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Review 3136: Residenza Giubbonari, Yellow Apartment
3bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
22-26 October 2007, 5 days
As a base for "doing" the historic centre of Rome Residenza Giubbonari was excellent. We stayed in the yellow apartment which is right at the top of the apartment building. The building itself fronts the Via Giubbonari which is a busy pedestrianised shopping street south of Piazza Navona and within a mile of both the Vatican in one direction and the Colosseum in the other. The downside of being so central is the noise of scooters, sirens and bar-goers which was almost constant and very noticeable in the street side apartments at night (quiet between 2am and 6am!) - we felt it was well worth this to be in the centre of things !
Everything we needed was very nearby. A small supermarket was within five minutes walk, lots of restaurants and delicatessens within a stones throw and the market in Campo Dei Fiori at the end of the street.
The Yellow apartment was very well laid out. Despite being quite small the bedrooms were well arranged and considering there were six of us staying in the apartment it did not feel cramped. There are a number of other apartments in the building but we saw and heard nothing of our fellow inhabitants and the lift always seemed to be available when we needed it. Some of the features of the original building have been maintained but not at the expense of efficient bathrooms and kitchen.
The Yellow apartment had two private terraces which were lovely and gave a feeling of spaciousness, surrounded as they are by wonderful church domes. No pool but would not have expected one!
All the fittings were smart and well maintained, bed linen and towels were clean and fresh and the kitchen was properly equipped (including washing machine and drier). The apartment was a bit dusty around the edges and we did not leave a tip for the cleaner.... but this did not detract from our enjoyment of it. There was plenty of seating for six in sitting room and kitchen. The pictures on the website make the apartment appear more poky than it is. Satellite TV advertised on the website only receives one Euro news channel - we did not use it.
The beds were all comfortable and had it not been for the noise from the street we would have slept very well. The double and twin rooms are spacious and prettily decorated and the little mezzanine room is very quaint and apparently comfortable. Bathrooms were spacious and well equipped. Bath took a long time to run but showers were fine and water hot.
Kitchen is small but well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery. Large fridge/freezer, small hob which took the kettle a long time to heat up on and the knives had seen better days but all one would expect from a rental apartment. We did cook full meals during our stay!
Problems or Bonuses
Only real downside of the apartment was the noise from the street. While this is the obvious flip side of its fantastic location - I would advise prospective renters to go to bed late and wear ear-plugs. Members of our party sleeping on the sofa bed were unaffected and so were the children in the twin room. The double room was the worst.
We would not hesitate to use the apartment again though!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Cristina and her team were excellent and very helpful both before we arrived and during our stay. We had to change flights last minute due to an Alitalia strike and she changed all our transfers for us at the drop of a hat. Likewise very helpful in offering to get bread and milk in for us before our arrival. Having an English speaking team in the building was great for our first trip to Rome. Despite being available they were very unintrusive and we recovered our security deposit in full and without interrogation!
We felt the price we paid was good considering the location of the apartment, the terraces and the support we received. Better than a tourist hotel for children giving much greater flexibility.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, would recommend without hesitation and fully intend to go back again although will be sure to pack some ear plugs!
Things to do in this area
To illustrate its centrality - from the apartment we visited all the major Roman sites including the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese and Trastevere - all on foot and with a four year-old and eight year-old in tow!
Lots of restaurants within 10 minutes walk of the apartment and some lovely delicatessens when we decided on DIY food.
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