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Review 3481: Rental in Rome, Accetti Palace
2bed/2bath apartment in Piazza Sforza Cesarini, Rome
March 16-23, 2008, 8 nights
Great location in the historical center in Piazza Sforza Cesarini. About a 10 minute walk from Piazza Navona or Campo dei Fiori. Easy bus access on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
There is a grocery store within a block of the apartment and two restaurants and a small cafe in the same piazza.
The building is a 16th century palazzo converted into apartments. I think there were two apartments per floor, four floors. I don't know how many were rentals. During the week, there is a doorman/attendant at the ground level, near the elevator. The apartment, despite being on a main street is fairly quiet. We kept the windows closed most of the time because it was cold. In the summer there might be more noise with windows open and diners eating outside in the piazza below.
You can view the property directly: Accetti Palace.
No, not unless you count being able to sit in the piazza.
The living room, dining area and kitchen are all one space. The living room has a comfortable sofa with two matching chairs in slightly worn upholstery. There is a TV with channels only in Italian and a VCR. No Internet access to be found. There is a large glass dining table with four chairs. The apartment was very clean.
There are two bedrooms, one with double bed (a queen size mattress on a frame of two antique twin beds pushed together) and a bedroom with two twin beds (also antique). The beds are very firm but comfortable.
The double room has only one window, which looks out on the small side street. The twin room has two windows, one on the side, one facing the piazza and consequently gets much more light. The rooms are good sized and have very high ceilings; the double coffered, the other bedroom and the living room have the original 16th century wooden beams.
The double room only has a dresser in which two of the drawers are locked. It has no closet in which to hang clothes. The twin room has an enormous armoire for hanging clothes and a big dresser. There are sets of towels (one large, one small) for each person, but no extras, something I would have liked considering we were here for eight days. There is only one pillow per person, again no extras. There are extra blankets in the armoire however. There is radiator heat around all the baseboards and while it was cold outside, we were never cold inside so the heat works well.
There are two full bathrooms. One across from the bedrooms right as you enter the apartment and one near the kitchen. One has a tub, the other a walk in shower. Plenty of hot water, good water pressure. They look like they have been recently remodeled.
The kitchen has a large refrigerator and freezer by European standards and a dishwasher. It looks like it's been recently remodeled along with the bathrooms. There is also a dishwasher and a four burner gas stove. No washing machine.
The pots and pans were my main complaint about the kitchen. The pots were okay, but the saute pans were ancient scratched Teflon and I considered them a health hazard. I refused to use them and had to cook everything in the soup pots.
There were enough plates, silverware and glasses for four for a single meal, but not a lot extra. We had to buy sponges and dish towels. There were some cleaning products left behind by previous renters.
We only cooked breakfasts and made sandwiches for lunch. No dinners. It's a fine kitchen, just needs some new pans.
Problems or Bonuses
Having two full bathrooms for four people was great. It made getting ready in the mornings much easier.
It would have been nice to have hanging closet space in the double bedroom.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt exclusively with Anna at Rental in Rome. She was great and answered my millions of questions and concerns via email.
The on site person was very nice, but does not speak much English. We paid €1700 for eight nights the week before Easter. This rate included a 20% surcharge for the "holiday week."
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again. I would recommend it to my best friend, though she was on the trip with me! If I stayed again, I would request more pillows and towels, or bring some with me.
Things to do in this area
The best thing to do in this area is walk around and enjoy the ambiance of the location. You don't have to go far for great food and wine, either to dine out or eat in.
We ate in two of the restaurants right in the piazza, Trattoria Polese and Da Luigi and both were very good. There is a great wine bar right around the corner.
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