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Review 1553: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 045 Trastevere-S.Maria
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
24th - 27th June 2005, 3 days
We stayed in a flat in Trastevere (Rome). It was on the second floor of an apartment block which was otherwise filled with Roman residents. Historically Trastevere was one of areas occupied by poorer pepople and as a result it is slightly scruffy, (lots of graffiti, noisy, with narrow cobbled streets, some beautiful churches, and a huge amount of atmosphere).
There must be more cafes, restaurants, bars, trattorias, and gelaterias here per square metre than anywhere else in Rome, including several recommended in the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides to Rome. There seemed little point in making breakfast when you could get a wonderful cappucino and an apple jam-filled croissant round the corner for 1.40 euros. And that included eating outside. There was a delicatessen about 5 minutes away for basic shopping but it was more fun to eat out.
The building was an apartment block I would guess built sometime in the early part of the 20th century. It was very solidly built and cool inside, which was important as there was no air-conditioning and it was over 30 degrees. The flat had high ceilings, a large salon dual aspect with dual aspect windows with shutters, a good size bedroom (beautiful linen), a fully provided kitchen and an inner courtyard off the kitchen, filled with potted plants. The flat was obviously normally occupied by the owner, when not full of visitors, being full of his things, and not kitted out specially for tourists
There was an inner courtyard, with potted plants and with walls painted the usual Roman terracotta colour. There was a table and chairs for alfresco eating. It was overlooked by a neighbour, although this wasn't a problem.
The flat was obviously full of the owner's own things and was very comfortable with a small sofa and two quashy armchair. I didn't inspect for cleanliness but what I saw loooked fine.
Large bedroom with window onto the street. Lovely large comfortable bed. Shower room was en-suite and had everything you'd expect.
Kitchen had everything you'd need but this was summer and we weren't doing much cooking. It wasn't a kitchen I'd like to cook a full meal in but we are talking about a flat for only two people.
Problems or Bonuses
I'd say the flat was nicer and more personal than I was expecting.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This is the third time I have arranged accommodation the B & B Association of Rome and again I have been extremely pleased with the result. Their website allows you to browse by location and type of accommodtion and includes at least 4 pictures of interiors which I would say do not do justice to the places I have stayed in. They speak English very well and will tell the owner what time you are arriving but you have to make your own way to the flat and negotiate entry. A bit of Italian does help but I don't think its essential.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would go again tomorrow. I'd certainly recommend it to my best friend though not necessarily my mother who'd think it too scruffy. The scruffiness of the area might put some people off but it felt a lot safer than where I live (in London).
Things to do in this area
The whole of Rome is accessible from here. A tram takes you to Piazza Venezia in 5 minutes - or you can walk - and from here you can go anywhere. For eating and drinking I suggest the Rough Guide and the Lonely Planet Guide.
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