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Review 3935: Rome Capital Apartments, Ferrajoli II
2bed/2bath apartment in Piazza Colonna, Rome
November 2008, 8 nights
The location was absolutely perfect. The location was the Piazza Colonna. Across the Piazza was Parliament, and to one side was the newspaper. The apartment was inside the Palazzo Ferrajoli. You would enter front door of the building into the courtyard. From there, you entered the apartment. Great shopping area, just a few blocks to the Pantheon one way and a few blocks to the Trevi fountain another way. Very close to major bus stops on the Via Del Corso, and Piazza San Silvestro. Within walking distance to the Barberini Metro stop.
Just outside the main door, but still within the building was a wonderful "bar." The croissants and cappuccinos there were great. We went there for breakfast most every morning. They had Sicilian pastries and gelato as well. The young woman at the counter wanted to call a physician for us when our young daughter wasn't feeling well, needless to say, they were very kind. There were restaurants everywhere within walking distance.
The building originally belonged to the Ferrajoli family. The courtyard was kept nice. There was a doorman/woman at the main door daily. I'm not sure how many other apartments were in the building. It was quiet in my opinion. The front door of the apartment opened to a staircase up to the first floor. There was the living room, closet style kitchen, one bathroom and one bathroom. Up another narrow winding staircase, there was the second bedroom and bath. The stairs would make it difficult for anyone with ANY accessibility difficulties.
You can view the property directly: Ferrajoli II.
There was a nice patio off of the living room. It was private and overlooked another courtyard in an adjacent building. It would be lovely during the summer.
The furniture was fine, and comfortable. The apartment was not clean. In fact there were areas where it was filthy, especially the upstairs bathroom. There was a notice that if you left the apartment unclean, there would be an €80 charge. Well, we certainly left it cleaner than we found it. This was truly a shame. The decoration was dated, and a little tacky. But that is superficial. The apartment has such fabulous potential.
The beds were fine. There were two bathrooms. The bathrooms were big enough and linens were fine. As I mentioned, there was a cleanliness problem.
The kitchen was tiny, not really an "American" kitchen as advertised, but usable. There was only a coffee pot, not an espresso machine, so you couldn't make cappuccino. We did make pasta for dinner one night and there were enough dishes and pans. The table has four chairs, but there were two chairs in the living room that could easily be pulled up. There was a washing machine in the kitchen, but it did not work. However, I must admit that the agency did NOT advertise a washing machine.
Problems or Bonuses
We loved the location. We loved the building. The apartment seemed to be in a state of decay. It was as though it had seen better days. It just didn't feel "loved!" We would love to buy it if we had the funds and it was for sale.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We originally tried to book a different apartment with this agency. At first our reservation was accepted, but before they could take our deposit, they said that apartment was booked. So they offered us this one. It was considerably less expensive and at a great location. As this was my first time renting an apartment outside of the USA, I was not sure how it customarily worked. I ended up calling Chiara, the agent a few days before arrival, because our email was not answered when we sent our arrival time. She had gotten our email, and said that the doorman would meet us to take our payment in cash. I was concerned when she didn't answer my email that time, because she was so prompt to answer in the earlier stages of booking. I was glad I called because I would have brought a credit card instead of cash. We did not see or talk to anyone else from the agency after we arrived.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, if they cleaned it up! But not until then!
Things to do in this area
Way too much to list!
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