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“Actually a very nice place!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ostello Santa Fosca

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Ostello Santa Fosca
Ranked #38 of 210 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Actually a very nice place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

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 quieter.
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.

Room Tip: Book in advance and ask for something quiet. Plan ahead if you can.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

I booked and paid for 2 nights at this hostel and regretted it within 1 hour...

The hostel is run by students that live on campus for the holidays. They are all super nice and semi helpful but lack perhaps the cleaning skills and care factor.

The room I stayed in (108) wasn't airconditined, we were not provided with a fan/ventilator and the windows had no flywire so the nights were spent sweating like a pig.

On the first night, I left the window open slightly and got eaten alive by Mosquitos - I didn't really sleep because they were buzzing around my head all night.

Myself and another girl in the room also got BED BUG BITES! At first I blamed all of my bites on the Mosquitos but they look totally different to these bites.

The bathroom was very dirty as well as the foyer near the staircase to my dorm.

4 days later and I'm still suffering from these bites. I just hope the bugs haven't transferred into my luggage! :-S

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

Trust the reviews where it says it's dirty at this hostel! In fact it's not only not clean but also very smelly (in the dorm). Besides the dorm for the guys (or students) is right next door, the walls are thin => pretty noisy!
Wifi is only available at the reception which is only opend a few hours in the morning and evening + 1€/hour! Bad service!
The only plus is the staff gave us bedsheets for free to dry ourselves when they were running out of towels (to rent for 3€).

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stayed in a double with shared bathroom. Location was good, and kitchen facilities were great, letting us save money on buying meals out. Friendly and helpful staff, and wireless internet was cheap, but signal was not available in or room, only in the lobby. Rooms on the canal can be loud in the morning.

Room Tip: Book in advance, rooms seem to fill up quickly during high season!
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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71 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

I've stayed in many hostels around the world, and this hostel is probably one of the worst I've ever stayed in.
First, it is really dirty. Dirty, dirty, dirty. OMG, the bathrooms. I used hand sanitizer all over before I dared touch anything. And our bathroom had no windows, so the air inside the bathroom was nasty all the time. Only one shower and one toilet for 8 people. Horrible.
Second, there's a curfew. After midnight (or 11:30, I can't remember) , you're out. It never happened to me because we were tired, but Venice is a cool place where you could stay up late if you wanted to. So the curfew is really a problem.
No areas to hang out. Just next to the reception. And it's not a place you'd like to hang out... No breakfast, and no possibility to buy breakfast. No cafeteria or store, just vending machines.
There is a receptionist only at specific times of the day. So if you need to check out our leave your luggage somewhere, you can only leave it and pick it up when there is a receptionist. It could be problematic too....
Otherwise the location is good........that's probably the only good thing about it. But Venice is so full of hotels and hostels, if you look around, you can probably find much better places.

Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

My fiancé and I stayed at Ostello Santa Fosca for a few days in November while visiting the Architecture Biennale. We booked a double room, which was located in the set of rooms across the courtyard. The room was overlooking the canal, pretty basic, but clean, spacious, and had a sink unit as well. Be aware that during term times the hostel has no kitchen facilities as they are used by the university students staying in the halls of residence. The position is excellent, in a quiet spot within walking distance from everything. I've read the concerns about the security but I haven't experienced anything bad while there and didn't feel threatened or in danger. The door to the wing of the hostel we stayed in has an electric lock, which only opens from the inside, and from the outside you need the keys to get in. One of the other entrances needs a PIN in order to get in, so maybe they have improved on security since those reviews were posted. I really don't have anything bad to say about this hostel, we knew it was going to be nothing more than a base to visit the Biennale and it served the purpose well, especially at €60 per night - a rate you won't find anywhere else in Venice at any time of the year.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Penticton, Canada
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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2011

This hostel is known on Trip Advisor with 3 names: Foresteria Santa Fosca, Ostello Santa Fosca & Ostella Santa Fosca.

I arrived on December 23rd excited to be in Venice for the holiday. I was prepared for them to be closed during the Christmas season, however, I was not prepared for the internet to be available ONLY in the reception area.

The reception is open from 9:30 to noon and 5:00 to 8:00pm and the internet is available only during these hours, so if you are a traveler that relys on the internet for communication with family, friends or work, I recommend you look elsewhere for accommodation.

The hostel is cleaned only once a day, in the morning; and in Venice, the rain and sometimes excessive water, the floors in the hallway and bathroom gets VERY dirty and digusting. Do not walk anywhere without shoes on.

The reception is informed about Venice and speaks very good English, however, if you are looking for personal, polite service, you may find more elsewhere. The relief reception was very helpful translating for me with my Italian family.

I thought I was booked in a private room, but when I got there, I found out I was booked for a single bed in a double room, therefore I could have had someone else book the other bed. The hostel was very kind to not book the other bed in the room and I was very grateful. Be careful what you are booking if you book this hostel.

After reading this review, if you book, be prepared when you arrive.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ostello Santa Fosca
Address: Fondamenta Canal, Cannaregio 2372, 30121 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 210 Speciality Lodging in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
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 
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