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Trastevere: Pamphili House

Via Vitellia 81, Phone: 6.5376017

Reviewed by: Rebecca Taylor from Italy, review #1586

When: July 2006

I was so surprised to find such a nice, safe, comfortable place, so close to the center for so little money.

Pamphili House is only 20 minutes from central Rome on a very reliable tramline that takes you through Trastevere. It is on the fifth floor of a residential apartment building with an elevator. All the rooms look on to extensive communal gardens or into a large green court yard. It was a five minute walk to all types of shops and restaurants.

The building was early eighties and lacking in character but the bathrooms much newer. The beds were comfortable, the whole place immaculately clean, the linen wonderfully laundered and there was plenty of hot water. The rooms had phones and ceiling fans and there was a fridge for communal use in the hall.

In July, I had to sleep with the window open. It was quiet and very safe.

There were two rooms sharing each bathroom and the owner allocated the bathroom so you would only share with the occupants of one other room. The other guests left their toiletries in the bathroom and often bedroom doors were open as people were relaxing, so it felt a bit like a family.

There were four bedrooms in total. My bed was very comfortable and had charming embroidered linen. I had four towels. The bathrooms were modern and like those in a standard home with large shower stalls, basin, W.C. and bidet. They all had fans and windows with frosted glass. They were furnished with soap, shampoo and sachets of "Sapone Intimo" for the ladies.

The kitchen was a standard Italian kitchen and the owner served a light breakfast each morning of bread, crackers, jam, butter, tea, coffee, yoghurt and juice. It was not for the use of guests generally but the owner was obliging and would heat babies' bottles, etc. When he left for the day he locked the kitchen but in the hall was a fridge and kettle.

There was no outdoor area but two rooms had balconies looking over the public gardens.

I wish the owner very good fortune and hope that any one reading this will try his pensione.

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