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Review 2557: Really Rome, Trilussa Suite
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
Nov. 4-11, 2006, 1 week
This lovely apartment is on the third floor (second Italian) of a four story building located in Trastevere, about 200 feet from the Garibaldi Bridge. The location is perfect in that the living room and kitchen windows open onto via Lungaretta, a small, quaint cobble stoned thoroughfare in Trastevere. The apartment was private, yet so close to everything. From the kitchen or living room we could hear Italian life taking place on our street. We found this quite charming. We loved this area and found it to be perfect for our needs.
The front door of the building is keyed. From this door there is a fruit stand and a restaurant within 10 feet, a bakery within 30 feet and a bus/tram stop and Internet cafe within two short city blocks. There is a large supermarket within about 2-3 blocks and Shelley, the owner, even provides a wheeled cart to make shopping easy. In addition, within one block any direction there were numerous restaurants and shops.
The building dates from about the early 18th century and was in excellent condition. The owners had recently redone most of the interior of the building and currently have two apartments to rent, in addition to their own apartment on the top floor. The entrance to the building is on the street and is keyed. The marble floors to get to the apartments are in perfect repair, are wide and not terribly steep. As you enter the apartment there is a tiled entryway, with the bedroom and bathroom to the right and the kitchen, dining room and living room on the left. Each of the rooms is spacious, with original tile floors, in excellent repair. The entire apartment was spotless and nicely furnished.
The only outside area is a small interior balcony with a clothesline for hanging laundry outside.
The furniture was in good shape and was quite comfortable. The bed, was either a king or queen with a comfortable queen hide-a-bed. (We tried it so I could accurately write this report.) The furnishings were not "fancy" but were comfortable and clean. They were not shabby or "worn." There was a good sized table that had, I believe, six chairs. Everything was extremely clean and well kept.
As I said above both the bed and the hide-a-bed were comfortable, with good pillows and down comforters for covers. The linens could have been softer, but I think they were dried outside which may have made them less soft. This was not a problem, just an observation. The bathroom was spacious and well lit with good storage space. It had a roomy shower that always had plenty of hot water. The washer was located in the bathroom. The bedroom was very quiet despite the restaurant being on the first floor of the building. I do believe the living room might not be as quiet for sleeping, though I think the restaurant closed about 11:00pm.
The kitchen was a galley style and was adjacent to the living room. There were plenty of pots, pans and dishes. They were all in good repair. We did cook at the apartment and found everything to work well. Full meals were cooked in the kitchen. Prior to turning on the gas stove, we had to turn the gas on, which is simply a knob on the side of the stove. We also needed to turn the hot water heater in the kitchen on when we wanted hot water. Both the stove and the hot water heater were efficient and caused no problems.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprises were several. First, Shelley, one of the owners, who is American, could not have been more helpful. At one point we ran into a problem with some reservations and she graciously assisted us. When our driver brought us from the airport he could not find the apartment we called Shelley and she gave him directions. Upon arrival there was a bottle of wine, a basket with some basic food items as well as some treats. Shelley provides a phone and is available for questions or concerns. There is a HUGE library of tourist books as well as novels available for use during the stay.
Another bonus was the proximity to everything. We wanted to be in a neighborhood and this felt like one. We were an easy 10 minute walk from the Pantheon and about 10-15 from the Vatican or the Colosseum. We walked nearly everywhere though there was a tram within a block that went to Piazza Argentina many times an hour. Many buses could also be picked up here.
Lastly, the central heat was excellent, though we ended up turning it down due to unseasonably warm weather.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This apartment is better than what is represented online -- more spacious and quaint. Shelley, the owner, is the agency. As I stated above she was wonderful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely stay here again and would enthusiastically recommend it to family and to a "best friend." The rent charged was very reasonable and again, the apartment could not have been more perfect for our needs!
Things to do in this area
We walked 5-8 miles a day and loved every minute of our time in Rome. All this walking allowed us to sample gelato at least once a day!
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