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Review 4629: Owner, Apartment Navona (#108288)
1bed/1bath apartment between Piazza Navona & the Tiber, Rome
May 2010, one week
The location of this rental is fantastic. Its on Via Del Banchi Vecchi, a quiet street that's lined with upscale shops and residences, you are a 10 minute walk to Campo Fiori, Piazza Navona, St Angelo, the Vatican, etc. Banks and Internet cafe were right around the corner.
Its a building with mostly owners; I think this was the only rental with the owner living in the same building. The area was very safe; I did not have a problem at all venturing out when my husband was napping.
The cafe and grocery store were just steps away. The store was very nice with a fresh cheese and meat counter and everything you need to stock the kitchen.
The building was in great shape, the aparment was on the first floor (second floor US) and had an elevator. There were about five other apartments in the building, again I think this was the only rental. The apartment was extremely quiet, its one street over from a busy street and you did not hear the noise with the doors open. It had a separate bedroom, and a small room in the entrance that had a single bed that could be used for a another person.
There was a small sitting area, about 6 x 6 feet that was off of the bedroom and living room and an awesome terrace on the fifth floor; its shared by the buildings tenants. It overlooks the Rome skyline and St Peters Dome. We had a few nice evenings there relaxing after our long days.
The furniture was in excellent shape, with a couch and a daybed that could be used as a sleeping bed. Easily enough room for four people to sit and relax and a nice table to seat everyone. It was very well taken care of.
The apartment had little natural light being on the first floor with the French doors from the living room and bedroom facing the small courtyard type patio. I only bring this up as my search of reviews of Rome apartments on SlowTrav, revealed some people complained about the lack of natural light in their apartments. This did not bother us at all. It had lots of lights to read by and it was nice to open up the doors to fresh air.
It was also very well equipped with travel books, maps, etc. We used the owner's recommendation for a private guide to Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa, and this was the highlight of our trip.
The bed was very comfortable. My favorite part was the quietness and how you could darken the room, I can't recall sleeping that well. It had plenty of dresser and closet space. It had French doors opening to the small patio. The bathroom was standard, and was stocked with toilet paper, and soap and a nice hair dryer.
The kitchen was small, but then again this is Rome! I did not cook but checked out how it was stocked so I could post back about it. It was well equipped with pots and pans, dishes and decent cutting knives. It did have both a microwave and stove/oven. It was lacking wine glasses; we solved that problem and bought some at the hardware store for €3 and left them for other people to use. I have a feeling the original ones were broken and not replaced.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprise was the great location to everything, and we loved the quaintness of the neighborhood, not touristy at all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Mirella, the owner, was a gem to work with and was very responsive to emails from the start. She is a wealth of knowledge for help with anything. She lives in the building and that is one of the reasons I chose it. She speaks fluent English. The website accurately portrayed the apartment. We stayed five nights and it was €120 a night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I loved this place and would highly recommend it to others!
Things to do in this area
Our favorite enoteca was across the street. We ate two nights at a restaurant a few doors down (do not remember the name). There were several restaurants a few minutes walk away along with two pizza by the slice places.
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