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Ostello S. Fosca Reviews

Fondamenta Canal, Cannaregio 2372, Venice, Italy

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814 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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The hostel is run by really friendly staff and the insides are modern and attractive. There's loads of seating outside and a good kitchen. Location is good however the entrance was slightly confusing due to signs all saying different things, and none actually saying the name. Huge lockers and lovely rooms. Showers however; shocking. The coldest shower I've ever had in my life with doors completely see through. But generally an decent stay


The location was perfect for a short stay in Venice! Everything was close and the place was easy to reach from the train & bus stations. The biggest minus was the time limit of coming back to hostel around midnight. So it wasn't possible to stay longer in the city.. The staff was really nice and helpful, though the rooms were quite basic and super hot without air condition. Also the kitchen was quite poorly equipped and dirty. In terms of the price range in Venice the price of the room was ok.


The place was a bit hard to find, but everything was really nice. Would definitely come again.


Nice hostel. No air conditioning and no screens on the windows. We both got countless bug bites during our stay. Great location after you find it for the first time, google maps put us on the wrong side of the canal, but easy to get most places!


After a month long trip through Europe, this was by far the WORST place I stayed. Although the website advertises laundry facilities, there are none, and none nearby either. The private double room I booked was two tiny dorm beds shoved together, no air conditioning, no fan available, windows large enough for a person to climb through and connected to a walkway, so privacy was impossible. The shower flooded completely after ten minutes. When all of this was mentioned to staff, they didn't care.

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


A good hostel with big rooms and nice kitchen, but it is a bit expensive compared to what it offers.


There are very few hostels on the canals, so I am trying not to be picky, but this hostel left a lot to be desired. It was nice because it had a kitchen you could use and a large courtyard to hang out in, but it also had a curfew of 12:30. The worst was that the bathrooms didn't have toilet paper for a whole day, and when we mentioned it they said the cleaning staff would stock it the next day but didn't give us any in the meantime! It was cool to stay on the canal but maybe try a different one.


It seems as though this hostel also functions as university dorms, large rooms that aren't cramped with beds but have cupboards and desks too. I was lucky to get put in a 3 bed even though I had booked in a bigger dorm and heard a few other people say that also. The staff are friendly and helpful, the accommodation is good, bathroom is basic, a little smelly, kitchen is big but basic with not many utensils or plates. I enjoyed my stay here and met other travellers easily in the courtyard :)


The shower doors where oy frosted glass which was fine except that you could see into the showers perfectly but from the inside you couldn't see out so looked like they were put on backwards. The cupboards in the rooms didn't look despite being given a key. Facilities were very Good however, and the wifi was brilliant and the staff very friendly and helpful. Location was good and the rooms were spacious.


For the most part the staff is really friendly and approachable and willing to answer any questions that you might have. There were just a few things that I think are important to note about this place. First, is that it's quite difficult to find this hostel and that might be because the Venice doesn't understand the concept of addresses. Second, and probably the most important is that there is a set curfew. You need to be back by 12:30AM if you aren't they will not open the doors for you at all


Okay hostel in a quiet part of Venice, yet still quite central. Room was big, no bunk beds so that was nice too. Not much atmosphere though. It's a big hostel that also hosts big groups of school kids.


Seemed more like a hotel than a hostel, as there didn't seem to be a common area for people to hang out. But all together, a wonderful location with (local kids playing on their bikes in the evening when the walkways were not as crowded.

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dear sharon, thank you for the positive scores. please let us underline we have many common areas for people to hang out: common room with television sofas chairs tables and computer, huge courtyard where you can have dinner lunch and breakfast, garden area.... the manager


Facilities were a bit in disrepair. Broken toilet, door handles falling off etc.. Also not the cleanest, which led to bugs. A lot of little things could be done to make the hostel a little nicer.


The best staff in the world. The breakfast is excellent :)


Nice and quiet. But they close The doors 12.30


The hostel campus is large, spacious, and tranquil, tucked away along a canal just off of one of the main streets near the train station. The bathroom facilities functioned well and were ample and clean, my roommates were always interesting and easy to talk to, and there's a kitchen, refrigerators, and clotheslines available for guest use. No pesky insects (at least not that I encountered), and ceiling fans in the bedrooms (in the yellow dorms). I would love to stay here again!


The room I lived in was room 20, which was the room next to the entrance. It was a bit too dark, and the room could not receive the wifi signal so I had to go to the lobby/ common room all the time if I wanted to use the wifi. It would have been better if these 2 aspects could have been improved.

  • 30th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Very good atmosphere, welcoming. Only one problem with cleanliness: one of my roommates was sick to her stomach on our floor, the mess was still there the next day although the windows were open to air out the room. It was a special circumstance but they could have been more careful in cleaning.


everything is good especially the helpful stuff. big kitchen. but you need to pass through about 5 bridges with stairs from rail station to this hostel on foot. it was quite hard if you were carrying heavy luggages.


Really beautiful buildings, great part of town. Fantastic staff, comfortable beds. Wifi doesn't work in rooms, or for iPhones (although the staff tried their best to help). Think I got bed big bites from here though..

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dear yallana thank you for your positive commet please let us underline the aspect of bed bugs; if you were sure you had this problem here you could have told us about it; it a very serious matter and we check all rooms and beds monthy to avoid such problems: since nobody complained since today, we strongly believe you had this bad experience in another hostel the manager

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