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Review 5165: Angeli's House, Roman Forum Palace
studio apartments near Cavour Metro, Rome
10/6/11, 5 nights
The apartment is located in Monti, which is a really cool, active neighborhood. My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon and were really excited by what we found - cool bars and shops, great restaurants and watering holes, and public spaces that stayed alive well into the night. One night we happened upon an amateur boxing match taking place in the small piazza a block away; at the other end a French film about Napoleon (in Italian subtitles). Another night, a flamenco singer. We were always excited to come back to the neighborhood to see what would be going on in.
In terms of tourist-type sightseeing, the apartment was really close to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We walked around those many times just to soak them in (they're even more impressive at night). It's also less than a quarter mile from a the Cavour metro stop - one stop away from bustling Roma Termini and all the transit options you'd ever need.
The location was perfect for us. We were inserted directly into regular Roman life. We couldn't have picked a location we would have liked better after visiting nearly every neighborhood at various times of the day.
Everything you need is within walking distance. The apartment has its own Italian-style coffeemaker and there are plenty of places to grab coffee nearby. Breakfast in Italy is a bit different than the typical American breakfast, so Americans, be ready to not find nearby places with pancakes, eggs, and french toast. At restaurants or coffee shops, its brioche, coffee, and juice. There are a couple grocery stores along Via Cavour (a main street) and all around, so you can always stock up on fruits and juices.
The building itself was large, multilevel, and contained various shops that opened up on Via Leonina with residences above. The Angeli House property is fairly narrow and we stayed on the second floor in the Donatello room (Apartment D). The apartment itself was quiet but, as I mentioned above, it's a pretty active neighborhood so you can hear what takes place on the street in the room. I'm a light sleeper but that didn't prove to be troublesome for me.
The room opened up to the bed/dining area. Tiled floor, gorgeous wooden ceiling. A small kitchen area was off to the west end of the apartment (by small, I mean enough to stand in) and had a stove, microwave, and fridge. The bathroom was much larger. While there is a tub with shower, the shower is fairly tight because of the apartment design - it's shortened because of the apartment staircase to the third floor.
There wasn't a private sitting area outside or anything like it. The apartment opens up on Via Leonina.
The room was very clean and featured comfortable furniture and tasteful decorations. Modest but cool. In all reality, this place is designed for one to two people max.
The bed was very comfortable and the bathrooms worked well for the two of us.
We're not difficult or demanding travelers, but I can see how some people could get frustrated at the lack of space in the kitchen or small shower. You're in Italy though, so why would you be cooking?
Problems or Bonuses
I think we were surprised by how cool the property was once we got there. Neat area, great looking room. The pictures didn't do it justice.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated wonderfully. The experience was painless. Everything lived up to its expectations and then some.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. The staff we worked with on the reservation were kind and helpful. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Things to do in this area
It's Rome and there's tons to do. The great thing about this property is its location: Quick access to all of the city!
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