Address: Cannaregio 1814b, Venice (Venezia), Veneto, Italy
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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.
Great location, low prices&standard, hippie 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, 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 - spacey 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 (crowdy street/square just outside the window), a good sleeping bag during spring/autumn/winter (dorms are cold), lots of tolerance to dust and unconscientious.
You will get: great location (in the middle of Venice old town, nearby railway station), good info about Venice history (Ari knows a lot, Archie - everything), possibility to meet unusual 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Feels like home
Thanks guys for the spirit of your place. Very human, humbling, and we even got a free surprise hot shower!
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!
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Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Reception Hours: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Size: Small (less than 30 beds)