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Review 3075: Comfortitalia, Farnese II

www.comfortitalia.com

Not Recommended
Review by Italia from US

studio apartment near Campo de' Fiori, Rome


When

September 2007, 4 nights

Location

Rome, next to Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese.

Near the beautiful Piazza Navona, I would look for an apartment at this Piazza next time.

Nearby Amenities

Good location for walking to all the major sites, restaurants, coffee, shopping, groceries, everything.

The House/Apartment

Building was a typical old Rome apartment house.

I want to preface the rest of this review with a little history, lest you think I am a spoiled American traveler expecting Ritz Carlton standards. This was my third visit to Europe and I have stayed in hostels, apartments and hotels. This trip, we had been traveling in Italy for two weeks prior to our arrival in Rome, staying in several hostels and looking forward to treating ourselves to an apartment. Not expecting five-star accommodations, but at least equivalent to the hostels at €20-40 a night for two people. I was disappointed. This was not worth €125 a night.

I will give the pros and cons to this apartment based on the ad description with those descriptions in quotation.

Garden

"Balcony overlooking building's inner courtyard" is actually a very small space between buildings with dirt and trash. Only enough room to stand on the balcony. It contains the back porch of a restaurant, used for storage.

"Peace and good ventilation." The “peace” included late night restaurant kitchen noise and “ventilation” was that of rotting garbage, so leaving the main window open for ventilation is not really an option. Closing the window resulted in a dark and dank unit. No pros regarding balcony.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

"Newly renovated," this is misleading. Everything is dated.

"The ceiling is coffered" and is beautiful and in good condition.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The queen size bed is very hard (typical) but clean.

The single day bed was not used because it was lumpy and did not open flat, it sloped toward the floor.

The bracket holding the shower head was broken and the water ran out in a stream close to the wall, no spraying action. Moldy and in need of paint. Towels were threadbare. Even though I was told this was a non-smoking unit, it had a stale cigarette aroma.

Kitchen

The kitchenette is nice with a stainless steel sink. Mismatched dishes, glasses, silverware are available. A nice, small refrigerator with freezer space. We did not use the stove.

Problems or Bonuses

The terracotta tiled floor had jagged and sharp broken tiles of which I was unaware until I cut my foot when getting out of bed. The air-conditioning was working; leave it on during the day if you want the apartment cool in the evening.

DVD player will not accept US DVDs, only European format.

Plenty of hot water.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

When booking, Comfortitalia was prompt and professional in responding. They met us at the apartment for check-in and check-out at the designated time. Provided restaurant suggestions and were available via phone during our stay. They both speak English.

This entire area was under renovation during our stay, with the accompanied construction noise. Scaffolding in front of the building, sidewalk torn-up, fountains covered for repair. I would have appreciated being advised in advance and having them recommend one of their units in a different location.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

No.

Things to do in this area

Open air market, pastry shop next door, Magnolia's cafe.

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