Has Anyone Rented This Apt.in Rome?

Oct 14th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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thank you so much for the information.
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Oct 16th, 2006, 06:02 AM
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Sad to say that the apt is not available during the time we wish to stay. The search continues....
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Oct 16th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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How unfortunate!!!!
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Oct 16th, 2006, 09:58 AM
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lvitaly, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful apartment. I would probably have passed on it even though it sounded so nice, simply because it looked so dark. Obviously the pictures do not do it justice.

Sheets on the furniture ... if I didn't know better, I would think that my mother took those pictures It is now bookmarked for a future trip to Rome.

Thanks again,

Nina
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Oct 17th, 2006, 06:12 AM
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Your welcome Nina.I felt i was taking a chance on this because last time i stayed at Palazzo Olivia but prices for that Apt.had gone up and i just thought i would try Sleep In Italy as a booking agent because of positive reviews of this company i had read about.I liked the location of this apt. but was a bit nervous as to how it would be considering the price seemed so resonable.In fact its gone up $10 E. because i payed $130E. per night. So i was so surprised when i got there at how nice and clean it was and the location and size was just unbelievabe, it felt as if it was to good to be true!
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Oct 17th, 2006, 06:15 AM
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Well, I've contacted Giulia at SleepinItaly and I'm looking at booking this apartment in June -- it is available, and yes it is now 140 euro per night for two people by the week.

lvitaly, I'm another former Palazzo Olivia person, but their prices are now about double what we paid three (or was it four?) years ago. And there is no AC there!
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Oct 17th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Oh Patrick you changed your name a little. I remember you!!!
Yes, i thought their prices were getting out of control, maby due to popularity, not so sure? I really wanted to go with Palazzo Olivia but like i said, given the positive feedback from Sleep In Italy and finding their prices to be reasonable allowed me the rational to take the chance.
I was scared going into this and i hate to take chances that can make or break a vacation, especially not wanting to be dissapointed in Rome of all places.But this far exceeded my expectaions of what this apartment has to offer.I may have some pics, If you want.My camera and other belongs in a small tote bag were inadvertantly left in the Atlanta Airport( so lucky it was turned in!!) and now at the local post office that i am picking up today.
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Oct 17th, 2006, 09:10 AM
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I guess that particular apartment only rents by the week because I also contacted Giulia asking if its available for 3-4 days in June and she said its not available. So NeoPatrick, I guess you changed your mind about going back to Europe next year. Good for you!!
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Oct 17th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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I know that I said this past summer was probably our "last hurrah" with my partner with Alzheimer's, but he continues to do OK. And he's the one already talking about travel next summer -- so here we go -- we hope! Just booked our FF tickets. A month stopover in NYC, then 1 week each in Rome, Siena, Venice, Paris, 2 nights in Verona for the opera, and 10 days in London. Mid May to late July.

And yes, I think that apartment is only by the week as many of the SleepinItaly ones are.
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Oct 17th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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I guess they changed their policy then because we rented for 4 nights, my parents had one apt. for three nights in Rome near Piazza Navona and also had some relatives there in another apt. near the Trevi Fountain for three nights all with Sleep In Italy.Interesting.
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Oct 17th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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Actually some of their apartments do rent for less than a week -- I think it depends on the individual owner. It seems a little odd as they price them all by the night, but many of them do require 7 night minimum, even though they don't tell you that on the individual listings.
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Oct 18th, 2006, 06:27 AM
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Interesting.If you do book you will not be dissapointed.You, being a former renter of Palazzo Olivia tells me you will be more than happy at this apt. Good Luck.
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Oct 18th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Hate to be a crepe hanger, but just a word of caution about sleepinitaly.com. I reserved and received a voucher for their Rondanini apartment in June for rental in October. One week before our departure, I received a "urgent" message that we had been changed from the Rondanini to the Soldati.

If you check out these two apartments, you will see why I issue this caution. We did NOT get what we agreed to (took yet another, and I think worse, apartment -- not the Soldati), and I would never do business with sleepinitaly.com again.

