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Review 2424: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 051 - Santa Maria Maggiore
1bed/1bath apartment near Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
September 2006, 9 nights
This apartment is located behind Santa Maria Maggiore Church, on Meraluna Street. It has an ideal location as it is close to the Termini Station without being at its door. The neighborhood is pleasant with families and business people. One did not feel concern for safety on the streets regardless of the day or time of day.
The rental apartment, which is owned by a lovely Italian lady who lives on the floor below, is on the 7th floor of an older but modern building that has an elevator and a "portera." She is very pleasant and extremely helpful. Our luggage was lost, and she and her daughter ensured that it would be delivered to the apartment and that they would be there to receive it so that we would not lose any "vacation time" waiting for its arrival. You can't ask for more than that.
There were bakeries, small grocery stores, a supermarket, coffee shops and an Internet cafe all within a three block radius of the apartment. There was a variety of banks and ATM machines within easy reach as well as a tourist information stand. The Metro at the Termini Station was a 5-7 minute walk. We discovered good local restaurants close by that served delicious food, good wine and all at a very reasonable price.
The apartment was a one bedroom, one bath unit on the seventh floor of an older, yet modern building. The elevator always worked and would hold a maximum of three people. As you enter the unit, there is an entrance area that leads into a large living/dining area. There are two sofas that can be converted into sofa/sleepers, should your needs require. There was a dining table and chairs as well as a sideboard for storage. This room also had a small TV that got local Italian channels, great for improving one's language skills.
The kitchen was well equipped with dishes, flatware, glasses, coffee maker. The landlady and/or former guests had left sugar, coffee and filters, and dish soap for the next guests.
The bedroom had a king/double bed and there was adequate room for hanging your clothes in the wardrobes in the room. There were extra blankets and linens in the wardrobes.
The apartment was an interior unit that opened onto an enclosed open space and patio area. With the windows opened, the breezes were lovely during the latter part of September. The unit was air-conditioned but we never turned it on as the fresh air was sufficient.
The apartment was spotless when we arrived with clean, pressed linens. We kept the unit clean ourselves. I do not know if the landlady vacuumed or not during our stay, but it always seemed clean.
The bathroom was modern with a tub that had a handle shower, sink, toilet and bidet. The bed was as comfortable as any hotel bed.
The kitchen had a small refrigerator, stove, sink, small table and stools. There were plenty of dishes, glasses, cups, pots and pans, cooking utensils, silverware for at least six people. I did not cook full meals there.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no real surprises here except that the landlady and her daughter (who speaks English well) were ever so helpful. Our luggage was lost in transit, and they ensured that it would be delivered to the apartment and stayed to receive it. By so doing, they saved us many hours of backtracking to the airport.
On a negative, there were signs around the apartment about water consumption. Although we do not waste water, we were always concerned about using too much. Also, the hot water heater was a little temperamental but we figured it out and had hot showers, although quick ones.
Finally, it would have been nice to have a washing machine available. I washed clothes by hand and hung them on the lines.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I only dealt with the agency through the Internet and once by phone. On both occasions, the people were courteous and helpful. No one from the agency was at the apartment when we arrived - nor were they expected to be there. The landlady was there to meet us.
I negotiated the price as we were there for nine nights. It was fair for the month of September and for the location.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly recommend this apartment to anyone who was looking to rent one in Rome. It is well situated, convenient to almost everywhere. As long as one were independent and didn't need the amenities of a four-star hotel, this would be ideal. The space and location made this ideal for our needs.
Things to do in this area
We found that there was no place in Rome that we could not reach by walking and/or by taking the Metro. Everything was nearby, including the train to the airport and the bus to Ciampino Airport. It truly was an ideal location for us.
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