Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1992: Sleep in Italy, Green Apartment
1bed/1bath near Spanish Steps, Rome
March 2006 , 8 days
This apartment and its two sister apartments are located on the first floor of an aprtment building right on Via del Corso. It is 3 blocks from the Spanish Steps and about 3 blocks from Piazza de Popolo. The area was very convenient to the subway, shopping and many restaurants. The traffic noise never reached our apartment because it is set back from the street. Certain times of the day Via del Corso was blocked for pedestrian traffic only.
A small grocery store was located one block away on Via Vittoria and a great meat/cheese and other assorted food store was about 2 blocks away on Via della Croce. Their salami and porchetta were wonderful as was their bread. A new pastry shop just opened up while we were there about 1/2 block before the meat shop. Incredible desserts and coffee. We even ate dinner there one night and thought the food was pretty good. Restaurants abound in this area also.
An elevator is being installed so there was a bit of noise which started around 7:30-8:00, but we were always up by then. It was not too intrusive. Otherwise it was very peaceful until the apartment next door was rented out for a few days to some young people who had a few visitors. The girl liked to scream quite a bit, but it did not last past our bedtime and really didn't bother us very much. When people come up the stairs and unlock their door it sounds like they are in your room. Once they are in their apartment, there is very little noise unless they are really loud. Not sure how many other apartments are in the building because this one and its sister have a private entrance.
A flat screen TV was available with cable and there is internet access if you bring a computer. The apartment was a bit smaller than I anticipated from the photos I saw, but larger than a hotel room with a tiny kitchen in one corner and a nice sofa that folds out into a bed if needed. The room was wonderfully sunny with lots of windows. The apartment floors were all tiled. The only problem which we already mentioned to the owner was that the upper windows near the ceiling had no shades and someone across the courtyard could possiblly see in at night.
There was no sitting area, but the apartment did overlook a courtyard which at this point was full of construction debris.
The owner keeps the apartments very clean and nicely decorated. Furniture was in great shape and comfortable. The stools which we used to eat at the breakfast bar area were a bit cheap, but we did not sit in them for long. There was a table provided, but no chairs to sit at it. The chest of drawers was in the living room instead of the bedroom and was old. We did not use it and feel the owner could have placed shelves in the closet area to place folded clothing on instead of the drawers.
The bedroom is separated from the living room by two half walls. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were clean and crisp. The bathroom was modern and came equiped with a hairdryer and shampoo/soap.
The kitchen was usable if you do not intend to do a lot of cooking. There is a small refrigerator about 2 and 1/2 feet tall, a sink, a 2 burner stove and a toaster oven. No dishwasher. There were plenty of pots and pans and utensils. We did not cook very much.
Problems or Bonuses
One major problem for us was the stairs. I knew this apartment has stairs because it is on the first floor, but the stairs have metal railings and are very narrow. They almost go up in a circular fashion and are difficult to go up or down carrying luggage. It appears they were added on to access these apartments. Also, the closets had bars that were way too high for a short person to reach. Hubby had to hang all my clothes. Had trouble with wrinkled clothing as there was no iron provided.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sleepinitaly.com was great. I had to change the date once and call them, but they spoke English and were able to accommodate us. The owner speaks English also and met us when we arrived at the apartment. Even though we had an pre-arranged meeting time, we had to have someone in a store call him because we had no phone and he was not there when we arrived. We paid 110 EUs a night in the off season which we thought was very reasonable. The owner has just come out with some brochures and a website so he can be contacted directly instead of through an agency. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to his website-www.relaisrome.com
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay here again. It was a nice, cozy, wonderfully located apartment. We were so glad we canceled our hotel room. The area couldn't have been better and we loved the way the apartment was decorated. I highly reccommend this apartment and the two sister apartments in the same building.
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