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Review 3126: Real Rome, Campo Rooftop
1bed/2bath apartment in Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2007, 1 week
The apartment is right in Campo dei Fiori in Rome and the front door to the apartment opens directly onto it. The area is wonderful and the market six days a week directly outside the building was great for either just looking (this is where many Italians buy their food too) or buying food for us.
You are spoilt for choice in this location - there are any number of places to have coffee or a drink and many restaurants in Campo dei Fiori or a minute away. Piazza Navona several minutes walk and Piazza Farnese is directly behind Campo dei Fiori. You could walk to the Tiber in about five minutes and Trastevere in about 10 minutes. A good supermarket five minutes away and a couple of small grocery stores in the Campo. One sells wonderful cheese and both sell wine.
The building was old but seemed well maintained. This is definitely not a peaceful area but we were on the top floor and spent a lot of time on the rooftop terrace where we could hear the noise from below - but that added to the experience. The bedroom faced an inner courtyard/lift well so was relatively quiet. Our apartment was on the fourth (European) floor and there were two to three other apartments per floor. We understand most are owner occupied rather than rented and this did seem to be the case. Neighbours were friendly. There is a lift which we generally used going up rather than down and good for luggage and shopping.
The rooftop terrace is fantastic and the single most attractive feature of the apartment, followed by the location. The terrace is private and absolutely huge. The photo on the website is completely accurate but doesn't give you the correct impression of the size. One end of the terrace (see photo) has a sizable table and chairs which would seat six comfortably, under an awning/ gazebo (not sure of the correct term) which provides shelter from sun or rain. There are also several other small tables and chairs dotted about the terrace and two loungers and a clothes drying rack (portable).
We used the terrace every single day and usually for long periods of time. We ate several lunches there, a couple of dinners and always sat there after dinners out. No pool.
The furniture was fine. There is a nifty table and chairs in the living area which when folded away is quite small and doesn't get in the way. Dining chairs for four from memory - we only ate inside one night when it rained heavily. The living room furniture is comprised largely of sofa or fold away beds. I tended to use one as a day bed and was very comfortable reading there while my husband had the other sofa. Small TV and DVD player, no satellite TV.
The apartment was clean.
The bed in the bedroom was very hard, even by European standards. The bedroom is small but has plenty of storage. The bedroom and en suite (which is the bigger of the two bathrooms) open off the main hallway as do all other rooms. The second bathroom was a nice bonus and would be needed if more than the main bedroom was being used. Plenty of toilet paper supplied. Small shower stall in the en suite bathroom and similar in other. Hair dryer supplied. Bidets in both bathrooms. The mats in the bathrooms and in the shower stall could do with replacing.
The kitchen and living area are basically one space. The kitchen can be closed off from the living area, which would be useful if people were sleeping in the living area but would make for a very long and narrow kitchen space otherwise. It was fine for our needs - we made coffee and breakfast there each day, several lunches and several dinners. Appliances fine, including a dishwasher and a washing machine which we did use. The cupboards in the kitchen, while containing some handy stuff, could do with a good clean-out - they seem to have accumulated rather too much of what people have left.
Problems or Bonuses
The good - the location and the market especially was a wonderful surprise. The size of the rooftop was a bit of a surprise too. Some of the stuff in the kitchen was great - a number of coffee makers, coffee, tea, olive oil and some necessary items for clothes and dish washers. Also lots of tea light candles for the holders on the terrace. DVD player was a pleasant surprise but we had not brought any with us.
Although it didn't affect us, even though this is a one bedroom apartment you could easily accommodate more people in it. I think the website says five, which may be possible but three of them would need to be small or know each other well. There were two (middle aged) couples staying prior to us and it would also work well with children.
The not so good - when we arrived at about 7pm the previous occupants were still in the process of leaving and the rather frazzled manager seemed to have little control over them or know when they were actually leaving. The people themselves, while not rude, seemed to think their behaviour quite normal, made no apology and indeed tried to chat with us! Once they left all was fine but it didn't get off to a great start.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Tim is great to deal with - friendly and very professional (the above issue aside!). When I was trying to choose which apartment most suited our needs he was very responsive, helpful and honest. The agency organised a driver to collect us at the airport and that worked as planned. The person who let us into the apartment was very friendly and spoke good English.
We paid €1200 for the week which we consider good value. There were no additional costs. We felt we were paying a premium for the terrace and the location - we knew we could probably get better or fancier apartments for that price but not with a rooftop terrace and with that view so it was totally worth it to us. And the location is fantastic although in this area you would need to consider the noise factor depending on which way the bedroom(s) faced. We were just lucky but I have read other reviews about the noise in Campo dei Fiori and it can be very noisy.
The description on the website and the photos on the website are accurate - the living/kitchen area looks (to me anyway) larger than it actually is but it is quite large enough. The bedroom is described as small which is accurate. If anything they don't rave about the terrace enough.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes I would recommend it and I would stay there again. My only qualification is that I would probably stay somewhere else in mid winter when I could not use the terrace.
Things to do in this area
There are a large number of restaurants and cafes very close by. And most of central Rome is within easy walking distance. Buses very close by.
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