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Review 3368: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
Feb 14 through Feb 21, 2008, 7 nights
This apartment is located on the fourth floor (U.S) of a renovated building in the historic center of Rome, near Campo dei Fiori. The building is attached to its neighbors, as is usual in large cities. I chose this property in part because of the elevator, as I was traveling with my elderly mother. The elevator itself is quite small (as it needs to be in order to integrate it into the historic setting), but has transparent glass walls that prevent too much in the way of claustrophobia. I only used it when I was carrying groceries, preferring the built-in aerobic exercise that came with the (somewhat steep) stairs, and let my mother have the elevator to herself. The neighborhood is quite busy but nice, with a nice mix of locals and visitors. I felt safe at all times.
Everything is close by. Not just the small but well-supplied Punto SMA supermarket on the road behind the apartment, the Campo dei Fiori for produce, and the Forno Roscioli for bread and cakes, but also Largo Argentina for easy access to public transportation. Lots of shops (including Feltrinelli bookstore) also located at Largo Argentina. Sant'Andrea della Valle was a convenient (and lovely) location for mass, and there's an Internet point right across the street from the church.
The building is historical and in excellent shape. There was a problem with the elevator the day we arrived, but that was rapidly (and fortunately) addressed by the owner. The building is in excellent condition. I gather that only some of the other apartments are occupied at the moment. There was some noise from adjacent properties (possibly in an adjacent building) as well as from the street, but this was not particularly disturbing.
The apartment is one bedroom, with a fold-out couch in the living room. By giving my mother the bedroom and using the fold-out couch myself we were able to have entirely separate sleeping areas, as the bathroom is accessible from from both areas (so no trooping through anybody else's bedroom to get to the bathroom).
No garden or outside sitting area. Nice views from the large windows in the living room and bedroom.
The furniture was in good shape, and the property was clean. Sufficient chairs, etc. There are some small areas of the apartment that need attention, but nothing outside of usual maintenance and certainly nothing that would prevent me from returning. There's good light from windows (including some in the kitchen) and plenty of light fixtures for night time. The TV is Italian only (which I liked just fine). Lots of clocks, including an radio alarm clock in the bedroom and a fairly loud one the in kitchen (that actually kept me awake at night, so I removed the battery).
The bed in the bedroom was reportedly comfortable (as per my mother), and there's a writing desk as well. The fold-out sofa bed was much more comfortable than I'd anticipated, with a firm, Tempur-pedic type mattress.
The bathroom was compact, with a shower that's fairly small. The top is enclosed, and my husband would have risked bumping his head on it, but my mother and I found it fine.
The kitchen was well-equipped and clean, and efficiently arranged. I cooked several full meals there and found it better equipped than average for a short term rental.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises. The apartment is exactly as pictured on the web site, and exactly as described by other renters.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are a charming family, Massimo, Biancamaria, and Delfina. Massimo met us on arrival at the apartment, and as the housekeeper wasn't quite finished took us to lunch nearby and then oriented us to the property (while attending to the elevator). When it came time to check out (the afternoon before we departed) I met with Massimo and Biancamaria over tea while Delfina was at her art lesson around the corner, and then we all went to admire Delfina's very nice work.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I'd stay here again, and would also recommend it to my best friend.
Things to do in this area
Restaurants that we enjoyed included Sant'Anna (on the street of the same name) and L'Angolo di Vino (an enoteca rather than a restaurant, with a very knowledgeable and pleasant owner). I can't recommend the restaurant Arnaldo's, as it's apparently changed hands recently and the food was, well, not very good.
Farther afield, we enjoyed La Taverna del Ghetto (kosher, meat). Osteria ar Galletto in Piazza Farnese was okay, but not amazing and our server was a bit over the top even by Italian tourist waiter standards.
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