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Review 3473: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 045 Trastevere-S.Maria
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
April 8-13, 2008, 5 days
This apartment was located in Trastevere, on Via d'ell Arco de San Callisto, about two blocks or so from Piazza Santa Maria. It was also only about a two minute walk to Vialle de Trastevere and bus routes. There were markets and a laundry with in easy walking distance, restaurants everywhere, and the fantastic Blue Ice gelato in the Piazza. It was easy to get anywhere we wanted to go in Rome by walking, and by bus or tram.
There were restaurants everywhere, including one beneath our apartment and almost next door to it. It took only a minute to the closest cafe, and several markets and a laundry were within a three minute walk on San Francisco de Ripa. There were also stores there that had take out foods that looked delicious and were reasonably priced. Everything was convenient.
The apartment was in an old apartment building with several apartments, and it was in excellent condition. The apartment was on the second floor, up two flights of stairs. It had a large living/ dining area with three huge windows that overlooked nearby rooftops, a bedroom with another large window, a cute bathroom, and a nice and well equipped kitchen. The floors were hardwood with area rugs in the living room and bedroom, and the bathroom had a colorful tile floor. It was in great condition and well care for, and we felt really at home and comfortable here.
There was a patio off of the kitchen. It was very nice but had no real view. It was attached only to this apartment, but windows from other apartments overlooked it.
There were a lot of antiques here, which was nice. There was a huge bookcase, a dining table and chairs, a sofa and two large stuffed chairs in the living/ dining area. The sofa and chairs were older but very comfortable. The bedroom had a double bed with a single mattress (not two pushed together), and was really comfortable. The bedding was nice, and there was a great puffy comforter under the bedspread. The apartment was very spacious and cozy.
The bedroom was large and comfortable. There was a built in closet to hang clothes up, an a large window by the bed. The furniture was antique and very pretty. The bathroom was small but cute, and had a shower, no tub. There was always hot water.
The kitchen was nice size and well stocked. There was a washing machine under the counter in the kitchen. A hairdryer was available, and an OLD iron that worked better than any iron I've ever used. We didn't cook there, but could have.
Problems or Bonuses
I was surprised at how close everything was to the apartment. If you've never been to Rome before, things look farther away than they are on the map. One down side was that there was a restaurant was noisy at night about one door away.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The apartment owner, was very cordial and nice. He was there on time when we arrived. He didn't speak much English but managed to communicate everything to us that we needed to know. He has a stock of maps and travel material that was available to us, as long as we returned it for other to use. I had no problems with the agency. All of the communications with them were timely, and they had very fair terms in the contract. This was very important to us, since we had been booked with Leisure in Rome to go to another apartment in October, and lost all of our weeks rental money because my father in law passed away and we had to postpone our trip. That agency wouldn't change the date or work with us. So, if you are new to travel, read the contract well and choose a good agency.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again! The only thing that would stop me is the desire to try something new. We had a great experience, felt at home, and it was easily accessible to everything.
Things to do in this area
We ate at Carlo Monte several times, and the food was good and very reasonable. It was only a block away on Via Lungaretta. Also, Blue Ice Gelato is awesome. We got it every night on our way back to the apartment.
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