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Review 1627: RomePower.com, R/008 - Zeus
2bed/2bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
July 20 - Aug 2, 2005, Two weeks
The apartment is ideally located on a quite cobblestone street (via Giraud) off Corso Vittorio. It's between Piazza Navona and the Vatican about a five minute walk to both. It's next to other upscale apartments and close to many major attractions of Rome including Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese. The neighborhood is charming with a maze of small streets filled with shops, restaurants and cafes.
The nearest restaurant (indoor and upscale) is 10 meters away. There's a cafe next door. There are dozens of cafes and restaurants on all the surrounding streets. The closest place for groceries is about 50 meters away which is a "super market" with all the essentials at a good price. There are also fruit stores, a wine shop and a butcher around the corner. Finding great food and drink, to take in or have out, is no problem.
The apartment is located in a charming four level building that seems somewhat old but in Rome that's a very relative term. It is well maintained and has only one apartment per floor. This apartment is the penthouse on the top floor. The street is narrow and quiet with very little traffic. The security is good with a locked door to the lobby and a locked gate to get to the lift area. The apartment door also has a lock and there is an intercom system to let visitors in.
There is a kitchen with everything you need and new appliances. There is a dining room (with TV) and a good size livingroom with satelite TV (CNN, BCC, Sky channels...) and a ceiling fan. There are two bedrooms each with a bath. There is also a small upstairs office area with high speed internet connection, a printer and a beautiful view of Rome.
One of the nicest features of the apartment are the two private terraces. The lower terrace is off the dining and living rooms and is surrounded by plants. It has a table with umbrella to enjoy morning coffee and an evening cocktail. The upper terrace, off the office, provides beautiful views of Rome including Castel S. Angelo.
The furnishings are in great shape with all of the comforts of home. It was very clean and plenty of room for me and my wife and could easily accomodate 2 more people in the second bedroom. There are ceiling fans in the master bedroom and livingroom and a stand up fan in the second bedroom. It's nicely decorated and has a fireplace.
My wife and I stayed in the master bedroom which has air conditioning and a very comfortable bed. The master bath has a stand up shower which was very refreshing and worked well. The second bedroom has two twin beds and a bath with a tub. It was so quiet and cool in the master bedroom, it was difficult getting up in the morning.
The kitchen is small but has every thing you need. There is a clothes washer/dryer that allowed us to travel light. There is a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, stove, oven, etc. There are plenty of dishes and glasses and silverware. We did not cook very much (not at all!) but everything is there if you want to. We did make coffee in the morning and enjoyed having fruit, cheese and bread. It's nice having breakfast on the terrace without having to get dressed and buy a 5 euro cup of cappuccino like you would at a hotel.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surpise was the apartment was nicer than expected and really grew on my wife and I during our stay. I was also surprised that I saw one or two other people in the building while we were there. Rome was very hot while we were there but the fans, AC and terraces made it very comfortable.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency, Romepower.com could not have been more professional, friendly and accommodating. It took very little time to book the arrangement (I booked 3 days before departure!). Marco, the primary person we dealt with, was always available if I had a question. He helped me select the right apartment based on price, location and availability. The web site was very useful.
He arranged to have my wife and I picked up and dropped off at the airport which went flawlessly. A person (Italian American) was waiting for us when we arrived at the apartment to explain the features and give us tips about where to shop for groceries and good restaurants in the area. Everyone from Romepower.com that I dealt with spoke perfect english and had a good sense of humour. There were also no hidden fees. The price of the apartment was not cheap but a good value. Compared to a first class hotel in Rome, its a good deal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, even my best friend! I was hesitant on giving this review since it might make it more difficult for me to rent it again in the future, which I intend to do. The service Romepower.com provided was so good and the apartment was so nice, I felt compelled to do so. Honest.
Things to do in this area
Just get a map of Rome and locate the apartment and you will see there are too many interesting things to descibe in one paragraph. This place is in the heart of Rome near all the major sites. One good restaurant is Santa Lucia located in the trees of Largo Febo. There is also a good, although pricey, restaurant in Piazza Farnese on the left hand side of the French Embassy. It's not traditional Roman food but good and the views of the Palazzo are worth it.
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