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Review 5292: Owner, Loft with Pool in Trastevere (#325175)
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
May 2012, 5 days
Although advertised as a loft, this is a first floor apartment in a very old building in Trastevere, just across the river from the Colosseum, Teatro di Marcello, etc. This was our fourth Rome stay, and we are so glad we stayed in Trastevere! It's truly ancient, full of very narrow cobble-stoned streets. Unlike certain other areas of Rome, Romans actually live in Trastevere and apparently have been doing so for many centuries.
Our apartment was part of a fairly large building built around a big, landscaped courtyard. Almost all other renters were permanent residents, and they were very friendly to us.
Trastevere is full of cafes and bars, so at night there's an influx of Romans and tourists, and the partying noise can get loud. Because our aparment was on the far side of a courtyard, we were protected from this.
It was a quick (six to eight minute) walk down to Piazza La Scala, where you could buy food for the apartment, get a newspaper and sit in a cafe, or walk around with a gelato in hand. As you wander, you'll find the usual wonderful variety of restaurants and cafes, but you'll also see real stores that sell real stuff - hardware, clothes, shoes, gardening implements and so on. No cars are needed in this neighborhood. There are buses, but if you want the metro, you have to cross the bridge.
The building is a former convent from the Renaissance era. The apartment was very peaceful, very nicely decorated by its artist-owner. It includes some amenities like a hairdryer and not others such as a kettle. The kitchen is minimal, but enough for us to make dinner one night and lunch a couple of times.
You can view the property directly: Loft with Pool.
The apartment has its own private terrace, completely surrounded by tall plantings and including a table and chairs. And when you leave the apartment, you're in the large courtyard which is really pretty and also well-lit at night.
There is a free-form pool, perfectly clean.
Right next to our front door, there were lemon and orange trees, loaded with ripe fruit!
The furniture was in good shape. There was a TV. There was free and reliable WiFi!
The bed was totally comfortable. Maybe more comfortable than our own.
Usable as described above. Plenty of china, glassware and cooking utensils.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was that we could get such a charming, comfortable place in a fantastic neighborhood for such a reasonable price!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Everything was very professional. Both the agency (airbnb.com) and the owner speak and write English.
The weekly rate in May was about $750.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We heartily recommend this apartment. Parents with a young child should note that the pool is not fenced.
Things to do in this area
We walked, ate, drank, people-watched, explored areas such as the old Jewish ghetto and a part of the Forum, all easily done on foot. The only "big" item we had on our agenda was the Galleria Borghese, and we did that -- but went by taxi.
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