Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1093: Amalfi Life, Brezza di Praiano
2bed/2bath house in Praiano, Amalfi Coast, Campania
2004, 1 week
In a residential area of a coastal town. Located on a one way street off of the main coastal highway, with very little local traffic and no tourist traffic. While it was in the midst of other buildings, it did not feel like you were on top of other people, or that they were on top of you. We liked the house, and it was quite peaceful.
Groceries were a short walk up the hill, and the folks were quite helpful in communicating with non-Italian speaking people. The fruit was fabulous! Parking was convenient and free, and involved just a short walk. It was also plentiful - we never found ourselves without a place to park, irrespective of the time of day/night.
The nearest restaurant was about a 10 minute walk, downhill. It had excellent food and we returned several times. he walk back up the hill was not unpleasant.
This house is not convenient to beaches - the walk down is not terrible, but it is a heart chaser coming back up. The bus was convenient, but the reality is that the beach is not a compelling experience.
This house was recently renovated, and has tons of high grade architectural details. The owners clearly remodeled for themselves, and not to appeal to the rental market. The kitchen is top notch, and the bathrooms excellent. The shower was one of those typical "quarter of the pie" shapes, which is none to spacious, but it was new and clean and had great water pressure. Plus, the other bath (with the jacuzzi) had a hand held shower if you wanted a spacious experience (but, with no shower curtain, it would also be a messy experience).
The ceilings were gorgeous, the bed comfortable (imagine - a queen size bed that was actually one bed and not two pushed together!). There were tons of good quality towels, and the washing machine was easy to operate. It was not opulent, but it was extremely confortable.
The terrace along the south side of the house was much more ample in person than I percieved from the pictures. As a result, we never sat in any of the garden spaces. There was a table and chairs in one of the garden areas, but we took breakfast on the terrace and ate out the rest of the time.
Everything (except the outdoor dining table) was clean on arrival, and the furniture was comfortable. There was an ant problem, but a little BayGon took care of it. I would recommend bring your own zip lock bags (in a variety of sizes) as a preventative measure (I could not find any store, of any size, that sold zip locks).
Awesome kitchen. A cook's delight.
Problems or Bonuses
The washing machine did not work at first, but that was resolved immediately. It would have been nice to have CNN International on the satelite feed to the TV, but we know that we were not in a hotel.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I LOVED AMALFI LIFE! Everything was exactly as described in the published materials and in the phone calls. I highly recommend them as an agent - they have a high degree of integrity and I would entrust my mother to there caring hands.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would not stay here again, as, on balance we preferred the house that we rented during the subsequent week. However, this is based on our unique set of preferences and criteria. I would not hesitate to recommend this house to anyone looking for its criteria - the houses have some differences: great view vs. spectacular view, "ease of entry" - i.e. the route from car to front door, access to amenities (the groceries were significantly more convenient at this house).
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