Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1772: Sleep in Italy, Via Brunetti
2bed/2bath apartment near Piazza del Popolo, Rome
October 16 - 20, 2005, 4 days
The apartment was located on a small side street off Via Del Corso and just a couple blocks from Piazza del Popolo. The location was good - lots and lots of restaurants to choose from. Also shopping galore - there were tons of shops and lots of people around. We walked everywhere - it only took about 10 minutes to get to the Spanish Steps, fifteen to Trevi Fountain and about 20-25 to the Coliseum. Of course that's when we didn't get lost!
There was a grocery store a couple blocks away but it was very small - just the basics and a deli. Never saw a large grocery store by the apartment. Lots of restaurants though - I think there mmight have been hundreds within a few minutes walk.
I think the apartment building was very old but I'm not sure if it was historical. The area is very loud (cars, horns, sirens, etc.) but the windows must be pretty thick because when closed they muffled out most of the noise and it was very quiet in the bedrooms.
There was a small terrace but we never used it. Its pretty narrow and probably doesn't really have room for chair. We went out a couple times just to check out the weather for the day and to watch the activity below.
The furniture was in good shape and the apartment was clean with plenty of chairs and sofas to sit on.
The beds were comfortable but very hard (maybe that's normal for Italy though). There were two bedrooms the largest one had a big double bed (actually two twins pushed together) the smaller bedroom had one single bed. There were two bathrooms both rather small, the largest one was just off the master bedroom, it had a toilet, sink and tub/shower combination. The smaller bathroom (which was pretty tiny) had a toilet, sink and very small shower which we never used. The owner was very concerned about us getting water on the floor as they'd had some water damage so we were too nervous to try it - we couldn't figure out how we'd not get that floor wet using the shower. It was no big deal just to use the bigger (and much better) shower in the larger bathroom.
The kitchen was small but functional. We didn't cook anything - only boiled water for coffee - they had some pots and pans and plenty of dishes. They also had a toaster.
Problems or Bonuses
Overall we really liked the apartment - even without an elevator and having to climb five flights of stairs! We were prepared for them (all 77!) so weren't surprised but they did get tiring after a long day of walking. It would have been nice to be provided with a few more towels, basically all they gave us were three bath towels, a couple hand towels and one kitchen towel - especailly since they were so concerned about the bathroom floors being wet. We also could have used a clock - not a one in the apartment - we had to go out and buy one so we didn't miss our 4:30am pick up.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was great. We dealt with Giulia who was very helpful and easy to commmunicate with. I think the apartment was very accurately described and it was definitely a great deal - we paid 125 Euros per night for the three of us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely recommend this apartment and would stay there again. My only qualification with the recommendation is the stairs - it's very difficult to get a bunch of luggage up and down five flights of narrow, spiral stairs. It's also tiring to come back to aftar a long day of walking - and we'd usually end up doing it twice. Other than that, in my opinion, its great value for the money.
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