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Review 3705: Sleep In Italy, Via Giulia - Gold
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
June 2008, 4 nights
The apartment is at Via Giulia 98, about halfway between Campo dei Fiori and Castel St. Angelo. Via Giulia is a quiet street, two blocks from Corso Vittoria Emmanuele where many of the main bus lines run. Two blocks in the other direction is the Tiber, and some buses also run along the Lungotevere.
The apartment is on the ground floor opening into the courtyard of an old palazzo.
There is a small supermercado on the Corso that sells wine and breads and cheeses along with other groceries, and next to it a small family restaurant/pizzeria that was not fancy but had decent inexpensive food. At the top of Via Giulia about three blocks away there is another more upscale restaurant. There's a news stand and a cafe/bar at the corner. We did not do any other shopping except to buy an umbrella as it rained a couple of days.
The Palazzo Donarelli is about 500 years old, but the interior is very nice. The apartment had high ceilings and was very light in spite of opening into the courtyard. The apartment is very spacious. Some of the units are occupied by businesses so it's very quiet at night. Some units upstairs had families, and the children played in the courtyard sometimes. We hardly saw anyone except the doorman/concierge who was very nice. He had a limited knowledge of English, however.
You can view the apartment directly: Via Giulia - Gold.
There is no outside area for this apartment.
This apartment is beautifully furnished. The furniture was very comfortable, clean, and in excellent condition. There was a large clothes closet, and plenty of other storage for our belongings. The apartment was very clean.
The bedroom was good-sized and the bed was comfortable. The shower in the bathroom was good-sized by Italian rental standards. The sink was large. The toilet and bidet were crammed together in a side niche, which was a little awkward, but it was OK. Also in the niche was a washing machine, which we did not use, and a boiler or water heater, which had to be turned off when you were using the stove. (I guess the wiring would not support both of them.)
The web site says it will sleep four but we did not figure out how. One of the sofas appeared to be a single fold-out. Perhaps another one was, too.
The kitchen was fairly good. There was plenty of storage space and a good-sized refrigerator with freezer. Some of the utensils were pretty cheaply made, but the whole arrangement was adequate for cooking simple meals. We always bring a sharpening stone for the knives, which as usual were pretty dull.
Problems or Bonuses
On Saturday night some people upstairs had a small party and were a little noisy but it did not go on very late. Right near the bedroom window there is a small outdoor courtyard where some local residents stow their motorbikes, and you can hear people talking out on the street, although this was not a serious problem. There is no problem with privacy because of the shutters on all the windows.
The apartment stayed pleasantly cool when the temperature in Rome was in the 80s.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency, Sleep In Italy, was fine to work with and very responsive. When we reached Rome we contacted the owner, who told up how to contact the doorman, who let us in and showed us around. The owner is evidently British. The doorman had very little English, but we managed to communicate. He was very helpful when our cell phone died and we needed to contact our airline.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would love to stay in this apartment again! I wish that the price were lower (I see it has gone up 10 euros since we stayed there in May). We paid €130 per night, but considering the great appearance and condition of this place, I understand why it is priced as it is.
Things to do in this area
We spent most of our time away from the apartment, so don't have a lot of info on the neighborhood except to say that all the amenities are handy. And the proximity to major bus lines running on the Corso was great. We did like the little local restaurant/pizzeria next to the supermercado. It was not very attractive inside, but the waiter was very friendly, and they served decent food at low prices.
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