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Review 2491: Owner, 10 Via Capocci
Studio apartment near Colosseum, Rome
September 2006, 1 week
This apartment was ground floor, located in the north of Rome's Esquiline area on a quiet cobblestone street. Great Location. Very close to the Cavour metro station of the B line.
Plenty of small cafes and restaurants nearby. The grocery store was about four blocks away.
The apartment is a studio, with a small entry hall, a queen sized bed with an optional single bed bunked. There is a kitchen alcove and a quiet courtyard just off the kitchen. Very clean, and cozy. We were there in September. It was neither hot nor cold. There is A/C and heat. We used the A/C two nights. It was a quiet and comfortable apartment.
Small courtyard. Would be a nice place to hang clothes to dry.
Furniture was in good shape and everything was spotless. Very comfortable bed! Too comfortable actually! Enough chairs for two. Small kitchen, but perfect for two people and an occasional meal at home.
Bed was too comfortable! Small apartment but the photos available online accurately depict the space. The bathroom was ... well interesting! Very pretty tiles. Plenty of hot water. But, the bathroom is the shower. As in you pull a shower curtain around you and shower in the middle of the small bathroom space. We encountered the same thing in Venice, so it seems typical? Move the toilet paper, and keep things off the floor of the bathroom as it doubles as the shower!
Small but well stocked. Microwave, small fridge, two burners. Toaster. Plenty of plates, glasses, and utensils. We cooked two meals and brought leftovers home several times to enjoy later. We made coffee each morning, using a percolator.
Problems or Bonuses
Small surprise with the bathroom.
Small surprise with an electrical problem we encountered twice. I think we had too many things plugged in at once, as the breaker kept tripping, leaving us with half of the apartment's electric working and half not for a day. We spent all our days walking around and enjoying Rome, but we emailed the owner on our way out in the morning and the problem was fixed and an apologetic note was waiting for us when we returned in the afternoon. The second time it occurred they brought in an electrician and the problem was fixed.
Small surprise that the only window is off the kitchen, and it is a window into a courtyard in the inside of four buildings. This meant, while it was very well lit, very little daylight got into the apartment. We had trouble getting up in the mornings because of the lack of sunlight, but it also may have been all the walking, eating, and jet lag.
Small surprise was a de-humidifier that was always left on and had to be emptied each day. It was a quiet machine, but the apartment would been very musty without the de-humidifier.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Isabella, her husband and their son Patrizio were very nice and prompt with responding to emails and phone calls. We dealt with Patrizio their son three times, once at the meeting to receive the key, and twice with the small electrical problem we encountered. The price was FANTASTIC, the best we could find in Rome. We saw Isabella's husband once, (I'm sorry I forget his name) and he was also very nice.
Upon checking out of the apartment, we left the keys inside and shut the door behind us as instructed. We got to the train station after managing luggage through the streets and a metro, when we realized we made a HUGE mistake in accidentally leaving our passports, a large sum of cash, and our extra digital camera chips in the safe located in the closet. And we had a train to catch! What could we do but head back to the apartment and send an email off from the corner Internet cafe and hope for the best. Patrizio was there in less than an hour and we were off on a re-booked train. Really nice family and great service.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes. Nice, affordable apartment in a great location.
Things to do in this area
We walked everywhere! Tons to do around the apartment. Very close to the Colosseum, the Forum, close to the metro, great location. The best lasagna of my life at a restaurant just down the block.
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