Hostel Domus Civica
Campiello Ciovare Frari, S. Polo, 3082, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $75 to $124
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A convent-turned-women's college residence during the academic year, the Ostello (Hostel) Domus Civica offers a good value for summertime Cheapos visiting from June 1st to September 30th.
Pros: Super-Cheapo. Close to train station.
Cons: Only open in summer. Strict curfew. No air conditioning.
First some disclaimers: This is not a sleeping option if you’re traveling from October 1 - May 31. Secondly, the front door is locked from 12:30 am - 7 am, so this hostel may not fit your party schedule. Still reading? Great...
The Domus Civica is a cheap hostel option located near the train station and the hopping bar scene at the Campo Santa Margherita. Although the building today serves as a women’s residence during the school year, remnants of its convent days include an impressive crucifix in the lobby, long hallways, high ceilings and small, simple rooms. (And, yes, the curfew.)
Rooms range in size and capacity and can be reserved as privates or dorm-style (much cheaper). Wooden furnishings are quite simple, and amenities are few (no air conditioning, no television...). All bathrooms are shared, but each room has its own sink and mirror.
In terms of hostel extras, there is a large TV lounge, a library, and a kitchen (equipped with the bare essentials), but don’t come expecting organized pub crawls. This is a cheap, clean and central spot for sleeping.
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
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.