Located in a former monastery and right next to an iconic church, the COMBO Venezia is our favorite hostel in Venice. In fact, is the only 5 Star Hostel in Venice.
We visited the hostel located in a former monastery and cloister. What is behind the small, wooden door? You probably won't believe this...
The infobox on COMBO Venezia
How to book COMBO Venezia?
Congrats, you just found the coolest hostel in Venice, Italy. Now, what about your booking?
Check out the official website of COMBO Venezia. Why? There you can get the lowest prices!
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Good to know: Booking the 5 Star Hostels on their official website is the cheapest and safest place to book.
Location Advantage of COMBO Hostel
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.
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.
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.COMBO Venezia, Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio, 4878, 30121 Venezia, Italy
All room types at COMBO Venezia
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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We walked over the bridge, stood at the beautiful square in front of the hostel, and looked onto the historic building with the hostel inside.
Join our walk; you will love it, we promise!
UPDATE: Combo Hostel is the former hostel WE Crociferi. Same location, even better facilities thanks to the last upgrade/ renovation.
In this review you will find both names. Please do not get confused, it is the absolute same hostel, just rebranded with a new name.
Brand New Food Guide: Besides giving you the coolest place to stay in Venice on a budget, we also ate our way through the city. Here is our guide to where to eat in Venice on a budget.
Hostelgeeks visited and stayed at We Crociferi back in May, and brought back a bunch of photos and impressions.
In 2019, the hostel changed its name to COMBO Venezia.
We will share WHY this is the perfect place to stay in Venice on a budget for all types of travelers.
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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.
COMBO Hostel in a Review
Let us have a closer look. You will see quickly why this is your best bet to have an amazing time in this unique city.
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 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.
There is a total of 255 beds. So it is quite a big hostel.
All of the rooms have single beds and an ensuite bathroom with shower, while some also have their own kitchenette with induction hobs and living area.
Combo guests have access to a 24h reception-bar, luggage storage, self-serve laundry, shared kitchens and study room.
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 the city have their own small pier for boats, which is used to bring goods.
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As for the breakfast, our favorite spot is the outdoor terrace over the canal. come here with your breakfast and coffee to start your day in the right mood. Quite sure this will be your favorite spot too!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
You can download our Venice Secret guide for free here.
For activities, I recommend:
- Boat tour to the three islands Burano, Murano, Torcello
- Enter the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral and its Treasures (but get your Skip the Line Ticket first)
- Climb up the St Mark’s tower and get a complete view of the island
- Last but not least: Hop on the famous Gondola Ride.
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.
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.
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.
They are both free, and they will let you enjoy these Italian hot spots as a local.
Enjoy Venice and the city guide.
If you need any more tips or recommendations, please drop us a line.
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Former photos of WE Crociferi before rebranding.
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How to book COMBO Venezia?
Check out the official website of COMBO Venezia.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries