Venice is one of Italy’s most famous cities that attracts more than 2 million visitors from all over the world to experience its iconic scenery, architecture and magnificent cultural heritage. However, since the city is such a tourist magnet, prices in the hotels can be very expensive. As a result, if you want to visit the city without paying a huge hotel bill you can opt to stay in one of the Floating City’s best hostels instead.
The following are some of the most popular hostels in Venice:
Anda Venice Hostel.
This designer hostel in central Venice is a short walk from Venezia-Mestre station, making it the perfect base from which to explore the city. Voted the most popular hostel in Venice in 2020, the Anda Venice hostel has a good range of mixed-gender and single-gender dorms, sleeping up to 9 people, as well as private rooms, each with free WiFi, air conditioning, security lockers and a private bathroom.
Guests at the hostel can also enjoy a paid breakfast each morning and access the hotel’s private parking facilities. Anda Venice Hostel is famous for its lively Alai Life Bar and its urban courtyard. Each night the bar hosts events ranging from Karaoke, Beer Pong competitions, live music and DJ sets and even a weekly Music Bingo event.
Situated on the beautiful island of Giudecca, the waterfront hostel is a short distance from the Piazza San Marco. This contemporary, urban chic hostel is set in a former warehouse but has been redeveloped with remarkable interior design work. With lovely mosaic floors, chandeliers and stone fireplaces, the Generator Venice is a real one-of-a-kind.
Every room or dorm has incredible views of the Grand Canal, San Marco or the Lido, and has air conditioning, free WiFi and linens. The dorms sleep up to 16 people and are available in either mixed gender or female-only options. The hostel has impressive on-site amenities including a bar, TV lounge, laundry facilities, a 24-hour reception, luggage storage and a travel shop.
Ostello Domus Civica.
Located close to the Venice Santa Lucia train station and the Piazzale Roma, Ostello Domus Civica is one of the city’s most affordable hostels that provides lovely single and double dorm-style rooms. All of the rooms have private sinks, free WiFi and shared bathrooms.
The hostel has several communal spaces including two outdoor terraces, a library, a TV lounge, a canteen, a chapel and elevators to take up and down the four floors. The hostel bathrooms are cleaned daily and there is always someone on hand to give you tips and advice about the best things to see and do in the city. The Ostello Domus Civica provides its guests with a free breakfast each morning and has private parking that you can make use of.
The laidback Combo Venezia is situated 15 minutes walk from the Piazza San Marco. This means guests can easily visit all the major galleries and city center attractions including the Mercato del Pesce, the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro. There’s also a nearby Vaporetto, or ‘waterbus’, station so you can travel the Venetian canals in style.
The Combo Venezia hostel has more than 250 beds in double rooms, apartments, studios and shared dorm rooms. All of the rooms have en suite bathroom facilities and free WiFi while the studios and apartments have kitchenettes and comfortable living areas making them an ideal home from home in Venice. There is a great array of amenities for the hostel’s guests including a 24-hour reception, luggage storage, shared kitchens, a top-quality restaurant, an outdoor terrace and coworking stations.
Ostello Santa Fosca.
Right in the heart of historic Venice, the Ostello Santa Fosca is set in the remains of a 15th Century church that has retained many of the original features in its interior design. Close to the Rialto Bridge and Santa Lucia station, the hostel is perfectly situated to explore Venice while soaking in the magical atmosphere of the Floating City.
The Ostello Santa Fosca has a good range of accommodation, including double rooms and mixed gender or female-only dorms. There is free WiFi throughout the hostel and all the amenities you might need. The shared kitchen allows you to cook your food while the TV lounge is a great place to relax in the evening after a long day of sightseeing. It is worth noting that the hostel does not allow guests to check in after 10 pm so it’s best to arrive early if you can.
This luxury hostel in the center of Venice has 12 beautiful rooms including both private rooms and small dorms. Located around 1.5 km from the Rialto Bridge, the hostel has views of the spectacular Peggy Guggenheim Museum, one of Venice’s most recognizable landmarks.
Each of the rooms has a spacious desk, free WiFi, a personal safety deposit box, heating for the winter and access to a shared bathroom with a walk-in shower. Guests also receive sheets, towels and can use a hairdryer during their stay at the Silk Road hostel. While you’re staying at the hostel you can also make use of a fully equipped shared kitchen.
Sunny Terrace Hostel.
Best known for the amazing views from its rooftop terrace, the Sunny Terrace Hostel is located a short boat ride from the Piazza San Marco and central Venice. The friendly staff is extremely helpful, always willing to give you restaurant suggestions and ideas for your time in the city. The hostel’s amenities include a 24-hour reception, luggage storage, a TV lounge and its famous rooftop terrace where you can have dinner and watch the sunset over the canals below.
The Sunny Terrace Hostel has private rooms with an en suite bathroom as well as shared dorms, all of which have air conditioning and free WiFi. The hostel also has free parking for its guests and several vending machines where you can pick up a snack during the day.
It’s difficult to find a better placed hostel than the Ai Boteri which is just 2 minutes walk from the Rialto bridge and 10 minutes walk from the Santa Lucia train station. Nestled in the heart of the San Polo district, you’re never far from the Grand Canal and are spoiled for choice amongst the numerous local restaurants and cafes.
With 18 spacious rooms and dorms, you can choose a single, double, triple or a 4 person dorm. The hostel has free WiFi and guests can make use of the nearby parking at a discounted fee. There is also a luggage store, shared kitchen facilities and a beautiful terrace. Surrounded by some of Venice’s favorite nightlife spots and within easy reach of all the city’s top attractions, Ai Boteri is the ideal place to base yourself during your time in Venice.
A&O Venezia Mestre.
Situated close to the Venezia-Mestre train station, the hostel has great links to the historic center of Venice as well as all the nearby islands. This highly affordable, clean and modern hostel is the perfect solution for backpackers, thrifty business travelers and families visiting the city. There is a 24-hour reception, packed lunches available and WiFi throughout the entire hostel.
The A&O Venezia Mestre has a great range of accommodations on offer, ranging from budget hostel rooms with en suite toilets and showers to low-cost modern hotel rooms with en suite bathrooms, linen and towels. The hostel also has great facilities including communal kitchens, a bar, bicycle hire, a billiards table, table soccer, a TV lounge, a children’s corner, an on-site ATM, laundry facilities and parking, to name but a few. When it comes to budget accommodation, it’s hard to beat the A&O Venezia Mestre hostel in central Venice, undoubtedly making this one of the city’s best kept budget travel secrets.
Foresteria Sociale Venice San Marco.
Set in the spectacular grounds of a former Franciscan convent, the Foresteria Sociale Venice San Marco hostel is only a few minutes walk from Piazza San Marco and numerous of the city’s most iconic cultural landmarks. The hostel has a 24-hour reception desk as well as concierge services for the guests.
There are 4, 6 and 20 person dorms on offer as well as private rooms, so there’s something for everyone, from couples to larger groups. Every room and dorm has free WiFi, personal lockers and internal power outlets. There is a large, fully equipped shared kitchen, an on-site store, vending machines, a TV lounge and daily housekeeping services.
Venice Has Nice Motels.
Venice is one of Italy’s premier destinations but it can often be very expensive to stay in a central hotel. However, numerous hostels provide superb accommodation with great facilities in some of the city’s best locations. So when you’re planning your trip to Venice, make sure you check out the hostels before committing to paying top dollar for a hotel instead.