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Review 4225: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 75 Vatican Museum Risorgiment0 (1) & Cod. 99 Vatican Museum Risorgiment (2)

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Review by Cookkie from NY

1bed/1bath apartments near Piazza Risorgimento, Rome


Sunlight in the unit, photo by Ron Spetrino

When

April 9 to April 17, 2009, 9 days

Location

The unit have a great location. They are in the center of Rome one-half block from Piazza Risorgimento where there are bus connections to most of Rome. A subway stop was only a 10 minute walk away as was the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's was just 15 minutes away. There is also a bus in front of the apartment building that goes directly to the Vatican and other buses that go to many areas of Rome.

Nearby Amenities

The neighborhood around the apartment is filled with shops of every kind…. everything from groceries to fashion shops, small department stores and restaurants ... all within easy walking distance. Two blocks away there is a Community Market selling almost anything a tourist might want for simple meals.

The House/Apartment

The apartments, newly remodeled, are in a lovely, elegant apartment building of the early twenties. Both units have high ceilings, a main room which includes a mini kitchen; a bedroom and an en suite bath. The slightly larger unit has the rooms off a main interior hall. Dishes, utensils and some basic items such as teas and coffee are provided.

Garden

No outdoor facilities. Both rooms in each apartment face another building across a small street/alley with no through traffic; very quiet for sleeping. Sunlight was abundant during periods of the day.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Both units have recently been redecorated and refurnished with new furniture. Linens were fresh and changed at mid-week or when requested. There is a couch in the living room and a table with three chairs for eating or snacking.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bath in one unit is a small room with a stall shower. The bath in the other unit is split into two separate small rooms one with just the shower and the other with a sink & toilet which was very convenient for two people to dress at the same. Queen size beds are comfortable. The bedroom does need more closet and storage space.

Kitchen

A mini kitchen folds away into a wall. It has two ceramic top heating units, a sink, under counter refrigerator/freezer and a toaster oven. There is a good supply and variety of pots and pans for simple cooking. Two free standing cabinets hold the glassware, silverware and dishes. The host provided miscellaneous items such as olive oil, teas and coffee.

Problems or Bonuses

BONUS

The common entrance hall is supplied with a large variety of brochures & information about Rome. There is also a notebook in each unit that describes specific stores and restaurants in the area along with locations.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

This was our second visit to Rome having previously been there in September 2007 and loved it. This time we traveled with another couple and decided to again check out the offerings of the B & B Association of Rome having had a very good experience with them the first time.

I am pleased to report that they have maintained their quality service. The office staff was as helpful, polite and accommodating as ever. After listening to our request for an accommodation for two couples that wanted to be together and yet have separate units they immediately suggested these two units that were created out of a large apartment. They are independent side by side units with their own lockable doors but share a common entrance hall which was perfect for us.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would definitely stay here again. Not only were the apartments very nice but the area was exciting. Taken together or singly these are pleasant units. The B & B Association of Rome came through again.

Things to do in this area

This area with its combination of residential apartments and shopping certainly gives a feel of life in central Rome complete with tourists walking between the Subway and the Vatican Museum!

It is definitely an area of shops and restaurants and also has an active evening street life for those late “before retiring” evening walks. There is an inexpensive restaurant in the building on Via Cescenzio below street level, which features small jazz groups. Being in the front of the building and our apartment in the rear no noise is heard.

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