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“A Dump Hostel That Treats Americans Like Crap” 1 of 5 stars
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1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   1236 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104   |  
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“A Dump Hostel That Treats Americans Like Crap”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Cat Hostel is a smelly dump that caters to messy International travelers that can't afford a $30 room down the street. The location is out of the way of many attractions! There are extra fees for everything - like locks, towels, social events, and the quote on the phone is now what you pay at window. The beds are uncomfortable and air conditioning is so-so in triple digit heat. Roommates constantly come in and management will come into your dorm announced so no privacy. Next to Adult Bookstore with skimpy female riding a bull and hustlers on the street wanting your money. They use sexy cat as if the hostel is a brothel and is not very safe. I recommend Sin City Hostel or try the hotel across the street advertising $99 weekly rate or Priceline. Save your money and get a private room with no management rules. Floor in Kitchen bubbles up. No pool, hot tub, wi fi is horrible and pancakes are aweful. Lose your deposit if you bother management at 3am. Treat Americans worst than International Travelers by putting Americans in special rooms and must sign a break one rule and your out.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Me and my wife stayed with these guys for a week and had an awesome time. The hostel is great value for money, the cheapest rooms in Vegas i believe. Its basic but it covers the basics really well. The dorms are clean, the sheets fresh and the bunk beds are comfy. All the rooms have air conditioning and the showers work well. We had a private room and got some great nights sleep.

The security is great, the rooms are secure and there’s lockers in the rooms for all your important stuff. There is also free wifi throughout, which is a real bonus. You can use the kitchen to make your own meals to save money and there is always space to put your stuff.

The outdoor area is a great place to chill, meet people, have a drink and listen to some top tunes. You can even plug your own ipod in if your brave enough. We met some amazing people there from all over the world. It has a real international vibe.

The location is good. A bit out of the way for the main strip but the buses run regularly and there’s a bus stop just outside, so its ok. You can easily walk into old downtown vegas and we had some amazing nights down there. They also have a handy shuttle service if there is a few of you.

The staff and management here are amazing and are only too happy to help. Every night the Hostel arranges events and things to do on the cheap. They know all the free places to go, and you can find yourself partying in the best clubs in Vegas and you haven't paid to get in. What’s not to like about that?? Its a great hostel that i thinks going places. So, if you’re staying in Vegas, are on a budget and like a good time, stay here. The only problem is, you won't want to leave : )

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter, but the wifi signal is weaker there.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

This place was great, we stayed twice for a few days each time and had a great time.
It is really well run, the manager and staff organises something every night out on the town and tells/shows you good ways of doing Vegas on a budget.
It is a bit out of the way but the bus to the strip passes the door every few minutes so it's not a problem at all.
We met some great people there, it's a great social atmosphere.
The rooms are good and It was well cleaned every day we were there.
All in all, it's a good place to stay and really cheap!
Do it!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Booked in for 3 nights, ended up staying for 4 nights. Rooms were great value for money and cleaned regularly. The location was better than I thought it would be and I even walked to the local 7-11 at night. The buses are regular and cheap ($7 for 24 hrs) to get to the strip and only takes 15 mins. The staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome right from check in, nightly activites and right through to check out. The common areas and courtyard made your time there really sociable, especially with the drinking games and nights out which the management and staff oragnise and come on. There were no stairs as all the rooms were around a courtyard which is excellent if you don't want to carry your rucksack up 3 flights of stairs! I would definately recommend this to people who want a great cheap time in Vegas and especially if you are a solo traveller.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Singapore, Singapore
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We had the idea that it being Las Vegas and all, this will be a party hostel where people go wild and noisy at night. Boy were we wrong. Even though it is next to an adult shop (which then again isn't uncommon in LV), it is surprisingly quiet, civil and comfortable! There was no loud noise even though it was the Memorial Day weekend, and we had really good night sleeps throughout our 3-night stay. Don't let the photo fool you - we had initially thought it looked like some make-shift shelter, but the hostel was pretty nice! What is shown is just the administrative building, the hostel rooms themselves surround a huge courtyard, so its like a little community village.

