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Review 4974: Roman Holiday Suite, Platinum & Gold
1bed/1bath near Piazza Navona, Rome
April 2011, One week
We needed two units, one for us for a week, and one for my son and his family for a long weekend. We stayed in the Platinum unit and put them in Gold. The units are around the corner from each other. Platinum is on vicolo della Cancelleria, and Gold is on via Governo Vecchio. Both are ground floor units, and both are part of bigger buildings attached to neighboring structures. They are within two blocks of Piazza Navona. This is a lively, active area in the heart of the city, hectic but lots of fun and excitement.
Every possible amenity in terms of food, drink, and shopping is literally steps from these apartments. The nearest restaurant is within 20 feet, and there are dozens more within a couple of blocks. There is a very complete and well stocked Carrefour grocery store on Governo Vecchio within a couple of hundred meters or less. There are bakeries, pharmacies, gelaterie ... in short virtually every kind of business (including a motorcycle/scooter repair shop) within a leisurely five minute stroll.
The buildings were in decent shape, although the hall housing Platinum is a bit run down. It is impossible to know how many other apartments are in these buildings as they attach to other buildings and perhaps contain internal halls not visible from the entry to Platinum or Gold.
Platinum is quite noisy as its two small windows are directly over the vicolo, which is a major pedestrian and scooter shortcut between via Governo Vecchio and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
While Gold has no windows at all, it is also located at the back of a building fronting on via Governo Vecchio, and although that street is quite busy and noisy the sound does not penetrate to the apartment.
Outside seating would be at one of the many cafes along via Goberno Vecchio. There is also a pizza place right across vicolo della Cancelleria and a restaurant right next to Platinum.
The furniture in Platinum is pretty threadbare. Gold is in a bit better shape. Both units were clean, but seating is minimal as these are really tiny places. With two adults and two sub-teen kids in Gold it was quite ... cozy. While Platinum is even smaller there were only two of us there so it was OK.
The beds were acceptable. The bedroom in Platinum is very basic, while Gold's is a loft opening above the living area. The bathroom in Gold is a step up in quality from Platinum but both are just adequate for the job and not luxurious. They were functional and acceptably clean.
The "kitchens" in both of these units were pretty bare bones and tiny. We never felt that it would be possible to cook for all six of us even using both kitchens, so we used them to store simple foods and drinks such as fruit juices, water, wine, and lunch meats/cheeses. With the variety and number of nearby restaurants we simply ate out.
Problems or Bonuses
I think the noise level in Platinum was a surprise. It was sometimes still "party time" outside until 4am and really cut into our ability to sleep. Gold seemed to have nicer decor with a real attempt to make it look larger by using full wall mirrors.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We never saw the owner, but he put us in the hands of a young employee who was a sweetheart. Through him she picked us up at the airport, dropped us off there at the end of the stay, and arranged a van for pickup and two different returns for my son as he was flying off to Berlin on business while the family returned home to the UK. She was reliable, very friendly, and quite helpful.
We paid just under €1000 total for both places ... Platinum from the 13th through the 20th of April, and Gold for the nights of the 16th and 17th.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would not stay in Platinum but might consider Gold again. Our main need was for two different units, for two different lengths of stay, centrally located to maximize the sights for our son and his family's first time in Rome, during a very busy holiday week in Italy. These could not have been better situated to serve those needs.
If the best possible central location is the most important single factor for you, and you are willing to put up with a very small place with no natural light that is nonetheless quite functional, this definitely fits the bill.
Things to do in this area
Too numerous to mention. Piazza Navona is a block away. The Pantheon, Forum, Campo di Fiore, Plazzo Farnese, Torre Argentino, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Vatican, the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Pizza Venezia ... all are within reasonable walking distance, and public transportation or taxis are only a few feet away.
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