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Review 4130: Sleep In Italy, Chiavari
Studio apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
5/24/09 - 5/26/09, 3 days
Located in the Campo Di Fiori District of Central Rome. Very convenient location. Steps away from Campo Di Fiori and easy walks to all Central Rome destinations. Building is located on a side street (Via Di Chiavari), but there is still a good amount of street traffic (people and scooters/cars). Great area for shopping/eating/people watching. There is a pastry shop in the basement of the building and a cafe right across the street (great food, but there were people eating there until 1am both nights we stayed and the noise does filter right up to the room).
No shortage of eating/shopping options. Campo Di Fiori has a daily fresh food/flower/clothes/misc market, and there are probably two dozen or more bars/trattorias/ristorantes within five minutes walk.
The apartment itself looked exactly as it did in the on-line pictures. It seems to be recently renovated, and everything was in good shape. It's on the fourth floor (third floor European), but the walk is easy. It's a studio apartment with a small kitchenette and bathroom. Fine for two people, but no more.
The apartment was listed as having AC and a washing machine, but upon arrival there was no AC and the washing machine was broken (site has since been changed to reflect this). This must have been a new rental, because when we called the agency they apparently had no idea there was no AC. In a quieter location, this may have been less of a problem, but in Rome in the summer you basically have to open the windows in the evening to get any sort of breeze or cold air (we asked for a fan, but they never brought it before we left). Unfortunately, opening the windows lets all the street noise in, and as I mentioned this is a fairly busy street even though it's not a main one. A good night's sleep was basically impossible.
On the third morning we woke up at 7:30am to three workers pounding on the hallway wall literally steps outside the door (they had to move their ladder for us to leave). Apparently they are renovating the entire core of the building (we saw the scaffolding but with no activity the first two days we hoped it was on hold). We finally asked to be moved, and the agency accommodated us with no problems.
You can view the property directly: Chiavari.
No outdoor areas or pool in this location.
Everything was in good shape and very clean. Only problem was the broken washing machine (odd that the owner seemed to have no intention of fixing it - agency told me that they were just going to remove it from the website).
The bed was OK - queen sized thin mattress. Not the most comfortable I've ever slept on but I'm sure the heat and noise didn't help my comfort level.
Kitchen had two gas burners, a mini fridge and all the basic cooking utensils. Everything was in good shape and worked fine. It's a small space, so don't expect to put much of a meal together, but it's fine for small items/tea/coffee, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
Apartment was very nice, but between the unadvertised lack of AC, and the unexpected building renovations, this place just didn't work for us. Once the renovations are complete, and if you go in the spring/fall/winter when it's a little cooler (or don't mind the summer heat), this place might be fine for you. The location is excellent.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sleep In Italy treated us well overall. Everyone spoke English well and dealt with us quickly and fairly before and during the trip. I was disappointed that they didn't know there was no AC in the place since it was clearly advertised on the website - should have done their homework on a new rental listing.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would not stay here again due to the reasons above, but if you are willing to deal with the lack of AC and a little noise, it's a charming little place in a great location.
Things to do in this area
The Jewish ghetto is just a few minutes walk, and ristorantes there are fantastic. Try the twice fried artichokes (carciofi All Giudia).
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