Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4551: Owner, Casa Cleme
2bed/2bath apartment near San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome
November 2008, 2 weeks
Casa Cleme is located in a residential neighborhood just outside the walls, very near St. John Lateran. It is in an apartment building, which is secure and has an elevator.
The neighborhood contains all types of shops and restaurants. The nearest large grocery market was about 2-3 blocks away. There was a laundry (where they would wash, dry, and fold your clothes) about one and one-half blocks away. There were numerous restaurants nearby. The subway stop was about four blocks and a bus stop just over a block away. This neighborhood is not in the high tourist area. (I thought that was a big plus! So, when you go into shops and restaurants, you really feel like you are a resident of Rome.)
The building is not historical. It is in good shape. The apartment was relatively quiet, but Rome is a big city, it is not silent. You do hear traffic noise, people walking by and talking, the occasional dumpster noise. The apartment was up several floors. When you enter, you are in a long hallway. All rooms open off this hallway. Two bedrooms, one with large, comfortable bed, one with a double and twin. Both bedrooms have plenty of closet space and drawers in which to unpack. (There is a third, very small bedroom with a child's size bed.) There is a bath with shower over tub in the larger bathroom. It worked just fine. The second bathroom has a very small shower, so consider the apartment to have one and one-half baths, because I wouldn't want to shower in that bathroom. The kitchen was very nice, fully outfitted, including washing machine and a kitchen table that seats four. The living room was large, with lots of seating and a dining table. There are televisions in the kitchen and living room, with English language channels available, so you can get CNN World or BBC for news programs, if you like. (We stayed there for two weeks right after Obama was elected. It was fun to see the world reaction to that news.)
There is no outside area for sitting. This is Rome. You can go to a park or cafe.
The apartment was very clean and had comfortable furniture. Plenty of seating.
We only slept in one bedroom. The bed was large and quite comfortable.
The kitchen was fully equipped and you could cook full meals in it.
Problems or Bonuses
The one problem we encountered was that the heat for the building is controlled centrally. In other words, you cannot decide to turn on the heat before the building decides to turn it on. We were there in November before the heat came on. We got a little chilly in the evenings. It was okay for sleeping, but cool in the mornings and evenings. So, it would be fine if you are there other than that shoulder period, I think.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner is Italian, but lives in NYC. You pay in dollars. The apartment had been her parents. After their deaths, she renovated the apartment and rents it when she isn't using it. The website is only for this apartment. She is a delight to deal with and supplies lots of information about the apartment, the neighborhood, and Rome, in general. We paid $700 a week, the current price is listed as $850 for two people per week. That price is all inclusive. Someone came in and cleaned after one week of our two week rental.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would stay here again. It is a good apartment.
Things to do in this area
We explored all of Rome from this apartment. We ate dinner most nights in the neighborhood at restaurants that the owner included in her listings. Nothing mind blowing, but we had good meals at reasonable prices.
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