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Review 3534: Feel Home in Rome, Giulia apartment
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiore, Rome
April 2008, 3 nights
The apartment is on the top floor of a lovely building on the via Giulia, near the Campo di Fiori and Piazza Farnese. A very charming & safe neighborhood.
Shops and restaurants very close, it's only a few minutes walking to the Piazza Navona and most sights are within walking distance.
The building has parts which date back to the 15th century, it has interesting paint work in the courtyard and a fountain. There is a tiny lift of glass and wood - two people fit in OK but three would be the max. You take the lift to the second floor (US 3rd) and walk up a short flight of stairs to the apartment. The apartment faces only the interior courtyard, so while bright it was extremely quiet at night. The building has approximately eight apartments (not sure) but we hardly saw anyone else - it's a very quiet building.
You can view the apartment directly Giulia.
It has a tile floor throughout and is tastefully furnished. It was very clean.
The bed was very comfortable and linens clean. The bathroom has a bidet and a shower (no tub); good shower with lots of hot water.
We didn't cook anything but the kitchen seemed to be fully equipped, with dishes, glasses, utensils etc. and there is a small refrigerator.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment itself was very nice, the building and area also great, and we had no complaints about any of that, however we did have an "issue" regarding the agency (see below).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked an apartment in December 2007 and received a confirmation. We also booked car service from the airport with the same agency. When we were en route to Rome, our driver got a call from his dispatcher to call the woman who ran the agency. She told us that the apartment we had booked was suddenly not available, but she had sourced an alternative for us, at the same price as the original. As we felt we were stuck without a place to stay, we accepted. The alternative, as per my review was very nice. However, when I returned to the UK and checked the price for it on line, it was much lower than the one I had booked. I then contacted the owner by email, and she said that the price changes daily and I couldn't go by what was on the website. She did offer a discount on a future booking, but I still felt a bit taken advantage of by both the owner of the apartment and the agency.
The Feel Home in Rome site is pretty easy to use and you use a credit card to confirm your booking (they do not charge your card - you pay the whole amount in cash on your arrival). The owner of the agency speaks English very well.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend the apartment without reservation. I'm not sure if the agency was totally at fault for mixing up the original booking so I would give them the benefit of the doubt, but I would recommend staying alert for any possible changes and check prices before agreeing to anything.
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