There are little notices in the toilets explaining why the hostels in LV are generally less well rated (because of all the huge hotel giving fake bad reviews). I don't know how true they are, but I've got to say the hostel is definitely not as bad as how some reviews may reflect them to be!

Location wise, you will probably do good if you have a car; the hostel is on Las Vegas Boulevard itself, but the main buzz is not near. You will probably have to walk for an hour or so to get to the heart. Nevertheless, the car proved to be really useful, just drive on the roads off the Strip and you get to destinations pretty quickly, and the free parking at the hotels on the Strip make that an even more appealing choice!

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Stayed here while waiting for friends to arrive 2 days later.
The website gave the wrong bus route # first of all... But the place is not particularly easy to find. I saw drunks, cops, arrests, and was harassed by men walking in the direction of the strip.
Fine if you stay w/ friends. But if you’re by yourself, be prepared to be in bed early. NOT the place to be wandering at night… I thought I was going to get shot by a random drive-by.
It backs on to a empty parking lot with a run-down “strippers” sign. It’s blocked out on Google Maps btw. Hotel staff weren’t helpful; kind of “dope-shows” for the most part. Rooms & cleanliness border grungy.
Breakfast is D.I.Y pancakes & that’s pretty much all you get.
Also, they allow some sketchy people off the streets... I practically slept with one eye open.
Lock your stuff up!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Actually I wanted to stay there for a week, I left after 2 nights. The room are cleaned by people who live there in the staff room with 12 people for free. Going out with other people who stay there is fun because it's Vegas, but the location is really bad. You walk about 1,5 hours to the main strip. Going out with the manager means depending on how many people are joining - 20 people in the back of a small van without seats. It's really cheap that might be good, but only if you don't care about cleanliness, location and quality.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1236 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostel Cat 1.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Parties begin and end here with something social every night! Cheapest beds in Vegas, closest hostel to the Famous Las Vegas Strip! Don't let your Vegas experience be a boring hotel room you will not spend much time in! See why so many come for three nights and are here a week later!18+ okay! PLEASE SEE CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS AT BOTTOMFUN STUFF:Bar-crawls!BBQs!Limo tours and VIP clubbing!Fremont Street Experience Tour!Las Vegas Photo and Show Tour!Social games!Pool parties!24 hour party areaDiscounted tours to Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Hoover Dam, Death Valley!FREE AMENITIES:Breakfast - all you can make pancakes!High speed WIFI!Bedding!Parking!Movies!Book Exchange!Coffee and tea!Same day luggage storage when you check out!OTHER:Nightly activities or tours!Full guest kitchen!Laundry with free laundry soap!Drinking games and BBQ area!WE ARE:1/2 Mile from Stratosphere Tower (Beginning of modern strip)1 Mile from Downtown (Fremont Street)1 Mile from Greyhound (bus station)2.5 Miles from Caesars (middle of strip)5 Miles from airport & Megabus stationCity bus is 100 meters from Hostel and runs 24 hours!The Hangover was filmed here!CONDITIONS:Price does NOT include tax deposit per person is charged upon check-in & refunded at check-out$1 towel rentalNo refundsPrivate room is a 6 bed dorm with bunk beds, but you have the room all for you with a private bathroom inside!Cancel booking 48 hours BEFORE arrival date freeReception 9am-1am (call or email if arriving later)Check-out 11amCheck-in from 2pmNo-shows/late cancelations are charged one night's stay + tax + $5 processing feeCHECK IN REQUIREMENTS (See exceptions below):At check in, guests must present one of the following:1. A non-U.S. passport OR Canadian drivers license OR2. A U.S. passport with a current out-of-state government issued ID (like a drivers license) OR3. An out-of-state student ID with a current out-of-state government-issued ID (such as a drivers license)Guests may also be asked to present proof of travel. This hostel is not the right environment for children as there are late night parties.EXCEPTIONS TO CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS: New Years, EDC, CES, Spring Break and Holiday/Holiday weekends. ... more   less 
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