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Review 3450: Real Rome, Trastevere Lungaretta
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
March 2008, 5 days
The apartment is in Trastevere on via Lungaretta very near the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Ponte Sisto and Piazza Trilussa. Although the location was ideal the street was very noisy on the weekend.
You can walk to everything and there are many caffes and restaurants in the area. There is a Volpetti alimentari near by.
It is an old building but in pretty good shape. The apartment is not at all peaceful and quiet especially on the weekends. There are about three other apartments in the building and a restaurant downstairs.
The stairs to the apartment were quite steep (see photo), which we didn't expect because the description said "up two flights of steps (not too steep) to the second level." Also, by our count there were three flights of stairs.
You can view the apartment directly: Trastevere Lungaretta.
The apartment is in Rome's city center so no outside sitting area, garden, or pool.
I wouldn't consider the furniture to be in good shape. There was a love seat and two or three chairs in the living area as well as a dining table with four chairs. None of them very comfortable. All of the upholstered pieces were covered with bedspread type covers that appeared clean; however, the furniture underneath was quite stained and shabby.
Although I'm sure the apartment was cleaned before our arrival the shabby condition of the furniture and the carpet on the stairs and in the bedroom made it "feel" dirty.
The bed was comfortable but, again, just didn't feel clean. There were two closets in the bedroom with hangers. One of the night stands was broken and had a permanent tilt to it. There is a sky light above the bed with a shade to block out the morning sun.
The bathroom was a good size with an interesting bath/shower. The shower part of the bath was located in the slope of the roof and had a sky light. We were told that the sky light window could come off if you used too much force so we left it shut. There was good water pressure and enough hot water.
We didn't cook in the kitchen but there was a stove, oven, dishwasher and a washing machine.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised at the overall condition of the apartment and the noise level from the street. Although it was a pedestrian only street the noise from the crowds on the weekends was loud until almost 4:00am. Luckily we had our iPods to block out most of it. We were also glad the weather was cool so that we didn't need to open the windows.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I have rented from Real Rome twice before, renting the same apartment in Campo dei Fiori and was pleased both times. Tim was always great to deal with and responded to our emails promptly. The person who met us spoke English and was very nice.
We paid €130/night, which considering the condition of the apartment was a bit pricey.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Unfortunately, no I would not stay here again or recommend it to anyone.
We wanted to try a new area this time and I did ask Tim which apartment he thought was best out of two that I was considering and was provided with the following response:
"It is really hard to choose between the two. Certainly Luce is a little brighter (that is not why we called it luce - it got is name from the street it is on), and a little quieter. Luce is the safer bet if you have any doubts. Having said that, Lungaretta has the highest "return" rate after only two other apartments (Cappellari Studios) - the return rate being the people who come back wanting the same apartment. To me, and I think many clients, it has a true Roman character. In addition, we will have new sound-proof windows in the apartment by then - although with things like that we need to wait and see if it has much affect - the noise is "people" noise - just talking - as the street is blocked to traffic.
The only other point at this stage is that Lungaretta has been confirmed contractually for next year, where-as Luce still has not as there are doubts as to whether she wants to continue - we will know in a couple of months (she currently has quite an ill partner and doesn't want to deal with these issues at the moment)."
I probably I should have read between the lines and took the "safer bet"; however, we always tend to opt for a place that has "character."
Things to do in this area
There are many restaurants and shops nearby. We bought wine at Enoteca Trastevere on via Lungaretta. The woman working there recommended two very nice bottles to bring home with us. We didn't eat there but it looked like they served wonderful light meals and desserts.
On Saturday there was a wonderful organic market in Piazza Trilussa where we bought some wonderful nutella type spread.
If you ever get tired of eating Italian food there is a delightful Vietnamese restaurant right across the Ponte Sisto called Thien Kim.
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