During my searches, the Generator Hostel kept coming up. Out of desperation, I started looking at it. I saw that they had a family room that would accommodate all of us - and for a very reasonable rate. Since the location was great, we decided to book it.
Well, both John and I were very pleasantly surprised by the Generator when we got there! There were a lot of younger people, but there were also some who were a little older (although I'm pretty sure we were the old people!)
The hostel has a very young, and hip vibe to it. Here's an excerpt from their website:
Gen Venice is a beautiful converted grain house sitting on the waterfront of the Giudecca. The property exudes true Venetian charm and a twist of modernity; with pristine Fantini mosaic flooring, elegant Rubelli textile curtains, a Murano glass clown chandelier hanging gallantly from the ceiling and a homey stone fireplace reminiscent of 16th century Palladio craftsmanship. You’re just 5 minutes away from Piazza San Marco- bask in a hub of ancient history at the drawing room of Europe. Go rustic with a stylish attic room or go for a shared room with views of the sea.
The location, for us, was perfect! It sits right across the river from San Marco. The water bus stop was a 30 second walk from the front door, and 5 minutes later we were right in Venice. It was so easy to just pop back to our room to change clothes or to drop things off.
I didn't get great pics of the inside of the communal areas, so I've grabbed some pics from the Generator Website.
Our room consisted of two bunk beds and then a single. We had our own shower and bathroom. The ceilings were very high which gave it the feeling of being in a loft.
The best part? The view from our window!!