Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2101: Owner, Roma Colosseum ref 16265
2bed/2bath apartment, on via Campo Carleo, Rome
May 2006, Four Nights
Excellent location, five minutes' walk from Via Cavour, the Trajan Forum; 10 minutes' walk from the Colosseum. Apartment on the second floor of a 400 or 500 year-old building (with antique lift) on a relatively quiet little side street.
Five minute walk to a nice coffee bar that serves Illy coffee (YUM!) on Via Cavour; lots of little grocery stores, wine shop, a farmacia, gelato, other amenities 5-10 minutes by foot from the apartment. (Sadly, did not get to Cavour 313, the old enoteca/trattoria also in this area!) Hundreds of little shops line this part of Via Cavour and are sprinkled through the back streets near the apartment, so easy to find what you want.
The Palazzo is a historical building, in good shape. I think there are only two apartments on each floor, and probably four floors in total. This second-floor apartment is peaceful and quite quiet. Entrance is into the modern, nicely furnished dining and living room areas, where there are full book-cases, all kinds of lighting options, TV and (I think) various stereo equipment, we didn't use any of it and phone.
A lovely glass dining-room table and chairs for six, decent sectional couch, ottoman, and nice coffee table, and a futon double couch that had been converted for us into a (very uncomfortable) bed. On the left there is a quiet, bright back bedroom , a full bathroom, and a small but full kitchen (which has nice glass doors that close it off from the dining area). Through the back right of the sitting area is the master bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom.
Outside the apartment, all of Rome but no other facilities or areas connected with this apartment.
The apartment was clean and (except as noted elsewhere) quite nicely furnished, with enough seating both at the table and in the sitting area for the six of us to be very comfortable.
The owner had mentioned a few months previously that he had planned to replace the sofa-bed in the back bedroom with a double bed, but there was just a mattress on the floor (albeit a decent mattress). The master bedroom bed was comfortable. The frame of the converted futon, however, resembled the foothills of the Rockies; eventually, the two sharing it just pulled the mattress onto the floor of the living room and folded up the frame. So, the bedrooms themselves were fine; the beds were kind of adequate.
There were ample bathroom facilities for the six of us, both with showers and of course bidets as well as toilets and sinks; I think there were heated drying rails in both as well. The main bathroom was bright and perfectly fine. The en-suite, however, had old drains, I guess, had to keep the door to it closed when sleeping, and even then, I was aware of the unpleasant smell, though my husband wasn't (but then, he suffers from hay-fever and has no nose to speak of).
The kitchen was pretty good; there were ample dishes and cutlery, and adequate pots and pans, of reasonable though not wonderful quality; full fridge and freezer, gas stove. Not a ton of counter space, but adequate. A bright, pleasant little kitchen we did make full meals in fairly easily. Here, there were also a washer-dryer machine (first time I'd met a dual-purpose laundry machine!), a laundry rack (to complete the so-so drying provided by that machine), an ironing board and iron (being on holiday, we didn't have occasion to test the iron, however).
Problems or Bonuses
As noted, the beds were a mixed bag, and the drain-smell off-putting; otherwise, the apartment lived up to the web-site description. Unlocking the apartment door, which has to be treated decisively, posed some initial problems!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner has the lady who runs the boutique next door act as his agent for the apartment. She was a bit late meeting us on our arrival, but I think this was an anomaly (she had been at the doctor's that morning). She speaks English and is very pleasant. When we had questions, we found either her or her shop-assistants helpful. The owner himself seems (via e-mail) pleasant, though sometimes a bit busy (doesn't always answer enquiries promptly). We paid the published price, 1170 E. for our 4-night stay in early May, in two parts, an initial deposit, and then the balance before we arrived. I think this is a pretty good price for what we got, especially for a short stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Before I stayed here again, I'd double-check the bed situation and ask if the drain smell is still apparent. Otherwise, yes, right away!
Things to do in this area
Right by the Forum, Colosseum, Metro station, . . . what isn't there to do in this area?? Wished we'd gone to Cavour 313 to have glass of wine or a meal; otherwise, we ate in the apartment most days, enjoying the purchases we'd made in the various shops and eateries nearby. No shops stand out except the coffee shop straight down the hill from the apartment on Via di Tor and across Via Cavour, didn't note the name, but it's the one in the middle of the set-back line of shops behind the outdoor eating areas (the barristas all wear red shirts and jaunty little red caps, and have probably been making Illy cafe there for 30 years at least); good sandwiches and gelato here too. Oh, and the food shop, baked goods, cheese, meats, olives, groceries, wine, not only for the provisions we enjoyed, but for the floor show: the GIANT mortadella occupying centre stage in the middle of the store, probably 5 feet long and resting on its own stand. The shop is on the near side of Via Cavour and to the left, coming from the apartment. The shop's got "Mortadella" in its name for obvious reasons.
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