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Review 5639: Angeli's House, Penthouse B
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
September 23-October 6, 2013, 2 weeks
The apartment is located on a quiet, but charming part of the Trastevere in Rome. It is situated near several bridges that cross the Tiber into historic districts of Rome. The building itself is on a narrow street lined with other apartments as well as small shops; and faces an old church.
There were many small shops for groceries, pastry shops and coffee places in the immediate vicinity. We bought most of our groceries locally, and at a department store that was 10 minutes' away by foot. In general, prices were surprising low.
The apartment building is almost 400 years old, but I would not have known that had I not asked. It is in good shape. It was quiet, and we never heard our neighbors. The building has four floors and a winding staircase in the middle. The owner rents out another apartment on the top floor. I think the other apartments in the building are owned or rented out to locals.
The bedroom window gives access to a spacious rooftop terrace, which is the best asset of the apartment. The terrace is ideal for eating outdoors and has a great view. The owner's second rental apartment also gives access to a rooftop terrace, but the two terraces are separated by an ivy-covered fence.
The apartment was compact, consisting of two small rooms on two floors with a rooftop terrace. The apartment has a cottage-like quality and was clean. The indoor furniture was good, as was the outdoor furniture. The kitchenette/living area has a small table by a window, and a small sofa that folds out into a bed.
The bed on the second floor was comfortable with a firm mattress. The bedroom was nice and leads into the bathroom. The bathroom is small, but clean, and was probably renovated recently. It has a shower, but no bathtub.
The kitchenette was compact but functional. It offers a microwave and a range that can heat two pots (or pans) at once. There was a variety of pots and pans, and enough dishes and utensils for several people. We enjoyed staying-in for home-cooked meals more than once. The refrigerator was small, but adequate. The closet space for dry foods was good.
Problems or Bonuses
In some areas of the apartment, the ceiling was very low (the owner illustrates this in his website) including the bathroom and bedroom. The apartment has an air conditioner (that was used a couple of times during warm evenings). There is also a hidden clothes washing machine installed in a cabinet on the terrace (although it takes three hours to run), and a folding drying rack - so we could do all our laundry onsite.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner met us when we arrived, in order to give us the keys and to show us around the apartment. He kindly gave us a 20-minute whirlwind tour of the neighborhood (including his favorite places to eat, where to buy groceries, and a few historic sites to see). All of this information proved very valuable during out stay. His English was good. His assistant, whom we met on the last day of our trip, was charming, and she spoke English very well.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely return to this apartment, and would recommend it to friends.
Things to do in this area
Walking in Trastevere was always a pleasure, although the area west of the apartment (across the Viale di Trasteve) is a little touristy. We visited historic churches in the neighborhood including Santa Maria in Trastevere and San Francesco a Ripa.
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