We Crociferi in Venice – Full review of a former Monastery and 5% discount!

Located in a former monastery and right next to an iconic church, the We Crociferi is our favorite hostel in Venice. We visited the hostel in a former monastery. What is behind the small, wooden door? We walk over the bridge, stood at this beautiful square, and looked onto the historic building with the hostel inside.

Hostelgeeks visited and stayed at We Crociferi back in May, and brought back a bunch of photos and impressions.

We are your independent gateway to the worlds unique hostels, the 5 Star Hostels. Around Venice, you can visit as well Bologna with its We_Bologna, another 5-Star-rated accommodation on a budget. In Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, the former prison and artistic event hub Hostel Celica welcomes you with a different experience. This is the worlds nicest prison!

This is our We Crociferi review from Venice. In this review, we highlight the hostel, the area, and what to expect.

We Crociferi Venice in a Review

Old Monastery We Crociferi Hostel Venice

The hostel description

The church to the left of the hostel gains all the attention. When the door to the hostel is closed, it is only a small, wooden sign indicating the hostels door. However, when opening the doors, and a tiny new world open up.

Welcome Venice Hostel We Crociferi

There is a big square inside the hostel aka former monastery. It has its own fountain right in the middle of it, and is so instagramable, as we say. When the doors are open, the tourist s walking by, love to have a sneak-peek. They walk in, slowly, to capture 2-3 photos. This is so fun to watch!

The reception is just on the right-hand of the door. Get your key card from the cool and fun staff. Listen carefully when the staff explains you how to find your room. The building is long and wide. As long as you got your room number, it will be easy to find.

Relax at We Crociferi Hostel Venice

Room at We Crociferi Venice

The property was initially used as students accommodation and yet is. Therefore, the rooms are optimized for students living here. All rooms come with ensuite facilities and a view to the canal. The mattresses are super comfy and high quality, like the furniture all around. The property is very clean, and absolutely well maintained.

What types of rooms are here?

As for private rooms, you can stay in a twin room, studio (family room), or a superior twin room. For the dorms, you can book a bed in a mixed form, a male-only dorm, as well as a female-only dorm.

Here is an overview of the 7 pros and 4 cons of a female dorm.

Canal parking We Crociferi Venice

There is one iconic, historical staircase with impressive wall paintings leading you down to the hostels own pier. Many houses in Venice have their own small pier for boats, which is used to bring goods. Impressed? Well, deliveries in Venice are faster through the canals.

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Staircase detail We Crociferi Venice

What about the social vibes?

During our stay we met other travelers from around the world. It’s quite common you meet backpackers exploring Italy, just spending a few days in Venice. Sure, that’s quite self-explaining, isn’t it?!

We Crociferi comes now with a glorious bar on-site. They renewed the existing bar and offer a selection of local products, wines and cocktails. Every Thursday the hostel organizes an event like live concerts, live paintings, art exhibitions, open stage night, dj set, and more. Therefore, keep an eye on the event board.

Live music! Every Thursday the We Crociferi organizes a different event We love the social vibes at We Crociferi The common area downstairs

Also, they have their in-house café, which is a spot to meet fellow travelers or the students staying here. In their brand new café they offer breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

As mentioned, We Crociferi is as well a student accommodation, so you might also find some students who want to improve their English (definitely not during their exams period). We Crociferi is not the classic backpacker hostel to meet and greet. Nevertheless, we met fellow travelers, had some chats, even went out for dinner at night. It’s really easy-going, just like the real Venice itself. We enjoyed that.

YUMMY! Good morning breakfast spot at We Crociferi

Studying area We Crociferi

Breakfast time at We Crociferi

Our We Crociferi Review in a nutshell

What’s the verdict of We Crociferi? We love it! And this is why we recommend it!

We Crociferi is a special accommodation in many ways. It is sparkling clean, the location is fabulous: close to the heart beat of the city, yet tranquil. The rooms come with a view to the canals which, come on, that’s just cool, and last but not least: you are sleeping in a former monastery.

Canal view from We Crociferi

We would recommend this Venice hostel for everyone looking for a quality hostel with a unique story to tell – just like Venice, again!

How many days to stay in Venice?

