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Review 2016: Sleep in Italy, Via di Monserrato Attico
2bed/2bath near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 2006, 4 days
The location was perfect. I could not have asked for a better location. When in rome, the only place to stay is Campo dei Fiori. We walked to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican, Colosseum, Forum and almost everywhere. Campo dei Fiori is a very busy area with many bars, restaurants and stores, but the street where this apartment is located is amazingly quiet. YOu can barely hear anything from this apartment. I can't describe how great the location is for this particular apartment.
The grocery store is a five-minute walk. There are restaurants just outside the building. Walk 50 steps and you find a throng of cafes, restaurants, stores, etc. You don't need a car if you are staying in this location.
This apartment is on the top floor with no lift, so be ready to carry your luggage up four stories. I didn't mind since my boyfriend did all the carrying. After walking for miles in Rome, getting up and down these flight of stairs was nothing.
There were two units per floor and the bldg was old. I haven't been in other apartment buildings in Italy so I have no point of comparison. I don't know what apartment standards are for Rome but if this were Chicago then I would say old and dark (hallways, stairways, etc). It just wasn't one of those bright, modern buildings that I like but it really didn't bother me. Two people would be comfortable in the apartment, three would be OK since there is a single floor bed in the other room. I don't know if 4 would be comfortable.
No pool but there is a small terrace which we never really got to use since we were never home.
There was good ample furniture. The bed was ok. The apartment in general is clean. There was TV but no satellite so you only get Italian channels, but who watches TV when they are on a trip? There were no clocks so we had to figure out what time it was through our cell phone and use that as an alarm as well.
The bed was comfortable, although I wished the sheets were better. I wasn't that thrilled about the bathroom, because it didn't pass my critical cleanliness test. It wasn't dirty but I didn't feel comfortable walking barefoot in it. Water pressure was OK. The master bath had a handheld shower and you can't hang it anywhere so we only used the guest shower.
We really didn't cook so I can't speak of the pots and pans. There's a gas stove, a dishwasher, refrigerator and that was good enough.
Problems or Bonuses
On the second day, the fuse blew when we turned on one of the switches so we didn't have electricity in some areas of the house. The owner has manuals, maps, tourist books that were very helpful.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We used Sleep in Italy and Giulia Amato was very helpful. Their prices are better than other agencies.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'm neutral about it. If I can find another apartment in that particular strip which has the same or better rate and has a cleaner bathroom, has a clock, or just is better in general I would go for it . If not I might stay in this place again only because the things that I like about it outweigh the things that I dislike about it.
Things to do in this area
So much to do in this area and our favorite restaurant is Ditirambo. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant that is just outside this building.
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