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Review 936: Sleep in Italy, Via del Lavatore


Review by tc from CA

1bed/1bath apartment near Trevi Fountain, Rome


May 2004, 4 nights


This apartment was listed with several rental companies, but Sleep In Italy had the cheapest price (110 euro/night). I had read several good reviews of this rental company before I decided to book with them. True to the reviews I read, the staff was very helpful. All my communications with the company were done through email with Guilia Amato.

My rental criteria were no more than 120 euro/night, no higher than American 2nd floor without an elevator and we wanted to be in the Pantheon or Piazza Navona area. Unfortunately by the time we booked, all the apts. that meet my criteria were taken. The one on Via del Lavatore was still open, so we booked it. The rental company asked for a deposit of about 88 euro and the rest was to be paid in cash upon arrival.

This apt. is on the American 4th floor (European 3rd floor), but fortunately there’s a very small elevator. By small, I mean TINY! We were only able to fit ourselves and our 21’’ wheeled luggage in there (with no room to spare). The apt. looks exactly like the pictures on the website. The apt. is situated on a very busy street (mainly pedestrians, but vehicles can still drive through), just 1.5 blocks from the Trevi Fountain. When the crowds died down at night, we can actually hear the water in the fountain from the living room!

On our last night there, I made my husband go down there with me at 1 AM to enjoy the fountain all lit up without the crowds. It was very magical. Because the apt. is on a very busy street, we heard all the noise down below, but luckily the bedroom is in the back (facing other residential buildings) so it was very quiet at night except for the hourly ringing of church bells.

The main problem we had with the owner was that he spoke only a few words of English and we spoke no more than 40 words of Italian. So, it was very amusing to figure out what he was saying to us. But luckily he used a lot of hand gestures so we were able to understand him. He showed us how to operate the stove and how to lock the doors. The one thing I didn’t ask him was how to use the washing machine. This is where the Slow Traveler’s “How to use an Italian washing machine” came in handy. After we paid him the remaining balance, the owner wished us a good stay in Rome and left.

This apt. is well stocked with kitchen related stuff along with soaps, paper towels, cleaning products. We didn’t cook, so I didn’t take inventory of the cupboards. It was nice to have laundry detergent provided for us so we didn’t have to go shopping for it. An added bonus was that the owner/previous tenants left helpful information about Rome in the apt. (e.g. maps, restaurant recommendations, articles on Rome, etc.)

The location is pretty convenient. You can easily walk to the Spanish Steps and Pantheon within 15 mins. The Colisseum is about a 25 mins. walk from this apt. We took the bus when we went to Vatican City, but the rest of time we just walked everywhere.

Overall, our experience was very positive. We would definitely rent from SleepInItaly again and would recommend this apt. to anyone looking for an apt. in a good location. Although the next time we’re in Rome, we would like to stay in the Pantheon area.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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