Generator Hostel Venice
Venice's longtime hostel, the Ostello Venezia, has been renovated, rebranded, and relaunched by one of Europe's trendiest hostel groups.
Venice hotel rates can seem expensive, especially for students and other travelers on a budget. Not to worry--the (formerly the 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.
Directions to the hostel:
The Generator Hostel Venice is near thevaporetto 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. (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:
And here's the easiest way to reach Zitelle by vaporetto from the railroad station (Ferrovia) and the bus terminal (Piazzale Roma):
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.
Generator Hostel Venice
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