Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1099: Best Holiday House, Via Panico
2bed/1bath apartment in historic center, Rome
December 2003, 5 days
This apartment is located at #39 Via di Panico, a mixed residential/retail block just a few doors down from the Lungotevere and the Ponte S. Angelo. It is an easy walk from here to the Vatican as well as the historic center of Rome. Piazza Navona is less than five minutes by foot. The neighborhood was lively during the day but quiet at night.
There are several cafes, restaurants and small grocery stores in the neighborhood but no large supermarkets.
It is an older building in good shape. There are several apartments in the building; this rental was on the first floor (one floor up from the street) and there is an elevator. The apartment is in the front of the building and the living/dining room windows open onto the street. Since we were there in December this was not an issue but I don't think it would be a big concern in the summer months either as the street was relatively quiet at night.
There was no outside sitting area or pool.
The furnishings were in good shape and the chairs, couch, and beds were comfortable. The table in the dining/living room seats four. The apartment was clean.
The bedooms were small but serviceable and the beds were comfortable. The first floor bedroom has twin beds; the loft bedroom has a full size bed. Note that the stairs to the loft bedroom are steep and narrow and would be difficult for anyone with physical limitations.
The bathroom was small but functional with new tile and fixtures. There is a shower stall but no tub. There isn't an outlet in the bathroom which made hair drying/styling a challenge.
The kitchen is quite small with limited pots/pans/dishes. It is certainly sufficient for three or four people but not set up for gourmet cooking.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had a problem with the agency upon arrival. I booked this rental over the internet and received a confirmation. I was charged a deposit of 52 Euro and the balance of 520 Euro was due in cash upon arrival. We were sent directions to the apartment, asked to specify a time range during which we would arrive, and told that the owner would meet us at the apartment.
We arrived within the specified time frame but the owner was not there. Fortunately someone had not fully closed the street door so we were able to bring our luggage into the lobby to wait. We waited for about a half an hour but no one arrived. Finally a local shopkeeper let us use her phone to call the owner, who told us that she pays the agency to meet tenants, she does not do that herself. The shopkeeper then spoke to the agency for us because the person who answered the phone at the agency did not speak English. They told us someone would arrive within a half hour to let us in and give us keys. A young woman who spoke some English arrived about 45 minutes later, apologetic and unsure how this problem had arisen. The entire process took about an hour and a half and was an inauspicious start to our vacation.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again if it was just me and one or two others and we did not intend to cook a lot. It is a great location because it is close to everything yet a bit quieter than the more touristy Piazza Navona/Campo de' Fiori/Panthon area just a five minute walk away.
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