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Review 4837: Residenza Giubbonari, Red Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2010, 5 nights
Steps from the Campo dei Fiori, we loved our stay in the Red apartment. It was a bustling area with lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Everything you could want is a stone's throw from the apartment. Easy walking distance to Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trastavere, and St. Peters. Walking across the Bridge of Angels approaching the Castel Sant Angelo was magical! There is a taxi stand a couple of blocks from the apartment at the Argentina square if needed.
The building was in excellent condition, with TV with English news channel. There are several other apartments in the building, but we never heard any noise outside of the sounds of daily life on the street, which we enjoy. We chose the Red apartment specifically because the bedrooms are in the back and do not face the street. It was easy to get a good night's sleep.
None for this apartment.
Everything was very comfortable. The sofa can pull out to a bed if needed. All was clean. Plenty of seating for the four of us. There is a safe as well.
The beds were SO comfortable, firm and firm pillows also. One full and one twin bedroom. Lots of closet space in the hallway. One en suite bathroom off the full bedroom with bath and shower and a bathroom with shower off the hallway. Also a butler cart in the bathroom to hold toiletries. The shower had excellent water pressure and never ran out of hot water.
The full bedroom has high ceilings, with a stone archway across the window. A heavy door that slides closed allowed for privacy.
Plenty of kitchen space, fully stocked with dishes, etc. We did not cook a full meal, but could have. The dishwasher was nice to have as well as washer and dryer. As with most older buildings, don't use appliances at the same time to avoid blowing a circuit.
Problems or Bonuses
Bonus - I was really surprised at how close different neighborhoods were to walk to. The location is excellent.
Surprise - Starlings! I had no idea about these creatures and we got pooped on during what I can only describe as a swarm on our last night in Rome. I should have known when I saw people with umbrellas and it wasn't raining! Good luck I guess!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner's son Eduard greeted us and let us in upon our arrival. He spoke excellent English. I would liked to have met the owner, as it is always nice to meet the person you've exchanged emails with. We didn't have a need to be in contact while we were there.
The cost was €1300 for the week, which we divided between two couples, very affordable as compared to a hotel. We chose the cash option for a discount, (I was so happy to unload it, we had withdrawn it from ATMs in our five nights prior in Sicily!). I felt safe though having bought a Magellan's shirt with a zipper pocket. The price included all utilities, and local calls (came in handy). Our flight out was early enough that they did not require us to leave the usual €200 security deposit, which was nice.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely I would stay here again! It was so comfortable and the location can't be beat. It was as described and shown in the photos on the site.
Things to do in this area
There are tons of shops, and many restaurants already mentioned in other reviews. One thing that we really enjoyed was our tour of the Palazzo Farnese. You need to make an email reservation ahead of time, and the tours are only in French or Italian, but the enormous frescoed ceiling by Carrachi is worth it.
Also, the Cavallini frescos at the Church of Santa Cecilia (Trastavere), as well as the statue of Santa Cecilia by Maderno were another highlight. The nuns in the fresco area (only open 10:15-12:15) sell lovely hand drawn note cards and lavender soaps!
Also in Trastevere (gee, maybe we should stay there next time :)) restaurant Corsetti Il Galleone. An excellent seafood restaurant, I've eaten there twice, my husband and in-laws three time and not been disappointed yet!
Finally, just about the best flavor I've ever had in a gelato. Amaretto di Saronno at Giolliti near the Piazza Navona. As the youngsters say now OMG! To die for!
OK I think I just wrote a mini trip report in an apartment review!
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