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Review 1233: Sleep in Italy, Via del Lavatore

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Review by kailanihawk from Washington, DC

1bed/1bath apartment near Trevi Fountain, Rome


When

November 21 - 27, 2004, 6 days

Location

This apartment was a stone's throw from the Trevi Fountain on Via del Lavatore. It's in a very, very busy location - close to everything.

Nearby Amenities

We could walk everywhere. Having the Trevi Fountain literally next door was nice too. We could go there and sit and people watch and when we got tired, we were home in a minute. There are restaurants right next door, across the street, around the corner. There's a small grocery store and a bookstore with internet access right around the corner too. I bought juices, water and snacks from the grocery store. It was very handy having that store so close by.

The House/Apartment

I believe there are 15 apartments in this 5 story building, 3 apartments per floor. The living room overlooks Via del Lavatore and is busy with constant foot traffic, restaurant-goers, shops, etc. My son slept in the living room and even with the shutters and windows shut, you could still hear the activities outside. He was fine though as he is a heavy sleeper. The bedroom is in the back and is very quiet. The only sound I heard were the church bells ringing.

During the week we were there, they were renovating the floor in the entryway of the building. It was extremely dusty our first day, and got progressively better as the days went by. It was uncomfortable coming and going while the workmen were trying to do their job and we were trying to get to our apartment, but that was just the way it was.

Garden

Well ... there is a teeny tiny private patio right off of the bedroom and another right off of the kitchen, with no view. The washing machine is on the kitchen patio.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was in good shape, clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well-stocked with cleaning supplies, dishes, pots and pans, etc. There was also a few items like instant coffee and sugar that was very nice. The bathroom was nice and also had toiletries and even a blow dryer. There was more than enough blankets, towels, etc. The living room contained two sofas, a small writing area, a dining table with four chairs, a dresser drawer and lots and lots of storage space. There's a TV with cable (no English channels) and a DVD player. The DVD player wouldn't play the DVDs we brought with us.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

This is a one bedroom/one bath with a large living room that contained two sofas. My son slept on the sofa bed in the living room. The other couch may also be a sofa bed, but am not sure. The second sofa was uncomfortable and I would not sit in it for long. My son's sofa was very comfortable. The bed was very comfortable with two lamps and an overhead light fixture. It had plenty of closet space. There's a small patio (tiny).

Kitchen

The kitchen was well-stocked with cleaning supplies, dishes, pots and pans, etc. There was also a few items like instant coffee and sugar that was very nice. I didn't cook but it did look like there were enough pots and pans if I did.

Problems or Bonuses

The only surprise was the DVD player. We were so tired from walking and sightseeing all day, that it would have been nice to relax and watch movies at night. It would also have been nice to watch CNN, but oh well!

The elevator is the tiniest I have ever seen. Only two people can fit in it.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I paid $100 euros per night. I was met by two people, one from sleepinitaly.com who spoke fluent English and the owner. The owner did not speak any English. Both ladies were very nice.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would stay here again and would recommend this apartment to others. You just have to be mindful that it is in a very busy and noisy area of the city. But if you like being right in the middle of things, this place is for you.

Things to do in this area

Go to the Trevi Fountain! It is so beautiful there and it's very entertaining to just sit and people-watch.

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