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Review 4483: Sleep in Italy, Via dei Pastini


Review by SlowTalk Forum Reviews from NJ

1bed/1bath apartment near Pantheon, Rome


May 2009, 4 nights


I rented Apartment Pastini from Sleep in Italy for four nights at the end of May last year. It had its pluses and minuses:

  • high/coved ceilings, wood floors
  • 1 bedroom (double bed, no mezzanine lofts with stairs to bed)
  • 1 bath with window
  • Small kitchen to prepare breakfasts
  • Large windows that open, lots of light with a view of something other than a wall
  • Air conditioning in at least the bedroom (Not sure about this ... check with the agency)
  • Up two flights of stairs
  • No WiFi, but it has a small TV
  • Terrace

The sizable terrace has a table and chairs, which is nice, but it's an internal terrace surrounded by multi-story apartments -- lots of sounds of Rome daily coming from those apartments, which we actually found interesting.

The front room overlooks the incredibly busy Via Pastini. We arrived there on Saturday, and Saturday night on the pedestrian-only street was so noisy! Have you ever been serenaded by opera singers and accordion players all night? We were! Quite an experience. The other nights were far quieter. Fortunately, the bedroom is in the middle of the apartment, and it has doors so you can close off a lot little of the noise. Unfortunately, our son and his friend were sleeping on the couch in the living area, so they weren't so lucky. If there are only two people (recommended), it will be OK, I think.

It looks pretty much like the pictures on the agency websites, though they do make it look a little bigger than it is. The furnishings were adequate.

The bathroom was small but serviceable, and the kitchen was all we needed since we only used it to prepare breakfasts and a la carte meals we prepared from produce bought at the markets and ate on the terrace.

The best part of the apartment, aside from the terrace, was the fabulous location within steps of the Pantheon and convenient to everything else we wanted to do in Rome. We had stayed in the Termini area on another trip -- the Pantheon area was far, far better. By the way, it was great fun to walk between the al fresco dining tables along the street and open the front door to the apartment while the diners watched. Felt kind of special!

Would I return to the Pastini apartment? Probably not, but only because I've stayed there already -- I'm always up for new adventures.

That's my two cents.

Note: This review was originally posted in the Italy forum by Slow Traveler Aprillilacs, and has been added to the review listings by the forum Moderators. Click here to access the forum discussion.

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