Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1894: Sleep in Italy, Apartment Via dei Falegnami
2bed/1bath apartment, Campo de' Fiori, Rome
Dec. 20-29, 2005, 9 days
The location is fabulous. It is within walking distance of almost everything you want to see in Rome. The immediate area is wonderful to just walk around in but it is also one block from major tram and bus lines.
You are only minutes from every daily need ... restaurants, groceries, coffee, shopping. There is a very good, and cheap restaurant next door.
The building is, of course, very old. I was a little worried when we walked up the stairs (it is on the second floor) for the first time. The hall and stairs are old and dirty. The apartment itself is, generally, just as it is depicted in the photos online.
Unfortunately, what the photos don't show, is the dingy covering on what has to be the most uncomfortable couch in the world. When you come back from a hard day's sightseeing, you want a comfortable place to sit, relax and talk. There is not one comfortable chair or couch. We ended up lying on the bed and reading, etc.
That is the only drawback to this apartment. Otherwise, it is very nicely decorated and laid out (the owner owns a company that imports things from Bali). The bathroom is very nice, the kitchen is fully furnished, we found the bed to be comfortable and our teenage son was fine with the other, very, very small bedroom. The apartment has a TV with a few Italian channels, and a working "boombox" for radio and tapes.
The apartment is small, but not terribly so. Overall, it was fine for us, except for the couch.
There is no garden, balcony or outside sitting area.
Problems or Bonuses
The bad surprise was the lack of a comfortable place to sit and lounge. The good surprise was the great location.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Many Rome apartments are listed with several different agencies. I get the feeling that the apartment owners tell them how much they want to get, and anything over that, the agency gets to keep. The prices varied quite a bit for the very same apartment. We found that Sleep in Italy had the best prices, and were completely professional to work with. I dealt with Guilia, who spoke excellent English and was very responsive to questions. We met the owner, who was nice. My wife speaks Italian, so I don't know if the owner speaks English or not. When, a few days later, we couldn't figure out how to use the washing machine, she was very helpful and responsive.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Although we had a wonderful time in Rome, I would think twice about staying in this apartment until they replaced the couch. Guilia would know whether or not they did, I think. On the other hand, it was much better (and cheaper) than staying in a hotel, and didn't interfere with our having a great, great trip!
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