Venice for Visitors logo
Venice Home All topics
Where to stay Transportation

Arrow. Helping 30+ million Venice travelers since 1997
Arrow. New in 2024: Venice's tourist "access fee"

Generator Venice Hostel

Venice's longtime hostel, the Ostello Venezia, has been renovated, rebranded, and relaunched by one of Europe's trendiest hostel groups.

Venice youth hostel

ABOVE: The Generator Venice is housed in a converted granary.

Venice hotel rates can seem expensive, especially for students and other travelers on a budget. Not to worry--the Generator Venice (formerly the Ostello Venezia or Venice Hostel) offers inexpensive accommodations in a waterfront location that's easy to reach from St. Mark's Square, the Piazzale Roma, or the railroad station by public water bus.

The "urban design"-themed hostel can accommodate 240 guests in mixed-gender dorms of 5-8 or 10-16 beds, female dorms of 8 beds, and a small number of private rooms with 2, 3, or 4 beds.

Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a lounge, a bar that's open in the evenings, a dining room (dinner only), food vending machines, a 24-hour reception desk and laundry room, a luggage room (where you can store your bags free before check-in or after check-out), and a travel shop. 

Bed linens are provided. Fluffy towels are supplied in the private rooms; in the dorms, you can rent or buy towels if you haven't brought your own. Dorms also have lockable storage drawers, and you can buy a padlock if you don't have one.

Rates don't include breakfast, but the hostel's buffet breakfast (served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) is downright cheap by Venice standards.

Please note: The Generator Venice is located on the island of Giudecca, across the water from Venice's historic center, so you'll need to factor in the high cost of transportation when deciding whether to stay there. For other alternatives, see our Venice Hotel Guide.

Directions to the hostel:

Generator Hostel Venezia map directions

The Generator Hostel Venice is near the Zitelle vaporetto stop on the island of Giudecca, which is served by Linea 2, 4.1, and 4.2 public water buses and by Alilaguna Linea Rossa boats from Venice Marco Polo Airport.

(Alilguna Linea Rossa service is from approximately mid-April to mid-November. In winter, you'll need to take an Alilaguna Linea Blu boat to Giudecca Stucky and walk five or 10 minutes along the waterfront to the hostel.)

Here's how to reach the Generator Hostel Venezia from the Zitelle waterbus landing:

  • Exit the landing platform at Zitelle, turn right, and walk to the hostel, which is a couple of minutes away on foot. (The sign on the building façade reads "Ostello Venezia.")

And here's the easiest way to reach Zitelle by vaporetto from the railroad station (Ferrovia) and the bus terminal (Piazzale Roma):

  • Catch the No. 2 vaporetto in the direction of Tronchetto. This means the boat coming from your left at the railway station or coming from your right at Piazzale Roma.
  • Stay on until you reach Zitelle, which is one stop beyond Redentore. (Don't confuse it with Zattere, on the other side of the canal!)

The boat trip will take 15 or 20 minutes. The single-trip fare is horrendously expensive (see our Venice vaporetto fares article), but you can you can get a discount if you've purchased an inexpensive "Rolling Venice" youth card at any Venice tourist office branch or Hellovenezia ticket counter.

A 12- to 72-day ACTV Tourist Travel Card (available at any Hellovenezia office or vaporetto ticket booth) is a great value if you plan to use public transportation extensively. The tourist office's Venice Connected pass may be worth considering if you need its services and can figure out the complicated pricing scheme.

  • Note: You'll see a fare listed for baggage at the vaporetto ticket booth. This doesn't apply if you're traveling with a normal-size suitcase or backpack and a carry-on, but you may want to double-check with the ticket agent if you're hauling a steamer trunk or feeling insecure.

Rates and bookings:

Generator Venice
Our hotel partner,, guarantees lowest available rates at the Generator Venice and other hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs.

For more pictures of the hostel, go to page 2 of this article.

Next page: More photos and a video

In this article:
Generator Hostel Venice (Ostello Venezia)
More photos and a video

Also see:
Venice Hotel Guide 

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

PC Magazine
has called this "the premier visitors' site for Venice, Italy." Over the years, it has helped more than 30 million travelers. For more information, see About our site, our Europe for Visitors press clippings, and our reader testimonials.