Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Free cancellation/ reduction in numbers till 10 days before arrival. Deposit is non refundable.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Full payment should be done 10 days before arrival to our bank account or via PAYPAL.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour you to have authentic, creative and engaging travel experiences. Here we, the staff, are travelers' connection to the city. We are here to present you different ways to enjoy . Stray Cat Hostel is a social hostel, but not a party one. There is some writing on the entrance wall which explains our preference about tolerance: We are not able to tolerate any kind of behaviour consisting of religious, sexual, or ethnic discrimination. This is for the comfort of any individual staying with us. Enjoy being here.

We are conveniently located in San Jose, Costa Rica between the bus stations, the largest park in the city, and the downtown cultural attractions. Stray Cat is just outside the noisy hustle and bustle but still close enough to be only a 10 minute walk to the central avenue. Travelers love that within 5 minutes you can walk to most of the long-haul bus stops which can take you across all of Costa Rica. From our facilities you can visit and explore some of the finest attractions of San Jose such as National Museum of Costa Rica, Museo Calderón Guardia, National Theater of Costa Rica and Antigua Aduana, amongst other interesting attractions of our city.

We have several types of accommodation options, both private options and dorms, to suit the needs and wishes of all our guests and travellers. In addition, we have several common areas where the guests can exchange experiences and future plans. We have several amenities such as free city maps, free safety boxes, etc.

Stray Cat Hostel Policies and Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival.

Check in from 14:00.
Check out before 11:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash.

Taxes not included - 13.00%
Breakfast included.


The reception service is open 24 hours per day.
No curfew.
Non smoking.
The maximum period of stay is 14 days. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.4

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 8.6

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    16 Nov 2019
    Staff are so friendly. Couldn’t have done any more for us. The cleanest hostel we had in Costa Rica after 10 days of travel.
    Ireland, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7


    22 Oct 2019
    Great atmosphere and ideal for solo backpackers. Really close to the bus station if you need but not for the city centre. We stayed in a private room which was basic - could have done with a fan/AC as it got hot at night. The staff are amazing which is the best thing about this place!
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    08 Dec 2019
    Michelle the receptionist is the greatest. Super great location if you’re taking the bus to Puerto Jiménez. Cheap sodas around. Quiet location. Away from noisy surroundings of central San Jose. Helpful staff. Great WiFi.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    16 Nov 2019
    Well. If there was an award for “Receptionist of the century”, Michelle would win it. I have been backpacking for the past 3 years and have never found such helpful, professional and friendly receptionist. Hostel is ok, female dorm small but comfy. Location close to terminal, although did not feel comfortable to walk alone in the evening, but that s San Jose after all. You can order pizza from the hostel, which is real good and even the small size is big. Would go back .
    Italy, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    11 Nov 2019
    The hostel itself was beautiful and very clean! The rooms and the showers/bathrooms were amazing! The only downside was the neighbourhood, which was kind of intimidating, especially at night.
    Austria, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    12 Nov 2019
    We stayed at one of the private rooms that was facing the street and it was really noisy from all the cars, also the room didn’t have a fan. However the atmosphere and staff was awesome!
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    21 Oct 2019
    Nice comfortable hostel with friendly staff, with a very nice breakfast. Thanks to the staff member from Nicaragua, who arranged my laundry to be done with not much notice, it was appreciated.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    17 Oct 2019
    Staff are really helpful with planning trips and onward journeys. Free breakfast is always a plus. Rooms are decent. We were off season and still found it sociable in the common area.
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    09 Nov 2019
    The location was great for the North Atlantic bus station. The lady I met on the desk (I'm so sorry I didn't get your name!) Was lovely, she gave me great directions and was lovely to talk to. They ordered in pizza for dinner if you wanted something in the hostel and breakfast the next morning was good. I met a few other solo travellers which was nice as well. I also got the airport transfer which was expensive but good for peace of mind!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    23 Oct 2019
    Even though people mainly stay here because it is close to most bus stations (not that close to Gran Terminal del Caribe e.g. for border to Nicaragua) the atmosphere is good and it is easy to meet people. The neighborhood is rather sketchy, but, the walks from and to the bus station or the city center are short so that is not really a problem. The staff is very helpful and friendly, so, overall two very nice stays in the hostel.
    Switzerland, Male, 31-40
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wake-up calls
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi