My cousin and I were quite easily enamored by this hostel (we were staying in the San Geremia Rooms) - we arrived from Geneva, Switzerland, at the Venezia train station and literally just took one path that led us straight to Campo San Geremia where the hostel is centrally located. This was quite a novelty considering that it's sooo easy to get lost in the various twist and turns that consist of Venice!
We checked in although we needed to pay for the hostel totally (and only) in cash which led to the receptionists holding our passports as leverage and us hunting down an ATM in Venice in order to pay this off. After this somewhat exhaustive ordeal, we gained keys to our room which was - luckily - only on the first floor. There's no lift/elevator so - if you look from a positive outlook - it's a good workout trekking up all these stairs. The room was small but cozy with soft beds and had a little wooden closet that couldn't quite store our luggage. We had an absolutely lovely private adjacent bathroom to the room that was very clean and nice.
Probably one of the best things about Hotel San Geremia was that you get 25% off the food (and 50% off at breakfast!) in the adjoining cafe. After being warned as to how expensive Venice was, my cousin and I were shaking in our boots at the thought of our first Venetian meal - instead, we got a gorgeous soda, sandwich, and gelato ALL for 7 Euros.
The location is prime for the Grand Canal and the Venezia train station but not so central to the famed Piazza San Marco. This isn't really an issue because walking from the hostel to the Piazza is so lovely and really gives you a fantastic tour through all the alleys/canals of Venice (it's easy to do - there are lots of signs directing you to the Piazza). It takes roughly 20 minutes.
The biggest con of Venice would be when my cousin and I returned from our day out to discover that all the electricity in our room wasn't working. We trekked up and down from our room to the receptionist multiple times - the electricity would come on momentarily and then shoddily flicker out. Eventually, it was fixed but my cousin and I knew the war wasn't over when the receptionist offhandedly made a comment about how "if [we] have trouble with the lights, move the beds as they are over the electricity switch". Sure enough, whenever my cousin and I moved even a fraction of a centimeter in our bed the lights would either turn off or turn on. It was basically a rave with involuntary strobe lighting - we had to remain somewhat rigid throughout the night in order for the lights not to falter.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Hotel San Geremia despite the DIY nature - it's probably the best deal you'll find in Venice!
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- Also Known As:
- Geremia Hotel Ponte Di Piave