Knowing nothing about Venice and having never stayed in a hostel, I chose the Generator Venice location due to its mostly positive reviews and the decent price. I slept in one of their 16 person rooms at $35 euros a night.
The good: if you are younger than thirty and single, you are more likely to enjoy staying at this hostel. Walking into their lobby, it is readily apparent it has a young and hip atmosphere. The bar is a good one that stays open later than many on the main island.
Also good, if you have a complaint and speak with a manager, your problem will be listened to. Specifically, Keti is a fantastic manager to work with.
The bad: if you are over thirty and used to a more relaxed and slower pace, you will probably not enjoy staying at this location. This is the catagory I fell into. The bar was directly below my room, and the music went on through one a.m. The door slammed constantly due to any one of the 16 individuals coming or going until two a.m., and my bed was a top bunk almost directly below one of the lights and right next to the slamming door. I don't have the patience for that anymore.
If you do decide to reserve a room at this location, make sure your dates are correct and if you do want to change them, you do so more than 24 hours before check in. I decided to change my reservation the day of check in, and was told it wasn't possible without incurring the full charge, regardless of it being more than 24 hours before before the date I wanted changed. I must reiterate, reservations must be changed 24 hours prior to check in. This is their policy due to the booking sites taking 20% of the reservation price on the check in date.
Another item worth noting, if you are staying here, get a boat pass for the number of days you are staying. This location requires the boat to get to it. The boats are seven euros one way, or a fixed price per day for the pass. If you are caught on board the boats without a pass and didnt try to purchase one as soon as you got on, you are subject to a fifty two euro fine. While its a pain to get a boat to this location every day, you can't beat the morning view looking at Venice while drinking a cappuccino next to the water or the night view while having a beer.
Finally, be sure to give yourself ample time to get to the airport or train station. The boats go on reduced services overnight, so if you have an early departure, you may have to take a water taxi which is ungodly expensive ($140 euro plus to get to the airport). Flying mid morning or in the afternoon should alleviate this issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Generator VeniceSo you fancy a date with a suave Venetian? well you’ve come to the right place. I’ll make you feel right at home in this floating city of bridges and canals. I open my doors in June to the great and the good, so make sure you navigate your way here soon my little friend. I’m about to show hostels in Venice what a Renaissance really is. See you on my little Island of Giudecca, close enough to see it all happen, far enough to avoid the crowds. Just the way I like it. I am Generator hostel in Venice and I am much, much, much more than a hostel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ostello Venezia Hotel Venice