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Review 1847: Roman Reference, 36 Via del Corso
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza del Popolo, Rome
Nov. 16 - 23, 2005, 7 nights
Rental was steps away from Piazza del Popolo. Excellent location. Within easy walking distance of quite a lot of sights, like the Colosseum, the Forum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc. We walked almost everywhere, with only a few subway rides during our stay. The two closest subway stations are Spagna and Flaminio, both on the A line. A number of bus lines run down Via del Corso, and a stop is located practically right in front of the door of the building. The neighborhood was quite lively, especially at night.
The apartment was within a stone's throw of a number of coffee shops and gelateria, a movie theatre, and endless clothing stores. A small grocery store (Di Per Di) was a couple of blocks away.
The building was in generally good condition. The apartment was cozy, but for two people, it was quite sufficient. It was very clean and had all the amenities that were promised. We were able to prepare breakfast every day, and even one full dinner in the small kitchen. There was a good selection of dishes, pots, pans, cups, silverware, etc.
We were in Rome in mid-November, just as the weather was beginning to turn chilly. The heater in the room didn't seem to do anything other than make noise, so we didn't use it much. Fortunately, an extra blanket was available to keep us warm in bed.
As another reviewer mentioned, despite the fact that this building is on a busy street with lots of pedestrian traffic, we never heard any noise from outside. The neighbors, however, were happy to slam doors and listen to TV at a high volume pretty much all the time. Consider bringing earplugs if you're a light sleeper.
There was no garden, but a courtyard was in the back of the building. The apartment had a small private patio, but the weather was too cold for us to enjoy it.
The apartment was immaculate. There were two folding chairs and a tiny dining table, which served us well. Basically, nothing was missing.
The bathroom was clean, as was the kitchen and shower area. The bed was comfortable and large (comparable to an American queen size bed).
The essentials of cooking were available (salt, sugar, tea, coffee, olive oil, vinegar) and enough pots and pans to prepare small meals. The 2-burner electric stove was sufficient for our needs. You wouldn't want to prepare a 10-course meal for guests in this small kitchen, but that's not the point, is it? You're on vacation.
Problems or Bonuses
Maybe it was just coincidence, but the one time I had the heater and the TV on at the same time, a circuit breaker tripped. Interestingly, there are two separate breaker panels. One is in the apartment itself, and the other is in the hallway on the first floor. This particular breaker was located in the hallway panel. It was an interesting few minutes as I fumbled in the dark to discover this.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The representative I communicated with over e-mail was courteous, professional, and prompt in responding. All the details of the booking were communicated to me clearly and there were no surprises. We paid 565 Euro for the week of November 16-23. The agent that met us at the apartment to give us the key was wonderful. We really enjoyed meeting him and talking to him. He walked us around the neighborhood and gave us a quick tour of where everything was.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would probably stay at this particular apartment again, and I would DEFINITELY use Roman Reference again. I would certainly recommend this property to friends, with the caveat that they bring a few extra sweaters if visiting during the winter season.
Things to do in this area
Via del Corso and Via del Babuino are shopping destinations. All the high-end designers, as well as smaller clothing stores catering to teens can be found in this area. We had two particularly good meals nearby. I would recommend Il Brillo Parlante at 12 Via della Fontanella, and Gusto (9 Piazza Augusto Imperatore).
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