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Review 2574: RomePower.com, R/034 Campo de Fiori
3bed/2bath apartment in Campo dei Fiori, Rome
Dec. 23 till Jan. 1, One week
This rental is right in the middle of things: on the fourth floor above Campo de Fiori. In the piazza right downstairs is a daily farmers' market, and the piazza is ringed by cafes that are open for business from early until late.
We had been concerned that maybe this would be noisy -- it's in the middle of the action. But the bedrooms are set back from the piazza, and noise wasn't a problem, at least during the Christmas break. I don't know if it would be an issue during the warm summer months.
This apartment is right in the middle of everything. There are restaurants and cafes all around. The farmers' market ensure plenty of great food -- and we cooked nearly every day in the large kitchen. Even when we were in the apartment, it felt like we were in the middle of things.
Street musicians and the crowd kept everything lively.
This apartment was at the top of a four-story building. It's accessible up some narrow steps -- this isn't a place for anyone unable to climb stairs. I'm not sure how many other apartments were here; we didn't see a lot of other people. But occasionally we did meet people in the hallway. In one case, a Swedish couple staying next to our apartment invited me in the use the Internet.
We didn't really hear noise from neighbors, except the last day when one woman was really, really mad at her husband and yelled non-stop for two hours or so. Wow! I wish I understood Italian. He must have done something really naughty.
There's a greenhouse garden off the master bedroom upstairs. We didn't sit out there much -- it was winter. But getting away was no problem, because you'd just pop downstairs and sit at a cafe.
This apartment's furnishings were fantastic. Artwork and crafts all around -- there were a number of sculptures of feet that were just set out on a table. Don't know if someone has a foot fetish, or if it's just good art. The kitchen was really comfortable for up to 10 people or so. The furniture was great -- perhaps we needed another chair with enough light to read.
There's a washing machine in one of the bathrooms. One bedroom was downstairs, and two were up a stairway that was a modern addition to a really old apartment. The mix of old and new was great. It was the perfect place to sit and relax after a day of sightseeing.
Everything was fine. No problems with the toilets. The shower stream was a little weak, but hey, it's Europe. You know?
Kitchen was complete and stocked well. We cooked, made coffee every morning, and even used the dishwasher. The ample kitchen was really a place to congregate.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise is that usually I'm not that good at picking nice places. This was great -- I'd go back in a second.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
RomePower was extremely helpful. They picked us up at the train, and ensured that we got a key -- even though the office was closed. They were available by phone and returned messages. I needed their help when my passport was missing (it hadn't been returned by a hotel keeper in Sicily.) I asked the Sicily hotel people to mail it to the office, and the Rome Power people alerted me as soon as it came in.
We had one problem: there was a mix-up on the pickup to the airport. It was a bit confusing, and the agency forgot to pick us up. But it was no problem, because we took a taxi. And the agency refunded some money, and offered us a discount on a future trip. I'm completely satisfied with their reaction, because I understand that mistakes can happen. What impressed me was the professional way in which they handled it.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay in the apartment again anytime. My only reservation might be in August or a really hot month, wondering if street noise would be too much. But I think it would be fine. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
Things to do in this area
Oh my god. It's Rome. Campo de Fiori is a fabulous place night and day. It's situated in walking distance to every sight: the Vatican, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and Piazza Espagna. If you're a walker, this is the place for you.
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