You’ve found the best hostel in San Jose’s next hot neighborhood. We’re here to help make your Costa Rica adventure the best it can be with brand new orthopedic mattresses, 100% cotton sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and all the rest…

  • Central location, walking distance to the bus stops which can take you all of Costa Rica
  • 24 hours reception with local knowledge
  • Free all you can eat breakfast with butter, jams, chocolate, fruits, cereals, milk…..
  • Free tea and coffee all day long
  • Free luggage storage
  • Free safe deposit boxes
  • Free city maps with all highlights
  • Free night stay for artistic travellers which wants to make an art or performance in the hostel*
  • Affordable tours around the country…


At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour to provide you with authentic, creative and engaging travel experiences. We, the staff, recognize ourselves as the travelers’ connection to the city. We are here to present you different ways to enjoy San José and Costa Rica, let us share with you the true meaning of pura vida!

We are conveniently located 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.

We have a well-equipped kitchen and cozy common areas where you can enjoy our complimentary breakfast and trade adventure tales. You can also enjoy a good night’s rest on our 100% cotton sheets in several different types of rooms including single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy, and mixed or female only dorms.

Stray Cat is a social hostel, but not a party one. In the common area every guest can see a short mission statement which explains our emphasis on inclusivity:

“For the comfort of all guests we are not able to tolerate any kind of behaviour consisting of religious, sexual, ethnic or any other kind of discrimination.”


We hope you will come co-create a unique experience with us and enjoy being among friendly faces.

We offer a free night stay to artistic travelers who want to make a performance or some art in the hostel. Please let us know if you wish to participate in the Stray Cat experience.

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Check out some reviews below…

We had an excellent experience at the Stray Cat. We felt secure as two young female travelers, and the staff went above and beyond with helping us discover the city. They made it a priority to offer us information about the various cultural areas of the city, and their specific recommendations for the must-see sights and experiences were spot on. The atmosphere at the Stray Cat creates many opportunities to get to know other travelers. Great sense of community!
Anonymous, USA, All Female Group, 18-24

Sense of Community

My stay at the Stray Cat Hostel was short, but I can tell with no doubt it’s the best hostel experience I had (and I had some…) The location was great. The art and design of the place is awesome, feels cozy and comfortable (and the cat!!) 10/10
Anonymous, Israel, Male, 18-24

Art & Design