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Review 4096: Residenza Giubbonari, Yellow Apartment
3bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 2009, 11 nights
Great location for touring, not so great for sleeping. All bedrooms in the yellow apartment overlooked the main drag and we were frequently awakened by late night revelers leaving the bars in the nearby Campo despite the industrial strength ear plugs we used. If you are a light sleeper, you would not be happy here. We are not light sleepers and we had problems.
There is a great supermarket (the Punto) about two short blocks away with everything you would need (Via del Monte della Farina #50). A few steps away from the entrance to the apartment is Roscioli where you can get wines, sliced meats, cheeses and things like artichoke hearts in oil. You can also dine at Roscioli. On Via dei Chiavari is their Forno (bakery) with wonderful breads and pizza. We had some of the best bread we've ever had in Rome there. The Campo market is very close by for fresh vegetables (at a premium price) and the Punto has a large produce section. There is another supermarket on Via dei Pettinari. Numerous restaurants and cafes are nearby.
The yellow apartment is on the top floor (fifth) and there is a small but reliable lift. There are four apartments that are used as vacation rentals and there appear to be other longer-term rental apartments in the building.
Off the the living room is a door leading to the patio with another dining table for six. There is absolutely no shade which makes it hard to use the patio for any extended period of time. We sat out for an hour or so once in the evening but if you love sun, you would use the area more than we did.
There are a number of roof top patios in the area so it is not a private setting although there are nice views of the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Carlo ai Catinari. Upstairs there is another smaller patio off the single bed loft area. While we were there, a seagull had made her nest and hatched two babies on the roof there. My one foray to take pictures resulted in my being dive bombed by a nervous new mother so we did not use that small patio. Like the more accessible one below, it had no shade so use during the summer months would be limited and the staircase up is a tight squeeze.
Upon entering the unit you come into a small open hallway with a step down to the living room. Through the living room is the kitchen with a dining table that would comfortably seat six. The living room was comfortable - more so than most rental units we have used in the past but I don't think it would comfortable lounging for more than four adults.
The master bedroom could use a face lift but was quite adequate. The lamps by the bed were very dim so the overhead was needed for reading. The big complaint was the noise from the street. There are two baths - one a full bath with a tub and the other with a shower. Both are on the main level.
The kitchen was well equipped with everything you would need to make a basic meal. There are only two burners for the stove but they served our needs and a small but functional oven was supplemented by a toaster and microwave. Plenty of dishes and pots and pans were provided.
The washer and dryer appear to be fairly new and worked fine. Be forewarned that the dryer takes a long, long time but it gets the job done. Just plan accordingly.
When we arrived, dish washing liquid, laundry detergent and basic cleaning supplies, toilet paper were on hand. We brought our own bar soaps and we always bring a sponge now (you always seem to need one and you can't always find them).
Problems or Bonuses
The location was really great. We walked to all the big sites without any problem and getting groceries and supplies was very easy. The biggest surprise for us was the noise level from the street. We thought that being five floors up would provide a buffer but it did not.
One other quibble, the apartment was very dusty. It seemed the place had not been occupied before we arrived and had not been dusted in quite a while. And while it was not in our contract, personally, I think at €300 per night for 11 nights, a cleaning should have occurred at least once during the stay.
There is satellite TV in the living room. For some reason, there are a LOT of German channels. There are only a few in English and if you are interested in following the news, you will be able to do so.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Christina was a very gracious host and speaks very good English. The photos on the website are extremely accurate. We paid €300 per night in late April / early May.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would not stay in the yellow apartment again but we would stay in one of the apartments that had a bedroom that did not face Via Giubbonari.
Things to do in this area
This is a great area to just get out and explore. The surrounding streets are full of interesting columns and medieval doorways. The ghetto is a few blocks away as is the Pantheon and a host of other sites. Roscioli became our favorite stop on the way home from a long day of sightseeing. Great wines and the nearby Forno is a great place to pick up a slice of pizza to enjoy with the wines you get from Roscioli.
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