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Review 2053: Roman Reference, Via del Governo Vecchio (#124)
2bed/2bath apartment, near Piazza Navona, Rome
April 2006, 3 days
The apartment is just a couple of blocks from Piazza Navona (the southern end) on Via del Governo Vecchio.
Everything we needed was within easy walking distance. Within one to two blocks we had a grocery store, several bars, many restaurants, a nice gelateria, and any number of shops - and that's BEFORE you get to Piazza Navona! With such a central location, virtually everything in central Rome was within walking distance and we never needed any other transportation except for getting to and from the train station with luggage.
This is a ground floor apartment in a building of several stories. It's actually one larger apartment that's been divided into two. The owner's son Marco who manages the property lives in the other half. It's a little unusual in that there's no locking door between the two sides so it could make some people uncomfortable, but we had no problems whatsover with privacy or security.
The apartment has an unusual configuration. There are two living rooms downstairs with a kitchen and utility room in between. Both living rooms have double sofa beds. There are two bedrooms, both of which are lofts over the two living rooms. There are also two bathrooms, one off the kitchen and one off the second living room. There are internal doors, so in effect you could have two mini-apartments with a living room, bedroom loft, and bathroom sharing a common kitchen.
The building was on a very busy street, but the apartment was in the back of the building and was very quiet.
There's no outside area.
The apartment was very clean. The furniture was an eclectic mix of everything from antiques to Ikea, and for the most part was very comfortable. Chairs were the one problem. There were five of us in the apartment and the split design meant that there was no one place where everyone could sit down in comfortable chairs/sofas. There were some Ikea dining chairs, but they weren't very comfortable.
The beds were comfortable. Ours had only a bottom sheet and a duvet rather than a "normal" American set of sheets, which I don't care for, but others might not mind. One caveat was the stairs - ladders, really - up to the bedrooms. They were somewhat rickety and not for anyone with mobility problems or problems with ladders. We left our luggage downstairs rather than trying to get it up the stairs.
The bathrooms were adequate but small, as might be expected from a conversion like this. One had a smallish shower stall and the other had only the hole-in-the-floor type of shower common in Italy. Plenty of water pressure and hot water, which is always a blessing.
The kitchen appeared usable, though we didn't cook. There was a reasonable assortment of utensils and pots. There was a stovetop, an oven, and even a dishwasher. There was also a small supply of coffee, oil, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
The decor was eclectic to an extreme. I could spend days just browsing the hundreds, if not thousands, of books in the apartment. There was a wide range of antiques and family heirlooms (a 19th century map of Rome drawn by Marco's grandfather, a 3500 year old pottery jar, an antique safe full of liquor to which we were invited to help ourselves!).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Dealing with the agency was fairly simple. Everything was arranged by email/web and they accepted Paypal for payment of the deposit. The on-site person was Marco, the owner's son, who lives in the adjoining apartment. He was very friendly and welcoming, speaks perfect English, and provided all sorts of good information about the neighborhood and the history and operation of the apartment. We paid 280 Euros per night for five people on a short term basis in April.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes. I would certainly stay there again. The neighborhood is ideal, Marco was wonderful, and the apartment met all of our needs very well.
My only reservations would be for anyone who might not be comfortable with the loft arrangement for the bedrooms, but the sofa beds in the living rooms could be an alternative. Let the kids sleep upstairs!
Things to do in this area
All of Rome is within a 20 minute walk!
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