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Review 1838: Comfortitalia, Argentina
4bed/2bath apartment in the historic center, Rome
October 2005, 5 days
This apartment is in the historic centre of Rome, and I can recommend the location without hesitation. I will definitely stay here again. Within just a few minutes stroll we could get to the Pantheon, Campo di Fiori and the Jewish quarter. It is in a great area, an absolutely perfect base for exploring the city. Spectacular views. If you want to throw your coins in the Trevi fountain, then it is a beautiful walk. It's a longer walk to the Vatican, but then again taxis are cheap and plentiful, with both buses and a taxi rank right on your doorstep.
Everything we needed was nearby: gelato for sale right on our front doorstep, supermarkets nearby for basics as well as good quality food at a larger supermarket for any evenings you want to cook it. You are spoiled for choice with restaurants (if you use the Rick Steve's guides, then one recommendation for lunch is just a few doors away.) The open air market at Campo dei Fiori is just around the corner.
The apartment is huge, grand, spectacular. I loved it. Four large bedrooms (two doubles, one single, one bunkbeds.) It had its idiosyncrasies, but that only added to the charm: Chinese prints and stuffed tigers sitting alongside catholic iconography. The beds were comfortable, plenty of hot water, big fridge, huge TV. The amazing views benefited from modern double glazing, so the apartment was quiet.
The apartment is well appointed with good quality furniture. Everything was clean, as you would expect. Clearly the apartment is a family home, so there are packets of food in the cupboards and toys in the bedrooms, books on the shelves and other personal possesions around. Huge dining room table seating 8 easily, two big sofas and armchairs in the living area, big table and folding chairs in the kitchen.
Two BIG bedrooms, plus two good sized bedrooms. Two clean bathrooms, one with a shower, one with only a tub. I think the bathrooms were the only aspect of the apartment that could be subject to minor criticism: small additions like a better quality bathroom fittings and better quality towels would make a difference. But keep it all in perspective: the bathrooms were perfectly fine for our group.
We cooked in a couple of nights to keep the kids happy, and the kitchen was fitted with everything we needed. Modern oven and hob, dishwasher, American style side by side fridge freezer. The kitchen showed signs of its mixed Italian/Chinese ownership, but that made it all the more interesting. The best feature of the kitchen was its wonderful view over the church spire. In addition to the kitchen, there was a utility room with washer/dryer which we made use of.
Problems or Bonuses
Only good surprises. The best suprise was learning upon our arrival that the apartment was located on the square where Julius Caesar was assassinated. The ruins now provide a sanctuary for cats, which fascinated the kids. As we became more familiar with the city, we appreciated the plentiful buses right on the corner and the taxis outside our door. The Pantheon proved to be one of our favourite places, and within a five minute walk we could be outside admiring the view.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Comfortitalia provided excellent service. Our flight arrival was delayed by a couple of hours, but we were greeted at the apartment door by Prudence who gave us a quick briefing of the local area, and her phone number in case of query. They graciously forwarded a piece of hand luggage we left behind. And of course the apartment was exactly as described and photographed.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay at Argentina again, and I would recommend it without reservation. Our party consisted of myself, my two kids (12 and 14), my mother and my brother. I had some doubts as to how well my mother would cope in the city, but she did really well and enjoyed herself, particularly the open top bus tour of the city.
Things to do in this area
Hey, it's Rome. Everything was interesting, the people were wonderful, the weather was great.
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