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Review 1725: Sleep in Italy, Viale Giuseppe Mazzini
2bed/2bath apartment in Prati, Rome
Sept 10 - 15, 2005, 5 Days
The apartment was located in the Prati area of Rome, which is just north of the Vatican - quite close to Piazza del Popolo. The area was really nice, and seemed quite safe. It was within a nice walking distance of the main attractions of Rome, e.g. strolling from the apartment with a buggy (and stopping at a couple of shops along the way)I reached Piazza Navona within 40 minutes, which to me is the other side of the city on the map. And it was really a lovely walk.
Very good little supermarket practically just across the road, 2 minute walk away. There were also a number of very nice cafes, gelaterie, an outdoor market (off a side street), and a taxi stand at Piazza Guiseppe Mazzini which was also a 2 minute walk away. Beside the supermarket there is a tabac store which sells regular bus tickets (dosen't sell the Tourist Hop-on Hop-off tickets though). There is also a bank/ATM at Piazza G. Mazzini.
Beautiful, very well kept historical building. Big locked, iron gates (with intercom) give you access to entrance. Once through main door, you walk through to a really beautiful internal courtyard, which all the apartments look down on. Large, very quiet, old complex of apartments. I would say nearly all of the other apartments are lived in by well-heeled Italians - didn't see any other tourists in the building.
No pool. Beautiful courtyard, don't think you would really sit out there though, lovely to look out on from apartment.
All antique furnishings, very well kept. Very comfortable. Small satellite TV. No CD player. Huge amount of living space.
Bedrooms were very spacious, each with own balcony. However, each bedroom had only two single beds - there was no double bed (apart from a double sofabed in the living room). The main bathroom, had a jacuzzi bath and an over-head shower, which was a bit iffy in that the shower curtain didn't really keep the water in the bath. Another small toilet and shower room was just off the kitchen - which was grand.
The kitchen was quite adequate. One big draw back for us was there was no kettle - either electric or stove top. We boiled water (for tea and toddlers milk) in saucepan for the first few days until we bought a kettle in a little electrical shop off Piazza G. Mazzini. There was also no toaster, but we made toast under the grill, so wasn't a real problem. Otherwise, plenty of pots and dishes. No dishwasher, no microwave, but there was a washing machine. And the clothes dried overnight on a clothes drier which could be erected on the kitchen balcony.
Problems or Bonuses
The big surprise for us, was there was no cot for our 21 month old toddler. When we asked the owner where the cot was, he laughed in our face. However, I specifically asked the agency that a cot be available for us. No sheets were given for the double sofabed either. Which meant that our two mothers had to share a bedroom (which turned out fine), and my husband and I had to take turns sleeping with our wriggling toddler in the single bed - which was a bit tiring to say the least.
The owner was really very nice, little English but he insisted in bringing us down to the supermarket in his car when we arrived, to stock up on necessities. He was extremely helpful, showing us the procedure for buying fruit and vegetables etc. And then bringing us back to the apartment with our shopping.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The Sleep in Italy agency couldn't have been more helpful whilst booking. We didn't contact them about the cot when we arrived, prefering to just get on with it ourselves (but in hindsight we probably should have). The person I was dealing with was Giulia - very good written English. We paid 160 euro per night in September, as there was four adults and a toddler (free) - which I thought was very good value, given the quality and location of the apartment. The apartment was much better than the photos on the website; I couldn't believe how spacious it was when we arrived.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again, if there were four adults travelling again. It's a little bit pricey just for a couple. I do think the missing cot was just a bit of a mix-up, and I have contacted Sleep in Italy since to clarify. Oh and families or tea drinking people should bring a travel kettle!
Things to do in this area
There is a really lively, lovely cafe bar, nice food, coffee and cakes on Piazza G. Mazzini (sorry can't remember the name).
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