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Review 5676: Rental In Rome, Trevi Panorama Luxury Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Trevi Fountain, Rome
September 2013, 3 nights
Trevi Fountain, Central Rome. We felt like we were in the heart of everything we wanted to do. Our apartment was on the fifth floor. No elevator, but the stairs were not steep and were in good condition. In fact, it was a nice entryway and stairwell.
In terms of walking and transportation, itís a very convenient area. Major bus lines and metro stops were close by. It is a tourist area, so it has that kind of stuff, including a MacDonaldís. But we were also close to some major streets with banks and phone stores and all the things we could possibly need and did need. Also, in this area, almost everyone speaks some English.
A grocery store (supermercato) was only a 10 to 15 minute walk from our apartment. We were able to buy everything we needed there, including good wine.
This was an amazing apartment. Two couples could easily have stayed there.
The place was spacious with lots of windows and lots of light. The apartment is on a corner, so it gets light from several directions. The views out the windows were so special ó one of kind sort of views. Not only were we overlooking the Fontana di Trevi, we were looking straight across at the tops of the statues. And the lighting around the fountain at night was spectacular. We had been to Rome before and visited the fountain but when youíre across from it, you really get to appreciate it in all the different ways the sun hits it all throughout the day.
The WiFi was excellent.
You can view the property directly: Trevi Panorama Luxury Apartment.
Very clean. Nice floors. Some rugs. Comfortable furniture. It was an easy place in which to hang out. Comfortable beds. The pillows were the same type ó the foam ó we encountered with every apartment. We like down feather pillows, so we compress and pack pillows to take. Pillows are too important for my good night sleep, so I just donít want to take chances.
It had two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main bedroom faces the fountain. It has lots of closet space. The second bedroom is very quiet. Thereís an armoire, which seemed big enough for a couple. (Since there were only two of us, we got to spread ourselves out.) Thereís even a loft with a very comfortable futon (I tried it out).
I think both bathrooms were a combination shower/bath. The water pressure in both showers was good and there was plenty of hot water.
It was a full kitchen ó small, but well-stocked. The refrigerator was small, but adequate. There was a gas stove and stove-top espresso maker. We liked making espresso coffee so much that when we returned home we bought a stove-top espresso maker. We cooked meals there. The dining table was in the living room, which was just around the corner. Plenty of light streamed in from the windows, so the kitchen had a friendly feel to it.
Problems or Bonuses
Itís a pretty lively area, so there was definitely outside noise late into the night (and the workmen showed up pretty early). You can close the windows and the shutters. And when we did close the windows, we did shut out most of the outside sounds. It was very hot while we were there, so we kept the windows open. There were air conditioners, but we didnít think they worked. But in all fairness to the landlord, we never asked about them.
The landlord lived across the hall and was extremely attentive to our needs. If we had questions, they answered them. (So why didnít we ask about the air conditioning, I donít know.) They offered to let us keep our luggage there late into the day when we were moving downstairs. As it turned out, the agency met with us early and took us downstairs. It was a perfect and easy transition.
Also, the landlord provided us a driver to take us to the Port. That was a dream come true for me. We took trains for the rest of the trip, but on that day, it took a lot of stress out of my life.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
One of the reasons I wanted to post this review was to talk about the agency. I looked on SlowTravel when determining whether to use Rental In Rome. Most of the reviews were positive, so I went ahead and used them.
I really liked using the Rental In Rome website when looking for apartments. Booking the rental through the website was not as intuitive. In fact, it was a bit tricky for us. We booked two places because this apartment wasnít available for the whole week. So we booked another apartment two floors below for another four days. Most people wonít ever do that. We often had problems with Rental In Rome in terms of linking the two together. For example, the day before we were about to occupy the second apartment, Rental In Rome emailed us asking if we wanted a ride from the airport. We were already in one of the agencyís apartments and had been delivered there by one of its drivers. But one email took care of it and all was well.
We booked our apartments in May for September. We did use PayPal to pay the agency fees, so we had proof of our reservations. But I have to admit, we always felt a little insecure until closer to our booking date.
As the date neared, the communication with agency improved considerably. And once we were in Rome, the agency was perfect and available. We got a ride from the airport with its limo service, which went incredibly smooth and easy. In fact, our driver stopped at an ATM (they said he might charge us extra, but he didnít) so we could get money to pay our bill.
As I already mentioned, with this apartment, our landlord was across the hall and was very available and extremely helpful. When we moved downstairs, one of Rental In Romeís agents (who was great) showed us everything (including how to work the air conditioning), provided us with maps to some really good restaurants and gave us all sorts of tips. He provided us with phone numbers and email addresses if we ever needed him. He spoke fluent English and was extremely helpful. It was wonderful.
I would absolutely recommend Rental In Rome. My guess is a lot of people work for them (or at the least cycle through). So I think some of the service depends upon whom you get. But I definitely felt that in the end, the company always comes through for us. Also, I think the two places where we stayed were great values for their size, views and location.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this rental to a friend. We've already decided we will stay there again. The place is big and the views are amazing. The area was lively and noisy; yet we always felt cozy and comfortable in the apartment.
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