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Review 3594: Guest in Italy, Monte dei Pegni (MDPIE #89)
2bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
June 2008, 4 nights
This apartment is centrally located - about two minutes from Campo di Fiori in Piazza del Monte di Pieta. Wonderful location - easy walk to Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trastevere, transport center at Argentina, and, of course, the daily market at the Campo. The square is mainly used for parking. The apartment is part of an old palazzo. To get to the apartment, you walk through a big wooden door off the piazza (between stores numbered 29 + 30) into a courtyard, and walk up a open staircase about 1.5 flights. The front door is located on a balcony of the interior courtyard (see pictures). It is a beautiful building, very atmospheric, with old fresco-type paint on the walls and a beautiful wide staircase.
A small gourmet-type grocery store is located across the piazza and down about a block - very close. The Campo di Fiori market is open daily except Sundays and has fruits and vegetables, plus a bakery and deli are on the campo as well. Restaurants and cafes are numerous in the area.
The historical building was beautiful - it's a very pale blue color, with beautiful balconies and staircases. Residents have flower pots out everywhere. The apartment was very nice. The apartment has been remodeled in recent years with a newer bathroom and kitchen. There are tall ceilings with beautiful wooden beams. The windows are also newer. Overall, a nice blend of old and new.
It was fairly quiet; we could hear neighbors opening heavy locks at times but no traffic noise. Two sets of doors open onto the courtyard; other windows just backed to outside walls, so the natural light is good in the main living area and small bedroom. The building has about four floors. There is a doorman until 8pm. We always felt very safe.
You can view the property directly: Monte dei Pegni.
No outside area to sit, but the entrance to the apartment is off of a courtyard balcony.
The apartment was clean and had many amenities - air conditioning in each bedroom and in the main living area. The living room/dining area was spacious and had a round table suitable for four, could squeeze five. There were six dining chairs. The was a sofabed and one armchair. They were in decent shape, but could use a steam cleaning since they are off-white. The sofabed was comfortable for a sofabed. Another arm chair would have been nice; especially since we left the sofabed open all the time. There was also a flat screen TV with some English channels. No phone is provided.
Off the kitchen was a laundry closet with a separate washer and dryer - nice to have but the dryer took a long time.
The AC worked well in the two bedrooms, but not as strongly in the living area since it's a more spacious room, but it was fine for us.
The master bedroom was large and comfortable with an old armoire with drawers and bar for hanging clothes. The AC worked well. Lighting by the bed for reading.
The second bedroom (advertised as a single) had a small sofabed. If the sofabed was open, you couldn't open or close the door. We were told that new furniture is expected for this room - not sure what that will include. This small room also had an armoire that was difficult to use if the sofabed was open. This room also has a door opening to the balcony for exiting the apartment.
The bathroom was new and fairly spacious; spacious shower with a small water tank above. About three people can take a shower in a row, then you would have to wait 30 minutes for more water to heat up. You have to make sure the light switch for the heater stays on (red light will come on). There are some drawers and a large counter top for storage; a heated towel bar and extra hooks for hanging towels.
Nice window treatments and lighting fixtures throughout.
Overall, a nice apartment with many amenities. It could use some pictures on the wall to warm it up. But it was totally fine for our stay.
The kitchen is nicely updated and includes a microwave, dishwasher, small oven (about eight inches high) and a fairly good sized refrigerator. Dishes and pans were of good quality, but it would have been nice to have more dishes and glasses. There were only five large dishes and no regular wine glasses. There is an espresso maker, but no American coffee maker.
We did not cook any meals, only made coffee and had breakfast and snacks in the apartment. It is possible to cook simple meals; more complex ones may be a little difficult. But the kitchen is certainly adequate for vacation use. No dishtowels were provided.
Problems or Bonuses
The one bad surprise was the sofabed in the second bedroom. The website said it was a single bedroom, which I understood to be a single bed. Nowhere did it say it had a sofabed. If we were traveling only with our two kids, it would have been fine. However, my 68 year old mother was with us, and we expected a single bed for her use. The mattress and framing is fine for kids, teens or possibly young adults, but not for those that are older. It is not that thick and you could feel the framing underneath when you turn.
Needless to say, this was a problem with our sleeping arrangements. We ended up giving my mother the master and the rest of played musical beds, with me or a kid taking turns sleeping with my mother, while my poor husband slept on the sofabed in the living room. The check-in person did tell us that they have been waiting for a new bed for that room.
We had changed the number of our party from four to five people. After the checkin person left, we noticed there were only four pillows and four sets of towels. Not a huge problem for us since my smaller son just used the large handtowel and my other son didn't need a pillow. But just check that if you have five people staying. We didn't feel it was worth calling the office about.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We paid €230 a night; much cheaper than hotel arrangements would have been for a family of five. All contact was done through email; all questions answered promptly before arrival. Initial deposit was made with a credit card; the balance was paid in cash at arrival. Everyone spoke English very well.
I thought the apartment was a good deal for the money. It had a lot of amenities, in a beautiful building and in a great location. Our only problem was the sofabed in the second bedroom. Our check-in person called the office because we were upset about it; the office kept insisting it was as good as a regular bed and they never had any complaints about it. It was just not good for our situation with an elderly parent. Shame on me for not confirming beds, but I didn't think it was necessary. From now on, I will reconfirm bed sizes before booking. They did take off €50 from our final payment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again. It is a very nice apartment for the price. I would highly recommend it for value, location and amenities. It is not a high-end luxury apartment, but it is very nice. I would say that it is almost as nice as in the pictures (the pictures online always seem better). I would recommend that the sofa be steam cleaned (it's not horrible, just could use a cleaning) and that more dishes and glasses be added.
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