In a small city of winding canals and labyrinthine alleys, space is understandably limited. However, Venice and its surrounding lagoon-located suburbs are not without some killer spots to stay on a backpacker’s budget. Culture Trip has chosen eight of the best hostels in Venice that will add character and cut costs on your stay.
Venice is, like any busy European city, bursting with great places to stay for the discerning visitor. For solo voyagers searching for a group of friends to explore the city with or travellers on a tight budget, the numerous hostels throughout Venice, the mainland and the surrounding islands offer a great alternative to pricey luxury hotels.
Combo Venezia blends medieval architecture with modern design | Courtesy of Combo Venezia/Hostelworld.com
It doesn’t get more Venetian than a converted monastery, located in historic Cannaregio. This sophisticated hostel mixes original medieval architecture with slick modern design with all the skill of a finely poured Aperol Spritz. With high ceilings and courtyard views, Combo Venezia is an oasis of calm in the core of the bustling city – it’s just minutes from the incredibly convenient Fondamente Nove vaporetto (water bus) stop. There is the option for women-only and men-only dorms, while friends or partners travelling together will be happy to hear that the twin and double rooms cost that of a dorm place. Solo travellers can grab a coffee and make friends in the comfortable communal area, and an excellent buffet breakfast is available for a few euros more per night.
This charming hostel is just a five-minute stroll over the bridge from Santa Lucia Station (the only train station in Venice proper), and a winding alley or two from some of the best restaurants in the core of old Venice. The neighbourhood of Santa Croce is the real Venice, where wandering down side streets will bring you into lovely town squares full of locals walking their legions of dogs. L’Imbarcadero offers simple, crisp and impeccably clean rooms of both dormitory and private style, in an old house-turned-hostel on the Grand Canal. The many windows open out onto the most sought-after view in the city. If the local restaurants can’t tempt you in, there’s a large in-house kitchen for guests to use, and you’re just around the corner from mini-markets and the centuries-old Mercato di Rialto food market – the best of Venetian fresh produce.
This clean and simple hostel in a stunning old church is a no-frills but incredibly good value option, based in Cannaregio on the north side of Venice. This self-proclaimed “Instagrammable” churchyard setting is fittingly serene and quiet, while being just a 10-minute walk from the famous historical sights of the city such as the Rialto Bridge. The four-, six- and seven-bed dorms are available as female-only or mixed, and private rooms are also available; the decor may be a little old-fashioned but what it lacks in modernity it makes up for in location, price and red-bricked splendour. The friendly staff are always happy to point you in the right direction of the best things to do and keep the communal kitchen stocked with free pasta for you to enjoy in the courtyard.
Brought to Venice by the international hostel chain Generator, this large, contemporary venue is so luxurious you’ll barely believe the incredibly affordable price. Based on the island of Giudecca, amongst the artists’ studios and celebrity houses (keep your eyes peeled for Madonna and Elton John) and just a quick vaporetto away from St Mark’s Square, this multi-award winning hostel is one that can’t be missed. With astoundingly cool modern interiors full of statement furniture and eye-catching art, Generator offers everything from small to large female or mixed dorms, as well as private rooms for couples or groups of pals. It’s also a sociable spot, with great common rooms and a bar on site that’ll keep you busy with karaoke and dance parties on the weekends.
For those who want somewhere peaceful to retreat after a long day of sightseeing, this Giudecca joint offers basic but cheerful rooms at wallet-friendly prices. The Sunny Terrace Hostel is also very aptly named; Giudecca is just south of the main part of Venice, and guests are invited to head to the hostel’s roof terrace to watch the sunset descend over the city. Just a 10-minute vaporetto ride to St. Mark’s Square, this hostel is a welcome sanctuary from the hustle of Venetian streets. There’s also a range of room sizes including singles, doubles or four beds, making it a family-friendly venue to stay with children.
This fantastically modern and spacious hostel is designed by the European AO chain; it sits on mainland Venice, conveniently located just a few minutes away from Mestre train station. The dorms and private rooms, which come in all sizes to meet the most modest of budgets, all feature an en-suite bathroom and are kept spotlessly clean. Cool, monochrome communal areas include a bar, where guests can fill up for the day with a breakfast buffet; the hostel will also pack a lunch for you to take with you on your adventures around the city. Family-friendly and just 10 minutes (via train or bus) door-to-door to the Grand Canal, this hostel can’t be beaten for price and convenience.
Sociable solo travellers need look no further than this self described “party hostel”. Wombats will keep you entertained round the clock; during the day, it offers tours and excursions in Venice and the surrounding areas, and by night you can hit the hostel bar with your new friends. The freshly decorated rooms are bright, colourful and full of modern design, with building amenities including lockers, en-suite bathrooms and strong Wi-Fi throughout the building. The common rooms and kitchens really have it all, and they even offer a laundry service, for those of you on the road for the long haul. Just minutes from Mestre station and 10 minutes from central Venice, you can’t go wrong here.