Venice is ultra-famous. Everybody knows about the storied canals of this ancient Italian city, Cassanova and the masque balls, don’t they? That’s not evening mentioning St Mark’s Square or any of the other cradles of culture here.
But top sites come at a top price. Simply put – Venice can be shockingly expensive.
But help is on the way! We’ve created this list of the best hostels in Venice to help you find an affordable place to stay in this cool city.
We want to help you find the best place to stay for you, so without further ado let’s have a look at Venice’s top hostels to see what suits you best!
Editor’s note – Check out our 19 best day trips from Venice and see what else Italy has to offer!
The Best Hostels in Venice: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Venice – L’Imbarcadero
Best Party Hostel in Venice – Backpackers House Venice
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Venice – Anda Venice
Best Hostel near St. Mark’s Square – Generator Venice
Best Hostel near the Grand Canal – Haven Hostel San Toma
Best Hostel near Venice Marco Polo Airport – Venice Lagoon House
Best Hostel near Venice-Mestre Train Station – ao Hotel Venezia Mestre
Best High-end Hostel in Venice – We_Crociferi
Best Cheap Hostel in Venice – The Silk Road
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Venice – Dimora Il Veliero Romantico
10 Best Hostels in Venice
Best Overall Hostel in Venice
• L’Imbarcadero •
Why we like L’Imbarcadero…
The best overall hostel in Venice is well located, being just a 5-minute walk from Venice Santa Lucia Train Station – plus it’s also practically on the banks of the iconic Grand Canal. It may be a little bit no-frills in terms of decor, but L’Imbarcadero sure has a lot going for it in terms of location.
L’Imbarcadero is perfect for…
Those looking for a peaceful stay in the city, at a Venice backpackers hostel with friendly staff and an excellent location should definitely consider staying at this L’Imbarcadero. There are also restaurants, osterias, bars and various hotspots to explore just on the doorstep of this highly recommended hostel in Venice. A simply beautiful spot.
Best Party Hostel in Venice
Why we like Backpackers House Venice…
Whilst not necessarily itself a party hostel – the Venice backpackers hostel scene is generally lacking in onsite bars and such – there’s plenty of excitement in the surrounding area. It can get pretty noisy at the weekend in particular and an energetic vibe is one that really gets us in the mood for fun!
Backpackers House Venice is perfect for…
People who like being in the hustle of bustle of vibrant area. Definitely. So that’s why we would say that it’s the best party hostel in Venice. So if you like venturing into the heart of a buzzing city to look for where the party’s at, Backpackers House Venice is the one for you.
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Venice
• Anda Venice •
Why we like Anda Venice…
Though we’ve picked this as the best hostel for solo travellers in Venice, it’s more of the general feel of Anda Venice that we love. This top hostel in Venice has a great atmosphere, free Macs to use, very cool and colourful decor and a great location in mainland Venice near Venezia-Mestre train station.
Anda Venice is perfect for…
If you’re looking for a good atmosphere – one so friendly and convivial that it might just stop you from venturing outside at all – then you should consider staying at Anda Venice. The vibe is strong at this Venice backpackers hostel, the staff are super friendly and the dorms are spacious.
Best Hostel near St. Mark’s Square
• Generator Venice •
Why we like Generator Venice…
Located on the nearby island of Giudecca, Generator Venice is a cool hostel in Venice that features an eclectic mash of contemporary and traditional in a veritable cocktail of chic. This is most noticeable in the large common room-slash-bar area, which we enjoy. It feels much more than a Venice backpackers hostel.
Generator Venice is perfect for…
Anyone wanting to be close to but not in the middle of everything will love this place. Being situated where it is, the magic of Venice’s main island is but a short ferry ride away. So with that in mind it’s easily the best hostel near St. Mark’s Square, which is just across the water.
Best Hostel near the Grand Canal
Why we like Haven Hostel San Toma…
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the main artery of Venice – the Grand Canal – this top hostel in Venice features spacious rooms with simple, minimalist design thrown in. It’s not the coolest in hostel in Venice, but it’s bright and airy – and it’s the best hostel near the Grand Canal.
Haven Hostel San Toma is perfect for…
If you like being close to all the action of a city, including its main tourist hotspots (and in Venice’s case: the chance to have a gondola ride on the Grand Canal) then this budget hostel in Venice is definitely for you. And, as an added bonus, the staff are extremely helpful.
