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Review 2239: Residenza Giubbonari, Red Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
July 2006, 5 days
Residenza Guibbonari apartments are on the Via Giubbonari, right off the Campo dei Fiori. The location is very central; we walked to everything we wanted to see/do. The street is busy, so if you have the windows open you need to be prepared for street noise. At first blush, it seemed a little seedy, lots of graffiti, some panhandlers, but we felt perfectly safe.
There was a good supermarket and a bakery just around the corner, and lots of restaurants and cafes on Giubbonari and surrounding streets as well as in the Campo.
Historical building renovated by the owners, who offer five apartments for rent. They've preserved some original features; the doorway to one of our bedrooms was an original stone arch, and there were heavy wood beams which we assumed were original throughout. The apartment was clean, well maintained, and very comfortable. The main living area was a living/dining room/kitchenette combined. There were two bedrooms, one with attached bath and one with a separate bath.
No outdoor area.
Everything was in good shape, comfortable and clean. The dishes were dusty, from which we assumed that the apartment had not been rented for a while, but a whirl through the dishwasher took care of that. Living room had plenty of furniture for the four of us, and the dining table seated six. Furnishings were pretty.
Beds were comfortable, baths were clean. The smaller, twin bedded room was quite compact, but worked fine for our two teenagers.
Kitchen was really a kitchen counter, with dishwasher, small fridge, oven and stove top. The only meal we cooked was a simple pasta dinner. Could certainly have cooked more complicated meals, but the fact that it was just a counter with the dining table right there didn't really make us want to cook much.
Problems or Bonuses
Air conditioning was a key bonus. Not a surprise, of course, since we knew it was air conditioned, but we had debated whether it would be necessary -- and it was.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Cristina, is lovely -- charming and very gracious. She researched parking garages for us in advance of our arrival, made a reservation at one, then drove with us to the garage when we arrived (it was just around the corner, but we had missed it). She showed us around the apartment, made her fax machine available to us, gave us directions on getting out of town. Didn't need to call on her for help during our stay, but I felt sure that we could call on her for whatever we needed. She has an office in the building and so is very accessible.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes. Only qualification would be that while the street is very central, and worked beautifully for us, it is a commercial and busy street. If you are looking for a quiet, charming residential location, this may not be it.
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