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.

The infobox on We_Crociferi

  • How to book We_Crociferi?

    Congrats, you just found the coolest hostel in Venice, Italy. Now, what about your booking?

    Check out the official website of We_Crociferi. Why? There you can get the lowest prices!

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  • Location Advantage of We_Crociferi

    The location is absolutely amazing - on the main island!

    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.

    Transport can be quite expensive here. To cut down transport costs, get your public transport ticket before

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    There is a big square right in front of the hostel, and right next door 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.

    We_Crociferi, 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.

    This is the real hidden Venice.

    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

    Find all our secret city guides here.

  • 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 room to pick? Our guides will help you to decide:

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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 Venezia, you can visit as well Bologna with its We_Bologna, another 5-Star-rated accommodation on a budget.

Also, if you are traveling around Italy, we ellaborated some hostel guides for you:

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It is the worlds nicest prison!

This is our We_Crociferi review from Venezia.

In this review, we highlight the hostel, the area, and what to expect.

Update: here is our brand new guide to where to eat in Venice on a budget.

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

New light installation in the We Crociferi in Venice

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 en-suite 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 the city 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 Venezia.

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 week the hostel organizes an event like

  • live concerts
  • live paintings
  • art exhibitions,
  • pen stage night
  • dj set
  • and more

Therefore, keep an eye on the event board.

Also a great detail, they offer different types and special versions of spritz beside of the classical one.

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.

This is especially important as transport costs quite a bit here! To avoid transport cost, get the Public Transport ticket beforehand.

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

You can download our Venice Secret guide for free here.

For activities, I recommend:

To avoid rip-offs of the Gondola Ride, I’d get them beforehand.

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.

As for printed guides, we recommend following:

Bare in mind, printed maps in Venice cost usually 1€-2€.

For online guides, have a look at 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 our partner Condé Naste Traveller.

Gondola in Venice

More Things to do around 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 city guide.

If you need any more tips or recommendations, please drop us a line.
Anna&Matt

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Hostel Packing List

Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.

The most important things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down
Read the full packing list here.Download Hostel Packing List

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