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Review 5450: Owner, Trastevere Vacation Rental (#293253)
2bed/2bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
October 15-21, 2012, 6 nights
This lovely rental is in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, on a relatively quiet street, close to transportation, restaurants and the Tiber.
A coffee bar was on the next corner and a grocery store was one block away. Restaurants abound in Trastevere. There were also a Greek place, a kebob shop and an Indian restaurant within a very short distance from the apartment in addition to traditional restaurants.
The apartment is in an old building but in very good shape, with a teeny lift (could hold one person and two medium-sized bags), very much appreciated. Otherwise it is up four flights of stairs. The apartment itself is lovely, with lots of sunlight, high ceilings, comfortable furniture and a well-equipped kitchen. I don't know how many other apartments are in the building but we did not see or hear anyone else during our stay.
There is no outside sitting area.
The main living/dining area had one couch and a comfy leather chair, a dining table that seated six, and a TV (which we never used). There were three of us staying in the apartment and there was enough space for all of us. The apartment was clean and tidy.
There were two bedrooms, one with an extra twin bed. The bedrooms had lots of storage space, extra hangers, bedside lamps, electrical outlets and windows that opened. The beds were perfectly comfortable with enough pillows and extra blankets. The two bathrooms were fully equipped, clean and the showers had excellent water pressure and heat.
We did not cook in the kitchen other than to make some coffee. However it appeared to have all the essentials. The dishes and cutlery were clean. The kitchen is narrow, but was fully functional. There is an electric kettle, wine glasses, and two wine openers among all the usual stuff.
Problems or Bonuses
The owner had added extras such as hairdryers (one for each bathroom), umbrellas, a large map of Rome on the wall with pins in place to orient yourself, extra guidebooks and maps, and some random English language paperbacks. The apartment also comes with a washer/dryer combination unit which we had a difficult time figuring out even though the owner had provided the manufacturer's instructions in English! We ended up hanging our wet laundry on lines outside the window (for which there were clothes pins in the drawer). WiFi worked perfectly. One of my traveling companions complained about church bells early in the morning, but I either didn't hear them or they didn't bother me. We heard some street noise on the weekend, but it didn't seem to go late, and overall it is a very quiet apartment. Slept very well.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Rodolfo, returned all inquiries promptly and is very enthusiastic about his rental. He speaks Italian but will transcribe the message and provided both English and Italian responses. I had no trouble understanding him and making the arrangements. At the apartment when we arrived he had an English speaking representative with him who explained how things worked, answered our questions and left phone and text numbers to reach her if there were any problems. I think the apartment was exactly as advertised. My friends (who were new to Rome) were enchanted with the apartment and the location.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and would wholeheartedly recommend it to friends. I think it was a great location because it was in Trastevere but across the road (Viale di Trastevere) from the "heart" of Trastevere and therefore quieter and less hectic. The apartment was sunny and airy with long windows and nice hardwood (or maybe Pergo, not sure) floors.
Things to do in this area
We enjoyed our dinner at Le Mani in Pasta which is close by. There are plenty of good restaurants in this area. I bought a lovely landscape print by this gentleman who is located on the main drag in Trastevere. I had admired his paintings and prints three years ago when we were in Rome and happily found him again.
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