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Review 1971: Anda Tourist Services, Pantheon House

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Review by lleoni from MN

1 bed/1 bath near Pantheon, Rome


the kitchen, photo by owner

When

March 2004, 1 week

Location

The apartment is in a renaissance palazzo/residential building in historic center on a Via del Gesu just a couple blocks behind the Pantheon. It's a small street, so not a major car traffic throughway - more pedestrian. Doesn't get more centrally located than this!

Nearby Amenities

No need to have a car for exploring Rome. This apartment is in the heart of the city. The is a grocery store just two steps down the street, coffee bar across the street. Restaurant just next door. But, since you are in the middle of everything, you have everything to select from.

The House/Apartment

In a renaissance palazzo in very good shape - not pristine like a hotel, but appeared to be well maintained. It is a 3 story building (not counting the ground floor) - the building appears to be altered a good deal to cram in more apartments - for instance ours appeared to almost be tucked in to a space created just below the main first floor. Kind of funky, but very cozy - about 8 foot ceilings (6 in some spots) with wood beams. There is a privacy gate to enter the building,(for which you have a key) and a small curving stair up to the apartment. The layout is more or less in a straight narrow line - living area up near the street, then working toward the back, a kitchen, hall, bath and bedroom.

Garden

No garden or outside sitting area - you have all of Rome!

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furniture was in decent shape not brand new or extememely fine/expensive but not terribly old. The apartment is not clean and pristine like a hotel, feels "lived-in" but clean enough. There is a small bar in the kitchen with two stools and a small hall table and with two chairs. No dining room per se, but in the living room, there is a a table with four chairs, sofa and a futon. So plenty of seating. We had friends over. When we were there the weather was very chilly and damp but the apartment had heating, plus another space heater, so we were warm and toasty. Smoking is allowed in the apartment, although it feels like she keeps it pretty aired out - even in the winter.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

I have a hard time finding comfortable beds in economical accommodations - more like cots with mattresses over them that sink in the middle - and so it was with this place. But the futon in the living room was very comfortable. The bedroom was small, but functional and homey with a decent size closet. The bathroom was large with an extra vanity with drawers, no tub or bidet, only shower, sink and toilet, and a washing mashine! Bathroom was spotless!

Kitchen

Kitchen was small but very useable - I cooked several meals there. Dishes and Ppts and pans were a kind of cheap, basic mix nothing real heavy duty - no nice matching sets - but they were all clean and fine for our purposes.

Problems or Bonuses

I've traveled to Italy 12 times now and am usually on a budget. I still reflect on what a great find this place was!

She'll take credit cards, cash and wire. Because she gave us a good deal, I agreed to wire her the money via Western Union. That was spendy and I'd prefer not to do it again.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Andrea and Daniella are a married couple with several flats to rent in rome. We just dealt with Daniella. She was very enthusiastic and kept in communication with me constantly via e-mial prior to our trip. She really likes to practice her English, and she does so enthusiastically. Their website is very "scrappy" and home-made with lots of mistakes in grammar, but who cares? It's the enthusiasm that counts and she made us feel like family. She puts pictures up of people who have stayed with her. (We are Lisa and Tony in front of the Pantheon!) She met us at the apartment and showed us how to work everything. She was available if we needed her and we had her cell number while in Rome. We were a little on the shoulder season. We got the apartment for a week at the very end of February into the beginning of March for just 450Euro heat, cleaning and everything included. I think you have to negotiate with her. Prices not listed you need to ask for a quote.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would absolutely stay here again - and I've told friends about her. My Italian friends that came over thought it was a good deal.

Things to do in this area

Again, everything and anything is in this area, except green space. But it's close to all public transport so it's easy to get wherever you want to go - walk anywhere - (10 minutes on foot to Trastevere, the Spanish Steps, St Peters or the forum. The Pantheon, Trevi and Piazza Navona are literally in your back yard! The Di` per Di` grocery store is just a few doors down, so we went there on our way out for fruit and snacks to put in our bags - And of course to stock our little fridge at home.

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