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How to choose the best location for accommodation in Rome and Paris?

Jul 30th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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How to choose the best location for accommodation in Rome and Paris?

Looking up for accommodations can be quite addicting. So if you have to look for accommodations for five cities, it is quite a fun and time consuming endeavor. For now, I am succeeding in finding accommodation for two of the five cities. The rest will come later. Once again we a family of four with two young adults.
I did my homework and found some good ones in Rome and in Paris. When we have quite a few choices and we examined the apartment for so many times, yet we could not decide on one of them. We need the Rome and Paris experts to come to our rescue.

In Rome, there are a few apartments that we liked. Each apartment is located in different areas of Rome but all very desirable. We find sleepinitaly site rates very reasonable and easy to locate.
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_panico.html south east of Vatican
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_veniero.html north of Vatican
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_gesu.html central location but is on 4th, no lift.
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_falegnami.html attraction apartment, 1st floor.
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_galimberti.html this one is away from the crowds.
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/ap...ficazione.html close to Metro Barberlini.

For Paris, we find a neat little website who offered only six apartment for rent. Have anyone visited these apartments while in Paris. Prices are reasonable.
http://www.paris-holiday.com/paris_a...nt_louvre.html near Louvre.
http://www.paris-holiday.com/paris_a...ffeltower.html near Eiffeltower
http://www.paris-holiday.com/paris_a...cre_coeur.html Near train transfer to airport.
http://www.paris-holiday.com/paris_a...rais_area.html Near train transfer to airport.

I know it takes up quite a bit of time for my fellow Fodorites to read this and I thank you for that.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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Simple answer is in Paris the Metro makes everything pretty easy to get to but I would choose the area around the Louvre. In Rome Most of the touristy stuff is in a triangle from Termini train station to the Vatican to the colliseum. The triangle is only a couple of miles on each side so anywhere within that is convenient to most stuff you will be going to see.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 01:39 PM
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GoPlanB: Have you worked with sleepinitaly before? I am just wondering because I booked an apartment with them for next June, but it took about a week of back and forth emails before I was given an apartment. First I emailed what I wanted, then she sent back what was available, then I emailed again dates and what I wanted, then she contacts the owner or comes back with a yes or no. What I'm saying is that the one we ended up with is not what I first inquired about, it took a lot of back and forth. So I would suggest inquiring now and see what she comes up with.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Oops, my dear happytotravel, i do not know much about sleepinitaly yet, from what i read from you, not as efficient?
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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They're all that way, SIL is no different than any other agency in that way. I rented a Rome apt from them in January and they were highly efficient and answered all my questions via email and dealt with an issue at the apt very promptly.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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No, don't get me wrong, it is just different. A lot of the Paris apartments have the quick availability check, where as in Rome, I think many people list with several agencies, so I think it requires that the agency personally check for each apartment. It just took a little longer, than what I was used to with Paris. I would suggest emailing Sleep in Italy with your dates and area preference and see what she comes up with.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 03:21 PM
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GoPlanB, I just finished researching Rome apartments today! I used tripadvisor.com, venere,com, & slowtrav.com. Great review boards. Below is the link to slowtrav.com apartment reviews - it was a great help for reviewing the honesty, etc. of the agencies. I was not impressed with Sleep in Italy, but I wasn't impressed with a whole list of agencies. So I decided to stay away from agencies.

I found the following good reviews:
1. Domas International, a smaller agency, is an exception for me because it has a good reputation (domusintl.com)

2. Residence Barberini-all apartments in one building with a front desk staff; steps from the Barberini metro & Via Veneto (residencebarberini.com). I selected this one because #3 below was not available. no resv. dep; no sec. dep; all utilities included.

3. Dolce Roma (dolceroma.com); owner; my 1st choice, but booked.

4. Residenza Giubbonari (residenzagiubbonari.com); owner

5. Navona Suites Rome (navonasuitesrome.com); my last choice. No sec. dep; all utilities included. We stayed there last year. I think the prices are higher than others & don't get as much, but location (P.Navona) is great. If you can't find anything else, at least this is clean, safe, no bugs, trustworthy! owner

I looked for other owner apartments with good reviews, but sadly struck out. Maybe someone else can offer some good ones.

Sorry I don't know how to enter a link you can click, but you can copy & paste these.
1. SlowTrav list of apartment reviews--
http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/list.asp?r=Rome

Following are the 1st 4 reviews of Sleep in Italy - some not so good.
http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/review.asp?n=2832

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/review.asp?n=2751

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/review.asp?n=2744

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/vr/review.asp?n=2701

Good luck, Julie
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