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Review 2581: RomePower.com, R/041 Navona
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
November 2006, 5 days
We were very happy with the location. We were very near Piazza Navona, and a short walk from Campo d'Fiori. We were also only about a 10-15 minute walk from the Vatican, which was across the river from us. We walked pretty much everywhere. Unfortunately the apartment is not located near any of the subway stops, but it was still in walking distance to pretty much all the major sites (Colosseum was about 1/2 hour walking distance) and by not relying on the subway, I feel that we saw much more of the city because we walked everywhere.
There is a small grocery store only about a five-minute walk away and plenty of small places for coffee. There were plenty of restaurants in walking distance.
I think there are about six apartments in the building, and not all are rentals. The building is picturesque from the outside and located in a nice, quiet alleyway. The apartment was situated on the top floor, but there was a small elevator to take you up the four flights of stairs. The apartment itself was in good condition- very clean and comfortable. We did an experience a problem with the toilet (the water just keep running in the toilet, not overflowing, but a constant stream of water in the toilet) but the rental agency sent a plumber out twice to make sure the problem was fixed. My husband and I stayed in this apartment with his mother and brother. It was a tiny bit crowded, there is one bedroom, where we slept and in the living room, there is a fold-out cot and also the sofa, which was turned into a single bed. But since we were all family, this was no problem. The apartment was quiet. The TV didn't really get great reception, but we didn't watch it much. The kitchen is very small, but since we were only there five days, we didn't use anything except the fridge. Overall, we were very satisfied with the apartment and would stay there again.
There are two private balconies. They don't have an amazing view, but its nice to go out there and get some fresh air.
The furniture was in good shape. The sofa that converted into a bed could probably have been a little more comfortable. The apartment was very clean. There were enough chairs for all four of us.
The main bed was comfortable and the bedroom was nice. The bathroom was also clean and decent. The only problem we experienced was with the toilet (see above).
There are enough pots/pans/dishes. They seemed good quality but again, we didn't use any of it.
Problems or Bonuses
The only bad surprise we had was the toilet.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was helpful and friendly. We picked up our keys from their office and their office was in a nice, professional setting. We were a bit surprised about an extra fee that they added because they were going to have to send somebody to pick up our keys upon check-out (we were leaving at an odd hour of the night), but other than that, no problems. They spoke good English. The apartment itself was maybe a little smaller than we imagined, but this didn't present any problems. For five nights, Nov 23-28, 2006, we paid €760.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I do recommend this vacation rental. It was ideally situated and was a good base from which to explore Rome as first-time visitors.
Things to do in this area
We didn't 'do' too much in the immediate vicinity of our apartment, but there were plenty of great restaurants, cafes, and bars in walking distance. A favorite restaurant was Renato e Luisa on Via dei Barbieri, in the Centro Storico.
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