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Review 1989: Real Rome, Scala Studio
Studio in Trastavere, Rome
March 2006, one week
The location was great, right in the heart of Trastevere and close to wonderful restaurants and cafes. On the downside for some people might be the fact that Trastevere is not as well connected by public transport to the rest of the city, and involves a bit more walking, but the positive aspect is that there are fewer tourists and the area has an artsy, authentic atmosphere. I would always choose Trastevere over any other part of the city.
Lots of nearby places to eat and small markets around. The closest "grocery store," which is a less desirable option in my opinion (as you can get much better fruits and vegetables from small privately owned shops) is about a ten minute walk, near the Viale Trastevere. About a 20 minute walk to the Vatican, and 10-15 minutes to Navona, Largo Argentina, etc.
The building is in great shape. The apartment has two small balconies, both looking out to an interior courtyard (and giving the place lots of light) so there is absolutely NO noise from the street. The only noise I had a problem with was the people going up and down the stairs within the building. There was a lot of stomping and yelling during the 'rush hours,' morning, lunchtime, and evening. But I couldn't hear any noise from other apartments, just the stairwell. In a way, it was nice to feel as if I was in a normal roman apartment building, not a tourist house.
The balconies are not really large enough to sit comfortably, but it was nice to be able to open the doors to let in air.
The apartment itself seemed pretty new and refurbished, but the furniture mainly consisted of old, hand-me-down stuff. This was the only negative thing about the place. Nothing was broken, but it was a bit shabby. The mirror in the bathroom, for example, was rusted with peeling paint, and the pull-out bed actually had some kind of masking tape on it that might have been concealing some holes (I didn't check!) Some of the dishes were cracked, and the pots were of poor quality and rather old. There was a fold-down table to eat at and two chairs, which were enough for me. Since I didn't spend much time in the apartment, and only stayed for a week, however, it didn't bother me too much. When I arrived the place was completely clean.
The pull-out bed was surprisingly comfortable, but I am dubious about how clean it was. The sheets were clean, but the blankets provided were certainly not. I attempted to air them out when I arrived, but still sneezed and had allergic reactions the first night. The next day I shook them out vigorously and was pretty apalled at the size of the dust cloud and the debris that came off of it. After dousing them with Febreeze and leaving them outside, I was able to sleep with them (trying not to think about how long it had been since they were aired out).
The kitchen corner was more than sufficient. As I said, the utensils weren't great, but they were usable and I was happy with it. It would have been nice had there been some basic cooking things (such as oil, salt, pepper) there, because I wound up having to buy those things and using very little of it. The fridge is small, like most Italian fridges, but brand new and works perfectly.
Problems or Bonuses
Overall I had a very pleasant stay, and I would stay there again. The heat and hot water were abundant (not always the case in Italy) and that was my main worry before arriving. I loved the location, and the place was nice and cozy and bright, so despite any small deficiencies, I thought it was a good deal for my money.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very reliable and up-front, I always received a prompt and pleasant reply to my emails. There were absolutely no surprises or hidden costs, and I was impressed by their professionalism and courtesy. I would highly recommend Real Rome, and I will definitely use them the next time I am in Rome.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, as I've already stated above.
Things to do in this area
Ombre Rosse is a wonderful little cafe, nearby in Piazza Sant'Egidio, and Cafe della Scala is pretty much across the street- a very cozy place to have tea or a drink.
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