The Living Cat’s Hostel is in central Madrid, the hostel sets itself apart by it’s gorgeous 17th-century Andalusian/Moorish patio. Prices range from 10.50 euros per night for a 19 room mixed share, to 50 euros per night for a twin room share. The hostel offers free walking tours, free salsa lessons and even free Spanish lessons! The pictures on Hostel World make the hostel look like it’s out of an episode of Game of Thrones – like Dorne! It’s undeniable that the hostel is indeed beautiful, but during my four night stay I wasn’t exactly ‘comfortable’.
For 200 euros,I wasn’t expecting to open the door to an attic room. The room didn’t even have a window! The aircon didn’t do much to alleviate the smell of feet in the room, and getting up in the mornings was a bit painful when I kept banging my head on the roof. I honestly felt like Harry Potter when he had to live in the space under the stairs! All the furniture is bought from Ikea – and not the nice ones either. The side of the walls has a sleep bubble drawn on – but really badly and looks a tad tacky. The room was very small – no place to hang up clothes. The ‘ensuite’ bathroom is actually across the hallway, again no window and no ventilation. When you enter it’s like a sauna. When I went in, the shower was already running – the staff had forgotten to turn it off. I wonder how much water they wasted.
The hostel offers free wifi but the connection is honestly terrible, you have to continuously provide your email address to log in. The day time staff are lovely but I found the night time staff incredibly rude. The reception is right across from the bar, and whenever I went down at night with a query they looked over the top of my head to chat to someone at the bar. One very troubling aspect about the Attic rooms was that it is very close to the shared
rooms – I caught one guy from the shared rooms, walking through the attic area trying all the ensuite toilets to see if he could go in. Two other time either myself or my friend was in the shower and we could hear someone trying to open the door.
In the mornings, it’s a bit shocking to see dirty linen piled up at the front door. Check out is by 11am, which we were not informed about, until we researched it online the night before. Please be aware that when you book, free breakfast is only offered by buying through the Living Cat’s Hostel website. NOT by booking at Hostel World. At night people sit outside the hostel smoking, on our first night we arrived at midnight and there was a group smoking Marijuana and playing with a stray dog – the reason for which you can read in the comments. The central patio area would be beautiful if it weren’t full of people just lying around on the ground .
Overall I did not have an enjoyable stay at this hostel. I would recommend for other people to search for places closer to the city centre. It was about a 25 minute walk to any main attraction