We were slightly lost when we arrived in L'Aquila, and we were calling Annalisa's number incorrectly, using too many digits in the number, and a neighboring store clerk helped us by calling Annalisa, who immediately came to get us, and take us to the apartment.
When she learned I was more comfortable in French than Italian, and she more comfortable in French than English, we mainly communicated en Francais. She seemed delighted to receive us, even though we were late, and hadn't been able to warn her that we were behind the agreed time of arrival. The neighborhood was surprisingly quiet for being so close to busy streets. The building was double secure, very clean, the neighborhood urban/ nice.
The home was pristine in cleanliness; I'm not exaggerating to say that the floors literally gleamed, as did every other surface. She calls it Maison Lavande (Lavender House) for its charming theme of lavender palette throughout, which she has carried off brilliantly, not overdone. The decor is very "fancy" French style, but tasteful. The bed was very comfortable, the covers warm and clean, the towels fluffy, and plenty of hot water for the bath and handheld shower.
Annalisa recommended a nearby restaurant for dinner, tucked away just a couple blocks from the apartment -- La Rupe -- was very good, and we would recommend it to friends. Delicious fresh handmade regional food, served by gracious hosts, reasonably priced.
We slept warm and comfy on a very nice bed. Our continental breakfast was perfectly to our liking, more offered than we could eat. She had given us the option the previous evening, of American style breakfast, for a slight extra charge, but what we had was perfect for us.
When it was time to go, Annalisa called us a taxi for just the right time to get us to our bus.
Annalisa has clearly traveled enough herself to know what makes a traveler comfortable and rested, and she provided it perfectly. She is a charming host, who made us feel like friends. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.