Archie's House



The Review

Archie's House is inexpensive, with a very nice staff who seem pleased to help you navigate Venice. But the facilities are very old and dingy, making the whole place feel very dirty and uncomfortable.

The Location

The location is easily the best part about this hostel. It's located almost directly between the train station and the main tourist sites of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, so everything is within a twenty-minute walk (depending on how many tourists are in the way).

When you leave the train station, turn left and keep going straight for quite some time. You will pass through a couple of squares -- just be sure to take the path in the back to the left. Eventually you will reach a point where the road seems to split into three, where the street you are walking on (which, at this point, should be Rio Tera San Leonardo) meets Rio Tera Del Cristo. Archie's house will be to the left, under a sign that says "Rooms Archie's."

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are large and come with lockers (locks and keys provided). The dorms have five single beds, but there are also options of privates and doubles and such. Each bed has its own outlet and reading light, although the light is pretty dim. The rooms themselves could do with some serious renovation; it just feels like it's falling apart and the result is that it looks pretty filthy (although it's probably less about dirt and more about age). There is a small sink and mirror in the room as well, but you oddly have to stand on an unstable wooden platform to reach it.

The bathrooms are probably the worst thing about this place. First, you have to pay a fee per eight minutes of hot water, and you can only do it when reception is open. Everything that you use (sink, toilet) feels clean, but the floors and the walls feel old and dirty, which makes taking a shower here really unpleasant.

Common Spaces

The "kitchen" is a refrigerator and a microwave, and there are no utensils or plates or cups or anything, so even if you decide to microwave some water for tea or something, there's no place to put it. The common area stretches from the kitchen down a hall -- basically the common area is a tiny room and a hallway. There are two computers available for use, and they're usually open if you don't have a device for the free Wi-Fi. Downstairs, there is also a big, open space covered in dingy carpets, but it has a ping pong table if you care to play.

Since the hostel isn't exactly high quality, people pretty much just use it as a base for exploring the city. As a result, it isn't very social, and you'll rarely run into other backpackers.


The great location and low price make it a good choice if you literally don't care about anything else. But if you like things relatively clean, or the ability to take a hot shower for free, you should look elsewhere.
by Tyler-Rose Veguez Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Archie's House" at San Lenardo 1814B.)


San Lenardo 1814B, Venice (Venezia), Veneto, Italy
45.443893, 12.328597 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+39 041 720 884
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(16 ratings)
90% Guest Reviews

Great location, low prices and standard, lazy atmosphere
It's not an ordinary hostel, it's a different planet in the middle of the touristic mall of the city of Venice. Cheap, messy, hippie, laid-back, and informal planet. On one hand -- low standard (e.g. shower without shower head, old furniture, dusty entrance, only plastic disposable dishes/cutlery in the kitchen), on the other hand -- spacious dorms with single-level beds, nice, helpful, but for sure lazy and always sleeping Ari (hostel's manager, owner's son), interesting people staying there, chillout atmosphere. You will need -- earplugs (crowded street/square just outside the window), a good sleeping bag during spring/autumn/winter (dorms are cold), plastic sandals for taking a shower, lots of tolerance to dust. You will get -- great location (in the middle of Venice old town, nearby railway station), lowest price, good info about Venice history/attractions (Ari knows a lot, Archie -- everything), possibility to meet interesting people (staff and guests), clean bedding without bedbugs. Not recommended for demanding or allergic ones, people who want to cook at the hostel or stay there for long.
Age 45, Poland
Love it.
Archie has a really lovely hostel and is a really nice man. The place is worn, but has charm. It is cheap. I also recommend their cold showers during the hot summer of Venice, very much needed. I have been living at Archie's House 3 times now, which is all the times I have been in Venice. I plan to continue visiting Venice, and I plan to keep staying at Archies. It is also very cheap, probably the cheapest in Venice. The place is run by Archie, a very charming man, and his sons. I highly recommend staying there!
helpful friend
Age 26, Denmark
Rustic Living
Archie himself is a really nice guy, a sweet Italian man with a lot of wisdom to give. The place is safe, there are cabinets to store your stuff that lock which is nice, he provides the lock and key. It's Archie's home that he shares. So the paint is peeling and everything is, like I said, rustic. But it's a good price and the location is close enough to the train station. We had a little issue getting here because google maps took us somewhere else but trust the building/door numbers, they lead you right down the road to Archie's. It's just off the road, but you can see it from the main road by the sign that hangs above the door, Rooms Archie.
Emma and Amelia
Age 20, USA
The location is the only good thing about this place
I've stayed in many hostels, and this is probably one of the worst. The bathrooms were gross. They nickel and dime you by charging extra for just about everything -- luggage storage, towel, a sheet to cover yourself with. Most annoyingly, the staff is lazy, and one guy in particular couldn't be bothered to get out of bed to help the guests during reception opening hours. Outside those times, the staff is simply unreachable. The only good thing about this place is the location ... and the price, I guess.
Age 30, USA
Great location, great price
Archie's house is located very near to the main train and bus station of the island and takes about 25 minutes to walk to St. Mark's Square. They also provide a very helpful walking tour and water tour of the city which we found to be quite useful. I would recommend it over some costly hotel any day. Only reason why you might prefer a hotel is if you plan to be in the room all day, or do not want a dormitory. The room was quite clean, the entrance and stairs could be cleaner, but I don't really care as long as the room and bed is clean. Note that the prices on the website do not include the city tax, which will be charged extra when you arrive there. It is 7 euros per person for the whole stay.
Age 20, India
Feels like home
Thanks guys for the spirit of your place. Very human, humbling, and we even got a free surprise hot shower!
Age 36, Czech Republic
You get what you pay for
With 19 Euros a night during Carnavale weekend, the price on this deal was unbeatable. The host could be more cordial, the bathrooms and sheets could be cleaner. Actually, the entire place could use a work up but I'm not going to complain for the price we got it for. Archie could easily make this into a prime, expensive hostel with some work. Thanks for a good stay Archie!
Age 19, USA
I'll be back soon ...
... and I never felt staying in a dirty place. a fresh bed and for the shower take flip flops -- that's all you need. GOOD that people are heading into the city, everything is near -- and FINE it is not too "social" ... All is perfect, as you'll find out within 2, 3 days and then you stay longer. why talking about the 1 euro for hot shower ... in downtown Venice ... (take a cold one then!). I' m back very soon!!
Age 59, german

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