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Review 5298: Owner, Super Luxury Apartment (#221943)

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Review by Charles W. Meier from CA

2bed/2bath apartment in Monti, Rome


When

April 14, 2012, 4 weeks

Location

This apartment, in the Monti area, is for those who like to walk and we did. It is about two kilometers or more to the main attractions, however the Coliseum is closer. The Monti area is described as the new Trastevere as it has not yet been inundated by tourists. The via Cavour metro stop is nearby as are two bus routes. The apartment is about one half mile from the Termini train station which is handy, especially for day trips.

Nearby Amenities

We enjoyed the location as there are two markets just below the apartment. Located downstairs in UPIM, just across from the entrance to nearby Santa Maria Maggiore, is a supermercato. There are several good restaurants nearby our favorite was Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (moderately expensive). And for a delightful wine bar with light meals, Ai Tre Scalini (inexpensive) nearby on Via Panisperna is a winner. For coffee, the coffee bar on the corner of via dei Serpenti and via Leonina was a find excellent coffee, great morning treats, and often a place to sit without a coperto (aka cover charge).

The House/Apartment

The apartment was on the second floor (third floor) of an historic building, which had three apartments per floor. Doctors were located in the other two apartments on the same floor. The building is quite secure and has an elevator, handy for the luggage.

Garden

There was no terrace and despite the advertised view of Santa Maria Maggiore, that can only be had if you hang two feet out one of the windows.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The living room is spacious, but the living room furniture is well used and needs replacing. The bedrooms are good sized and plenty of closet space is provided. The beds were very comfortable. The front bath is spacious with two sinks and a shower. It has a Jacuzzi tube which we did not use. The back bath is tiny with a shower that is triangular shaped and difficult for persons larger than average to use. The kitchen is small, but adequate crowded with two people in it. The dining area is fine for four persons. The bedroom windows do an excellent job of dimming any street sounds. There are many windows that let in natural light, a real plus. The WiFi system worked well after the first few days.

Problems or Bonuses

Nicole, the manager who is English, was quick to respond on the few occasions we needed something.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency that handled the booking was very professional. The total cost for four weeks was 3075. Most of the payment was made by credit card with about 20 percent in cash due upon arrival. Upon arrival at the airport, it did help that I had an Italian cell phone which allowed me to call to make timely arrangements for meeting. I purchased the cell phone on eBay and it was extremely useful during our trip.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We recommend this apartment for those who like being a bit away from the more populated tourist areas. Speaking a little Italian helps, but is not necessary. As a general comment, when you stay in one location for four weeks, the locals begin to recognize you and that enhances the experience.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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