If you really want to discover the real Venice, we would recommend staying 3 nights. At least a minimum stay of 2 nights. Why? Venice is gorgeous!

Yes, it is touristy. But once you get away from the main street „Strada Nova“, the San Marco Square, and other tourist hotspots, you can find hidden gems all over. Also, if you are staying in Venice, you are there before and after all the cruises mass invade the city. That means… you can have San Marco square for you and a few tourists all night long. Want a proof? Have a look at our photo below.

We mention Piazza San Marco because the difference can be hundreds of people during rush hour (with selfie-sticks!) , or just a few during the night in. Not tempting enough? Have a look at our Piazza San Marco night shot! There is no photoshop effect, the square was almost empty.

Piazza San Marco during night

Venice Grand Canal

There is one rule though you have to remember:

Make sure you don’t rush through Venice, …

…as it is really a city to soak in the vibes and atmosphere, rather than just taking beautiful photos, and overpaying a coffee on San Marco.

Things to do in Venice

We collected our best things to do in Venice in our handy secret guide to Venice. It includes

  • a super cheap Gondola ride (just 2 Euro).
  • the most local restaurant
  • a hack to avoid toilet fees
  • a fun game to play
  • and more…

You can download our Venice Secret guide for free here.

We had a look around cool and useful guides on Venice. So here is a list of our best collections of Venice Things to do.

10 free things collected by the Guardian, Must Do’s by famous National Geographic, Fun things by Travel&Leisure in video form, and finally 10 amazing things to do by the cool Condé Naste Traveller.

Gondola in Venice

More Things to do in Venice:

Sure, Venice is a place you must visit once in your life, the canals, the views… it is simply stunning!

But the best is yet to come. Did you now that there are also many other beautiful places all around? Florence, Bologna…they are just 1-2 hours away by public transport. It is worthy to check them out once you are there.

If you need to get an idea of those places, simply download our Guide for Florence and our Secret guide for Bologna, they are both free, and they will let you enjoy these Italian hot spots as a local.

Stunning canals in Venice

Enjoy Venice and the discount below,
Anna&Matt

Extending your stay? Use the Promo Code

When extending your stay at the accommodation, make sure you use again the promo code. It is valid for bookings on the official website, phone bookings, walk-ins, as well as extending your stay.

Wanna stay at We Crociferi?

Get a 5% discount with the promo code

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and apply your discount at

official website of We Crociferi

The promo code is valid until 01/01/2018

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All Room Types at We Crociferi

Private Room Types available: Twin room, studio (Family room), superior Twin room

Shared Room Types available: Bed in mixed dorm, Bed in Female dorm, Bed in Male dorm

Not sure what rooms to expect? Here is our overview to the different room types at hostels.

Location Advantage of We Crociferi

The location is absolutely amazing! The hostel is located on the main land of Venice. That makes it convenient and cheap to get around. Plus you won't have to worry about the ferry's scheduled. There is a pier right around the corner, which is also handy for day trips.

There is a big square right in front of the hostel, and, just around the corner, there is the police station. The location is very local, it is off the beaten path from the tourist trail. You will notice this as soon as you leave the main pedestrian street called „Strada Nova“. Strada Nova brings all people from the main train station to the famous Piazza San Marco.

Venice canals relflections

Even though the hostel is not located in a touristy area, going to the tourist places as Piazza San Marco won't take you longer than 7 minutes by walk.

Also really great about the location of We Crociferi: There is a super local restaurant to enjoy local dishes with local prices just 1 minute away. It is LOCAL SECRET, and looks homely. It is a wonderful place to have dinner, lunch, or enjoy an Italian Aperitivo.

If you want to know the name of the restaurant, just download our Venice Guide.

It is free, and it comes with more handy information about Venice.

Check out the exact location of We Crociferi directly on Google Maps.

Full address: Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio, 4878, 30121 Venezia, Italy

Hidden Venice Guide

6 gems to Hidden Venice

Venice CAN BE non-touristic. When we came here for the first time, we doubted that. Thanks to our friends at the 5 Star Hostel we were introduced to a different experience.

Therefore: We want to share with you these recommendations - only locals know. Get a local bar for Aperitivo, fun games, restaurants, and more. Far away from the tourist-traps! All that, for free!
Anna&Matt


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