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Review 4012: Rome Capital Apartments, Ferrajoli II
2bed/2bath apartment in Piazza Colonna, Rome
2/8/09, 5 nights
The Ferrajoli II (also referred to as Maupassant Apartment on another website) is located smack in the middle of the historic center of Rome. The location was excellent!
There is another review on Slow Travel for this apartment by Sherri that has more detail and is right on the money.
Coffee, restaurant and wine bars were abundant starting at the doorstep and continuing in any direction you walked. A grocery store was a little more difficult to find, but we did locate one just a few blocks away (between Trevi and Spanish Steps).
The quality of the apartment was OK (dated furnishings). Again, I would refer to the review submitted by Sherri because is is more detailed and very accurate. I agree with her that the biggest drawback was the "mold" growing in the second bathroom upstairs. If it weren't for that, I would strongly recommend this apartment to others as one of the better values available (we paid €135 per night for a party of 4). I did put the rental agency on notice when we returned, so hopefully it will be cleaned properly before any of you arrive. When you do, be prepared for the narrow winding staircase that leads to the living area, and another that leads to the upstairs bedroom/bathroom. I don't think they had to contend with ADA building requirements back in the 1500's. One thing to note, the electric outlets had a "3" pronged receptacle (all in a row, not staggered) which my converter package did not fit. We had to purchase one at a local phone store which allowed us to plug in the computer and hair dryers. Lastly, there is no Internet connectivity at the apartment.
There is a patio/sitting area off of the living room.
The furnishings were dated but comfortable.
My bed was fine with a nice comforter included. See above regarding the second bathroom.
The kitchen was more of a galley with stove, sink and small fridge. It was more than adequate for our needs (making tea in the morning and chilling wine for the afternoon/evening).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were met by a doorman for the building. The apartment was not ready until after 11:00, so we had a small breakfast on arrival next door. Very friendly gentleman, but no English spoken there (he carried our luggage to the room when it was ready, so it was waiting for us when we returned).
Our trip was in the off-season and the rate per night €135 for four people.
The pictures provided on the agencies website are a fair representation of what you will get (approximately 800-900 square feet total).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If the second bathroom were cleaned of the mold, I would definitely stay at Ferrajoli II again. The cost paid is more than fair for the size, quality and location of the apartment. If the mold isn't gone, I would not stay there again (it tends to warp your perception of everything else in the apartment, and I didn't particularly care for sharing my bathroom with another couple).
At the price paid, don't be expecting a Ritz-Carlton experience. This apartment was built in the 1500's and character has its quirks.
Things to do in this area
Two hundred yards to the Trevi Fountain, 300 yards to the Pantheon and maybe 500 yards to the Spanish Steps. Pretty good base to explore the historic center of Rome.
This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.
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