.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

If you desıre a quıet spot ın the mıddle of Old Cıty Istanbul that you can get to anywhere else ın moments, look no further. Good rates, a lıttle dıffıcult to fınd ınıtıally but once your there ıt ıs easy to manuever anywhere else ın the cıty and beyond.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

Stayed here just for the night, and wish I had been there for longer. It had only been open 3 weeks, and the place was spotless. Great value as well, and I had a 4 bed dorm to myself. The small bathrooms were immaculate too. Funky murals on the walls, a friendly courtyard to watch the world cup matches on, as well as a well equipped kitchen in the basement if you want to cook your own food.

It's a little hard to find, down a couple of small streets (could do with a couple of signs perhaps) but the map on their flyers is adequate. I was recommended it by the guys at the world house hostel, and am grateful to them. Great location, and perfect English spoken by the staff. If there was one criticism, then that would be the breakfast (by their own admission) was a little basic. But don't let that stop you staying here. Enjoy.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

I stayed at Sumo Cat for a weekend in early June. The hostel is new, and the rooms and bathrooms were the cleanest of any hostel I've stayed at. I slept very well there. The staff made it their mission to ensure I ad a good time in Istanbul, and pointed out bars and attractions I should go to.

The location is about a 2 minute walk from Galata Tower and 5 minutes from Istikbal Street, putting you in easy walking distance of most attractions in the city.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mueyyedzade Mah. Luleci Hendek Cad. Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #217 of 850 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Sumo Cat Hostel, Istanbul. The colorful boutique hostel, surrounded by the fashion shops, hip residences, music workshops and art galleries of Galata. Sumo Cat Hostel is a recently renovated 19th century building with 5 rooms uniquely designed by 5 different artists. Located at the center of the attraction points, Sumo Cat is just a stone throw away from the Galata Tower, 2 min to Istıklal Street (night life, shopping and entertainment area) on foot and 3 stops to Sultanahmet (old city center -Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace etc.) by tram. ... more   less 
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