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Review 3263: Sleep in Italy, Montevecchio Bis
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
12-26-07 - 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 Piazza Montevecchio, 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. One hundred meters to Navona, 30 meters to Coronari, 10 minutes to Tiber or Pantheon. It was absolutely quiet, as the apartment has no windows and is located inside the building. But there is a central open kind of terrace area at the entry of the apartment. Traffic is no concern.
There are tons of great restaurants, three markets and several Internet cafes within a minute or two of the apartment.
The apartment is on the second floor (American) and is accessed by either a short flight of stairs or an elevator. The apartment owner lives on the same floor, seems very nice and speaks no English.
The apartment was as described and no real problems. It is small, with it done actually as a loft bedroom over a small, combo lounging room/bedroom area. It sleeps four and that is all. You could do five if you were a family with small kids.
I'll start at the top and go down. The bedroom is an open loft, so no real privacy. The bed is large and very comfortable. There is, however, a large wooden beam running right across the ceiling, so if you are near six feet tall, WATCH OUT.
Off of the bedroom is a good sized, full bath. Toilet/bidet and large, bathtub/shower combo.
I can't call the living room a living room. I'd call it a “lounging area”, as it is pretty small. It has a convertible sofa thing that turns into a large, pretty comfortable double bed. If you have it open, that is about 3/4s of the footprint of the entire room. Closed, it could sit three or four. Our daughter's family used this apartment, with two kids, so they just left it open all the time.
There is also a little table with four folding chairs, but I have no idea how four people could sit around the table, it is pretty small.
You can view the apartment directly: Montevecchio bis.
Now the problem with the bathroom, hot water is a real chore. You turn on the faucet and wait about five minutes. Then turn it off and wait another five minutes. Then turn it back on at no more than a medium flow, you will probably find you want it all the way over to the hot side to get reasonably hot water. Not a big deal, but be aware of it.
The kitchen is large, open and nicely done. In fact, I'd have to say all of the furnishings were either modern or tastefully antique. Off of the kitchen is a decent sized half-bath that also holds the washer. The kids never used their washer, so I can't report on it.
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?
While this apartment is much, much smaller than Piazza Montevecchio apartment, in many ways it was a nicer apartment. It seemed better taken care of and was much easier to access for old-farts, like us. The price was fantastic.
I'd rent this one again, without question.
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