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Review 5059: Rome Accommodation, Traiano (AP25)
3bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
April 2011, 4 nights
The apartment is located in a lovely residential neighborhood just on the other side of Trajan's Park from the Colosseum. The building and neighborhood were very quiet, and the location is fantastically central. I wish we had figured out the buses earlier, as they are very simple to take and cover more of Rome. We typically walked to the subway, which has somewhat limited coverage.
There were several convenient food markets within a few minute walk. We only went to one restaurant in the neighborhood; it was excellent and friendly. Most days we ate lunch out, in other parts of Rome, and cooked dinner in.
The building was a typical, high-end Rome apartment building, with a massive door from the street opening into a central courtyard. There were 10 or 12 total units in the building, two per floor. The apartment itself was enormous: a large living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a smallish kitchen with a dining table. It felt very grand to me, with high ceilings and different marble floors in every room.
You can view the property directly: Traiano.
There was no outdoor area, but with Trajan's park right out the door, who needs it? In addition to the ruins in the park, there was a nice little ice-cream stand and a playground.
The apartment was very clean and tastefully furnished. It was much bigger than we really needed, so there was more than enough room for all of us! We used one bedroom just to organize laundry; there is washer, but no dryer, so we had the drying rack in constant use.
The bedrooms were just fine -- one had a queen bed, one had twins plus a fold-out and the third (aka the laundry room) had, I think, a queen plus a twin and a fold-out. One bathroom had a tub and toilet in a single room, the second had a stall shower, the clothes washer and a toilet in an enclosed room.
The kitchen was very much IKEA, but entirely functional and well-equipped. It had a dish washer.
Problems or Bonuses
The wireless Internet was out the first two days of our stay, which was a bit annoying. Eventually the rental agency came out and fixed it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was entirely helpful and professional during the booking process, and sent a very thorough list of local information (from emergency info to restaurants). No language or other communication problems. We had a bit of a problem connecting with the on-site agent when we arrived -- our train was delayed, and despite sending several text messages en route, we ended up waiting on the sidewalk for over half an hour (with hot, hungry, tired kids which made it really painful!).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay there again. It really felt like living in Rome vs staying in Rome.
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