I've just returned from staying in the Santa Fosca Ostello.
Rooms where clean. Clean enough!
So yes there's no air-conditioning- this is Venice a world heritage site, air conditioning can be found only in top hotels, so don't expect it in a 20 euro a night hostel! A long with things like lifts or elevators!
There were only four people in my room which was great as there's less disturbance.
Bathrooms where clean. If someone arrives later in the day they might find a slightly dirty toilet for example. Again it's best you pay for an expensive hotel if you can't handle things like a slightly dirty toilet.
The kitchen was great, large, and fully equipped. They even had the expresso coffee peculators and plenty of left handy left overs, like olive oil and coffee from other travellers.
The lounge around the reception area is nice .
The internet is 1 euro an hour. Actually very cheap!
The curfew starts 00.30. Venezia/Venice/Venedig is not a party city so you should be sleeping by this time anyway. Reception is staffed from 8.00 or just before, you can leave before then but no one will let you back in until after 8.00 am.
There is a beautiful square in the centre of the cluster of buildings with shade and nice botanical specimens, chairs, benches tables and a religious grotto which is rather nice. There are also gardens to the left of the main entrance. So you can sit outside, chat and dine Al Fresco.
The Billa supermarket is also really close. Prices are not too bad and quality is high.
Mosquitos yes in the hot summer months there will be lots of them! Take/buy a plug in mosquito pesticide or use repellent cream/ spray. You will still get the odd bite and buzzing but that's life, if you can't handle that don't visit in the hot and humid summer months or seek out a hotel.
Bed bugs. A problem in many hostels, luckily no sign of them during my stay.
Last time I was in Venice I stayed at the Giudecca Ostello. In my opionion Santa Fosa is better for the following reasons .
It's on the main Island of Venice so you don't have to pay for the expensive Vaporreto service on a daily basis. There was also no kitchen in the Ostello Venizia on Giudecca or outside spaces to sit during my stay there.
Staff are friendly and welcoming.
Santa Fosca is a Catholic Pastorial institute for students and running the hostel is a side line for them. I'm not Catholic or even religious, which didn't matter as religion here is only something you observe as having a presence here, ie a nice grotto or a prayer room in a building and I'd rather have that then the sometimes ruthless commercial exploitation of visitors to Venice by money grabbing people/institutions.
Actually a really pleasant place with a very warm Italian atmosphere to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you looking for a cheap accomodation in the center of venice? Ostello Santa Fosca is the property for you! We offer basic double rooms and dorms ( mixed or only female) at very affordable prices. Walking distance: 10 min from Rialto bridge 15 min from SMark Square 10 min from train station SLucia 15 min from Piazzale Roma ( bus terminal) 3 min from big supermarket FREE WIFI CONNECTION FREE CITY MAP FREE LUGGAGE DEPOSIT FREE BOARDING PASS PRINTING WINTER TIME SCHEDULE ( from half September to half june) Reception time table 9am-12 3pm-8pm No curfew Breakfast service 1 euro No kitchen available 8 euro extra cost for arrival after 8 pm SUMMER TIME SCHEDULE ( from half june to half september) Reception time table from 8am to half past midnight non stop Curfew at half past midnight Big courtyard Kitchen available 8am -10am and from 1.30 pm to 11 pm 8 euro extra cost for arrival after 8 pm ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ostello Santa Fosca Hotel Venice