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Review 2347: Rental In Rome, Serena Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
April, 2006, 3 nights
The Serena Apartment is located in a building on Via Garibaldi, in Trastevere, close to Piazza Trilussa and the Ponte Sisto. It was an apartment on the fourth floor of a medium-sized apartment building with an elevator. Trastevere is a fantastic location, busy and vibrant, with plenty of great restaurants and shops.
There are plenty of bars in the area to have your morning coffee; you can stay in the neighborhood or hop over the river to the Campo de'Fiori area which will have planty of choices as well. The nearest grocery store was just over the Ponte Sisto, but our stay was so short, we didn't need to shop at all.
The building is somewhat old, but has a lift. There are about five apartments on each floor. I think a lot of students live there, because the courtyard was filled with music during the day - a strumming guitar dude or American rock music from a stero was always in the background, but it wasn't annoying. At least not to us!
The apartment is large and roomy, with lots of large windows and light. You enter the apartment and to the left is a small, twin-bedded room and a bathroom with as shower (see my note later about the shower). To the right is a short hallway that leads to the living room, with a pull-out couch and a cushy chair. There is a TV that gets local channels only. There is a rickety, plastic table, and very uncomfortable metal and plastic chairs. Beyond the living room is a large, multi-level bathroom to the left, with a washing machine, tub and shower. There are three steps up to a platform that has the toilet, bidet, tub and shower. To the right is the master bedroom, with a melamine desk, plastic coat rack and a double bed. There is an entire wall of built-in closet space.
Here's a direct link to the Serena Apartment.
No garden, or outside area. But the windows were quite nice.
The apartment was very clean.
The master bedroom was fine, functional, with a bed that was fine; not luxurious, but comfortable nonetheless. The twin-bedded room was small, also with an odd melamine desk and lots of white shelves. We discovered that the shelves above the bed opened down to reveal a bunk bed of sorts, but for a small person or child only. The bathroom off of the twin room was spotlessly clean, but tiny, and the shower was the kind that is really the entire bathroom ... you stand there and spray yourself with the handheld.
The master bath I described above. It was an odd layout and would be a disaster for a disabled person because of the steps up to the toilet and tub.
Ah, the kitchen. It was not great. The main problem was that the cabinets were all metal, and they were rusting. The sink was rusting too. The countertops were not nice either. The refrigerator looked like it had seen better days. They need to re-do that kitchen. There is a dishwasher that worked, or so the directions stated. Since we were eating all of ourm meals out, and since our stay was so short, the fact that the kitchen was shabby didn't really bother us, but I would not be happy with it on a long-term basis.
Problems or Bonuses
Well, Rental in Rome has these little video clips that are great fun to look at. They must rub the lens with lots of vaseline, because the apartment looks so much better on the video clips! In all honesty, the apartment looked just like the pictures. My problem was that I didn't look at the pictures closely enough!
I was surprised that the furniture was so incredibly bad. It was all plastic. The couch and chair were comfortable, however. The upholstery was pretty tacky, but clean.
All I kept thinking to myself was that this apartment would be a showpiece if they got some decent furniture and decorated it, provided nice linens, and if they got rid of the magazines on the bookshelves that were about 7 to 10 years old. And re-did the kitchen!
The only true problem was that the car service I booked through Rental In Rome did not show up to take us to the airport on the morning of our departure. It was before office hours, so nobody was available to help, and I wound up calling a taxi.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
My dealings with Rental In Rome were prompt, efficient, courteous and easy. No problems there.
The price was reasonable, we paid €90 a night for two people, final price, no extras. It would have been a steal if the apartment had been nicely decorated. In the end, I feel like I got what I paid for, so I can't really complain. Even though it was "anti-decorated," it was huge and it was clean.
I was short of the cash I needed to pay the person who was meeting us with the key. She was very understanding and came back for the balance the next day, which I thought was very kind and generous of her.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Well, I am on the fence. I would not recommend it to my best buddy, unless it was one of my buddies that only wants a place to crash and will never want to cook anything. I would not recommend this place to someone who is coming to have a special vacation in Rome. No first-timers, here. It is a large, badly decorated, but economical crash pad.
Things to do in this area
Oh heck. It is Rome! Walk anywhere and everywhere. Hang out with the college students in Piazza Trilussa. Have dinner around the corner at Da Lucia. Walk along the Tiber at twilight.
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