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Review 4026: Sleep In Italy, Balestrari
2bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
February 2009, 6 nights
This apartment is located on Via dei Balestrari approximately 1/2 block from Campo dei Fiori. This is a great location and within walking distance to almost everything in Rome. We were there six nights and never used public transportation except to and from the airport.
There is a great bakery in Campo dei Fiori, a grocery store on Via dei Guibbonari, and many restaurants. We ate wherever we happened to be at mealtimes, but mainly in the areas nearer Piazza Navona.
The building is in good shape. The apartment is located on the 2nd floor (3rd floor US) and the 2nd flight of steps are a bit steeper than the first, but we had no problems. There are other apartments in the building but the people we saw there were locals, not tourists.
There is no outside sitting area.
The furniture was in very good shape. There is a small leather couch that seats two people and a table with four chairs. All the windows in the apartment opened onto Balestrari Street. There was a large one in the living/dining area, a large one in the front bedroom and a smaller one in the kitchen.
The beds were very comfortable. The front bedroom (with the window) has a double bed and the other bedroom has twin beds. There is plenty of storage space in both bedrooms. Each bedroom and the living room have remote controls for the heating units. These may also be AC units as well since the website states there is AC, but I didn't notice. There is a wide hallway off the living/dining area that had a roll-away bed. Since we didn't need it, it was never unfolded and I don't know if it's comfortable or not. The bathroom has a shower which worked great. There is also a washing machine, sink, commode, bidet, and hairdryer.
The kitchen is small and compact but has everything needed. There is a microwave, oven, stove and refrigerator. We didn't do any cooking - just used the microwave.
Problems or Bonuses
The owner, Roberto, and his brother Fabrizio, arrived at the same time we did as we had our driver call him when we were leaving the airport. They were so kind and helpful - carrying our luggage up the stairs for us - showing, and explaining everything. Not long after they left, I was using the hairdryer and the electricity went off. They had not shown us where the breaker box was located, but I found it. However, I couldn't get the electricity to come back on so I called Roberto on my cell phone. Since his English is limited and my Italian is non-existent, he got someone on the phone who translated for him. In short, they ended up coming back to the apartment to show us the switch to flip to get the electricity back on.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I had used Sleep In Italy before so I felt very comfortable going with them again. Giulia is a gem to work with - I can't say enough good things about her! I had originally selected another apartment but the owner had a chance to rent it long term, so I agreed to change. Giulia worked with me to find this one and was always prompt to answer all my emails. Their website accurately presents this apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again. There was some noise from the street on the weekend, but it was minimal. It's possible it could be more of a problem in peak tourist season, but it certainly wasn't the week we were there. Being on the 3rd floor probably also helps with any noise problem. I had ear plugs but I never used them. One thing that is a little unusual is that there are two small windows high on the wall that separates the two bedrooms. You can't see into the other bedroom (except for the ceiling) so there is no lack of privacy.
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