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Review 1001: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Largo del Pallaro
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October, 2003, 4 nights
Great location! Literally around the corner, only steps away from the Campo dei Fiori, which is an extremely convenient location in Rome. We walked everywhere. The apartment is on the 3rd (4th American) floor of an old building - no elevator - with a winding staircase and slightly narrow marble steps. It was quite a workout! Being up that high, it was very quiet and peaceful, and had a nice view out of the living room windows of the city (not of the Campo, though).
We walked everywhere. Right next door was a fabulous restaurant and around the corner was the Campo de Fiori with its market by day, restaurants by night. It's also a very short walk to the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. It's a comfortable walk to St. Peters in one direction, Trastevere in another, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Forum.
The building was old, but in good shape. I guess there were other apartments on the other floors, but we never saw anyone else.
There was no outside terrace or sitting area.
The apartment has a modern decor with lots of interesting artwork on the walls. There was a futon couch in the living room, so you could have someone sleep out there, but I don't think it would have been very comfortable. I think the apartment is best for 2 people. It was clean, but not spotless, there was some dust.
The bedroom was small but the the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was, as is typical, small. There was a stand up shower, no tub. The hot water was not reliable, went in and out a bit. We took short showers. There was plenty of closet space.
The kitchen was fine for the minimal cooking that we did. It was stocked with juice, milk, cereal, bread, jam and a few other basics for us, which was a nice touch. We bought our own Illy coffee and there was a stovetop espresso maker for us to use. There was also a washing machine in the kitchen, which was a little confusing to use, but we managed.
Problems or Bonuses
One problem was that the door was very difficult to open. The owner had warned us that it was tricky and showed us that it involved kicking it at just the right time with the right pressure while turning the key. However, as soon as we tried to open it for the first time on our own, it simply would not work, we finally got it after about 15 minutes of us each trying (and a lot of swearing). It was so difficult that we had to come up with a "McGiver" solution that involved one person pulling the bottom of the door with a strap, fastened to the inside as the other person was turning the key - it worked, but it was pretty comical! And I'm not sure what we would have done if I hadn't had just the right kind of strap.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Everything went smoothly with the booking, all done via email - we paid one night upfront with our credit card and the remaining in cash to the owner when he met us at the apartment. He spoke fluent English and went through all the details of the house. He gave us his number to call if we had any questions, but after we figured out the door problem, we didn't need to call him. I think the apartment is a great value for the location, we paid 128 Euros a night in Oct 2003.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, as long as the couple of annoyances that I mentioned wouldn't bother you. And I would stay here again, unless I found something in the same location for the same price that looked nicer.
Things to do in this area
Everything is at your doorstep. The restaurant next door (that I can't remember the name of) was excellent and you can't beat the ambiance of the restaurants at the Campo de Fiori. There are also many great cafes, pizzarias, bakeries and gelaterias all around you.
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