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Review 2792: Flat in Rome, Vatican


Review by Doris M from AZ

3bed/2bath apartment near San Pietro Train Station, Rome


March 10 - 17, 2007, one week


The apartment was located in the Vatican area, right across from the San Pietro Train Station. Bus 64 does its turn around to go back to Termini from here. We used the bus twice with no pickpocket incidents! We loved the location - we always prefer the Vatican area. We walk all over Rome from here and have no problems getting around. This time however, we had four grand daughters with us so we tried to do it all and I was exhausted by the time we got back on the plane!

All around us were stores - a grocery store was just a couple of blocks away - but was always crowded, probably because it served so many residents in the area! But it was great - fresh bread, cold cuts, etc. And the area had plenty of cafeterias, gelato stores, a vegetable stand, restaurants, outdoor cafes - almost everything you could want. A local neighborhood feel even in the middle of tourist filled Rome.

The apartments were all on the lower floor - there are four apartments of various sizes. One bedroom could be used with either a two bedroom apartment, or a one bedroom apartment. The other apartments were one bedroom. We opted for the three bedroom configuration - we were a group of Grandma & Grandpa and four teenage girls. The apartment was clean and well maintained. You can view the apartment directly: Flat in Rome - Vatican.

On arrival there was a package of spaghetti and a jar of sauce. Check-in and check-out was easy and flexible. We arrived about 6pm and let ourselves in (the keys were in a lock box in the hall that opened by pressing a code that was emailed to us the week before we arrived. The agent came by the next morning. Because we were leaving early in the morning, we did the checkout the evening before.

The area was quiet, but we did have some problems with noisy neighbors. There were two American student-teachers next door that were loud when they got up EARLY each morning, and pretty noisy when they came home. One of the ladies had their mother visiting, and even she tried to get them to quiet down, but to no avail. They were all nice and friendly, but still a bit rude to be so loud. The problem was the worst for our girls in the room that was also able to connect to their apartment. Guess it was much too close. Also, we had reserved that extra room before them, so they were using it until we came - so maybe they were mad?

All the furnishings were in good shape - the floors were fake wood, like Pergo. The rooms were good and the living area was comfortable for the four of us. There was a flat screen TV with cable (still not much too see), and the place was nice and clean. The living area had a large table with plenty of chairs.

The beds were pretty good - comfortable, with duvets. Plenty of closet space with drawers. Our only problem was with the bathrooms. They were spacious enough and both had good sized showers - but one bathroom had a large moldy looking patch up on the high ceiling. The agent said it was a result of the upstairs tenants and a flood they had. We did notice a musty smell in one of the other apartments as well. The other bathroom had a shower with a broken plastic door - the agent came over within a day to fix it and left us a bottle of sparkling Italian wine for the inconvenience.

A GREAT kitchen. The microwave/convection oven had a toaster on the side of it - took me two days to realize it! A half sized refrigerator, plenty of pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. All looked pretty new!

There is a room in the hallway that has a washer and dryer, and a computer and printer. My computer was able to connect wirelessly, but I used the other computer for printing our boarding passes and the girls sometimes used it while mine was being used by someone else. Our primary reason for bringing a computer on vacation is to play movies!

The phone calls (made in the room in the hall with the computer) were free (local).

For me, the bonus was that I felt like I could trust the agent (Massimo) from the beginning, and he proved to be just that. He also arranged our transportation to and from the airport - considering that there were six of us and we left our apartment at 4am, the price was comparable to the shuttle services recommended here, so we booked through him. We were very pleased with the arrangements.

The agency was great to deal with - our emails were returned promptly. We had several changes in dates, times. etc, and there was no problem or penalty for doing so. We dealt with Massimo and he was well informed, gracious, and more than willing to help us. His English - written and spoken was excellent. The web pictures were very accurate.

We paid 1370 for the week and that included the final cleaning deposit. Our initial deposit was 400 plus a 20 fee for using paypal. That was my choice, rather than wire the money, etc. The paypal route is quick and easy.

I would stay again, but ask if the mold situation is any better - it was not a deal-buster, and not a strong odor, but would hope that it could be gotten under control.

My husband says it would be nice to be on a higher floor with windows out to the street. This apartment has windows, but were at ground level. Didn't bother me.

We wandered the area - and enjoyed the vegetable stand, and a gelato place near the apartment. We managed to make sure and pass it at least twice a day!

Our favorite restaurant is Sor'Eva (Piazza della Rovere). I will review it for the restaurant review section! We feel like locals when we go there! And the food is delicious.

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