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Review 2918: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
June 2007, 9 nights
The apartment is located in Piazza S.Egidio, a little piazza adjacent to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is a quiet piazza during the day and sometimes lively at night. I found Piazza Sant' Egidio to be more of a place where people would pass through on their way to another piazza rather than a main hang out area. There was at least one police car stationed in this piazza at all times. This was one piazza where none of the street vendors sold their bags, etc. I felt very safe as a single female traveler staying in this apartment during both the daytime and nighttime. This apartment is located about 10 to 15 minutes by foot to many of the sights in Rome. I walked everywhere from the apartment and loved the location.
I found a few grocery stores nearby, a 5-10 minute walk at most. There are also fruit and vegetable stores, bread stores, and various other stores for food and other items nearby. In addition, there are many restaurants in the area and a wonderful little bar called Ombre Rosse Café located right below the apartment.
The apartment was in great shape. It was very peaceful and quiet. When you walk in the door, you enter into the kitchen. To the left are the bathroom and the living room. To the right is the bedroom. The piazza and café below are on the bathroom/living room side. Generally to me, the sounds from the piazza sounded like a low buzz if white noise at night. In the morning, it was very peaceful. In the bedroom the only sound I heard was the church bell. I did not find the bell to be annoying and it never woke me up, but if I was awake during the middle of the night, I could hear it ring, as it seemed to ring every quarter hour all day and night. I love hearing the bells in Italy and so for me it was a treat to be able to hear the church bell ring.
There was an apartment across from this apartment and I believe a couple of apartments above me and below me. I did not notice any annoying noise from any of my neighbors. I would have to say that this apartment was my peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Rome.
No private or shared sitting area.
The apartment was very clean and well furnished. The apartment is air conditioned and there are ceiling fans in every room. There is a satellite TV in the living room with tons of stations, both in English and Italian, as well as a few in French. There may also have been one or two German stations but I am not sure. In addition there is a laptop hooked up to the Internet for use during your stay located in the kitchen. This was a definite bonus for me!
The bedroom was fabulous! There were tons and tons of closet space, lots of hangers, a dresser full of empty drawers, a safe, and a very comfortable bed. I usually have difficulty sleeping in a new place but had no difficulty here. There is also a huge bookshelf full of books, including many books on Rome. I knew there would be lots of books available to read, but I wish I knew that there would be many tourist books on Rome there in advance, as I would not have needed to bring any books on Rome with me.
The bathroom was long and narrow. The sink had plenty of counter space. It was stocked with plenty of toilet paper. The towels were fluffy and there was a nice powerful hairdryer available for use. The shower was quite small, which made it necessary to be careful not to bump the handle when turning or the temperature of the water could change. The water pressure was good. The bathroom was very clean.
The kitchen was fully equipped with pots and pans, dishes, and silverware, as well as a toaster, a moka, and quite a few other little gadgets. The refrigerator is spacious and many basic staples were provided. I only cooked a few simple meals but I would imagine that you would not have any difficulty cooking full meals in this kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
I liked the fact that I could pay by check in advance to a US bank which the owner is associated with instead of having to get euros from the ATM when there. This would be especially helpful if this were your first stop.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt directly with the owner through email. We emailed back and forth a few times. She went out of her way to make sure all was well once I arrived and even checked in with me now and then while I was in Rome. There is an availability calendar marked with dates already booked which I thought was very helpful when trying to plan out my trip, even before contacting the owner. I felt that the website was also very informative. Once you book with her, she will send you a word document with even more information about the apartment and neighborhood, including a list of recommended stores and restaurants nearby.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I loved this apartment and would definitely stay here again. I would recommend this apartment to any and all that asked about a great place to stay in Rome. It is a definite gem.
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