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Review 1102: Regent Suites, Prati 2 Bedroom (#420)

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Review by ellens from NJ who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath apartment near the Ottaviano metro stop, Rome


When

April 2003, 1 week

Location

The apartment is located at Via Rodi, 43 (between Via Della Giuliana and Via Trionfale), about six blocks north of the entrance to the Vatican museums. It is well serviced by the #23 and #70 buses which stop at the corner of Via Rodi and Via Della Giuliana. The Ottaviano metro stop is a five minute walk.

This is a residental block with a few retail shops and restaurants at street level. The buildings on the street are all approximately ten stories high.

Nearby Amenities

There were several cafes and small grocers as well as a butcher within a block of the apartment. There is a mid-size discount grocery store on Via Trionfale just north of Circonvallazione Trionfale. The nearest supermarket is on Via Cola di Rienzo, where there are also several gourmet stores.

The House/Apartment

The building is relatively modern, for Rome, and is in good shape. There is a security entrance into a good size lobby and an elevator (the apartment is located on the seventh floor). There are approximately 20-30 apartments in the building.

Garden

There is no garden or pool but the apartment has two balconies; a small service balcony off the kitchen for laundry and a larger balcony with seating in the front of the apartment off the living/dining room.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were a bit worn but acceptable. There is no "living room" per se; the main room is furnished with a dining table and chairs. The couch is located in the second bedroom and opens into a full size bed.

The apartment was clean but not spotless.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The main bedroom is a good size and has a full bed, built-in closets and a TV. The second bedroom is small and has a couch that opens into a full bed.

Kitchen

The kitchen was usable for preparing small meals. There is a small table in the kitchen that seats two. There are enough pots/pans/dishes for three or four people.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency was easy to deal with but the arrival process was a bit strained. The owner (or his representative, I was never sure) met us at another building on the block. We found the building but only stumbled on him because his wife happened to be coming back from a walk and saw us trying to find an entrance. Neither he nor his wife speak any English at all so all communication was through my limited Italian and hand signals.

We paid $110/night (paid in advance by credit card) for seven nights in April 2003 (the week before Easter).

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would recommend this apartment with reservations. The location is great but the apartment is limited. It was fine for my nephew and I but I wouldn't want to be there with more people because of the lack of living room seating (it gets uncomfortable after a while to sit at the table). However, the price is very good for the location and the safety (security entrance).

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