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Review 3455: Comfortitalia, Pasquino apartment
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
May 23-May 30, 2007, 1 week
This apartment was in the heart of Rome about five minutes walk to Piazza Navona. We loved the area full of atmosphere and lively activity but not overly touristy or crowded.
Everything you could possibly want was at your doorstep. There was a great bar just downstairs for coffee in the morning and a wonderful restaurant next door to that. The restaurant is called "Ciccia Bomba" and the address Via del Governo Vecchio, 76 (tel. 68802108). Grocery stores down the street on the same block and ATMs everywhere. Gelato, cafes and many great restaurants all in the neighborhood. We stayed in our neighborhood to find good family places rather than venture to the touristy cafes directly around Piazza Navona for our nightly meals. The prices were better and the locals were eating where we lived. This apartment is easy access to the Pantheon and Campo di' Fiori ... minutes away by foot to great sites in all directions. This was especially great for night walks to the Piazzas for the teenagers in the apartment.
The apartment was exactly as pictured on the web page. It was clean and large and had nice windows to look out to the town below and rooftops across the way. There was a tiny elevator. I believe we were on the fourth floor. Can't remember.
No garden, no exterior sitting area, no pool.
Furniture was in good shape as pictured on website. Apartment very clean and tidy. TV in living room and bedroom. Dining area had sufficient chairs for four people.
Double bed in bedroom and fold out sofa bed in living room. Both comfortable. One nice size bathroom with tub and shower combo.
Very nice kitchen with lots of storage and full refrigerator and fully equipped pots and pans and dishes. All necessary cooking utensils included. Very easy to cook full meals in the kitchen though we did not do much cooking. Nice dining area with dining table and chairs.
Problems or Bonuses
We did not have electricity for about four hours one late afternoon. I believe the power went out in the neighborhood. I called the agency and they said that happens frequently in Rome. When it was restored all was fine but a candle and some matches might have helped. Other than that no surprises.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I can heartily recommend Comfortitalia. I worked directly with Helen and her assistant Prudence. All correspondence by email was promptly answered and they were most friendly and helpful. Directives for deposits were clear and professional. I felt like I was dealing with people who were really conscientious about doing things right. The total for one weeks rental in summer 2007 for four people was €1000, all amenities and utilities included. The only additional fee was a €50 final cleaning fee. To reserve the apartment a booking deposit of €300 payable in the form of either a wire transfer or cashier's check. When we arrived Prudence met us at the apartment, gave helpful hints about shopping and the neighborhood restaurants and gave us a tour of the apartment and directions on how things worked. She was always available by cell if we needed anything. She was British and so her English was impeccable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Definitely would stay here although I do not know if this apartment is still available for rent. Upon recent review of Comfortitalia website I did not see it listed. At any rate I would trust this agency and suspect their other rentals are just as nice. They are reliable and are not a huge company so they seem to personally oversee the properties with close attention to renter needs.
Things to do in this area
The restaurant downstairs is great as I mentioned before. Go to "Ciccia Bomba" even if you do not stay in this apartment. It's not expensive. It's lively and fun and the food is really wonderful. We loved our stuffed zucchini blossoms and our pasta with pepe and calcio. I hope I spelled that right. Anyway everything we had was great and we ate there two nights in a row. I believe they are closed on Wednesdays. Buon Appetito!
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