Extended stay review
recensione inoltrata: 16 maggio 2013
Data soggiorno: febbraio 2013
I stayed at La Casa Rosa for approximately six weeks, from the end of February until mid-April, 2013. El Puerto de Santa Maria is a lovely town and this flat is conveniently situated within the city, allowing you to walk with ease to the beach, the train station, the grocery store, and any number of historical sites, bars, cafes or restaurants found here. If you want to practice your Spanish, look no further, as you will encounter only a few people who speak it (save your hosts, who both speak great English). That said, you needn't worry at all about any language barrier, as the locals are friendly and they'll go out of their way to help you. (Also, Germans speakers, take note that the town of Jerez de la Frontera, a simple train ride away, seems to be especially accommodating.)
If you are planning to spend any extended time in the apartment, I offer the following advice and observations:
There is no large cutting knife (the kind used for chopping vegetables, etc.). If you plan on doing any cooking, you should be aware of this. Also, the kitchen does not have an oven (but it does have a microwave, an electric stove top, a dishwasher, and a washing machine).
If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs. The master bedroom faces the street and the noise from the street (even with the shutters on the windows) can be intense. The building is also old and it is hardly soundproof, so plan on hearing footsteps, crying children, and everyday activities.
Conchi and Luis, your hosts, seem to be willing to do most anything to help you enjoy your time in "El Puerto," so if you need recommendations or any assistance, they really are genuinely kind and helpful people. (One day, Conchi brought me a bag of vegetables from the farmers market just because she thought I'd like them. Before I left, Conchi made me a compilation of Flamenco CDs.) That said, if you need your space, they will respect your privacy. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than that, when renting a flat in a building in which the owners also live.
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