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Review 4351: Residenza Giubbonari, Red Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
July 2009, 6 nights
Apartment was in a wonderful location. On the same street as Campo dei Fiori (less than a five minute walk). If you are looking for a location that is right in the heart of Rome it would be difficult to find a better location. Close to a major highway if you drive (we preferred the train everywhere - it really is the best way to travel the city) and located right on a cobblestone street. We would love walking to Campo dei Fiori each morning and eat breakfast at the open air market. Less than a 10 minute walk to Piazza Navona, a great place to spend each evening. This property is great for those who want to be within walking distance of the top locations in Rome. Would be too far to walk to the Coliseum (train gets you there), but everything else is easily within reach.
Everything is in walking distance. There is a grocery store right around the corner where you can stock up your pantry. Coffee bars are located everywhere, right across the street, around the corner, etc. Campo dei Fiori is right down the street for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And there is no shortage of restaurants in Piazza Navona, which is a short walk from the apartment.
We chose the Red apartment, located in the historic Residenza Giubbonari. The Residenza Giubbonari is an apartment building in great condition. There are five rentals in the building. They are the pink, yellow, red, blue, and green. There is an elevator to all floors.
No garden or pool.
The furniture was in good shape. The living room had a pull-out couch/sleeper that could hold two more people (we did not use). All sheets were clean and the apartment was well furnished.
The apartment has two bedrooms. They are located towards the rear or the apartment, which is ideal. There is no street noise at night when you are at the back of the apartment. In the early hours of the evening there is noise from the pedestrians walking by, but if you close the windows it is not noticeable. All bedrooms had air conditioning. The master bedroom had a queen bed, which was comfortable and a master bathroom with a tub/shower. The second bedroom has two twin beds. My boys (9 and 12) each slept in a bed, which was perfect for them. The second bathroom had a shower stall, a washer, and a dryer. Having a dryer was great, although it would only hold small loads and took hours to dry. But it was better than nothing.
Apartment has a large eat-in kitchen and dining room. Kitchen table can sit six people. Kitchen has a stove, microwave, dish washer, and fridge. We ate out for every meal so we did not prepare any meals. But there is silverware, dishes, pots, etc. if you want to prepare a meal. But with so many wonderful places to eat all in walking distance you may not want to bother.
Problems or Bonuses
The only issue we ran into was that the electricity would turn off occasionally if too much electric power was being used. Sometime just the washer and dryer (and nothing else) would trip the circuit after 10 minutes. This happened more the first few days. The last few days of our stay this did not happen, or at least I do not remember it happening. Either way, there was an electric box in a closet in the hallway so you could reset the circuit breaker. Not a major issue but was annoying the first few days. One a positive note, there was plenty of storage space in the hallway for clothes (three large closets). Also all the utilities were included in the price. There was Internet available in the apartment (wireless or wired) which was a necessity for me.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt directly with the owner, Cristina in booking the apartment via email. She was very professional and responded in a timely manner. Her daughter met us at the apartment when we arrived and showed us around to make sure we were comfortable. Both Cristina and her daughter were extremely friendly and made you feel at home. They were great to deal with.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again without hesitation. Next time I might try the Yellow apartment that has a terrace on the roof. But I would be more than happy to stay in the Red again. The location of this apartment building is so ideal, no matter what apartment you choose you really can't go wrong. I did a lot of research when looking for a place to stay in Rome. In this case the research (and probably some luck) really paid off. I would highly recommend this property based on location, amenities, nearby restaurants/sightseeing, and the owner.
Things to do in this area
Ristorante Tre Scalina (in Piazza Navona) was a favorite for dinner, but expensive. They have been there since 1815 and you get to watch the street performers while you eat outside. We loved that. The best pizza around was Da Baffetto and Da Baffetto 2. Cheap meal for a family of four, and the thin crust was perfect! Spend each night in the Piazza Navona. Watching the street performers while browsing the paintings and crafts for sale was fantastic. One of the advantages of renting in the heart of the city is that you can stay out late and walk back to the apartment in a few minutes, as opposed to waiting for a cab, etc. Overall it was a dream vacation and we are certainly looking forward to returning.
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