Ostello S. Fosca
Cannaregio 2372, Fondamenta Daniele Canal, Venice, Italy
Doubles from: $34 to $79
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Ostello Santa Fosca lets you pretend, at least for the night, that you’re an Italian student. Serving primarily as housing for the University of Venice, the complex opens up its rooms year-round to budget travelers. It's quite popular, which isn't surprising, given its easy walk to the train station.
Pros: Super Cheapo. Primo location. Friendly staff. Cool historic building.
Cons: No air conditioning. Lock-out and limited reception hours. A bit rundown. No elevator.
Located amidst the ruins of a 13th-century basilica—one that was once larger than San Marco’s—the Ostello Santa Fosca has the aura of antiquity. Behold the iron gates, crumbling cloisters and canal-side location! Behold, as well, the bargain beds.
The Ostello Santa Fosca rents rooms to travelers throughout the year, jumping from 30 beds during the academic year to 160 beds during the summer. Private double rooms are available, as are a variety of dorm options (single-sex or mixed, with three to seven beds).
Private rooms are spacious, simple and "student-style” shabby, with red metal beds or bunks. All rooms are outfitted with sinks, tile floors, writing desks and pressboard wardrobes. The 1,200-year-old exposed stone walls of the ancient basilica are a notable “extra” in some rooms.
Bathrooms are shared and unsurprisingly no-frills. They’re clean, but you’ll never forget that you’ve checked into a student dorm. Bed linens are included, but towels are not (either bring your own or rent one).
The Ostello Santa Fosca clearly isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re open to the experience, you can find a room at rock-bottom rates for Venice. Doubles, after all, cost €30-70, year-round. That’s a deal.
A shared kitchen is open to travelers during the summer months, and the hostel also offers vending machines for snacks and drinks. The hostel does not have a curfew, but reception hours are limited (9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.). The TV and game room is open during reception hours only. Lockers can be rented for €2 per day.
Breakfast is not offered. Wi-Fi is available for an additional charge. Note that there is a surcharge for guests arriving after 8 p.m. (alert the hostel in advance of your arrival). Note: The hostel is closed during Christmas.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
About the Ostello S. Fosca neighborhood
Situated north and west of the train station, Cannaregio provides some of the city's cheapest sleeps and eats. It's the most navigable "sestiere" in the city and by far the most convenient area from which to explore Venice. Adjacent to the train station on one end and bordering San Marco at the Rialto Bridge on the other, here you’ll find the Jewish Ghetto and some of Venice’s finest palaces, among them the breathtaking Ca d’ Oro.