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A Sneak Peek at A New Hostel in Venice: wombat’s VENICE Mestre

Wagner Wombat on the new reception desk

As the #WombatsTraveller ambassador for wombat’s CITY HOSTELS, I have the enviable job of visiting all the wombat’s locations in Europe and writing about the hostels and their respective cities.  wombat’s are already well established, in London, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, and very soon to be in Venice as well!  The brand-new wombat’s VENICE Mestre will be opening this summer, so to get a head-start on exploring this amazing city, I jetted off to Venice a couple of weeks ago.  While I was there, I met some of the awesome wombat’s VENICE Mestre staff and got a sneak peek inside the hostel, while it is still a building site.  As I’m so excited to see what it will look like when it’s finished, I can’t help but share what is going to be a fabulous new hostel in Venice!! 

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The New wombat's CITY HOSTEL in Venice
The New wombat’s CITY HOSTEL in Venice

Where is the wombat’s VENICE Mestre

The clue here is in the name.  wombat’s VENICE Mestre is on the mainland in Mestre, just across the water from Venice Island.  Mestre is actually where two-thirds of the population of Venice live, so you will be with the locals instead of Tourist Central.  However, don’t think you’ll be miles away from the action either – wombat’s VENICE Mestre is right next to Mestre train station and is a mere 15 minutes away from beautiful Venice by train or bus.  The hostel will have an entrance leading directly to platform 1 of the station, so you can walk off the train and into your hostel dorm within minutes.

Mestre is also perfectly located to explore the rest of the Veneto region and the rest of Italy too; a short train ride will take you to beautiful Padua, Verona and Lake Garda, among other gorgeous Italian destinations. 

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What’s wombat’s VENICE Mestre Going to be Like?

Well, I got a fairly good idea of how it will be, but after seeing some of the artist’s impressions of how it will look when it’s finished it will blow you away! I put together this video to show you what it looks like at the moment, then you can scroll down for more photos.

Going into the hostel from the train platform, you’ll see the wombat’s reception right in front of you. 

Reception Area in wombat's VENICE Mestre - A New Hostel in Venice
Reception Area in wombat’s VENICE Mestre – A New Hostel in Venice

To the right-hand side will be a chill-out and social area, leading through to the kitchen and laundry.

The Chillout & Social Area next to Reception
The Chillout & Social Area next to Reception
Part of the Kitchen & Dining Area at the new wombat's CITY HOSTEL in Venice
Part of the Kitchen & Dining Area at the new wombat’s CITY HOSTEL in Venice
Funky Tiling on the wall of the Laundry Area
Funky Tiling on the wall of the Laundry Area

To the left of the reception, is the most important room in the hostel – the famous womBar, where staff will be serving up drinks in the evenings, and the space will double as a dining area for the breakfast buffet in the morning.

The womBar is taking shape at wombat's VENICE Mestre
The womBar is taking shape at wombat’s VENICE Mestre
The Future Bar and Breakfast Area at wombat's Venice
The Future Bar and Breakfast Area at wombat’s Venice

Upstairs, 112 rooms with 578 beds are where you and your fellow travellers will sleep – each in your own private room or shared dorm room. 

Wagner Wombat making sure the twin beds are comfy
Wagner Wombat making sure the twin beds are comfy

Each floor has its own colour scheme, and each dorm will have a maximum of eight beds. 

One of the Dorm Rooms at wombat's VENICE Mestre
Almost ready – One of the Dorm Rooms at wombat’s VENICE Mestre

The rooms I saw were generous in size, and some already had the bunk beds in place, with secure lockers too. 

The lockers have arrived
The lockers have arrived

Every dorm will have a toilet and shower room, as well as some funky design touches, inspired by Venice and Italy.

Wagner Wombat testing out the Bunk Beds
Wagner Wombat testing out the Bunk Beds

The dorm bunk beds are on sturdy metal frames, and each bed has its own personal charging point and light.  The private rooms will be a mixture of doubles and twins, each with an ensuite bathroom. 

Bathrooms are almost ready
Bathrooms are almost ready

I loved exploring some of the rooms and social areas, and although it is still a work in progress, I could see it coming together.  In the next couple of months, all the finishing touches like light fittings, door numbers, electronic key locks, wifi connection, soft furnishings and a good old clean will transform the hostel into an awesome place to stay.

Finishing touches like furnishings aren't quite ready yet
Finishing touches like furnishings aren’t quite ready yet

Why Stay at wombat’s VENICE Mestre?

I’ve already had the pleasure of staying at the wombat’s CITY HOSTELS in Budapest, Vienna and London, and love the friendly sociable vibe.  The dorms and private rooms (I’ve stayed in both) are kept spotlessly clean, and you won’t hear the noise from the bar.  Speaking of the bar, you’ll get a free drink on arrival, and there is always something going on in the womBars, from drinks offers to pub quizzes, movie nights and even karaoke.  If the womBars at other hostels are anything to go by, the womBar in wombat’s VENICE Mestre will be a great place to hang out and meet fellow travellers.

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Wagner Wombat checking out the Reception Area
Wagner Wombat checking out the Reception Area

The other major reason I can’t wait to stay here is the fact that wombat’s CITY HOSTELS take their responsibilities very seriously.  I spent a week at the head office to get to know the team, and they are only too aware of some of the problems caused by over-tourism in Venice.  Choosing Mestre as a location was no coincidence.  They wanted to be outside the tourist centre of Venice, giving visitors the chance to save money by staying in a hostel in Venice away from the crowds, and by showing that there is far more to Venice than canals and gondolas.  With plans to help budget travellers enjoy responsible tourism in Venice, they want to encourage visitors to spend several days in Venice, wandering off the beaten path to find authentic experiences, and exploring the Veneto region beyond Venice Island.  

Beautiful Burano Island - One of the places you can visit while staying at wombat's VENICE Mestre
Beautiful Burano Island – One of the places you can visit while staying at wombat’s VENICE Mestre

When Can You Stay?

With an opening scheduled for July, you can already book online for a bed or room at wombat’s VENICE Mestre from August onwards.  As soon as I’ve got the official opening date, I’ll let you know, as I’ll be there to “help” with the launch party and christen the wombat’s VENICE Mestre in style! 


Would you stay here?  I’ll keep you updated with the progress and opening date as soon as I know it!

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Last updated: February 14, 2020

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