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Review 4473: Toledo 205 Apartments, Flat Dorre


Review by ellens from NJ who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath apartment in Naples, Campania


February 2010, One week


205 Via Toledo, Naples, Apartment Dorre, is a one bedroom apartment in a 18th – 19th century building where Giacomo Rossini lived for several years (according to a sign on the front of the building). The other tenants are primarily businesses, several lawyers, a doctor and a dentist in the apartment facing the entrance to the rental units. Once these businesses close at the end of the workday, the only people left in the building appear to be the tenants in the neighboring two rooftop apartments.

The building is located directly across the street from the Funiculare Centrale, two blocks up from Piazza Trieste & Trento (Royal Palace, Teatro San Carlo). It is two and a half blocks from the Piazza Municipio bus stop, also two and a half blocks from the Alibus airport bus port stop (now located in front of Castel Nuovo during construction of the new metro station at Municipio). It is ideally situated for a tourist, easy to get to everything; it’s on a pedestrian section of Via Toledo with a very active passegiata every day. Although the street scene outside the front door is busy day and night, no street noise penetrates the apartment.

The apartment is located on the roof (5th floor); there is an elevator that goes most of the way up, but you must still walk the last 1/2 flight of stairs. During the hours when the doorman (porter) is working (weekdays 9 – 1 and 4 – 8, Saturdays 9 – 2) you must pay 10 cents to use the elevator, it is free when he is not on duty.

The door from the stairwell opens onto a patio with plants, a table, chairs and a gas grill. Three apartments have doors onto this patio and share the space.

The apartment door opens into a sitting room with couch, table w/five chairs (fifth chair in bedroom), day bed with trundle (sleeps 2), overhead light, one table lamp, satellite TV, cabinet with additional dishes, corner fireplace (appears to be working, but I didn’t attempt to use it), and electric space heater in addition to wall radiator. There are no windows in this room other than the double doors, which are half glass (distorted, but can see shapes through it). The electric fuse box is located on the wall behind the door to the kitchen.

There is one bedroom with an overhead light and new Ikea furniture; double bed (sleeps 2) and twin bed (sleeps 1), two end tables with reading lamps, and a large, locking armoire. There is one closet with additional linens and a portable baby bed. The bedroom has floor to ceiling glass doors(with inside shutters) that look out at the dome of St. Bridgetta and the glass roof of the Galleria.

There is a remote controlled air conditioning unit in the bedroom that serves the entire apartment. A sign on the wall requests that the air conditioning only be used while in the apartment, with all doors and windows closed, and that the temperature be set at 25 Celsius.

The kitchen is in separate room with a four burner gas cook top, full size electric oven, full size (yet small) refrigerator/freezer and double sink. There is limited counter space; a selection of pots/pans (but frying pans in bad shape), dishes and cutlery. It was stocked with olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, tea bags, dish soap, paper towels. The kitchen windows open onto the entry patio.

The bathroom is tiled and has a small corner shower, toilet and bidet, sink and cabinet with a large, well lit mirror above. It was stocked with toilet tissue and liquid hand soap.

The floors throughout apartment are tile.

There is a laundry room shared by all of the apartments up a spiral staircase from the patio and a second rooftop patio alongside the laundry room. As I was here in February (and it rained almost every day for a week) I did not use the patios, but I imagine they would be a huge plus in nice weather. Although there are beds for five people in this apartment, it would be very crowded with five adults. A family with three small children could fit nicely, however.

The key holder, Fabio, responded to several e-mails within hours as I was planning this trip and he was at the apartment preparing it for me when I arrived.

The apartment was clean and the bed was made with clean, fresh smelling linens. Fabio speaks English (to an extent) and is easily accessible by cell phone or e-mail. I e-mailed him one morning to report that the bulb had burned out in the overhead bedroom light; by the time I returned to the apartment later that afternoon the bulb had been replaced.

An unexpected but much appreciated benefit was the locking armoire – I felt much better about leaving my laptop in the apartment during the day since I could lock it in there and take the key with me. However, I never felt at all unsafe here (single woman traveling alone) and had no specific reason to worry about this.

I paid €40 per night, off season, which was half of the published rate. Although I gave Fabio my credit card information to secure the rental, he did not charge my card. Instead, I paid cash, which he collected on the day I left. He did not ask for a security or damage deposit.

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