Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4325: Sleep In Italy, Montefiore
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
2009, 1 week
The location was in Trastevere, near the bridge that crosses over to the center In the early morning, this area is very charming. We found great restaurants and cafes close by. It was easy to get to all the major sites but if you want something more central, then Campo di Fiore or Navona area will be better, but cost more.
The street of the apartment itself was nice, but right across from the apartment there was a vacant lot, and there were people who hung out there and smoked at night time. Something to think about if you are not from a city and not used to people hanging/drinking/smoking right outside your apartment late at night.
There is a small fruit/grocery store about two blocks away. There is a larger supermarket about five to seven blocks down on the main road. Plenty of restaurants everywhere.
The building was historic and we liked the arch, high wood-beam ceiling and the stone floors. However, the layout of the apartment was not ideal. There is a weird lighted mirror that juts out in the hallway making the hallway cramped and awkward. You can hit into the edge easily passing through the hallway. The bedroom is small and dark with just a tiny window above. In the early mornings, a woman walks by and sweeps the alley. I was surprised to see feet walking right outside my window and hear sweeping sounds. The apartment is very dark and dusty, which we didn't expect. The only way to get light or air is to open up the large door, but it's hard to leave that open as it leads right into the street and people walking by can see you inside.
There was no sitting area and no pool.
The apartment was very dusty and furnishings were not tacky. There was a broken glass frame hanging in the bedroom. We saw dust on the window sill, on the shelves in the corner. It did not feel very clean. The apartment is cluttered with an overload of knickknacks. It felt very cramped, cluttered. There is a eating table angled near in the living room making it hard to walk to the bathroom, kitchen or bedroom easily. It can be moved, but it is very very heavy. There was too much stuff everywhere. You had no where to put your own stuff. Sometimes when you get back, you want to put your book on the table, or your keys somewhere but there were too many things on top of the dresser, shelves, and table.
The beds were not comfortable. The bedroom was small and dark. The blankets were dusty and smelled musty. The towels provide to us had holes, marker stains and didn't look clean.
The bathroom was very good. The shower pressure was very good. Hot water available for a long time. Visiting Europe many times, this is not typical of showers. The bathroom was modern and seem very clean. It was large by Italy standards.
The kitchen was great and very modern and workable. It had most amenities not typical of most kitchens, including an oven, microwave, a large sink. The stove worked very well. We had a washer too. However, we had no where to hang our clothes outside.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment looks like the pictures, but it looks MUCH more elegant and charming in the picture than it did in real life. Again, what prevents us from recommending this place is it was very dusty, cluttered with junk, dark and damp and did not feel clean. I don't think it was cleaned when we went there. There were no windows except one in the bathroom, which made the apartment very musky and damp smelling. There was no outside light or fresh air.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency Sleep In Italy was responsive. The guy who met us in the apartment was an old Italian man. He spoke no English and had a cigarette dangling from his lips. I hope he wasn't smoking in the apartment. It would've been great if he gave us more than one key.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If you are looking for an inexpensive place, and can't afford Campo Di Fiore or Navona, this is the next best option but if you have higher standards, and picky, I would not stay here. There are better apartments in Campdo Di Fiore for a few euros more a night. The apartment has a lot of potential. They need to remove all the junk (metal animals, fake flowers, ornaments, old dishes, old perfume bottles, vases, etc.). We don't mind the clutter as much as the dust everywhere. The bedroom felt very dusty and dirty.
Things to do in this area
Trastevere is great location and very charming, especially in the early mornings when no one is around. There are much better places to eat in Trastevere.
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