Right, so after reading all the reviews on here I want to give my view of the Annex. People who have left reviews seem to suggest that once you're in the Annex you're left in the middle of a darkened wood surrounded by rapists, muggers and rats. So here's my take on it. Firstly I travelled with my younger brother who is in his 20's, I'm in my 30's. Just so there's no confusion, I'm not posh but am not easily pleased. So after a long walk from the train station (I recommend a taxi to either the hotel or Rialto Bridge area) we found the hotel. The Palazzo Rosa is down a little alley and we almost missed it from the area that we approached. After a walk up one flight of broken stairs we were told we were in the Annex. After seeing the reviews on here first I feared the worst. I wasn't overly impressed with the Palazzo Rosa so I thought it was going to be a nightmare if it was worse than that. So after a short walk over the bridge, past a cheerful little cafe in the square and opposite a tea room we arrived. Not the 10 minute walk as suggested on here. We were accompanied by the man from the hotel the whole way. So the bad part. Yes, there are a lot of stairs but you only need to carry your suitcase up them once. 3 floors up and no lift. I'm sure there any many similar hotels in Venice. We were shown to our room and advised to contact the reception in the Palazzo if we needed anything. A quick try of the telly to find we had no channels. Hmm, well in that case we better leave the hotel and explore Venice then. Nightmare! Also no toilet seat. Don't wanna go into the mechanics of it but we made it work. I'm sure a call to the reception would have sorted it but I didn't plan to be in the hotel that much anyway. Venice is a wonderful place. The shower had piping hot water throughout our stay and bearing in mind the age of the building I only witnessed one tiny ant which had found it's way in through an open window. I know for a fact that if you have money you'll stay somewhere else. There's plenty of 4 and 5 star hotels in Venice. If you're on a budget like I was then you'll happily stay here. Venice is a very complex place to figure out where you are but that's the beauty of the place. Took a few hours but we found our way around very quickly after that. The bed was very comfortable and after wandering Venice all day that's all that matters to me. Who goes to a place like this and spends all day in a hotel. So to confirm. The room wasn't flooded, had hot water, a roof and a comfy bed. Job's a goodun.
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