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Review 4949: Domus International, Piazza Montevecchio
1bed/1bath apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
Feb 21/11 - Mar 21/11, 1 month
The apartment was in an exquisite location, two blocks from Piazza Navona, deep in the Centro Storico. The Piazza Montevecchio is tiny, quiet -- the Lutece wine bar has closed -- and very close to a news agent, various alimentarie, cafes, a produce stand, and tabac. Every morning I ran out for the International Herald tribune, fruit, and bread or cornetti with crema (custard) for breakfast while my Sweetie made espresso in the stove-top espresso pot. Lovely.
The neighbourhood was a network of narrow cobblestone streets with tiny shops of every description. We were sure we could have spent our month exploring our neighbourhood and prowling the engaging Piazza Navona with its delightful Bernini sculptures, and never made it any further than that.
The walk for a coffee, groceries, or a restaurant was maximum two or three minutes. It is hard to imagine that any apartment is better placed than this one. We walked everywhere except for the odd time when we took a bus to say, the Villa Borghese, or Termini to take a train.
The building was 16th century with plenty of interior renovation going on; at least two different apartments were being renovated while we were there. Apart from some banging around from the renovators during the day, the building seemed quiet at night. There were two apartments per floor with a total of 8 to 10 apartments. We met a couple of pairs of our young neighbours and they were very friendly and helpful. The apartment had a separate bedroom, bathroom, sitting room with couch and table/chairs for eating. A small but useful kitchen. There was a small TV with only Italian channels.
The building was very old and there was no outside sitting area. The apartment had large windows in each room providing lots of light and views.
The furniture was adequate and comfortable. However, the apartment was only superficially clean: very dusty under bedside tables and living room sofa, and many months of dust on the bedroom lampshade. The bathroom wall tiles were dirty and the dishes in the kitchen were sticky when we got there. We had to rewash everything we used. We discovered that the cleaners are organized by the owner, not Domus, so all this makes us think that someone from Domus needs to pay a bit more attention to how this apartment is handled.
The bed was queen size and comfortable. Large windows in each room. There was one bathroom, but it was not very clean. The tiles in the bathtub were filthy. There was a small hot water tank, so enough hot water for two very short showers only. The owner supplied several small towels, but only one bath towel each per week. We managed to get two bath towels each one week only when we complained.
The kitchen was small but useful. Lots of pots and pans and dishes of good quality. Four gas burners, but no oven. There was a small toaster oven. No dishwasher. Good for cooking simple meals.
Problems or Bonuses
Lovely apartment with an excellent location, but disappointed with general cleanliness and lack of towels. We stayed in February/March with some very cold nights and the heating system provided minimal heat. The bathroom had no heater and was very cold at night.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Domus was very helpful. The on site person, Stefano, spoke English and was always available by cell phone. He was very helpful and responded to any problems immediately.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend staying here and would stay here again ourselves. But the qualifications would be that the apartment was cleaned properly prior to arrival and there was an adequate supply of towels. We would not stay here again in the winter. It was very cold and the heat was not adequate.
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