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Review 2832: Sleep in Italy, Vicolo Savelli
Studio loft near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2006, 7 nights
The apartment was located on a small side street called Vicolo Savelli, two short blocks to the Campo dei Fiori and just of the main drag - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
The Campo dei Fiori was just steps away, making it very easy to shop for fresh food and groceries. I never got to a supermarket because the Campo had everything I needed at my finger tips! I did pass a commercial supermarket on Vittorio Emanuele, about two blocks away heading towards the Vatican. There was a great little caffe on the far end of the Campo that served fantastic cappuccino. I also made use the laundromat in the Campo that was very reasonably priced and washed and packaged my clothes within one day. That was a great find because there wasn't a washer/dryer in the apartment.
I am putting it mildly when I say that the building was rustic. I understand that Rome is ancient and that the buildings are old, but our building was in desperate need of repair! Several of levels of the stairwell didn't have handrails and the stairs were either broken or crumbling.
The apartment itself looked like the photos on the website. It is a large loft studio, which I understand is a rarity in Rome. Noise was only an issue at night. Being so close to the Campo, I didn't realize how crazy it got in the evenings. The crowd at night in the Campo consists of young college kids partying, so most of the noise came from people leaving there late at night. If you're looking for quiet evenings I'd stay away from this area.
The couch was decent and the dining table was nice. Everything was relatively clean, though the walls could use a fresh coat of paint and some more lamps. It was pretty dimly lit in the evenings.
The bed was a total nightmare! First off, when we arrived I realized that the frame for the bed was broken and I had to fix it myself, which was a total turn off. Secondly, what was provided was not a real bed mattress but a sinking futon mattress! Needless to say our backs were in pain by the end of our stay. The bathroom wasn't as clean as I would've liked it to be (old grout etc.) and the water pressure was poor, but the tub was huge like the picture.
The kitchen was small. There were a few condiments and some things to cook with. I actually cooked there and found the provisions okay for cooking small meals. The refrigerator was very small.
Problems or Bonuses
An extra €50 charge was a BIG surprise!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Most of my dealings with Sleep in Italy were via Internet. They were prompt in returning emails, although I felt that they were just sending me standard forms and attaching a name to make them personal.
My on site person was an 1 1/2 hours late arriving while we were stuck stranded on a dark dirty street at midnight in Rome. I informed the people at the agency that we were arriving late and coming by taxi. They kept sending me the same emails giving me information about taking public transportation from the airport, something which I wasn't about to do that late at night. Thank god there were two of us together because one person could watch the luggage while the other tried to call the contact number. We were given two contact numbers which incidentally DIDN'T WORK! Then on top of it all there was a surprising €50 extra charge!!! We were told that we could contact the office during our trip to straighten things out, but we scratched it up as a loss because the apartment had no phone and the thought of calling them was brought up bad feelings.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
All in all I would not recommend this apartment. It's only saving grace was the location which was in walking distance to everything.
Things to do in this area
It's Rome! That's enough to keep you busy forever!
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