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“Not great, but not bad either”
Review of A Venice Museum

A Venice Museum
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A Venice Museum
Ranked #104 of 222 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Ontario's Highlands, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Not great, but not bad either”
Reviewed 27 June 2011

We stayed at this hostel for 2 nights, it wasnt too bad, but not what i expected from the pictures / reviews i had read. It was dirty, i'm pretty sure the showers had black mold too, beds arent the best, but we didnt have any bed bug problems like i have read. the 5 euro dinner is actually pretty decent for a 3 course meal. you do have to pay 5 euro per person for sheets.
we were lucky and had great girls in our room, though they did add a 9th person to our 8 person room, most people went out after dinner, we did not, so we were able to shower with no problem in our 9 person room with one bathroom. Our roomates were really great at being quiet when they came in so we had no problem sleeping. Staff are Ok. a little slow, i honestly dont think they do anything during "lock out" period from 10:30-3pm.
There are no lockers, we just locked out luggage when we left and we were fine, nothing went missing, nothing was moved. Free wi-fi, but we warned, they password for the internet is ridiculously long. The only reason i would stay there again, for a short stay, would be because i got to meet some great travelers there, and the location is pretty great.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

A Venice Museum is in a great location and that's about it. The staff was generally incompetent, the showers were cold, and the floor apparently has a permanent layer of dirt coating its surface (despite its 'daily cleaning' during the lockout, which, incidentally, was inconveniently early for those of us who don't wake up at the crack of dawn). They don't have a phone installed in the actual hostel (the number they advertise is a random employee's cell phone), so good luck trying to reach them on short notice. There is an extra fee for linens, they ran out of toilet paper with no replacement, and there were bedbugs out the yin yang. When we went to get our €10 key deposit back when checking out, they didn't have correct change (though we paid them in correct change when we got there, not sure how that happened) and there was a big hoopla trying to find enough money laying around to get us our deposit back. Though we booked together as one party of two people, the staff split us up into separate rooms because we were the last to check in for the night. Besides the location, the only other positive was the €5 dinner, which was a great value - huge portions for the price. Wouldn’t stay again and wouldn’t recommend but for its central location.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2010

If you have no agenda, no time schedule, no need for cleanliness or sleep, and no need for security, you might find this hostel OK or even enjoyable. I, however, did NOT. Here are a couple of highlights of my stay at A Venice Museum:
1) We had called the day before to see if we could check in at 7am because our train arrived early, we were ensured that it was just fine and they'd see us tomorrow. When we arrived, the "manager" if that's what you call her was still asleep and when she did wake up she had NO idea what we were talking about. Turns out, whoever answered the phone the night before was someone staying there and was drunk and shouldn't have told us that. ...
2) From then we took a nap in the "lobby"... it's a living room really. When we woke up she told us our room wouldn't be ready untill noon, so we decided to go sight seeing for a while. The only place to put our bags was this closet area with no security whatsoever so that was scary
3) when we returned at 5pm, our room was open, but not ready. The "manager" apparently sleeps in this room and she took her sheets off her king size bed, moved them to where she was sleeping, added a couple of bunkbeds to the room and said it still wouldn't be ready for a while, so again we left.
4) Finally at 9pm, our room was ready... and by ready, i mean we had a sheet and a pillow. They gave us small fleece blankets to cover up with... one being covered in hair so that was awesome.
5) showers were so cold that when i put my head under the water, it immediately gave me a headache
6) the "manager" got mad at us for not wanting to go out with the rest of them- because our train left at 6:30am. she said "everyone that stays here goes out"... creepy. So all night long we were woken up by loud music and annoying people. And the music was still playing when we left at 5:30 in the morning.

I would never recommend this to anyone i remotely liked, nor would i wish this upon my worst enemy

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Macedon Ranges, Australia
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

Sounds like this place has changed a bit since I stayed there, i didn't have to pay for my sheets and dinner was included every night, I didn't get lost trying to find the place but I'm sure i was partly to blame for that (i got lost in Italy alot!) The room was very simple but clean and on the 2nd night 2 more beds did appear but the new roommates were nice and we only had to share a bathroom with one other room, I never had to wait and it was cleaned every morning around 11am, I did find breakfast to be crap we only got toast with crusty old jars of jam and nutella but diner was fantastic We got a tomato pasta the first night and a pesto and veggie pasta the 2nd night wine was included but i just had water. I didn't find the place to be noisy, most people in my room went out the first night, i didn't hear them come back and on the 2nds night i joined them and had fun. There is no lockers but i never felt uncomfortable leaving my stuff there, nothing went missing. Staff were friendly enough they did my washing for me at 5 euros. It was great walking distance to everything but it sounds like it has changed alot since last year!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2010

The location of this hotel maybe good, but it 's only good thing of this hostel !!

