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Review 2218: Sleep In Italy, Via del Lavatore
1bed/1bath apartment near Trevi Fountain, Rome
July 2006, Two weeks
This apartment is near Trevi Fountain. We thought this was a great location. It can be a little noisy but the bedroom is very quiet. The living room is a little noiser but my son slept okay. He did use ear plugs one night but that was during the World Cup and Italy won!
The apartment is surrounded by restaurants. We ate at Chianti (in front of the apartment), Taberna (on the right of the apartment as you walk out the door) and Al Picchio (on the left of the apartment). They were all good. Don't hesitate to eat inside Chianti when the patio is full. We ate inside both times and enjoyed it. There is also grocery store within easy walking distance.
For future renters of this apartment, here are some details. To reach the grocery store, exit the apartment and turn left. Walk past Trevi Fountain. As you reach the end of the fountain, take your immediate right. Continue walking straight and you will dead end into the grocery store. You will have to cross a street to get there but it will be directly in front of you.
If you get up early, and you must if you want to enjoy a quiet moment at the Trevi Fountain with your coffee, and none of the nearby cafe's are open yet, just exit the apartment and turn left, walk straight past the Trevi Fountain and just continue walking forward and you will find a great coffee shop on your left about two blocks away. (Before you reach the coffee shop, you will also see an ATM on your right.)
To reach the internet cafe, exit the apartment left, just as you reach Trevi Fountain, take your first left. The internet cafe is inside the bookstore which will be on your left side.
We enjoyed this apartment. It was a perfect location for a great price. There are other apartments in the building. The entrance to the apartment building is kept locked. You will have your own key to get in.
There is no outside sitting area.
The furniture was fine and the apartment was clean enough. There are two sofas in the living room, one is a pull out bed. The table has four chairs.
The bedroom mattress was very comfortable. My son said the pull out sofa was very comfortable as well although I'm not sure that an adult would find it comfortable enough for a long stay.
There is a closet in the bedroom but there is no dresser. It does have a small bookshelf type of unit and you can put some things on it. (Do not use the closed shelves at the bottom of this bookshelf as they were very dirty.) There is a dresser in the living room and another dresser and closet space in the storage cupboards in the living room.
There is one bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet and bidet.
The kitchen was usable. I did not cook but we had breakfast each day at the apartment. It is a small kitchen. It does contain a stove top, microwave, refrigerator, and toaster. It also has a dishwasher.
There is a washing machine off the kitchen. I brought with me the "how to use an Italian washing machine" instructions and was able to figure out how to use it by the second load. Although this machine isn't shown in the instructions, it helped me figure out what the words meant. (Just don't use the delicate cycle as I don't think that cycle "spins" and our clothes were dripping wet.) But by the second load, we figured it out. There is a drying rack on the enclosed balcony with the washer and the clothes dried very quickly.
Problems or Bonuses
We were very happy with this apartment. The location and price were perfect. The apartment now has two air conditioners that work amazingly well. One is in the living room and the other is in the bedroom. We were very diligent about turning them off when we left the apartment. When we returned to the apartment we would turn them on and the apartment would be very cool in just minutes. We paid an extra 50 Euros for the air conditioning (for two weeks). Well worth it. If electricity costs are as expensive in Rome as they are in California, and I am sure they are, I suspect the owner may need to charge more for the air conditioning. We would have gladly paid more because they worked so well and it is just so hot in Rome in July.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had no problems at all with Sleep In Italy. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish. They helped us select an apartment and we were met on arrival by an agency staff person. The person who met us spoke only a few words of English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely recommend this apartment, and we would stay here again. We would recommend this apartment and this location. Just trust me on the bottom bookshelf drawers in the bedroom, don't even open them as the wall or whatever is at the back of the drawers is black. We stayed here for two weeks, although it is stated that the apartment is cleaned weekly no one ever came to clean it.
Things to do in this area
You absolutely must get up early (before 8 a.m.) and have coffee at the fountain. It is so wonderful to just sit there before the crowds and the vendors arrive.
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