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Review 5557: Rome City Apartments, Simenon
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
February 2013, 6 days
The apartment is conveniently located on Via Giubbonari just off Campo dei Fiori and faces the courtyard so it is quiet inside despite the constant buzz of locals and tourists in the square, but those are the only advantages of this property. Other than that, pretty much everything about the Simenon is horrendous.
The apartment is shabby, unkempt, unclean and in bad need of renovation. The walls are stained, scratched, chipped or have paint peeling off. Glass is broken in two doors. The doors, door trims, handles and locks are all in very bad shape and don't work properly. Sockets and wiring look messy and unsafe. The apartment smells dusty and stuffy, and there are cobwebs on the ceiling. Closets and drawers were crammed with junk such as crumpled papers, boxes and somebody's old slippers. The dishwasher stank and the dish brush, sponges and wipers in the kitchen were used and unclean. There was a crumpled dirty bed sheet in the closet above the bed in the bedroom. Some lights did not work, including one of the two lamps in the kitchen (which is very dim even with two lamps working) and both reading lamps above the bed in the bedroom, which made them useless. In the bathroom, the spray nozzle of the shower head was either clogged or broken and did not work properly, spraying the water sideways and with insufficient pressure for a normal shower. The shower head holder could not be fixed on the riser rail, neither vertically nor horizontally, and kept sliding down or revolving around the rail. The riser rail kept coming off the wall at the lower end. There is no shower curtain and no partition between the bathtub and the toilet bowl, which is very inconvenient and unsanitary. The tub and other areas in the bathroom were moldy, rusty or dirty. Nearly all furniture at the Simenon is old and run-down. The mattress in the bedroom sags, the sofas in the living-room are run-down and soiled, sofa pillows are extremely dirty and soiled and have utterly revolting white and dark stains on them. The master blanket was old and stained and had lots of lint and somebody's blonde hairs on it. Keys did not work properly with the door on the ground floor at the entrance and it took us several minutes each time to open the door. The TV receiver in the living room stands on an empty carton box, as if it were a trailer home and not a four-star rental as it is rated by the agency on its site.
In short, this apartment is absolutely unfit for comfortable living. There are major problems with hygiene and cleanliness, and other serious problems at the Simenon.
To add insult to injury, the folks at the agency weren't very enthusiastic about our complaints altogether, even though they did grudgingly fix a couple of the smaller problems, and offered no compensation whatsoever, except a 10% discount on our next stay (which we won't be using as we are never coming back to Rome City Apartments again).
Double-check before booking and don't trust the pictures on the site.
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