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Review 3261: Sleep in Italy, Piazza Montevecchio
2bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
12-26-07 through 01-02-08, 1 week
We rented two apartments in Rome for the week of December 26 through January 2 (2007/2008). This one, plus the Montevecchio Bis, which was just around the corner. We rented both through Sleep in Italy. Nine of us were scheduled to be there, but unfortunately only seven made the trip.
The location could not be better. 100 meters to Navona, 30 meters to Coronari, 10 minutes to Tiber or Pantheon. It was fairly quiet, but there is a small bar across the piazza which could get rowdy at times. However, the windows blocked out almost all noise. Traffic is no concern.
Pietro, the brother of the owner, is simply great and lives downstairs. He also speaks English.
There are tons of great restaurants, three markets and several Internet cafes within a minute or two of the apartment. It is a neat view and yes you can see St. Peters dome, just barely.
This apartment was as described, but there were a few problems. It was very large and could easily sleep six to eight. We had three in it.
The living room was huge and there was also a separate dining area. There is a small, stand-up terrace leading off of the dining room and another leading off of the twin bedroom.
Now the real negative, but only for some. When you rent the apartment you are told several times this is on the fifth floor (American) with no elevator. Well, this is a very old building, so five floors is actually more like seven. Climbing those stairs two or three times a day is tough. Wife and I are in our 50s and after a long day of walking around Rome, it was brutal to climb the stairs. I have a bad back and this really made it hurt. Now, if you are in good shape, like my daughter, then this is not a big problem. But for us, we regretted every climb. Once again, we knew about this and are not complaining, but you do need to be aware.
You can view the apartment directly: Piazza Montevecchio.
The two bedrooms are right next to each other. One with a queen sized bed, the other with twins. Beds were very comfortable. Each room was acceptable in size. Lots of storage.
The bathrooms, one left a lot to be desired. While it had the standard toilet and bidet, with a large tub/shower combination, it needed some serious work. The tub faucet was broken and sprayed water out the side. Someone had attempted a repair with a rubber band, but this did not work. The shower head was held on with scotch tape. The water temperature never got above a strong warm. There is a clothes washer in the bathroom, but it is not easy to run and doesn't cycle properly. You literally have to manually control the spin cycles if you have any desire to have your clothes rung out. Also, if you start it on the cotton setting, it just keeps on running, through every cycle, for hours. I guess to the positive, your clothes get really clean, as they run through about eight wash cycles.
The kitchen is really small, with a very small refrigerator and a four-burner stove/oven. Essentially no counter space, but there are two small work areas.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The people at Sleep in Italy were simply great. I mean that in every way. Over the course of six months, I canceled and changed our reservations and requirements at least five times. There was never a problem with these kind people. Guilia and Manuela were extremely helpful and patient. They answered emails and phone calls quickly and there were never any hidden “surprises.”
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Personally, I would not stay there again, only because of the stairs. Everything else was fine. Sleep in Italy made us very aware of the stairs and we took the apartment knowing this. The price could not be beat and the location is perfect. Oh, and there is no A/C, so if you stay in the summer, be aware of this.
On a scale of 1-5, I'd rate the apartment itself a 4. I am sure the needed repairs will be made.
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