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Review 2528: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 019 Santa Maria Maggiore - Martino ai Monti
2bed/1.5bath apartment near Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
Dec 2006, 6 nights
The location could not have been better. It is about 15 minutes (or less) from Termini Station and takes about the same time to walk to sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Along the street where the apartment is, there are two restaurants and one of them was recommended to us by the owner, we didn't try the other one. There are also two rosticerria, a bakery and a pizzeria on the same street. They open at 7:00am and we were able to buy freshly baked bread from the bakery and coffee at excellent price (€.50). Further up the street, there are other pizzerias, gelateria and grocery stores. The owner recommended one of the pizzerias and gelateria, both were excellent, good pizzas and gelato at good price. There are several other restaurants recommended by guide books within walking distance, so if you don't fancy pizza every night, there is no lack of choices.
The building is very old but the apartment itself has been nicely decorated and modernised. Although it is along a cobble street, the street is not a major road and thus quiet most of the time. The apartment takes an oblong shape; the front door leads directly into the living room/dinning area, which has a sofa bed on one side and a cabinet on the other. There is a dinning table and has a breakfast bar separating the dinning area and the kitchenette. There are two bedrooms, one of them en suite with a shower at the end of the apartment and the other bedroom is by the side of the kitchenette. There is a bathroom next to the bedroom but has no shower or bath facilities. The en suite bedroom has a double bed and the other bedroom has two singe beds.
There is a small courtyard at the end of the apartment which is accessed through the toilet in the en suite bedroom. There is a table and few stools in the courtyard.
The furniture is not new but they is in good shape and comfortable to use. The house is very clean and has a washing machine, which is very handy. The owner provides plenty of clean bath towels and tea towels. The dinning set has only four chairs, so although the website said it can accommodate six people, there might not be sufficient chairs for all to sit round the dinning table during meal time. Having said that, there are two high chairs at the breakfast bar.
The website said that the sofa bed is a double sofa bed, but from the look of it, it can be quite a squeeze if it has to fit two. The beds are comfortable and there are extra blankets and pillows provided. There are two bathrooms, but only the one in the en suite bedroom has shower facility, the other one has only toilet facility. The shower is quite strong and no worries about hot water.
The apartment has a kitchenette and pots, pans, dishes, cups and cutlery were provided. My only complaint is that there is only one bread knife and that has to be used for cutting fruits, vegetables or meat.
Problems or Bonuses
The good surprise was that it is in a very convenient location and there are many shops within a one minute. We particularly liked the bakery and the rosticerria selling snacks and coffee.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I did not have much contact with the agent, all contact was through emails. The person who dealt with me responded very promptly; I got replies from her all on the same day. Few days before the trip, she sent another reminder email.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend the accommodation to anyone, but I will recommend them to book directly with the owner because it will be cheaper. The agency charged commission and that could be saved if booked directly through the owner's website, Heart of Rome. We only found that after arrival, of course.
Things to do in this area
Our favourite shop was the bakery and the rosticerria owned by a lady. The coffee (i.e. espresso) was only €.50 and cappuccino was only €.75, can't beat that. The bakery provides basic bread, nothing fancy, but they are fresh and tasty.
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