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Review 2834: Owner, 10 Via Capocci
Studio apartment near Colosseum, Rome
June 2007, 5 days, 4 nights
This studio apartment was located in the Monti neighborhood of Rome. We LOVED it! The neighborhood felt "real" and we saw the same neighbors in the streets and at cafes each day. The apartment itself was on a quiet street, and located on the courtyard side of the building, so VERY quiet. The best part of the location was that the neighborhood was such a great retreat from all the hordes of tourists! And yet, we were close to things tourists want to see -- we could walk to the Coliseum, Forum and Trajan's Market -- and we were just a few minute's walk to a metro stop (Cavour).
The neighborhood restaurants were super. We made a concerted effort to eat primarily in our neighborhood, which was a pleasure! We had two restaurants about a one minute walk from our front door, and had others on a little piazza with a fountain about five minutes away. The closest grocery store was about a three-to-five-minute walk from the apartment, and had all the necessities. There were also smaller mini-markets in the neighborhood.
The building was lovely and well-maintained. The apartment is located on the ground floor on the courtyard side of the building. It has a private courtyard. The apartment consists of an entry area, a living/sleeping area, a separate kitchen, separate bathroom (with shower, toilet and sink), a good-sized closet with hangers and a few shelves. There was an iron and hair dryer in the closet, along with extra blankets. The apartment also has an air conditioner and dehumidifier. We slept like babies in this place - nice and cool! It doesn't get much light in the morning, so it is easy to sleep in. If you want to get going early, set an alarm ... but we didn't!
The outside courtyard was private and cute. You could move the kitchen table/chairs out there for a meal if desired.
The apartment was clean as a whistle and very comfortable. The beds were high quality and the main bed was huge - comparable to king-sized in our estimation. There is a bunk above the master bed that can be used if you have a guest or a child traveling with you.
The beds were SUPER comfortable!! We felt obligated to partake in the siesta plan, of course, and had nice afternoon naps. It is a very quiet apartment, so you can sleep and sleep and sleep!
We didn't use the kitchen much, except for making coffee and using the refrigerator. It was perfectly equipped for a tourists' needs, in our estimation. When we arrived, there was fresh fruit on the table, but it looked so perfect we thought it was fake and just decorative! There was also coffee supplied in the apartment, which is always a nice touch.
Problems or Bonuses
No problems at all - PERFECTION!! The bonus was that it was all we hoped for and more, and quite possibly the bargain of the century! The neighborhood was definitely a bonus, as we had no idea what to expect and don't know much about Roman neighborhoods.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner (Isabella) and her son are lovely and very accommodating! Really, they couldn't be nicer. They met us at the apartment as arranged and also very generously allowed us to keep our bags at the apartment on our departure day until the late afternoon, since we had an evening flight. The price was €80 per night - unbeatable value! The apartment was better than the pictures and better than we imagined! We paid €50 by wire transfer and then the remainder in cash on arrival.
Although emailing in simple English is not a problem, I would advise tourists to recognize that the owners are Italian and, hence, speak Italian primarily and to please be mindful and patient when they are trying to accommodate you in English. We unfortunately encountered many insensitive tourists in Rome who seemed to think all Italians are fluent in English! The owner speaks Italian and French, and her son speaks Italian and English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
From a couple who has experience managing vacation rental apartments, we would ABSOLUTELY recommend this apartment to friends and family without hesitation. We would definitely stay here again.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to do in this area. All of Rome is at your feet! You have small art galleries up the street, restaurants everywhere, a metro stop around the corner, and a super cute little piazza complete with cafes, a fountain and lively afternoon/evening scene.
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