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Review 3404: Sleep in Italy, Via dei Delfini

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Review by anemone from UK/USA

1bed/1bath near Piazza Campidoglio, Rome


When

March 2008, 9 nights

Location

The apartment is in the old center of Rome on a quiet little, cobbled side street but in a very central location close to transportation (buses), shopping and sights.

There were a few cars and people along the street and some loud people walking by at night but nothing unbearable or long lasting.

Nearby Amenities

There is a tiny little store under the building and a grocery store a few blocks away. There is also a small restaurant across the street and numerous cafes and places to eat within a couple minutes walk.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is in an older building that's recently undergone renovation. The apartment itself has also recently been refurbished in a mostly Ikea style. The apartment was quiet and I never heard any other inhabitants while staying there.

You can view the apartment directly: Via dei Delfini.

Garden

No outdoor space.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment had recently been redone in the Ikea fashion. Everything was clean, new and comfortable. There were hardwood floors, several closets for storage, ample heating and hot water.

The living area had a pull out sofabed and no other seating. Though it was a large enough room to accommodate more chairs. As there were only two of us, the lack of chairs wasn't an issue but it would be a little difficult to seat four people on one couch.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bed was new but was the hardest bed I have ever slept on, and I do like a firm mattress. There were four pillows and only two pillowcases for both the bed and sofabed. There were bedspreads/covers, one for the bed the other for the couch, but no quilt, there were no blankets except for a couple of fleece 'throws'.

The bedroom was a good size and had a large closet.

The bathroom was a good size and the shower had good water pressure. There was also a washing machine in the bathroom. Everything was in good working order and very clean.

Kitchen

The kitchen consists of a few cabinets, a sink, a two burner gas stove a small fridge and microwave. There were plenty of dishes, a few pots and pans, the usual assortment of flatware.

No dishtowels, no salt/pepper shakers, no knives for cutting vegetables/meat etc., no dish drainer, though there was a dishwasher. I like to cook so found this arrangement irritating.

The dining area had a table and four chairs.

Problems or Bonuses

The apartment was a pleasant surprise and I would be happy to stay there again, the only thing that would put me off is the two burner stove as I like to cook.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Please note that the following is not about the above apartment but about another apartment and the agency's handling of the issue.

Originally I had booked to stay in an other apartment, Vicolo Savelli. Then two days before leaving home, I discovered quite accidentally a review here that stated there were no handrails at this other apartment. As I was travelling with my 83 year old mom this was going to be an issue.

I contacted the agency and after going round in circles with them a while about safety for older people etc., they decided they would change us to another apartment.

For this I was very grateful. They did charge me 80 'cancellation' fee for the first apartment. I wasn't too pleased about this but accepted as I was down to the wire and had no choice.

Since returning I have written to the agency to request they refund the 80 as I do believe they should be fully aware of the issues of their apartments as, on their website, they do state they inspect apartments regularly.

In response I received a hysterical email, which I would post here but it's way too long, stating that the handrails are not an issue to them and that it's not their responsibility but the renter's responsibility to make sure an apartment is suitable. I have pointed out that it's the agency's responsibility to make sure their website is accurate and that I would never had reserved Vicolo Savelli if it had been indicated that there could be issues of access for certain groups of people.

I am very disappointed by their response as I had nothing but good dealings with them otherwise and hope that this is an anomaly and not just an agency that's gotten careless and thoughtless.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes, I would stay again with the one caveat of the cooking facilities, in fact, this is the only reason I wouldn't stay again. Yes, I would recommend my best friend stay here.

Things to do in this area

Lots to do. This is the very center of Rome and everything is, more or less, within walking distance.

Walking the back streets and exploring the 'ghetto' were two of my favourite things to do.

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