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Review 4227: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Cod. 109. Navona - Orso
2bed/2bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
July 2009, 4 days
The apartment is about halfway between the Piazza Navona and the River. It is located on a quiet cobblestone street with very little traffic. The neighborhood was very nice. The apartment was up a narrow flight of stairs from the street. The apartment is in a large and very old building but the door to the street was just for this apartment. The area seemed very safe. In addition to it being a nice neighborhood, it was a few blocks from the Italian Senate so there were a lot of police nearby.
There were cafes and restaurants under the apartment and others on the street but we did not happen to go to any of them. There is a small grocery store about a half a block down the street that has a limited selection but it was good for heavy items like water and juice. We did cook a couple of meals in the apartment and for a broader selection we went to the Despar Supermercato near the Pantheon which was about a 10 minute walk away. We also went to the Campo Fiori market but they tended to overcharge and we found it more of a tourist trap than a good source of food.
The building was quite old but was quite charming. The beams that held up the ceiling were hewn by hand and were sagging a bit in a historical way. I would imagine that plumbing and electricity were added after the building was built but everything worked well. There were three air conditioning units that kept the apartment quite cool even when it was hot outside. There were probably many other apartments in the building structure but our doorway to the street was private and all of the buildings on the block seemed part of the same structure so there was no way to know how large it really was. With the windows closed there was very little street noise. We could hear sounds from the kitchen of the restaurant downstairs and people walking in the apartment above but it didn't bother us.
There was no garden or pool.
There was a large living room in the front facing the street that had a bed and a sofa bed. The sofa was large enough for five or six people to sit on. Next to it was a dining area with a large table and six chairs. The apartment is someone's home for at least part of the time and there was normal wear and tear on the furniture. Likewise it was clean enough but not sparkling clean.
There were two good sized bedrooms, each with a double bed. They were a little dark but they were nice enough. The beds were comfortable. There were two good sized bathrooms; one with a small shower and the other with a good sized tub.
There was a medium sized kitchen which was fairly well supplied but was a bit dark, even with all of the lights on. We used the kitchen to make breakfast and I cooked two dinners there. The kitchen had a washing machine but no dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
I was surprised by how nice and quiet the neighborhood was. I was also surprised by how large the apartment was. The apartment did not have Internet access but I found a bar (the Friends Bar) a couple of blocks away that had wireless access. We could not figure out how to get local channels (or any channels) on the TV but that is kind of a good thing for me as it helped me focus my teenagers on the sights of the city.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt with the agency by email and they were always prompt and responsive. The on site person was about 10 minutes late in meeting us but he was nice and spoke English well. We paid €190 a night and I thought this was a very good price for a large apartment in this location. The on-line description and photos were representative of the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone who needed space for a family. For central Rome it was very quiet. I thought this was a great value for the money.
Things to do in this area
The apartment is very centrally located. We walked everywhere though there is a taxi stand about two blocks away. It is blocks away from the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The Vatican is less than a mile away. The Forum is about a 30 minute walk away. There is a good gelato place about four blocks west of the apartment called Gelateria del Teatro. We went to a restaurant called Le Cave in the Piazza San Ignacio. We liked it so much we we went there twice.
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