The rooms and bunk beds are dirty, you booked 8 beds dorm but you may find 12 beds in one room and you will have only one bathroom of all guest.
No mention that you must pay for linen sheet, and No lockers.
A lot of bed bugs, it seem that they never clean up anything.

DO NOT STAY HERE !!!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2010

I stayed in A Venice Museum for one night with two others.

LOCATION

The hostel is quite hard to find! The walking route itself from the station is not the problem, as we looked it up on Google Maps and followed that alongside the directions offered by the hostel. However, at the end of the instructions there were no signs to a hostel or anything indicating that A Venice Museum would be nearby! The hostel is located on the road 'Calle del Traghetto', be warned that 'Calle del Vecchio Traghetto' is also nearby and that the people working in the hairdressers there do not know where the hostel is! Eventually some further snooping found the hostel but there is no sign and you have to look for 'Museum' written on the buzzer outside the building. Other than this location is quite good, on a pretty little canal and in easy walking distance to everything you would want to visit in Venice, with good signposting to the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square.

SHEETS

Be warned, there is an extra 5 euro charge (NOT deposit!) for sheets for the beds. I wasn't particularly impressed by this, especially as the girl working on the front desk (who, it must be added, was friendly and helpful throughout the duration of our stay) said we could use our own sheets and sleeping bags if we had them. This is a known way of bedbugs being spread from hostel to hostel, so would have appreciated if everyone was provided sheets. The charge seems like a moneyspinning scheme!

THE ROOM

The room itself was fine. Basic, nothing amazing but clean and decent.

MEALS

If you sign up before 17:00 you can get a 5 euro dinner from the hostel, which for us was tuna and tomato pasta, some white chocolate cake, and a couple of glasses of white wine. This was a good aspect of the hostel, as dinner was fun and sociable, and definitely a bargain compared to all other eating opportunities in Venice. Also, despite the 17:00 time limit to ask for dinner, I saw them let others pay for dinner after that time. Dinner was served at about 20:30

Breakfast is included in the price and was surprisingly good for an included hostel breakfast. It runs from 9:00 - 10:00 but I would recommend turning up earlier rather than later to get the pick of the cuisine! On offer was bread to toast yourself (standard bland Italian white squares of bread) with butter and a selection of jams. Slices of a cinnamon cake were also available, with fruit juice and water. Periodically the chef brought out fried eggs too which were a bonus!

BATHROOM

The main problem with the hostel is that, for an accommodation which (I think) sleeps about 50-60 people, there is ONE bathroom! It is not particularly clean, the bath is a bit gross but ok if you just want to stand up and shower in it. The issue comes when you need the toilet but someone has just gone in to take a lengthy shower. It's really annoying and if more than one person wants to shower at once, well, you have to wait it out when you should be out exploring Venice!

All in all the hostel is ok, good points were the meals/the staff who were quite friendly/the good location. Also there is free wifi which is very useful, and one laptop that can be used by all staying there.

bad points include the quite hefty price for what you are getting (we paid about 25 euros each), them charging for the sheets, and the single bathroom!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Long Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2010

I stayed at this hostel during Carnevale so I figured the prices would be jacked up, which they were. It was in an okay location, a short gondola ride (50 cents) and a walk to St. Mark's Square. I was originally supposed to stay at the Venice Fish, which is the sister hostel, but there was some sort of mix-up and we were moved to the Museum, and you can bet we didn't get our deposit back.

The hostel wasn't clean, and we had to pay extra for sheets even though hostelworld said they were included. My friend got bed bugs. We paid for our own room (there were 5 of us) and we can back one evening to find 2 more beds and some people who weren't there before, and all the staff said was "OH, you have roommates now". The staff wasn't friendly, it consists of people in their early 20s. They would get drunk all night and if you ever asked then to do anything they made it clear they weren't happy about it.

My first night they did make a complimentary dinner, which was actually pretty good. Following that, they still made smaller dinners as the hostel filled up and breakfast was a piece of toast.

They were actually kind of fun, I met of people and one night the staff + a bunch of travelers went out for someone's birthday. But aside from fun, I wouldn't want to stay here again and I'd only recommend it to someone completely desperate.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: A Venice Museum
Address: San Polo, 2812 | Calle del Traghetto, 30100 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Polo
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Ranked #104 of 222 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Number of rooms: 22
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