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Review 2927: Rental in Rome, Cedro Roof Garden Penthouse
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
April 2007, one week
My sister-in-law actually rented this apartment (Cedro Roof Garden Penthouse) in Trastevere. She said the Rental in Rome people were responsive to all her questions and dealing with them by e-mail was easy. The Rental in Rome people assured her that the apartment would be perfect for herself , brother-in-law and wife and two nieces and that there would be plenty of linens and towels. My sister-in-law also had the Rental in Rome people provide car service from the train station to the apartment. We did provide the time and train number and our cell phone number to the Rental in Rome people.
It turns out that the driver spoke no English so my sister-in-law would have never met him if my wife and I hadnít been with her. He did take us to the apartment where we met the assistant key holder. We had been called while in the car and told that the person who was supposed to meet us would be delayed about twenty minutes but that someone would be there with the key. A lovely lady met us and provided the keys. She spoke no English and told us to wait for another lady. This gave us a little time to look at the apartment.
The first thing we noticed was the marble tub because it sat right in the entryway. It had a couple of inches of water and a lot of dead bugs in it. The lady at the apartment did not no how to drain it. Then we discovered there was no hot water. Again the lady did not know how to turn it on. Finally the primary key holder arrived and gave the impression that she was very busy and dropped the linen and towels on the first floor bed and wanted her money so she could leave. We told her the problems we discovered and she made a phone call and said a technician would be here in twenty minutes so we could give her the money. We told her that when we have hot water she can have the money. The technician came and drained the tub and turned on the hot water.
Next we discovered that there were only enough linens if we slept two doubles and a single. My granddaughters would like to sleep in the two singles (pullout couch singles). Next we found that the heat was on and was unresponsive to the thermostat. We called Rental in Rome and the technician came and basically told us that if we want hot water we had to have the heat on. So for a week we had to kill the heat except when we wanted hot water (it was very pleasant in Rome while we were there). Nothing was done about the linens.
The website for Rental in Rome is accurate with the pictures but there were some problems besides the pictures making the bathroom and kitchen appear larger than they are. There is only one bedroom (when the apartment was rented it showed it slept six). The bedroom is shown fully curtained including the ceiling. It looks better in the picture. It is like sleeping in a tent. There is just enough room to walk around the bed. With the door closed it got very stuffy (no windows or air circulation will do that). With the door open there was no privacy since the bathroom was right out side the door (next to the tub with the dead bugs).
The apartment has nice furnishing and is really pretty nice if there are only two people. The roof top garden was nice but there was no views of roof tops only of the buildings next to it.
We paid Ä1397 in April for the five of us and I think we could have done much better. I would not recommend this apartment for more than two people.
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