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Review 2917: Rental in Rome, Monserrato
2bed/2bath apartment on Via di Monserrato, Rome
June, 2007, 3 days
This apartment is located on via di Monserrato near Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. The apartment itself is directly above the Pierluigi Ristorante. Monserrato is a nice, quiet street with a number of shops. A great location
The grocery store was just around the corner (1/2 block away), there was a wine shop across the street, and Pierluigi was downstairs. Numerous, numerous places to eat within several blocks.
The building, of course, was old but is was in wonderful condition. The apartment is on the first floor (US second) and the windows of the living/dining rooms opened onto Piazza Ricci. The apartment is quiet despite the restaurant below. We left our windows opened and were never bothered by street noise or noise from the restaurant.
You can view the apartment directly: Monserrato.
There is a nice courtyard for the building.
The apartment was clean, adequate furnishings, and a nice large living/dining area. We were two couples and never felt cramped. This is a nice sized apartment.
The bedrooms were a good size for Italy and each had its own bathroom. The beds were comfortable with plenty of blankets it needed. There was a washing machine in one of the bathrooms. One shower was quite large and the other was a modular thing with multiple jets and a shower radio.
The kitchen was more of a nook than a full sized kitchen, but we were able to cook large meals in it. There were plenty of dishes, pots, pans, utensils, etc. We cooked breakfast every morning and several large meals. It proved very adequate for us.
Problems or Bonuses
Our biggest surprise was that the apartment is directly above and associated with Pierluigi Ristorante. The staff of the restaurant treated us like family during our entire stay. We never had to make reservations but were always given a prime table - once outside for dinner and once inside for lunch. They were always helpful answering questions or giving any kind of assistance we needed. In fact, when I told the owner's son that my husband had been ill and couldn't make it the next morning for our trip to the Borghese Gallery, he sent a man to be our driver. This man not only took my husband to the Borghese, he drove the four of us all around Rome in a large Mercedes showing us the sites. He wanted my husband to be able to see everything without having to walk around. He even took us to some off the beaten path sites that I thought were very good. He stayed with us the entire day and charged us €90 for all four of us. He was our driver for the rest of the trip and charged us less than a taxi would have cost us. He even took us to Civitavecchia to pick up our rental car so that we wouldn't have to take the train.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was fine to work with, no problem with correspondence, etc. They gave me a number to call when we arrived in Rome for an appointment to pick up the key. When I called the number I was told to go directly to Pierluigi Ristorante to pick up the key. It was very simple for us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this apartment and I would stay here again. In fact, I am booking this apartment for my daughter's father-in-law for his Rome trip in September. I would also recommend the driver we had while in Rome. Anyone interested can email me for his information.
Things to do in this area
We loved Pierluigi Ristorante. We ate there twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. Our other meals were either cooked at the apartment or just panini wherever we happened to be. There are numerous shops and places to eat within just a few blocks of the apartment.
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