We stayed at the Ca' Contarini hostel from June 13 to 16 and had quite a good stay overall. The guy at the reception was very nice and helped us take our huge luggage up the stairs. Even though we had payed for a dormitory, we didn't have anyone else in our room for the night, which was a great surprise. At first we thought he was giving us a nicer room for the night and we'd have to change the next day, since our room only had a double bed. It was pretty comfortable, there was a huge dresser than we couldn't open I don't know why. A wooden chair, two desk tables and a sofa that converts into a bed.
Also, the rooms don't have any locker. There's always someone at the reception, 24/7, so they ''garantee'' you that they will keep and eye and that's why they don't give out keys... Even though we didn't get robbed, we weren't pleased with that at all.
The only two problems are that mosquitos fly EVERYWHERE and they are litteraly impossible to kill. Every morning we woke up with monstrous bites where our pajamas didn't protect us, especially in the face. Not nice. We tried closing the windows but it didn't do the trick. They must be flying in from somewhere else.
The ceiling cracks a lot too. So when people are walking on the floor above, you hear the ceiling crack and crack and crack. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so loud and constant. It's like being in a haunted house.
The bathroom is a commune one, but it's fine except for the shower that floods the entire room. The drain doesn't do. If you can, put a towel on the floor.
The breakfast is the most disappointing ever. It is served until 8:30 a.m. which is very early and is consisted of a mini croissants, crackers and a small cup of nutella and jam. They have a coffee machine that can make tea, hot chocolate and moka, but it's the only good thing here. Everything is wrapped in plastic and it's so not consistent, even if you eat everything, which you don't. Very disapointing. You have to eat something else at a café absolutely to feel like you ate anything.
Other than that there was a good ambiance, the staff was nice, they offered us a map and a discount at a restaurant down the street. Don't go to the restaurant though, the food is terrible and not worth your money. The location of the hostel is incredible though, 10 minutes walk from the San Marco Square and the Accademia and Guggenheim. You can walk everywhere, even though Venice is a complete labyrinth.
Great stay in general except for: mosquitoes, breakfast and no lock on the rooms.
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- Also Known As:
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