Best Hostel near Venice Marco Polo Airport
Why we like Venice Lagoon House…
Wow! Well, talk about the best hostel near Venice Marco Polo Airport: this Venice backpackers hostel is just a 20-minute walk away from the airport’s main terminal! If that isn’t something to get excited about, we don’t know what is; when you’re travelling, a little convenience goes a long way.
Venice Lagoon House is perfect for…
No stress! That’s right, lovers of no-sweat-travel will enjoy the airport’s proximity. It’s particularly good to spend your last night in Venice here to save the hassle of navigating your way to the airport the same day you have to catch a flight. Though somewhat lacking in hostel facilities, the beds in the dorm aren’t bunks (hooray) and the decor is simple but tasteful.
Best Hostel near Venice-Mestre Train Station
Why we like ao Hostel Venezia Mestre…
The main thing that we really like about this top hostel in Venice is the fact that it’s actually quite hotel-like. Some people might not be into this, but we are: getting hotel treatment and cleanliness and newness at hostel prices? Yes please. Well, it is part of the ao chain of hostels, after all.
ao Hostel Venezia Mestre is perfect for…
Those who have a train to catch and want to stay close to the busy train hub on the Venetian mainland will find that this is the best hostel near Venice-Mestre Train Station. It beats the hassle of same-day travel to catch a train, that’s for sure. Plus the hostel itself is immaculate and minimalistic, which is cool.
Best High-end Hostel in Venice
• We_Crociferi •
Why we like We_Crociferi…
The thing we love the most about this awesomely cool hostel in Venice is the fact that it’s set in a 12th-century monastery. Staying in such a supreme heritage building is one thing – you know, reclining in its crumbling courtyard – but the level and style of the decor inside is incredibly high, too.
We_Crociferi is perfect for…
Lovers of luxury will simply melt at the prospect of staying at We_Crociferi. Easily the best high-end hostel in Venice, it’s filled with simple and cool furnishings on a backdrop of minimalist decor and tasteful touches. It’s also right 100m from a ferry stop and well located on Cannaregio – the northern part of Venice’s main island.
Best Cheap Hostel in Venice
• The Silk Road •
Why we like The Silk Road…
When affordability pops up in an otherwise expensive city – that’s when we get excited. And that’s how we feel about The Silk Road, a budget-friendly recommended hostel in Venice that’s in walking distance of major central hotspots. You’re in Venice: a little walk around the city is what you’re here for!
The Silk Road is perfect for…
Those on a budget will rejoice at the prices of this place. And with that comes a lot of value for money: that includes location, the very helpful and friendly staff, the clean-and-tidy surroundings; all of it feels, especially for this city, as if it should cost more. But it doesn’t. And that’s why it’s the best cheap hostel in Venice.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Venice
Why we like Dimora Il Veliero Romantico…
Because the private rooms here look closer to something you’d find in a luxury bed-and-breakfast than you would in a budget hostel in Venice, we’re picking the wonderfully named Dimora Il Veliero Romantico as our best hostel with a private room in Venice; they’re decked out with traditional decor and we love ’em.
Dimora Il Veliero Romantico is perfect for…
Couples! I wish I would have known this before my first time in Italy with my girlfriend. We think couples would simply adore this place. With its private rooms, friendly staff, and hotel or bed-and-breakfast feel to it, the lack of sociability doesn’t particularly matter when you’re on a couples’ getaway. The location, on Venice’s main island but away from the madness, makes exploring together in the area a romantic Old World adventure.
Conclusion to the Best Hostels in Venice
There you go. The best hostels in Venice rounded up into an easy, bitesized parcel with a lovely bow tied around it. We’re pretty sure that, from the helpful list above, you’ll be able to find something that suits you.
Venice shouldn’t just be for the rich (or George Clooney), so we’re just happy to help with this hostel selection!
It’s important for people other than those who earn more in a month than you do in a year to be able to experience bastions of culture like Venice: history and beautiful surroundings are for everyone, and hostels create a great level playing field for seeing the world.
Our best overall hostel in Venice, L’Imbarcadero, is waiting for you if you can’t choose from our selection. So… we’ll see you on the Grand Canal!