Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4572: Rome Capital Apartments, Cecilia III and Cecilia IV
studio and 1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
12th to 16th May 2010, 4 nights
Trastevere. Near enough to walk to the city. Nice area.
Small shop nearby and one or two restaurants.
See Problems and Bonuses below.
Furniture was okay, but basic. Comfy bed but no comfy chairs. Very plain and very dusty. Dark, no natural light.
Bed was okay. Bedroom in one apartment not bad. No separate bedroom in Cecilia 3. Bathroom , damp and smelly.
It was more like a wall than a kitchen. No work top, just a sink and a plug-in two-ring electric plate and a microwave. No kettle no toaster. No wine glasses, cork screw broken. There is no way you could have cooked a meal.
Problems or Bonuses
We had booked apartments months before, which we spent a long time choosing. On arrival we were told that our apartments had flooded the night before and we would have to transfer elsewhere. We had booked two apartments for two couples.
The ones they put us in (Cecilia III and IV) were dark, smelled damp in the bathroom, very dusty, poorly equipped and had no easy chairs to sit in as the other ones had. Neither apartment had a kettle or toaster so we had to boil water in a pan to make a drink. Our apartment had no natural light so we had to have the lights on all the time and as it rained a lot we were cold. It was depressing spending any time in there so we were out the whole time.
Our friends' apartment had no wardrobe so they had to hang their clothes on the back of chairs. We were very disappointed but they had nothing else available so they offered us compensation. We agreed and tried to get on with our trip to Rome without letting it spoil things. However despite our protests all they offered us as compensation was a free trip back to the airport (€55) between four of us. They sent two burly-looking guys to take us to the airport, which I believe was to prevent us complaining. So we had no alternative but to walk away. The pictures of the apartments are on their web site.
The ones we booked were the Augusto and Aureliano, which have windows, a balcony, easy chairs and coffee tables. There was no comparison. The apartments may have had more beds but we didn't want all of them and if someone else had been staying, they would have had no where to put their clothes and would have been sleeping in the dining room.
It spoilt our trip to Rome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We paid €450 per apartment for four days. Agency was fine until we paid and then they didn't want to know.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
No! No! No!
Things to do in this area
Nice restaurants near Santa Maria church.
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