Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5475: Domus Ciancaleoni, Orange Suite Apartment
apartments in Monti, Rome
26-28 October 2012, 2 nights
The apartment is located right in the heart of the trendy Monti district of Rome. Just a three to four minute walk from the front door you have access to the Cavour Metro station as well as major shopping streets. The flat is part of a palazzo complex that the owner shares with one other landlord. I checked in and saw two of the other apartments and their courtyard and they were equally as lovely.
Lots of local restaurants, cafes and grocery stores nearby. There are several discussions on SlowTalk about the Monti neighborhood and they were a great help as I looked for places to eat and shop.
The building is historical and the foundations are from the Roman times. Silvia mentioned they are trying to figure out a way to renovate the basement and turn it into a museum so quite exciting when you think about it! Even though the apartment is in the center of Rome, it was so quiet. There are other apartments in the building but you never hear the other tenants. The building was in very good shape and it didn't feel old and rundown.
You can view the property directly: Domus Ciancaleoni.
Outside the bedroom there was a private patio in a courtyard with table, chairs and a few plants. It was raining whenever I wanted to venture out but I can imagine it's a lovely place when the sun is shining!
The furniture was tasteful and in very good condition. I found the couch fabric scratchy but that was just a little thing. The dining table had space for four and although the space wasn't massive, the furniture arrangement made good use of the space that was there. I found the place very clean.
The bed was very comfortable and had I been staying longer I would have loved the enormous closet! I didn't get to use the flat screen TV in the bedroom but it was perfectly set up for a movie night in. The bathroom was nice, although I could have used a shower curtain but things didn't get too wet. The toilet is in a bit of an odd spot directly behind the door but the small space was maximized to the fullest so I can imagine there weren't many other options. The fixtures were first class, but not gaudy.
The kitchen was small but well stocked with pots, pans and even staples such as cereal, tea, coffee, oil, salt, etc. I ate out most the time so I didn't get a chance to use the appliances but it looked set up quite nicely.
Problems or Bonuses
A welcome bottle of prosecco was a lovely surprise as well as the small parting gift from Silvia. The WiFi was consistent and strong. Silvia left a stack of guidebooks, maps and brochures for perusal.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Silvia is simply lovely. She's so accommodating and really wants you to enjoy yourself. She gave me a great deal (€90 a night) since I was a last minute booking and she even let me check out at a later time so that I wouldn't be languishing around the airport for hours. Not only that, she said that even if my apartment was being rented immediately, she would have moved me to another apartment in the building so I could truly enjoy my last day in Rome. How amazing is that!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I wish I could have stayed for much longer. The apartment was so cozy, the location spectacular and Silvia is one of those landlords that you find so rarely these days - knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend staying here or in one of the other apartments Silvia has available.
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