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Review 3441: Rental in Rome, Boschetto Hi-Tech Apartment

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Review by woot4fun from US

1bed/1bath apartment near Colosseum Area, Rome


When

March 19 - 25 2008, 6 Days

Location

The Boschetto High Tech apartment is a few hundred yards from the Cavour Metro. This area, between Via Cavour and Via Nazionale was a very good place to be. You are just a few minutes walk to the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill complex. Termini is only a 10-15 minute walk up Via Nazionale and you can connect from there to anywhere in the world. There were a number of decent restaurants between the apartment and the Metro, including a good sandwich place and a pizza restaurant on the ground floor of the building the apartment is in. Our favorites were the Pizzeria with the red exterior and sliding door on Via Leonina (we managed to get quick dinner for four including pizza, pasta, bruschetta and water for Ä30). We tried to go back a number of times, but they were closed because of the Easter holiday. Also there is a gelato place a few doors closer to the Metro called Ciuri Ciuri that was the best we had anywhere in Italy (Via Leonina, 18). The only downside to the location is that when traveling from the Termini direction on the Metro, you exit and must go up and over the train station, which was a bit confusing and a haul with luggage.

Nearby Amenities

As mentioned there are lots of good places in the neighborhood.

Groceries: Margherita (supermarket), Via del Boschetto 62, small specialty stores right out the door and across the street as well as Via del Serpenti Bank/ATM: Via Nazionale Between Serpenti and Boschetto or Via Cavour at Serpenti

The House/Apartment

The building is an older building that was completely gutted and rebuilt. The floors in the common areas are all marble and the common areas are spotless. The apartment is on the third floor and there is a small elevator. The pictures of the apartment at the Rental In Rome website were 100% accurate. The only surprise is the fact that the bed is on a loft structure. Now that I know it, you can see that the bed is on a structure, but I didnít notice it originally. There are some tight stairs on either side of the bed, and the prior renter had damaged those stairs. Giuseppe was back with someone to fix the problem the day after we arrived and we had no problems with the steps, once they were repaired.

The apartment has raised ceilings, white walls and a concrete floor. There is the main room that includes the Living/Dining/Kitchen areas, then a hall to the bedroom area and the bathroom. The bed, as mentioned is on a 6-foot high loft structure with lots of storage below the bed. There is also storage the entire length of the bathroom, next to the bed. There was good light from two large windows that open onto an alley behind the building and there were wood shutters on the windows. There are two rows of long shelves that run the length of the living area. These were great drop zones for cameras, backpacks, maps, cell phones, etc. as we went in and out of the apartment. There were two couches and the dining table and a small computer table, furnished with a laptop to use. One of the sofas is a sofa bed and we used it as such, so it was a little tight on sitting space for my family of four. The apartment has WiFi wireless Internet, but it only worked for three of the days we were there. The apartment has cable TV on a flat screen TV and does have one English news channel (BBC).

Garden

No garden/balcony/pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was nice and clean when we arrived. In the pictures you can see some watermarks in the shower around the fixtures. We found that the pictures were very accurate. The wall in the shower is just painted concrete, by design. The couches were like new. The kitchen table and chairs were older looking, but were in good shape too.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The loft bed is listed as a double, and seemed bigger to me. I think it was every bit of queen-sized bed. I am six feet, six inches tall and was quite comfortable on the bed. The ceilings are high enough that sitting up in the bed presented no issues for me with my height. The linens were like new and in good shape. The duvet covers, as you can see in the pictures were very colorful. My daughters slept on the sofa bed and they didnít complain about it while in Italy, but when asked they did indicate that the bed was a little hard and squeaky. I have a minor complaint with the pillows that were a little under stuffed for my taste. Most of the pillows we slept on in Italy were hard as a rock.

The bathroom was narrow but quite usable. The shower has a large overhead rain shower head that was not made for someone as tall as I am. There is also a hand shower unit in the shower. The floor in the shower is a nice high quality enamel fixture with ridges that were a little tough on my feet after hours of walking around Rome. There was a heated towel rack, when the heat was on. Everything was very clean when we arrived.

Kitchen

The kitchen is small and we did not really use it too much. There were good supplies of dishes and kitchen supplies. The only thing that I wanted and did not find in the kitchen was a cheese grater. We pretty much only had breakfast in the apartment, and munched on a bit of leftover pizza from time to time.

Problems or Bonuses

Bonuses:

  • The owner - he was our personal concierge in Rome
  • bottle of wine and tray of pastries on arrival
  • early check in after arrival at 9am in Rome
  • best gelato in Rome Ciuri Ciuri just a few steps away
  • reasonable food in the neighborhood
  • extra storage space under the bed (a place to hide lots of suitcases)

Problems (minor):

  • No clothes dryer (we had lots of rain) seems pretty typical for Italy, there was a little freestanding rack, which we used as well as placing items on the radiators.
  • another chair in the living area would be nice

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Rental in Rome contacted us quickly when we indicated we wanted to book the apartment, but after they had our deposit it took a number of emails to get answers. I wasn't ignored, but an email asking three questions would get the first question answered but the next two would not be answered. We had no real issues with the rental agency, other than they were a little slow to respond to emailed questions. Once they provided the owner contact info we really didnít need them any more.

The owner, Giuseppe, was wonderful to deal with. He went above and beyond our expectations and did help make our vacation in Rome something special. He met us early and let us into the apartment before the normal check in time. We were late and he still spent a lot of time with us making sure we had all the information we needed about the area, about the apartment and more. He gave us a bottle of wine and had a tray of pastries and chocolates in the refrigerator as a welcome to Rome gift. He had maps and bus information. We were in Rome for Easter and went to the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Peters. Giuseppe helped us with bus information on how to get back to the apartment using night buses (special after midnight buses), as the metro would be closed after Mass. We left from Rome for an additional week of touring including Venice and Florence. He made a point of telling us we could call him with any questions we had. He was a great resource while we were in Italy and great to deal with.

We were not charged a premium for Easter week, we paid Ä150 per day. So for the six days we paid Ä900.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would absolutely stay in this apartment again. I really liked the owner, apartment, location/neighborhood, and the price was reasonable compared to other places we looked at in Rome.

Things to do in this area

See the location section at the top for more details and don't miss the gelato place Ciuri Ciuri.

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