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Review 5001: Leisure in Rome, Pellegrino
3bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
June 2011, 5 days
The location of this apartment could not be beat! Literally steps off the Campo di Fiori in the heart of the old part of Rome. Wonderful market during the day and lively area in the evenings. Plenty of restaurants, cafes nearby. The noise from the Campo does carry and the apartment is right on a small yet busy street. Windows do an excellent job of blocking out the sound.
We walked every morning to the market in the Campo dei Fiori for fresh fruit. Regular market was a few blocks away but definitely easy to get to. Walking distance to uncountable restaurants with a great pizza by the kilo place just a few doors down on the same street.
This apartment is on the first floor of an old building - up one flight of stone steps. The buildings are all right next to each other as is common in the center of Rome. The apartment was peaceful with the windows closed but quite noisy when they were open. Great breezes through the open windows so it was a toss-up on what to do. There is air-conditioning (a/c) in the main living room/kitchen area and in the smaller (blue-walled) bedroom. Not sure if those are supposed to cool the whole apartment or not. We used fans in the rooms without a/c and were quite comfortable. But it is early summer yet - could get warm. The bathroom situation is technically two but they are connected to each other - you have to walk through one to get to the other. Not ideal. Bedrooms are charming at least on surface but living area is drab at best.
No outside seating area but plenty of opportunity to sit outside around the piazza nearby!
If you used all the beds available to you, I don't think you would be able to sit everyone in the living room. The small square table does fold out into a larger rectangle and there are four extra chairs in the bedroom, so I guess technically it could be possible. Would be cramped in the living room though!
The apartment has bed space available for eight or nine! We were three adults and two kids, so we had plenty of room. They will make up the exact number of beds you need, just FYI. Beds rather firm - mattresses on futon frame in master bedroom and four twin bedroom. Not sure about other. We slept fine! Bathrooms are functional if not pretty. Felt clean but still had mildew issues - stains. Well-stocked with soap and toilet paper though - a plus!
There is a good-size refrigerator, a microwave, sink, and four-burner cook-top. No regular oven. Had plates, utensils, etc. Nothing fancy but functional. No good cereal-sized bowls in our opinion! There is also a washing machine in the kitchen - handle on it is broken at this time but we were still able to use it and the agency rep showed us how. Have to hang clothes to dry - I put things on hangers near the fans and it worked great.
Problems or Bonuses
We had a bouquet of fresh flowers waiting for us in our bedroom! Nice touch!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The keyholder, Monica, was wonderful. We had a hot water issue that she took care of as soon as we called. Her English is not perfect but was pretty OK in person - harder on phone. She was right on time to check us in and out - much appreciated!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I am neutral just because there wasn't a great place to hang out and relax together. No view either. The bathrooms being connected was also a negative. Doesn't really count as two in my book! But for five of us, it was fine.
Things to do in this area
Our favorite restaurant was on a side alley between the Campo and Piazza Farnese - Hostaria Farnese. Great roasted chicken, veal, pizza. Favorite pizza place was just doors down from the apartment on your way to the Campo.
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