San Leonardo 1814 B, Venice (Venezia) 30121
(041) 720 884
User Reviews (22)
wouldnt reccomend19 July 2008
the bathrooms needed some work,had to pay for a shower and to leave your bag the day you left,no ac
archie and his son were very helpful and friendly, and would recommend places to go.
Just checked in after 24 years26 January 2008
One would hope Archie is in good health and things are going well!
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still a great place to stay17 April 2006
i read the reviews posted on bug before booking but loads has changed since then. ivy the crazy crazy dog died about 6 months ago so the smell has gone but so has the charm. but its still a great place to stay. venice is like out of a fairy tale but is terribly expensive so 17 euros for a night is not bad at archies. rooms were clean and toilettes were ok. free internet but u cant use it the whole day. first place i stayed at where they charge for hot water showers !!!!!!!!!!! archies younger son ari checked us in and he is a cool chap. archie is still studying, some chinese alphabets or something !!! dont forget to check out the quaint jewish ghetto(oldest one in the world) while ur there.
Just the best option!11 November 2005
Laura, you Rock!, friendly place, no hassle, good price, great location, close to supermarket, free internet, homestyle place to stay.... has character....It was my best decision! Laura working there....such a sweetheart that invited out for pizza and hanging out with her friends....! I felt like being at home.
Great place to stay1 August 2005
This was a nice and cheap place to stay. Located not too far away from the main train station. No curfew. Clean room with a bathroom. Free access to internet, but you must pay for the shower. I think Archie's House is the best option in Venice, I recommend this hostel to all backpackers!!!
Lovely Hostel3 July 2005
At first arrival me and my two friends were greeted by ultra friendly staff and crazy crazy Ivy. One of the loveliest and homey places I stayed at in Europe. Having to wait for your shower and pay for it too was a little anoying but very bearable. Only a microwave to cook with but free internet. Met some amazing people in this hostel. Our room had lots of space to spread out, no bunk beds there, and a view of the street from which we were graced with various musical performances. If you're looking for somewhere to make you feel at home, good location and crazy dog to play with, this is the place. Plus there's a ping pong table, beat that.
The epitome of average11 December 2004
This place was merely mediocre but let's face it, nobody goes to Venice for the hostel life. Archie's is a short and uncomplicated walk from the train station, which is nice because Venice has the most confusing streets of any city I've ever been to. It's just minutes from the old Jewish ghetto, which is one of my favourite (and least touristed) parts of the city. Archie is a very nice man who speaks just about every language imaginable. He is an invaluable resource about the city, and gives you a map with a recommended walking tour. As for the facilities, well they weren't the greatest. The rooms tend to fill up with mosquitos, but this is understandable because Venice is basically built on a bog. The bathrooms were on the ramshackle side. And it is VERY annoying to have to pay for hot water; not so much because of the money, but because Archie is often running around doing something, and so you have to wait for him to reappear before you can shower. But for a decently priced bed in a good location (in an enchanting city), you should consider Archie's.
Archie is the man10 September 2004
I absolutley loved Archie's house - mostly down to the fact that Archie really takes care of his guests. When we arrived we were greeted by Archie (and Ivy the crazy dog) and supplied with maps, walking tours, boat tours and restaurant suggestions. There's no curfew and NO LOCKOUT (useful, if like me you wilt in the sun and quite like to have a siesta!!!)Our double room was enormous - it even had its own sofa. My friend felt it was a bit dirty but overall i thought it was more than adequate. True, you have to pay for hot water but when it's 35 degrees outside who wants a hot shower??! I highly reccomed Archie's for an affordable, friendly and very memorable place to stay in Venice.
Average hostel, friendly owner, good location.3 September 2004
As far as location goes, it was probably the best place to stay in Venice. The hostel is alright - friendly atmosphere, nice owner. But the building is generally run down (like a lot of buildings in Venice, unfortunately...). The rooms themselves were actually quite nice but the bathroom was in a pretty bad shape. Paying 1 euro for the shower I can live with, but I found it a little exaggerated to have to pay 50 cents for leaving your bags at the hostel the day of your departure.
Not too bad!26 June 2004
Archie is very nice! The bathroom was pretty nasty, it even included a little sign that asked that you throw your toilet paper in the garbage because it clogs the toilet. The bathroom obviously smelled like urine and in our 3 days the garbage was never taken out. Other than that, it was pretty nice. Very close to everything and quiet. Archie was great in advizing good places to stay in other Italian cities and his son that is taking over for him was learning the ropes. They have the internet there, free, but hopefully Archie's son isn't playing video games on it all day! Not a bad place, just have patience and plug your nose in the bathroom!
Needs lots of renovating but price & location is great21 May 2004
When us tired weary travellers arrived early at 630am we were met by Archies son who said to come back later understandably! He checked us in and the bedroom is ok fairly clean, and outside is the main street leading to venice central. I nearly walked out when I saw how bad the bathroom is kept, the whole place hadn't been cleaned in god knows how long? The funny thing is, if it was renovated properly it would be absolutely amazing and such a good investment for Archie... think he's too busy with his studies! For backpackers Venice is so expensive dont spend more than 2 nights here, but it is so unique and beautiful. The free internet thing is not quite right as it takes so long to get anything on the screen save yourself the hassle and got to an internet cafe down the road. Archie is nice and helpful and they were great when we needed to stay another night at the last minute, so if you need somewhere central I'd recommend here- but no kitchen unfortunately.