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Oct 18th, 2006, 07:36 AM
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Your experience was unfortuate,my guess is the owner canceled this, not the company. Overall, more people have had good experiences with Sleep In Italy than not.I hope they compensated you for your inconvienence.
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Oct 18th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Ivitaly, Thanks for your input. While I realize that the agencies are often at the mercy of the owners, I don't understand why they would continue to list this apartment if the owners can't be relied on to meet their commitments.

As far as compensation goes, they offered us 50 Euro off the total price for the rental and offered us a lower-rated (according to their own ratings) STUDIO with no A/C, on the ground floor, etc., etc. (NOT an apartment as we had agreed to rent). If you take a look at the 2 apartments, I am sure you will see what I mean.

We ended up in a dark, dirty, 1.5 bedroom "place" -- basically a studio with a half bedroom attached, with no where to sit, except two wooden chairs. It was awful.

I agree and undertand that mistakes happen, etc., but what I don't agree with is that the renter should pay the consequences -- not the owner by having the apartment removed by the agency nor the agency by putting us in a better, not lesser, place. This is definitely what happened in my case.
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Oct 18th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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I do agree with you wholeheartly that they should have absolutly put you in a better, not less of a quality apt. Otherwise, compensate you to your satisfaction financially.Unfortunatly, I know disruptions of this nature can certainly change the exitement or mood of one's vacation. For me, taking the chance of booking this without any feedback i could never seem to read about,( and i booked this almost 9 months in advanced)imagine my surprise for the price of it and the location not to mention how lovley it is inside, i felt so fortunate considering i took a stab in the dark so to speak.
Hopefully next time for you, it will be a more positive experience.
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Oct 18th, 2006, 09:53 AM
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That's particularly interesting about the Rondanini apt, which is the one I rented in June. I had voiced my concerns with Guilia of Sleepinitaly about switching people, and he assured me that would not be a problem with that particular apartment as the owner had a special arrangement with them and rarely if ever uses the place herself. I also mentioned that I saw it still available on another website after I had reserved it, but again he assured me that there was no way they would switch me from that particular apartment. They didn't. I'm really sorry for your problem -- and I understand it is not that uncommon for this company (like many others) to switch people last minute.
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Oct 20th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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Patrick-FYI, if you do decide to rent this apt. i do not think you will encounter this paticular problem of switching you at the last minute due to possibly the owner wanting to use it instead etc.I was let in by the owner herself, and found out that she lives in Rome. I got the impression this is her income so she needs it rented as much as possible. Also, when you recieve your confirmation from Sleep In italy, her phone will be listed so you can call and verify when the time gets closer.Her english is limited but she can understand some.
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Oct 20th, 2006, 05:58 AM
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Thanks for the reassurance.

Incidentally, when I contacted Guilia about the Minerva apt., I mentioned renting the Rondanini one in June and he "welcomed" me back. He also mentioned that he believed I had recommended the apartment to others -- which I have and several Fodorites have reserved it since. I sort of winced, since my recommendations have included the warnings about the sewer gas smell, so I'm sure he is aware that those concerns came from me. I think it actually adds leverage to our success with SleepinItaly when they know that many people are in contact -- whether they know it is through Fodor's or other means. I have already mentioned that it was "through a poster on Fodor's who recently stayed there that I found the Minerva apt." I think, keeping a company advised of this type of "networking" will slow them down from doing much switching.
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Oct 20th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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I have reserved the Rondanini for March '07. And yes, I am one of "those" who questioned Giulia regarding the sewer smell in the Rondanini after reading Patrick's comments. I have also read all the comments on slowtrav regarding the apartment switching in not just this apartment but others as well with this agency.

I will say that all my emails back and forth to Giulia have been very professional and very quickly answered. I have no reason to doubt them at this point.

And Patrick, I'm so happy you and Lee are able to plan another trip.
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