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A Venice Fish Reviews

Campo de la Maddalena, Cannaregio 2205, Venice, Italy

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2799 Total Reviews
  • 53%Value For Money
  • 52%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 61%Staff
  • 62%Atmosphere
  • 40%Cleanliness
  • 44%Facilities

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We had a terrible stay at the Venice fish. Worst hostel experience ever! Host was watching totally inappropriate movie (rated R, if you know what I mean) in the common room, and he entered our "room" every 15min speaking very loudly. The bathrooms were extremely dirty. Bunknown beds were falling apart. Storage room was a joke! Do not give this hostel a chance, you will regret it.


This Hostel is in a very poor state and ripping people off. You shouldn't have to pay for a place that is crawling wit bed bugs, no hot water, drunk and loud staff in a dirty building.


Bed bugs... When I arrived I was greeted by a lady that was staying at the hostel, and warned me about the bed bugs (her arms and legs were covered in bites). So for two nights I slept on wooden chairs and tables with other guests. The bathrooms are also kept in a terrible condition. The rooms have no air conditioning and the windows are kept open, meaning there were loads of Mosquitos. The place smelled and looked like a dump. I would not stay here again even if the location was great.

  • 24th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24


i really couldn't enjoy my staying in there. it was so dirty. so loud all the time and so hot. they don't have a fan and we're in the summer!! except for the location everything was so bad.


Do not stay here. We can confirm the siting of bed bugs. The washrooms are not properly maintained and there are only two for the entire hostel. Lounging area is very dirty, couches are all torn up and the fans are all basically broken.


Staying in this place is really a nightmare for me!! There are only 2 bathrooms and they're so dirty! They limit the time as each customer has only 10 minutes. The worst is I found some bed bugs on my bed and I killed them and showed them to the so-called manager!! He told me that the bugs came from the windows and canals. I might get bite outside but not in the hostel. They even refused to refund me the medicines that I brought!!!! The manager watch the movie at night with a very high volume

  • 22nd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 18-24


The beds were full of bedbugs. The lady was really nice but there was a man who works at night and he was screaming at us that we didn't pay. He threatened to call the police if we didn't give him an extra 130 euros. There were bugs in the bathroom.


The hostel is very well located, and the staff is happy and willing to help, the comun areas are very nice, but the hostel is dirty, the bathrooms are never clean, and the dorms really beed an air condition, if you're going on the summer it's not the best option


Very dirty, the beds had bed bugs, staff was kind of friendly but they didn't give you a map of the city or any recommendations of what to see. The bathroom was always out of toilet paper, no air conditioning which is unbearable with the humidity. Would not stay here again


You get what you pay for. It has a cool vibe but there is little security (no lockers) and the bathrooms are dirty. The location is pretty good. In between the bus/train station and St Marco. Also, I booked an all female room but both nights there was a guy there. But the staff were nice and it's very cheap!


we would not use the directions to the Hostel provided by Hostelworld/A Venice Fish as they were useless and need to be much more specific as it took us four hours to find the hostel! even with satnav. No locals had ever heard of it or campo de la maddelena. the entrance may be a green door but we passed many green doors. I would be concerned about getting out of this buiding in the even to a fire as all the halls, entrances and stairwells are littered with furniture, which are a hazard.

  • 17th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


I would strongly advise against staying at this hostel. Firstly, it had bed bugs. If that isn't enough to put you off there were only two showers for at least 30 people, they were rarely cleaned, and constantly got blocked. The hostel had one portable fan and when we were there temperatures were 35+ degrees celcius. There were also no lockers. The only thing it had going for it was the location and we had good people staying at the same time as us.


There are BED BUGS in this hostel! There are also many mosquitoes flying around - windows don't have screens and are open day & night. My boyfriend and I woke up the 1st morning with bites on us but thought they were mosquitoes. The 2nd night we got more & suspected bed bugs. The 3rd night we found 3-4 bed bugs crawling on the walls, 1 on the ceiling (until it dropped and fell!!!!), a carcass and then 3 live ones crawling on our bottom bunk.... please do yourself a favor and RUN FAR AWAY.


Horrible. Staff was very rude and didn't seem to know how to run a hostel. Facility was very dirty, and we had a huge incident with bed bugs, tried to sleep in the living room and there were bed bugs in the couches too. The staff didn't seem too concerned about it and just sprayed the beds and then gave the infested beds to new people. I cancelled my second night and found a hotel with other guests. Don't be fooled by the amazing location, this place is the worst I've ever stayed in.


I ONLY booked this hostel because of the excellent staff reviews, mainly those written about Nick. Most said it wasn't the cleanest, but Nick made up for it by providing everyone with wine & pasta every night. He always took the gang out for drinks after dinner. So I was really looking forward to that. As my luck would have it, he literally quit the morning I arrived. It's also infested WITH BED BUGS. I hope I didn't bring any back home with me. Only good thing about this place was the ppl i met


This hostel is in Venice so will be expensive compared to other places. Even so you would expect mostly clean bathrooms and a room with a door, rather than just a curtain onto he common area. There was also no where to lock up bags, there was an unlocked luggage room but in the bedrooms nothing. One member of staff was very helpful but the others less so. It's in an okay location but that doesn't say much because Venice is small. Also potential bedbugs or lots of Mosquitos to be bitten by.


The hostel was disgusting. All beds in our 6 bed dorm had bed bugs, the sheets were dirty and mine had blood on them. The hostel was infested with Mosquitos. The bathrooms were filthy, no toilet paper, dirty showers and constantly wet floor. Do not stay here.


Only good thing about this place was the picturesque location and delicious 5 euro wine & pasta every night. But everything else was disgusting. We never spent any time at the hostel because it was so gross. The place is INFESTED with bed bugs and the staff doesn't care. There's only two showers and two toilets for the whole place, and they barely work. If you can, stay somewhere else and never set foot inside this hostel.


Picturesque location is the best part of this place. Place was a bit shabby and the hostel was a little disorganised. Could do with some sort of fan in the rooms as it gets extremely stuffy at night, and I struggled to sleep. Definite good and bad aspects to this place.


Bedbugs everywhere! So gross!! When it was mentioned to the staff, absolutely nothing was done about it and a refund was refused. Although there is a really fun vibe here, I would never go back or recommend it because of the horrible bedbug infestation. We found them on several beds in one of the big dorm rooms.

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