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The staff was amazing and so friendly, I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a cheap place to stay while in Venice, only a 10 minute bus ride to the island.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
This hostel on paper looks great. The location is truly fantastic. That being said, the sleep quality was horrible. It was sweltering hot, and the hostel cut the power to the lights and fan at night so we basically were sleeping in 40 degree weather with no break. It was basically a hot box with no respite. I sleep through anything, but it was the worst sleep of my life. If you have the choice, sleep on the bottom bunk because it's slightly cooler. The rest was great though.
Lovely place to stay, quiet and staff were very helpful
This hostel is like a weird converted nursing home or something - everything is pastel and our room was musty and gross in a basement. No phone service or Internet. The location is in Mestre, the mainland part of Venice, not the islands. Getting over to the main part is pretty easy but the trains stop running at night.
The original hostel my group booked told us upon arrival that they didn't have room for us so they booked us in their sister hostel. This wouldn't be a big issue if the sister hostel was just as close to the train station as our original, but, it was further away, wasted an hour and a half of our day, and was down grade from our original booking for the same price. After some haggling the price was lowered to offset the bus pass we then had to get for transport.
BAD. This hostel claimed they over booked (only a few keys were missing from their hooks) and sent us to another hotel, which was about a mile further away from the train station. This hotel had a ground floor bar, which had a surprisingly large number of men at it when we checked around 2pm. The hotel was nowhere near as nice as the one we booked, but we were charged the full price of our 1st room. This seemed to be a standard practice of the hostel. They had a prepared tour for the car ride.
We were changed to an underground room in another hotel! There was no good explanation of this.
directions provided by the hostel were poor. Got off the train, got lost for almost two hours with heavy backpacks in tow. On our journey to find the hostel, we were warned on two occasions by locals to "beware the night" and to head inside before dark as Porta Meghera is a rough part of town. room itself was standard, clean but nothing special. It boasted a private bathroom, which was down the hall. I was horrified to realize the fact that there was a door that lead outside that didn't lock.