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Review 1980: Residenza Giubbonari, Red Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2005, 9 nights
Centre of Rome, apartment in residential building. Short walk to Campo di Fiori.
Within a few minute's walk from the apartment - grocery store, restaurants, coffee shops, bakery, internet point, taxi stand, main bus stop, fruit and vegetable market in Campo di Fiori every morning. Really, everything you need is there for you when you walk out the door.
Historical building with nicely remodelled apartment. We liked that it was historical feeling, with tile floors and high wood beamed ceilings. Owners have an office in the building and rent 5 of the apartments to tourists. There is a tiny elevator which was good for getting the luggage upstairs but the rest of the time we took the stairs.
Apartment living room has large windows looking over Via Giubbonari, which is a busy (mostly pedestrian) street. Some people might find it too noisy, especially on weekends, but we loved having the windows open and listening to the comings and goings below. When we needed to we closed the windows and they were fairly soundproof.
The bedrooms are in the back of the apartment and are quiet.
The apartment was clean and the furniture was comfortable. Plenty of linens and towels, which were changed once for us. Large sofa and two big chairs in the living room, table and chairs in kitchen, and lots of closets and drawers for clothes and luggage. Good sized rooms, plenty of space for a family of four. Apartment was a bit dim due to windows being at one end, but there were lots of lamps for reading etc.
One double and one twin bedroom, beds were very comfortable. (And I am quite picky about this - they were really very good beds.)
There were 2 full bathrooms, one with shower and one with tub/shower. The bathrooms were quite big and the showers were good with lots of hot water and pressure.
The washer and dryer were in one bathroom. They worked fine once you got the hang of them. We used them a lot.
Kitchen was small (2 burner stove), small fridge, but well equipped with everything we needed, including a dishwasher, coffee pot and toaster. We did cook simple meals several times with no trouble.
Problems or Bonuses
Everything was pretty much as pictured on their website.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The onsite person (Cristina) was the same person that I dealt with by email to make reservations. She speaks English very well and was very fair. She also arranged an airport pickup for us. We had signed a rental agreement when we paid the deposit, so we knew what to expect as far as the rental went, and there were no surprises. She checked us in and showed us where everything was, read the electric meter, and provided us with maps and information about the area. There were English instructions in the apartment for the washer and dryer.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely stay here again. We felt comfortable and at home in the apartment right away. After 9 nights, none of us were ready to leave, even though we were on our way to Venice and Tuscany.
Things to do in this area
This area has been talked about so extensively by others that I don't feel I have much to add. There are so many places to eat or buy food that we never did get to most of the places on our list. In fact we now have a longer list for next time! We knew that it was central, but it was even closer to everything than we expected. Many times we went for a walk over to the Pantheon just to see it at different times of the day and night. We stopped in many local businesses, one of our favourites was the coffee bar a few doors down on the corner, just because the man at the bar was so friendly and always had a smile for us. There is also some good shopping in the area, including some good casual clothing stores on Via Giubonnari near the apartment.
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