Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3243: Italy-Accom, Studio Leuto
studio apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
November 2007, 5 nights
Studio Leuto was its name and was in the heart of Rome, three minutes from Piazza Navona off of Via del'Orzo. Very quiet alley, no street noise, safe neighborhood. Walking distance to all major sites, metro stop. Loved the area, felt like a local. Pictures available on website.
There were restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores at every turn!
It was an older building and showed its age, but it was in a great location and because it was off of the main streets, very quiet. It was a studio that slept three (small sofabed in main area, and a double bed off of the main area), large bathroom with shower and bidet, small but functional kitchen fully stocked with dishes and pans.
Was a residential building with an adjoining apartment for two, which could be rented if you were a group of five. No telephone, but there are Internet cafes with phones within walking distance. If you check your e-mail every other day, you are okay. Also, the owner has a cell phone and if someone needed to reach you in an emergency, she could be called and she could relay the message.
You can view the apartment directly: Studio Leuto.
No garden or pool.
Furniture was older, dark and scratched, but comfy and the apartment was clean. Table was large and had four chairs. It was a studio apartment so there was not a separate living room/bedroom. It was like a large hotel room with private kitchen. It was a bit dark because the windows were by the ceiling and had either an air conditioning unit or in the kitchen a ventilating fan in it.
It was on the ground floor, and the bathroom had window with security bars. Felt very safe even though in an alley and on ground floor.
Beds were comfortable. No private bedroom because it was a studio. Bathroom was large and clean. Could have used more towels
Kitchen was adequate. Prepared our coffee and breakfast each day. I did cook a wonderful meal one night (purchased fresh fish and veggies in morning at Camp di Fiori). Could have used a larger frying pan, but it kind of was like camping. We made do and after all we were in Rome and didn't want to cook every night. Many wonderful restaurants nearby. Utensils were older.
Problems or Bonuses
Initial seeing of studio apartment was an eyebrow raiser because it was a lot darker than pictures on the website. I knew it would be small because of sq. footage note on website. We got used to it though and it was quite cozy and felt like home after we got settled in. It was difficult to find because it was tucked away off of the street address we were given in a small alley with no name or number on the door. The owner met us with the key and showed us where it was. Because it was on street level (necessary because my mom has difficulty with stairs), we were glad that there were no more windows). Felt more secure against intruders even though we felt very safe and walked down the dark smaller streets. It was a great neighborhood and fantastic location.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Rome-accom was great to work with. Answered e-mails prompltly and spoke perfect English. Only saw owner/on site person twice-gave us the key and balance due upon arrival and once when a fuse blew and we had no power. We called her on her mobile phone and she was there within 10 minutes on her scooter! Photos on website made the place look bright when in reality, with the lites out it was pitch dark, but we got used to it. We knew that for the price we paid , and for the location, it wouldn't be the Ritz. I priced hotel rooms in the area and this was 1/4 the price of a comparable accomodation. We paid 98 Euros per night for 2 people (10 more for a 3rd person). It is slightly more during high season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! And we will stay there again. I have recommended it to my friend with the qualification that it is not the Ritz, but it was clean, cozy,and definitely worth every penny we paid. Location, Location, Location. We were only in the apartment to sleep and eat breakfast, but it was close enough to major sites, that if we wanted to return to it to put our feet up for a bit, we could. Also, with a subway stop 15 minutes away, we could get to the main train station Termini for day trips. Cab stop was around the corner if needed.
Things to do in this area
Saw and visited all major tourist attractions, ruins, St. Peter's, Vatican etc. Too many restaurants to even mention. Shops, cafes, Internet cafes, grocery shops galore. Loved the area and wouldn't stay anywhere else when in Rome.
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