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Review 4995: Sleep in Italy, Coronari Lauro
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
May 2011, 4 nights
The apartment was in an excellent location in the Centro Storico, close to the Piazza Navona but on a quiet, narrow road (Via dei Coronari) that only taxis and service vehicles seemed to travel (slowly) down. We were superbly placed for walking to almost everywhere (we soon got to know the winding maze of little cobbled streets) with a bus route running at the end of the road for ventures further afield. It felt a very safe and pleasant area.
There was a small Carrefour Express opposite the building, where we shopped for our basic needs for breakfast and lunches and a nice looking deli/sandwich shop directly opposite the building entrance that always seemed to be having little events like wine tasting etc., going on - we would have tried it out with more time! There are some market stalls selling fruit about five minutes walk away. The wonderful Gelateria del Teatro was out of the front door and about 20 yards away around the corner with an array of interesting and delicious flavours. There were restaurants in the street and many, many more within minutes walk.
The building was old and solid, with 14 apartments listed - we were on the top floor with another apartment up a half flight and to the back. The ceiling of the living room was beamed. The apartment was quiet - it didn't front onto the street, but to the side and onto an inner courtyard. We were on the fourth floor (with no lift), with two half flights per floor. There was a strange acoustic effect of coming down the stairs and it sounding as though the street was very busy but then finding just one or two people passing the building or sitting outside the sandwich shop! There is a heavy door to the entrance lobby with bins and post boxes then a substantial, key operated metal inner gate. We often passed other residents of the building and everyone was very friendly and polite.
The apartment door led into the spacious living room with a big (convertible to a bed when occupied by four) sofa, a desk, bookshelves, dining table and chairs. There is an exit through a French window up small flight of steps to a small roof terrace. A door then led to a corridor, off which was the bedroom to the back - the corridor widened out to become a galley kitchen and then led on to the back door to the other, main terrace. Just before the back door was the door to the bathroom.
You can view the property directly: Coronari Lauro.
The back terrace was lovely for sitting out for lunch or for an evening drink - big enough for a table and chairs and room to walk around it. It faced into the inner courtyard, so very quiet except for the occasional wave from a neighbour.
The apartment was clean and all the furniture was of good quality. The windows had curtains and shutters. There was air-conditioning (a/c) in the living room and the bedroom - opening the windows when we were in to allow a through draught kept it cool and we only used the a/c once. There was a flat-screen TV.
The bed was large (160cm) and comfortable for me, though I should say I like firm beds. The bedroom was larger than it seemed on the website photo - there was a big wardrobe for clothes storage and extra bedding. The bathroom was small, with a sink, toilet, bidet and full shower cubicle with a door. It wasn't a very big cubicle but fine for my average build.
The kitchen had a double electric hob (not gas as stated on the website), a microwave, toaster and fridge. It was a galley kitchen but spacious enough to prepare our lunches and breakfasts - there was enough space and equipment to cook more substantial meals (although no oven). There were adequate and good quality pans, dishes and cutlery. (And pleasing for us, from the UK, a teapot and kettle!)
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I found the agency easy to work with - both on line and in person and they spoke excellent English. I received a phone call a couple of days before we were arrive, saying the owner would not be able to meet us as arranged but that an agency representative would be there. She (Silvia) gave me her cell phone number and I texted her when we were in the baggage hall and she was there when we arrived - she was able to explain all the details about the flat and take the balance of the payment.
The photographs and descriptions on the website were accurate, as far as I could see. We paid €120 per night in May, plus and end of let cleaning fee of €35. The deposit of €103 was paid by credit card, with the balance of €412 paid in cash on arrival.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We were very pleased with the location and size of the flat and would stay here or similar again. I would also use Sleep in Italy again and recommend them as an agency.
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