Venice has never been a backpacker friendly city and has rather always winked at a more luxury and exclusive tourism, with a larger spending power and a bigger wallet. When it comes to backpacker accommodation, if you make a quick search for youth hostels in Venice, you will see that you won’t find the same offer available in many other European destinations. Well, you may find “hotely” accommodation and B&Bs offering beds in dorms, but you won’t find the same cool looking, stylish international design hostels we got so used to in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Prague or Madrid just to name few destinations.
As well as working within the hostel industry, I also stay in hostels during my trips and private travels. There is nothing more disappointing than ending up in the wrong property, with the wrong vibe and atmosphere. This is a little guide to backpacker accommodation and hostels in Venice that might shed some light on your accommodation search without breaking the bank and without ending up in the wrong place.
Yes, it’s always about them! The kings of the European hostel scenario have landed in Venice and put their hands on a fantastic ancient former granary on the Giudecca Islands, and turned it in yet another great Generator hostel. Millennials and flashpackers out there, you don’t want to look any further but book yourself into one of their female or male dorms starting from only 16Euro. Traveling alone or in a couple? Great, there are privates starting from 38Euro per night and even a so called “Sky Suite” from 40Euro a night, a stylish private with amazing views on the Giudecca Canal (you just want to secure this room if you are in Venice for Redentore!). Just a note: it’s not on the main island, meaning you will always have to catch the vaporetto to go back. A 1-way ticket is 7.50 euro, however if you get a 1 or 2-day ticket, you definitely get to save something.
Santa Fosca an CPU hostels
Ostello Santa Fosca is part of CPU hostels, a group of hostels managed by “Pastorale Universitaria” which includes also Jan Palach (open only during the summer time) and Accademia Guesthouse. They are University accommodation, hosting students attending University in Venice but also tourists.
Santa Fosca is housed in a former XV° century church, 20/30 minutes walking both from Santa Lucia Station and Piazzale Roma. You can reach vibrant Fondamenta Misericordia in a few minutes walking and even Rialto and Saint Mark’s Square are within walking distance. Rooms available can be private or shared and have all free WiFi. It is not as stylish as Generator but with a great online reputation and excellent online ratings and review.
From Uni Campus during the Academic year, to accommodation for travelers during the summer, We_Crucifery is hosted in a jaw-dropping former monastic site, that has been fully restored and still retains so many original features, like the cloister with water well, staircases and frescoes. It also has a bar and a restaurant and it is located 1 minute to Fondamenta Nove, making it ideal for those travelers arriving or getting to Venice Marco Polo Airport by Alilaguna Boat. I personally feel it’s extremely interesting to sleep in a place so rich in history.
More tips for budget accommodation in Venice
Foresterie; many religious associations and congregations offer accommodation services in so-called “foresterie”. Don’t expect the fun hostel atmosphere, do expect curfew and if you don’t mind it’s always a way to save. Check out Casa Caburlotto, and Foresteria Valdese.
Hostels in Mestre; over the next couple of months, 2 brand new hostels will start operating in Mestre, one under the flag of the German Chain A&O Hotel and Hostels, while the 2nd one is going to be a poshtel established by the same management as Plaza Hotel. Venice Mestre is cheaper and it is very well connected by train or bus to Venice historical centre. So, check them out.
Have you already been to any of these hostels? How did you find them?