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.
What we cover:1. A full review of We Crociferi
2. How to book and get 5% discount
3. Neighborhood and location
4. 5 Secret tips to Venice, Italy
Hostelgeeks visited and stayed at We Crociferi back in May, and brought back a bunch of photos and impressions.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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. The terrace was not in use when we visited, but we’ve been told, it will be. It is planned to serve breakfast right here on the terrace above the canal.
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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?!
In our review we’ve to mention that there are no special organized social activities. However, that changed. 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, therefore, keep an eye on the event board.
Also, they have their in-house café, which is a spot to meet fellow travelers or the students staying here. 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).
So, as said, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.