Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3512: Owner, Beavita
2bed/1bath apartment in Padova, Veneto
May 2008, One week
The apartment is in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside the walls of Padova centre. The city center is about 15 minutes walk, probably less with bikes included in the rental (didn't try them). There is a stop of the new tram line to Padova train station nearby and also quite good bus service.
Shops, cafes, etc. in the immediate surroundings. Nearest supermarket is close enough to carry groceries back to the apartment. You really don't need a car here, but parking is free and available a short walk away.
The two bedroom apartment is relatively new, if I had to guess I'd say the house was built in the last couple of decades. Lots of natural light.
No outside area or terrace, which is about the only thing lacking.
The interior is modern, well designed and in a good shape. There is a table for four in the living rooms with attached kitchen, a sofa, and plenty of chairs. I barely hinted that cleanliness is much appreciated by us, for health reasons in our case, and the apartment was spotless when we arrived. First place ever to win such praise from my wife.
There is one bathroom with a shower, clean, neat and everything works. The master bedroom has a double, the other two single beds. There is a washing machine in the kitchen.
The best rental kitchen I've ever cooked in, and the reason is that only once did I find myself missing something (there was black pepper among other basic stuff stocked but nothing to grind with it). It feels like someone actually cooks in the kitchen, and not an assortment of kitchenware with all the pans you could imagine and not a single decent knife all too common.
Problems or Bonuses
What impresses me is the attention to detail in the apartment. Everything from maps to toilet paper is there; it really meets travellers' needs extremely well.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Laura and Enrico are extremely helpful and yet discrete. They were there to meet us at the train station which was very helpful. Laura speaks perfectly good English with a nice Italian accent.
I paid €350 as listed on the web site for a week in early May, which is good value in my opinion.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I agree with other reviewers, it is very good overall, and we plan to stay there again.
The apartment was spacious for me and my wife, and would easily fit a small family for example.
While a very nice place to stay in, it is not a luxury apartment nor does it pretend to be one. Other thing to keep in mind is that the apartment is up a flight of stairs (easy ones, but still) and there is no elevator.
Things to do in this area
Padova is a fine little university town with street life and plenty to see. Venice is about 40 minutes away, if you get bored. If you get bored with Venice, I can't help you.
This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.
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