Generator Venice Hostel
What We Love
- Waterfront location on the Guidecca, one vaporetto ride from Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge
- Mix of private and shared rooms; many private rooms have original wood beam details
- Affordable continental breakfast is served each morning, as well as pizzas and international favorites between 6 and 10 p.m.
What To Know
- Guests 18 and under must book a private room and need written permission to stay from a parent or guardian
- Towels are included in private rooms only
- If booking a shared room with friends, note that requests for the same room can be made in advance but are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- There are private bathrooms on each floor, but only a handful are en suite
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
On the waterfront on the Guidecca, Generator Venice is in a prime location just one ferry ride from Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and Guggenheim Collection. Occupying a former grain warehouse, the revamped hostel is a world away from the building’s utilitarian roots, done up with Fantini mosaic flooring, Rubelli textile curtains, a stone fireplace and a statement Murano glass chandelier. The guestrooms show off a simpler style, with custom-made bunk beds in the shared rooms and double beds with leather headboards and en suite bathrooms in private rooms. All have duvets and pillows, full-length mirrors and electric outlets, while fluffy towels, desks and chairs, and clothes hanging units are perks in the private rooms. The hotel café offers simple salads, pastas and sandwiches, as well as heartier offerings, like pizzas, burgers and calamari. The petite bar serves everything from beer and wine to cocktails and champagne.
In the Area
The hotel’s just a hop and a skip from Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, so you can get there early to beat the crowds. Or head to Peggy Guggenheim’s palazzo turned gallery, or Prada’s stunning new art space, Ca’ Corner Della Regina, for something more contemporary. Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and other Italian design giants all have stores here, but don’t forget to check out the one-off shops around Campo Santo Stefano, as well as carnival queen Antonia Sautter’s atelier, for lavish costumes created from silk, brocade and velvet. People-watch over a glass of wine at Margaret Duchamp, on Campo Santa Margherita, and reserve in advance for the diminutive Ristorante Riviera on the Zattere, a local favorite.
How to Get There
They charge for everything, a towel 6 euros at that price you get a new one. They charge guests for storing luggage in other hostels they don't do it anymore when the night is very expensive. I consider that for the price they should have more affordable prices and more when the hostel is not on the main island of Venice. I decided to change hostel for the prices and I didn't like the man at the reception.
We checked in the Friday, the atmosphere was really nice and the actual building was really beautiful. The journey was easy following the instructions on hostelworld, the staff were super helpful and kind, always willing to give information and have a laugh. Sari and one of the male bar staff were really kind to us the whole time, offered us a better room and early check in. Would definitely recommend and stay again if im ever back here.
The location is perfect to go everywhere! Le lobby is beatiful and the staff is super friendly. Food was good but it takes quite a long time to get what you asked. Overall, good experience. I recommend it ????