Different, intelligent, sympathic30 October 2003
I stayed there the summer 2003, then it was cheaper than other places, don't remember how much. Perhaps more of a youthhostel, not that convenient and not for the complaining type. BUT you get a lot more out of living at archies if you like different, intelligent and sympathic places. Follow archies pizza advice, throw things down the stairs and watch the dog roll after.
my man archie13 September 2003
cold shower, who cares when it is 30 degrees outside. I only planed on staying there for one night, but it is a two night minimum ( i guess this is to minimize the work that archie has to do). unlike other hostels that are more like bed factories, archies is more personal but not to personal. There is no way you can stay there without getting to know alot of people. When i stayed there , 12 people from the hostell ended up going out to a bar or something.I ended up spendig 5 days there. Archie has a big house , but i dont think he rents out more than 20 beds each night. The other rewiew said that venice is the most expensive city in europe, this is not true. but anyway 20 euros plus plus is not that bad for what you get. It is a dry hostel, but archie didnt say anything when he saw a cillion wine bottles in our room . if you drop by, feel free to eat the cheese and ham we put in the freezer, im guessing it is still there.(summer 2003), anything you put in there will smell of garlec and other stuff for ever and ever. The place has caracter, it is in the middle of the city, close to everything , and ... you might have a problem finding it though it is in the main street. there is no big blue hostel international sign welcoming you,. just a tired looking , big, house that says ( please renowate me and the rest of venice ) archie house. one remaining tip.: take the boat to lido ( witch means island ) , and spend a day there and at the beach at lido... perfecto
Nice guy and nice dog10 September 2003
I stay for one night on my last day in Venice. I share a private room with another friend for 45euros. Honestly the place is quite messy, and I don't like the idea of paying 1euro for 5 minutes hot water shower as well. Moreover, I need to pay 2euros for each piece of luggage that left in the hostel after check out! So totally I need to pay 25.5euros for my stay! But the location is convinent, and the guy and his dog is very nice. I don't have the chance to use the free internet as it is only allow to use during 10am to 10pm.
Extremely overpriced3 August 2003
Archies House is just that, a house with a few spare rooms. The place could use a good clean and tidy up, you have to pay for hot water or have a cold shower which is probably better as you wouldn't want to spend very long in that bathroom, and certainly isn't worth 20 euro a night, though apparently after the first night it is 10 euros. I don't think anyone stays more than one night. The only redeeming features are the free internet (to look for somewhere else) and the fact that Archie is actually a pretty nice bloke. The railway station is about 5 mins walk, and there are plenty of cheap places to eat nearby.
Terrible.28 July 2003
Ok, Im a girl, I like clean amenities, clean smelling etc. My budget wasnt so tight that I had to live off the smell of an oily rag. I walked into this place and was appauled the moment i walked in. Unfortunately it was teh only place I knew of in Venice and I had just had my mobile phone stolen and the tourist desk wasnt open yet to find alternate accommodation. Desperate to dump my bag in hot weather, I bit the bullet and paid over my 20 Euros (waaaay too much). The place stank of dog and looked hideous. It was so uninviting, I ended up not staying there and getting accommodation elsewhere. Sorry, but this is a 'no-go' for someone who wants to stay somewhere reasonably nice.
Certainly budget, but not to homey3 July 2003
I would not really recommend Archies to anyone unless they are on a really tight budget or they role into Venice last minute, being that Venice is one of the more expensive locals in Italy. I believe that we payed 20 euros each for a room in which we had to sleep in a double bed together, and there was still another person in there with us. Although Archie is a nice guy, the way that this place is kept is hardly worth it. The only good point may be its proximity to the train station. IF ur allergic to dogs, stay away.
good location, nice enough25 April 2003
The location was good.. on the island and not too far from the train station.. the price was not too bad.. I paid 18 euros per night during the Easter holidays. I don't like dogs.. but, virtually never saw the dog.. and did not notice any smell. I thought the place was nice enough.. but pretty quiet.. did not meet any other travelers.
This place has character!9 August 2002
Ok so this place may not be the Ritz, but come on, when do you expect for a tenner a night in Europe's most expensive city?!?! True the shower/bathroom could have been cleaner but I survived it! Went with 3 friends in May 2002 when Archies niece was helping out and found she was very friendly and helpful (even took us out to the 'local' pubs on our last night, giving us a true taste of Venice away from other tourists!). The place does have a dog but she's kept out of the rooms and I didn't notice a smell at all. Also a great place to meet people- it seemed to me that they tried to put people of different nationalites but with a common language together, and the place has an easy-going air about it that makes it ideal for lone travellers. All in all reasonably priced, no curfew or lockout and you get a key to let yourself in at night- no complaints here!