Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2741: Sleep in Italy, Vicolo Del Cinque
2bed/2bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
5/20/07, 5 days
The apartment was located in the Trastevere area of Rome which we found to be central to all the sites. This area is away from the tourists so it allowed us to "live" with the locals. It is five minute walk from the Ponte Sisto bridge. It was located on a side street that was quite by day and busy at night with restaurants, shops, and lots of foot traffic. We felt safe walking around the area at night.
The apartment was very close to several restaurants, bakeries (you could also buy bottles of water and soda here), a gelato shop, bars, and an Internet cafe. The closet grocery store was a short walk across the bridge, approximately 10 minutes from the apartment.
The apartment was located on the ground floor. From the main door on the street you entered an alcove which contained two doors/apartments. We did not see or hear anyone next door. We did hear activity upstairs but nothing of note. Though the street was active at night the noise was not noticeable in the bedrooms.
The apartment had a living room/dining room/kitchen combination and two bedrooms each with its own bath. There were three air conditioners, one in the living room and one in each bedroom. There was a television but the remote was missing and without it you could not change the channel. There was not a DVD player as advertised. There wasn't a phone.
The apartment was roomy and comfortable but needed a through cleanly, including the living room furniture. The apartment smelled musty/damp.
Although the website states it can sleep six I feel six adults would be a bit crowded but it would be okay for four adults and two children. There were two adults in our party.
One bedroom had a double bed and the other had two twin beds. The beds were not very comfortable and slept like cots. The twin beds creaked loudly when you turned. Both bedrooms were roomy and had a closet with hangers.
Each bedroom had its own bath although one of the bathrooms required you to go outside from the bedroom through a covered room to get to it and the washing machine sat up against one side of the toilet. The other bathroom had no window covering which gave the neighbors a partial view into it.
Both showers were extremely small so by default you always ended up with water on the floor. There wasn't enough hot water to take two showers at the same time so one of us took one in the morning and the other at night.
There was a full kitchen including a microwave, pots/pans, utensils, etc. We only heated up croissants for breakfast but there was enough there to cook a full meal.
Problems or Bonuses
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sleep in Italy was responsive to all of our emails prior to our trip and the representative meet us promptly at the set time to show us the apartment and and answered all of our questions well. Once there we did email them about the TV remote (since you needed it to change the channel) but never received a response, however, they were able to stop by and drop off a note reminding us of our check out time.
The website photos are accurate of the apartment's setup and furnishings.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
No, we would not stay here again. The location was excellent but given the smell, uncleanliness, lack of hot water, and the bathroom setups we would not stay in this apartment again. We would stay in the Trastevere area again.
Things to do in this area
The restaurant directly across the street was very good, I believe the name was La Duce or something similar.
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