Hostel Domus Civica
Campiello Ciovare Frari, S. Polo, 3082, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $78 to $129
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A women's college residence during the academic year, the Ostello (Hostel) Domus Civica is an awesome hostel stea for summertime travelers visiting from June 1st to September 30th. Remnants of the onetime convent include an impressive crucifix in the lobby, long hallways, high ceilings and small, simple rooms.
Pros: Super-Cheapo. Interesting history.
Cons: Only open in summer. Strict curfew. Some street noise. No air conditioning.
Rooms at the Ostello Domus Civica range in size and capacity and can be reserved as privates or dorm-style. The warm walnut furnishings are simple. There are no amenities (no air conditioning, no television...).
All bathrooms are shared, but each room has a sink and mirror. Bathrooms are “whimsical,” with a few signs of hostel neglect, but clean.
Throw in a large TV lounge and library, and a sweet and friendly staff, and you get the full picture. High ceilings keep the place cool(ish) in the summertime, but the heat-averse should know that there is no air conditioning.
Proximity to the train station and the hopping bar buzz at Campo Santa Margherita make this a favorite for the backpacking youth—provided you keep the hostel's 12:30 a.m. curfew in mind (there is a lockout from 12:30 a.m. until 7 a.m.).
Reviewed by: Annie Shapero, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
Campiello Ciovare Frari, S. Polo, 3082
San Polo, Venice, Italy
About the Hostel Domus Civica neighborhood
North of the Rialto Bridge, Venetian life is a bit more relaxed in San Polo. Streets are not as packed, restaurants have more local flavor, and prices tend to be more affordable in general. By day you’ll find open-air markets and fish markets ("herbaria"), decked out in frescoed porticos. By night the area is home to hipsters for late-night "cicchetti" and great wines by the glass. You can easily walk to and from the area around the Rialto Bridge to San Marco in t10 minutes.