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Review 1628: Rental In Rome, Principe Eugenio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment near train station, Rome
October 2004, 5 Nights
This apartment is located across the street from Piazza Vittorio, within walking distance of the Termini train station. The website claims it is "a few steps from the Colosseum", but it is more than a few. We walked it, but I'd recommend the metro, a stop for which really is only steps from the apartment.
There is a supermarket across the street and about a block down. A bar with good coffee and pastry in the morning on the bottom floor of the apartment building. Excellent walking access for coffee and groceries.
The building and apartment were clean and well maintained. There was a lift (elevator). It was quiet, we rarely saw the other inhabitants. There was never loud noise from any other apartments. The windows toward the street had heavy shutters and double pane glass, so city noise was not a problem.
No sitting area out side. The front entrance is right out to the sidewalk and city street. No pool.
Most of the furniture was nice. A lot of wood and antique looking pieces. The couches and chairs, however, looked like cheap Ikea style furniture. The apartment was very clean, with pleanty of seating for our family of five.
The couches and chairs that doubled as beds. Our kids slept on these and didn't have any complaints. The master bedroom has a bed on the floor, which was comfortable enough, but somewhat challenging getting in and out of after being stiff and sore from walking all over Rome. There is one bathroom with a toilet and bidet. A shower, no bathtub.
The kitchen has a good selection of pots, pans, silverware and glasses. The refrigerator is small like one you would put in an office. The range top is electric. There is a small toaster oven.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I made the reservations by email. They accept credit cards via Paypal, and require a deposit. They act as if you need to pay the balance in cash upon arrival, but I asked if we could go ahead and pay via Paypal a few days before we left for Italy, and they accepted it. All email exchanges were with Anna. She gave me the cell phone number of "Miss Christina" who was at the apartment cleaning when we arrived on the train. Between her broken English and my wife's broken Italian she managed to guide is in, and met us on the corner.
The photo of the apartment on the website is actually the building across the street, shot from the window of the actual apartment. The building looks identical, so we went to the wrong place, and kept calling Miss Christina who insisted she was right in front. My wife laughed about it later saying that they probably looked at the photo and said, "eh? Close enough!".
The cost of the apartment was 130 Euro per night. It was a bargain for five people, since we would have had to get two hotel rooms for that number, and each room would have likely been more than 130 Euros per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this apartment, especially for couples traveling with kids who don't mind sleeping on beds that are really Ikea style couches and chairs in the living room. Or, just couples travelling alone. I think we were much happier here than we would have been in a hotel. In fact, we have rented the same apartment again for another trip to Rome this October.
Things to do in this area
Everything that you can do in Rome can be done from this location, either by walking (sometimes long distances), or jump on the Metro at Vittorio Emmanuel, just steps away. Everything you need as far as food, shopping, ATM access is right there. Our favorite restaurant in the area was called "Noah's Ark", about two blocks away. It had great Pizza and atmosphere. The street nearby is lined with every kind of shop.
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