Read my review of the Muratte Loft which is owned by the Relais Fontana Di Trevi
For us (3 adults) it was an incredible bargain.
We paid 150 euro a night, plus 10 euro for the 3rd person's breakfast.
I slept on the pullout sofa and it was comfortable.
If you search using Gooogle for "Muratte Loft"
you will find pictures and videos of this apartment which is just over the Forno Bakery, supposed to be the oldest Bakery in Rome.
When we first arrived and I opend the window overlooking the Trevi Fountain...a few people on a walking tour under the window took my picture. I felt like George Cluney.
Look it up..if the price works for you - it is very much like the description and pictures. However the camera angles of the professional pictures is very kind...it's not as big as it looks but its far larger than hotel room.
Note: It does not have a telephone if that is an issue for you.
oh and remember when you are looking:
The second floor is called the first
and so on...
Take the floor number quoted and add 1.
Remember that most buildings have high ceilings so the flights of stairs often have more steps than in a modern building.
Even if there is an elevator... remember that these are mostly old buildings with small elevators and when if it breaks, you're going to have to use the stairs.
I don't mind stairs myself but when you have luggage it can be a pain.
We stayed in the Residenza Ca'Foscolo in Venice which was excellent. There were 5 of us so we had a big apartment which was 300 euro per night. Dont know the prices of the smaller ones but it was spotless, in a good location and well appointed.Not old and atmospheric but ikeaish with an excellent aircon (although the building is old and interesting).
We just returned from Italy and now have a love affair with this country. In Rome we rented an apartment for 3 days in the Trastevere (historical area) and it was beautiful and in the best location. Check out holiday-velvet.com. Our apartment was called "Cedro" We also went to Tuscany and stayed in Sienna and San Gimimagno. The web site Venere.com is an excellent site for honest reviews and photos. We continued on to the Cinque Terra and stayed in Monterosso and just found a place when we arrived...it was Albergo Stella Della Marina....and was everything we could hope for.
If you want and other tips, please don't hesitate to write as it helps me relive my holiday experiences.
I didn't read back just now
but I think the best place for apt reviews
is at www.slowtravel.com
Thank you, you have all been so helpful - I have lots of research to do on all your suggestions. We are now 4 travellers instead of 2 so are hoping to find a house (villa) to ourselves in Tuscany. Also need to rent a car large enough for 4 adults - 4 suitcases! Advice?
Hi very jealous 'cause we have just returned from a trip so similar to yours( May/ June 2008)and glad to assist. Firstly, I don't believe you need a car in the Cinque Terre Venice or Florence; it would probably be a nuisance .Try organise it that you take the car when you are going to do Tuscany.By the way Florence is in Tuscany but we were advised by T/A members NOT to try drive in Florence.we listened and it was the best advice.We stayed at a really great little family run hotel in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre called Villa Steno.Can also give you advice on other hotels, areas to visit and where to stay deopending on your budget and how long you intend being in each place so please let me know if you need any further assistance.You are sooooooooooooo lucky..We are hooked on Italy!!!!!
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