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Review 5635: Owner, Le Armelline (#1052150)
2bed/2bath apartment in Lecce, Puglia
October, 2013, One week
Le Armelline is a lovely apartment located in the heart of Lecce's historic center. Within 1000 feet of Piazza Sant'Oronzo, it is nestled among Lecce's incredible baroque architecture.
Shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars are all within a very short walking distance from the apartment. There was absolutely no need for a car while we were in Lecce. And there is a taxi stand conveniently located in the main Piazza nearby, if needed.
Very recently renovated to a very high standard, the apartment has all the modern conveniences while retaining the lovely details of the original structure. There were two large bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a sleeping loft.
It was spotlessly clean and all of the essentials are covered, too -- the beds were comfortable, the plumbing was all up-to-date and new, the kitchen well-stocked with utensils and cutlery.
The apartment is located on the Corte delle Armelline, along with several other apartments. While we could hear neighbors during the day when our windows were open, thick stone walls kept the apartment quiet at night.
The apartment has a small private courtyard with a table, sun umbrella and chairs. It's the perfect place for having breakfast in the morning (or drying your clothes during the day).
The furniture was very comfortable, the linens were clean and soft (we were provided fresh towels at the mid-point of our week). The living room was converted to make the second bedroom, so when we were in the apartment, we gathered around the kitchen table, furnished with comfortable chairs.
We felt that we had plenty of room. And, of course, most of our time was spent sightseeing or at cooking classes.
The beds were very comfortable. The bed in the master bedroom appeared to be king-sized and featured a newly renovated en suite bathroom. The other bedroom appeared to be queen sized and was next to another bathroom.
I'm fairly picky about the bathrooms in rentals (I won't rent unless I see pictures of all the bathrooms), and I was very impressed with the quality of Le Armelline's facilities.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Working with the owners, Maurizio and Paola, was extremely easy. They responded quickly to my initial emails and communicated frequently prior to our visit. The live in an adjacent apartment and were available if anything went wrong (nothing did). While they were very close by, the were also unobtrusive.
We felt that the rental price was an outstanding value, a fraction of what we would have had to pay if we booked rooms at a hotel.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay at Le Armelline again. The location, amenities, charm, and reasonable price make it an unbeatable value.
Things to do in this area
There is much to see and do in Lecce and the surrounding area. Our main focus for the week was cooking school (www.theawaitingtable.com), so there were many things we didn't get a chance to visit.
Puglia, in general, seems to be less visited compared to Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, etc. I really appreciated being in an area that hasn't succumbed to hordes of tourists and having an opportunity to immerse myself in the culture of the town.
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