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Review 2701: Sleep in Italy, Via del Gesu
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza della Rotunda, Rome
March 2007, 9 nights
The apartment is located on a quite side street just a block from the Pantheon and Santa Maria della Minerva. It's a very central area of old Rome with good bus links to all the sights and within walking distance to most places.
I loved this neighbourhood and would definitely stay there again as there seemed to be more Italians than tourists! Lots of neighbourhood shops and little back streets to explore.
I used the supermarket down the block, they have a good selection of food staples: bread, cheese, milk, eggs etc.; there was also a bakery and an enoteca on the block, and several cafes and restaurants. On Via del Plebiscito there is a larger supermarket and Campo de Fiori is about 10 minutes' walk away. The Pantheon is literally two minutes around the corner! There are lots of restaurants around the Pantheon.
The building is old, how old I don't know, maybe 400-500 years. The apartment is a fourth floor walk up with 87 stairs to climb, this was tiring for the first few days but by the end of the stay didn't seem so bad. The place was amazingly quiet -- a little oasis in the middle of noisy Rome!
Hauling the groceries is hard work; don't buy more than can be carried in one trip!
The building was undergoing some renovation but this didn't interfere with my stay one bit. Being on such a high floor gives the apartment a lovely peek-a-boo view of the dome of the church of Gesu seen from the kitchen!
The apartment has a nice little balcony/terrace area with enough room for several chairs; there was a table and three or four chairs; we ate lunch outside on one occasion and it was very pleasant; in summer it would be lovely.
The couch was a beige colour and in need of having the covers washed. Other than that, everything seemed to be clean; I re-washed all the silverware and dishes but that's my own thing, not necessarily an issue of their cleanliness.
There was a 'cafe' style table in the dining area with three chairs and more chairs on the balcony. There was the couch, which I left open as a second bed and another armchair.
Everything seemed in pretty good shape and I felt comfortable in the apartment to the point of feeling a little sad to leave its quirkiness.
The bedroom was very comfortable and in its own little 'room'( there is no door between this 'room' and the main living area). The sofa bed was also, surprisingly, comfortable. The bed linens were decent quality though there were some little tears in one of the duvet covers.
The bathroom was badly laid out with the most minute shower I have ever seen in my life -- 2ftx2ft shower pan; if you are tall you may bump your head on the shower ceiling. Bumping of the elbows is a given in such a small space; don't drop the soap! The shower could use decalcifying and re-grouting.
The kitchen was minute but had the necessities: four burner gas stove, microwave, kettle, several pots and pans, knives and forks -- no sharp vegetable or meat knives -- a dishwasher and a washing machine. Everything worked except one burner on the stove, which I was warned about on arrival.
Problems or Bonuses
I was surprised that the apartment was larger than I'd expected and quieter than I'd expected, though in summer there may be some noise from the restaurant downstairs.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt with Giulia at Sleep in Italy and she was very helpful in answering all my questions promptly; she didn't mislead me in any way about the apartment. The check-in person, Vinod, was also helpful and showed me where everything was in the apartment.
The only thing I would have liked is to have been told where the fuse box was, as it is I didn't need it and did find it on my own anyway. Perhaps a list of local amenities in the apartment would be nice.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If it were not for the stairs I would definitely stay again. Even with the stairs I would stay again!!
Things to do in this area
The whole of Rome is outside your door!
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