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Review 1390: Sleep in Italy, Via del Pellegrino

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Review by Janet from NY who is a SlowTrav Contributor

studio apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome


When

April 23 - 30, 2005, one week

Location

Via del Pellegrino is one of the streets leading off of Campo di Fiori. The apartment is a good long block off the Campo so you do not too get much of a spill over of people, and almost no car traffic as the street is quite narrow. However, it should be noted that there are a few wine bars open late on this stretch and on the weekends there was street noise -- mostly people noise, not vehicles. During the week it was quieter. I can't imagine that any block in central Rome, however, could be completely quiet! We weren't bothered at all by the noise as we live in a big city (NYC) and are used to it, however I think its worth mentioning.

Nearby Amenities

All of Rome is within walking distance! We couldn't have hoped for a better, more convenient location. Campo di Fiori is your closest "grocery store" with not only produce stalls, but fish and meat as well. An excellent bakery is two blocks away and specialty food shops abound. Also down the block is a bar/cafe, Lot 87, which has wireless internet access "free" with a 5 Euro purchase (we didn't use this service but did see people in there using it at all hours.)

The House/Apartment

We LOVED this apartment. It is a four-story walk-up in a typical Roman building -- that means the building is old, but the apartment is modernly renovated. We didn't mind the stairs as they were wide and not steep, and the benefit of a higher floor is more light and air. The apartment is a large studio and feels very spacious and airy, with high, wooden-beamed ceilings and two large windows that open to the street below. There was lots of light in the front of the apartment (where the bedroom area is located.) Even though it's a single room, a sliding divider has been built which seperates the bedroom from the living room area. This makes the apartment feel like a one-bedroom even though it's a studio.

I should also add that the building felt safe, with adequate locks, and an intercom system/buzzer that worked. There was a telephone in the apartment but we didn't use it, as we had a cell phone. I believe there is an extra charge if you use the apartment phone.

Although the apartment is advertised as sleeping 2-4, since it's a studio I'd think the only way you'd want four in there would be if you were a couple with children. But, its a perfect apartment for a couple.

The apartment is painted and decorated in shades of yellow and felt bright and cheery even at night. There is a tiny window off the kitchen which can be opened for cross-ventilation.

There is an air-conditioner which I believe there is an extra charge for in summer.

Garden

No outside space.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was furnished simply and modernly ... which is one of the things we liked about it and one of the reasons we chose it. We don't care for many of the apartments which are decorated with antiques and heavy furnishings. The photos on the sleepinitaly.com website for this apartment are completely accurate.

Everything was very clean. There is a large dining table with four chairs. The sofa in the living room is a pull-out bed, but we never opened it so I can't comment on its comfort as a bed; as a sofa, it was adequate. There is an additional futon chair in the living room, and in the bedroom there are two more armchairs which are more useful for draping clothes over than for actually sitting in. One nice thing about this apartment was that there was adequate lighting ... reading lamps and track lighting as well, so that every nook and cranny could be lit.

There is also a small writing desk in the bedroom which was a perfect size for setting up my laptop computer.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bed seemed to be a regular, American Queen size bed! At first I thought it was a little hard, but actually it grew on me and it was quite comfortable. Not plush, but firm. There were lots of extra pillows and blankets if needed.

There is no closet, but two armoires which were ample. These were modern, seemingly home-built and home-painted in a cheerful yellow -- the same as the cabinets in the kitchen.

As mentioned above, ample lighting in the bedroom for reading. Track lights as well as two table lamps next to the bed, and a floor lamp between the two armchairs.

The bathroom was small but clean. Shower only, open stall with curtain. Modern fixtures, plenty of hot water!! Hair dryer too. There is a tiny window in the bathroom but I'm not sure if it opens ... I didn't try.

Kitchen

We did not use the kitchen other than to put water in the fridge, but it seemed to be quite useable and well provisioned. A full size stove, fridge, and a washing machine. No dishwasher or microwave. There seemed to be sufficient dishes and pots and pans. There was stock of such things as paper goods, salt and pepper, olive oil, soap, cleaning supplies, etc. The kitchen was roomy and I think I could have easily had cooked there if I were so inclined.

Problems or Bonuses

No problems at all. Good bonuses: satellite TV with all the stations, many in English; CD player/radio.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

This apartment is represented by more than one agency, but we booked it through sleepinitaly.com as they had the best price and seemed most reputable. We had absolutely no problems at all with the booking, and Giulia of Sleep in Italy was very responsive to all emails and spoke English quite well. The apartment was reflected accurately on their website and in the photos. The apartment can be viewed here: http://www.sleepinitaly.com/apartments/pellegrino/pellegrino.html

We paid 792 Euros for one week in April.

The owner of the apartment, Adele, met us on arrival. She didn't speak much English, but was personable and we managed to communicate well enough. She lives near by, in Piazza Farnese, and we had her phone number for any emergency.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would definitely stay here again. We LOVED this apartment and I had dreams of asking the owner if she was interested in selling it to us. I guess you can't ask for a better recommendation than that.

Cavaets: it is four flights up so not good if someone has difficulty with stairs. Also, as noted above, it can be noisy at night, especially on weekends. We were able to sleep with closed windows in April, but in summer it would probably be necessary to use the air conditioning unless you are very used to city street noise.

Things to do in this area

All of Rome is at your feet. However, our very favorite meal in Rome was at a restaurant right on the same block as the apartment -- Al Bric.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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