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Review 4631: Rent in Testaccio, Luna
1bed/1bath apartment in Testaccio, Rome
April 1-7, 2010, 1 week
Located in Testaccio, an authentic neighborhood near to bus and metro and walking distance to most of the sights.
Testaccio is a lively working class neighborhood fast becoming gentrified. There were many cafes, restaurants & shops within two blocks of the apartment. In addition, Rome's largest covered market was just across the street.
The apartment was in great shape. It was not an historical building. We were on the first floor and there were several other apartments. I don't know how many. We didn't hear any noise from these apartments. It was relatively peaceful for Rome. However, the garbage bins were located just outside the bedroom window and one could hear the daily collection early morning. I found that if I closed the windows and shutters, the noise was muted considerably. Other than that very peaceful.
One spacious bedroom with a double bed and bedside reading lamps. Enough storage room for clothes. The combined living/dining room had a pullout futon which would be big enough for two smallish people.
No outside sitting area but a lovely park just steps away where families, old and young congregated to chat and play.
My daughter and I found the furniture in good shape, clean and comfortable. It was furnished Ikea style. As mentioned above, the living/dining room had a pullout sofa-bed. It also had a table and four chairs as well as a side-table, which held phone and various pamphlets. I believe it had a coffee table as well.
The bathroom had a heating rack for towels and all the amenities such as a hairdryer. The towels were nice and large. Plenty of extra linens, soap etc. bathroom clean and a good size for Europe.
The kitchen was small but it had everything you could want to prepare meals. We made several simple dishes while there and ate in dining room. There were spices, dish soap and laundry detergent.
Just outside the apartment there was a washing machine for our use, which we shared with the apartment next door. While it took some getting used to, we were grateful to have it.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was great! We loved the neighborhood. Sandra & Kevin, the owners live in England but were visiting while we were there. They stayed in the apartment next door(Sole), which they also own which was helpful. Sandra is from Rome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sandra and Kevin were great as was there representative who met us when we arrived. Once we confirmed our booking, Sandra sent us tons of information on Rome and the area including a map and two bus tickets. Both of them responded promptly to our inquiries.
The price was incredibly reasonable. We got a discount because we rented for the week. It was €100 per night and this was high season rates as we were there over the Easter week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we would rent it again. We loved the area. We found it very accessible and we felt like real natives taking bus, subway & train when we needed to get somewhere not within walking distance or when we were tired.
We recommend the Tuiti Fruiti restaurant just down the street. We went twice and they were very sweet. Be aware that the street name changes three times over a three block radius.
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