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Review 1775: Owner, Via dei Chiavari (#22504)
1bed/1bath near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
September 2004, 6 weeks (3 in Feb, 3 in Sept)
This SMALL apartment (think 1 car garage) is at the center for Rome tourism. 1 block from the Largo Argentina, 2 from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, 1 from the Campo dei Fiori - it is all about location, location, location.
There was a grocery store one block away, a place for a morning cappucino 100 yards south and the great Cafe San Eustachio about 2 blocks north. The closest restaurant was the worst (El Diavolo) and it was 100 feet away. The rest of the restaurants in the area ranged from 4 star to small mom and pop places. There is an excellent bakery about 1 block south (Il Forno) and we regularly had fresh pizza from the oven for lunch.
This apartment is an extremely small ground floor rental. There was a garage entrance on the south side and a warehouse storage space on the north. It is across the street from a fantastic shoe store. There were no other apartments in the building although east of the apartment across a courtyard (not accessible from the apartment) is a small convent.
The apartment is 2 stories with the combined kitchen, sitting room, bathroom (think small boat size bathroom) on the ground floor and a spiral staircase up to the bedroom which has a good queen bed with room on 3 sides of the bed along with a fairly spacious closet. It is fairly noisy due to Rome street noises although not as noisy as an actual location on Campo dei Fiori. The staircase is polished wood so it can be slippery.
The apartment definitely has its eccentricities. Primary is the electricity. The switch box fuse will blow if you have 2 major appliances going at once. Water heater and stove, space heater and microwave, etc. It's easily re-set and you just have to be aware of what is turned on and using electricity.
There is no exterior area associated with this unit although we allocated the parking space in front of it and plopped down a couple of plastic lawn chairs but essentially we were on a Roman street.
The living room futon/couch has a tendency to lose one of its boards but it is easily repaired. This is a two person rental MAX. There is a small gate leg table that when it is set up takes up most of the main floor with 2 chairs and the futon. When we added my wheelchair or mobility scooter it was cramped.
The apartment is immaculately clean when you arrive. Linens are provided weekly. If you need anything like extra pillows, blankets, Sergio the landlord will provide it within 24 hours.
The single queen bed was very comfortable. The futon was a futon. I had brought an air mattress in September because I knew that the staircase was no longer negotiable for me. With an air mattress even the futon was comfortable but it did require setting up and taking down the air mattress every morning. My niece stayed upstairs. We have been at this location once in the depths of winter and once when it was 90 degrees. Both times the apartment was comfortable, with the winter stay being more so. NO AC but there was excellent cross ventilation with the overhead fan blowing.
The kitchen is not great for cooking full meals. It is a small 3 burner stove and a microwave along with a college dorm refrigerator. It is certainly adequate for morning coffee, and I did cook some small meals on the stove. There were a few pots and pans - obviously cast offs.
Problems or Bonuses
The primary surprise was just how incredible this location is. We are used to a superb location when we stay in Rome (usually at Teatro de Valle with friends) and this location is equal to that. The neighborhood adopted me and made sure that no one parked in front of our door so that I could get my wheelchair or scooter in and out of the doorway.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agent representative is the landlord. It's Sergio and he owns the apartment. He wants to make sure you enjoy your stay. He had no problems taking calls from me at all hours (8-9 hour difference made it difficult to call when booking). His English is certainly good and he was professional and efficient. The price was 450 euro for a week. I believe it is still the same.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again (and have). Several friends have also stayed here and been happy with the rental. This is not for the person who stays in 4 star hotels and wants room service. It is a small apartment on a ground floor. It is honestly represented on the website. For 450 euro I feel it is the steal of the Roman apartment market.
Things to do in this area
As said earlier this apartment is at the center for tourism in Rome. Almost everything (including the Vatican) is within walking distance and my walking distance is how far my scooter battery lasts or hubby's pushing my wheelchair. It is 2 blocks from the Largo Argentina (a major public transportation hub) so you can catch a tram, bus or cab easily.
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