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Review 466: 3G Properties, Campo dei Fiori Apartment
1bed/1.5bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 5 - 12, 2002, one week
The apartment is located in a building on via Giubbonari, which runs between via Arenula and Campo dei Fiori. It is between Largo Argentina and the Tiber.
The apartment is on the 2nd floor (American 3rd floor) of a typical Italian apartment building. You enter from the street through a huge wooden door, and go down an arched hallway to the inner locked iron door. Through this door, up 5 steps to the elevator (room for 3 if you hold your breath), which takes you right to the landing of the apartment.
Although it's on a busy and noisy street, the apartment is very, very quiet, as it's in the back of the building, and faces onto the inner courtyard. The building isn't especially pretty or remarkable, but once inside the apartment, it's peaceful & quiet.
As they say in the real estate business: Location, Location, Location. This property has it. You are a 1 minute walk to Campo dei Fiori, 3 minutes to Largo Argentina, 6 minutes to Piazza Navona or the Pantheon. It's very, very central. We were even able to walk over to via Arenula (1 minute) and catch a tram to the Porta Portese flea market in Trastevere. We were also able to walk across Ponte Sisto to eat in Trastevere in 10 minutes. The Jewish Ghetto was across via Arenula, 5 minutes away.
There are several small stores right on via Giubbonari. In addition, there's a grocery store in a street off of Giubbonari which is about a 3 minute walk (the agency will give you directions). There are tons of restaurants within a 10-15 minute walk in almost any direction.
The building wasn't remarkable, but it was in good shape. There are about 7 other apartments in the building. You will hear noise from the stairwell, but it wasn't anything remarkable.
There's no outside sitting area of any sort; neither is there a pool.
The furniture was in good shape, and comfortable. You enter from the elevator landing, and go down 2 steps into the living/dining room, which has 2 good sized couches, a TV, and a dining room table with 4 chairs. The owners even left us a bottle of wine as as gift! They were there to meet us when we checked in.
Off of the living room is a small kitchen. There's a small inside hallway, off of which is the bathroom. This leads to the bedroom. From the bedroom is a door which goes into a washroom (sink only), then into the laundry room, then onto the balcony (over the inner courtyard), where you hang your clothes to dry.
The bed (matrimoniale) was very comfortable. There was a set of drawers in the bedroom, along with a large armoire. The bathroom was clean and modern. There's only 1 bathroom, but this is an apartment for 2 people. There's a washroom off of the bedroom (sink only), so this can relieve any strain on the bathroom.
The kitchen was small but functional. There were enough plates, pots & pans for us. A bonus was the presence of an electric kettle to boil water. There was a Melitta filter holder for coffee. We didn't cook full meals here (too many places to eat out).
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was roomier than it appeared from the pictures on the website. The photo of the living room makes it look very large, but in fact it's a bit smaller. Still, we didn't feel cramped in at all. It was just right for two people. The agency said that the apartment had been redone in 1998, and it looked it. We were very pleased.
We did have one problem while there. The light in the large chandelier in the main entryway burned out, and it was very dark. I called Claudio (the owner, who lives down in Nettuno), and he came up the next day and fix that light and one other which he found out. Otherwise, there were no problems at all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I do not have enough good words or praise for 3G Properties, and Louise Beaumont, with whom I dealt. We were originally contracted to rent this apartment on September 15, 2001. After the events in NYC, we could not get out of the USA for over a week, and subsequently weren't able to use the apartment in 2001. I was in touch with Louise for several weeks thereafter. This was, of course, a new situation for them, and they decided that I could transfer my week to any other week within the next year. I asked about the week which I eventually used, and she let me take the rental then.
I have nothing but praise for the professionalism, courtesy and kindness shown by Louise and 3G Properties. I read that many agencies basically screwed their customers who were unable to use their rentals; this was not the case with 3G. These are great folks to deal with, and I urge people to patronize them. They have one other property in Rome - an apartment in Trastevere. I'm sure that it's as nice as the one we stayed in.
I deal with 3G Properties from the USA. I emailed to set up the reservation, faxed the booking form, and called with the credit card details. It was a smooth and easy process.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd stay here again in a minute, and I can recommend this apartment without hesitation. The location is wonderful, and the apartment is comfortable and clean. It was reasonably priced (and still is: 550 GBP/882 USD for two) for an apartment in central Rome.
Things to do in this area
Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza della Rotunda, Largo Argentina, Trastevere, etc., etc.
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