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Review 678: Rome Sweet Home, via della Scala - no longer listed with them
loft studio, Rome
October 2002, full month
We had orginally contracted for a less expensive, more remote apartment, which was not available at the last minute. The agency offered us a FREE UPGRADE to a much nicer place, which was more convenient in location, and two floors lower than our original choice. It was just across the street from the church Santa Maria della Scala.
It was a good location in Trastevere, very convenient to the Sisto Bridge and the main shopping areas.
The building was from the late 1600's, but quite modern without looking sterile. The stairways were kept clean and fairly well lit.
No, this was not applicable.
The furniture was in good condition and very clean. The owners had just provided new Ikea furnishings - kitchenware, linens, etc. The TV worked well. It was extremely clean. They also had a high speed internet connection, which since I don't have a laptop, I could not use.
The owner was very accommodating, lending us a small table lamp and a decent radio, and a larger pasta cooking pot.
The bed was in a loft area, which being 6 foot 2 inches tall was a problem until I learned to not hit my head on the ceiling beams when awakening in the middle of the night to go down the stairs to the bathroom.
The kitchen was in an open hallway, conveniently laid out, with extras such as a dishwasher and a separate small freezer, as well as an oven. There was no problem in cooking. The small clothes washer worked very well. There was ample storage space in the apartment.
Problems or Bonuses
As it was a free upgrade, we were happy. The location was a bit noisy, but the owners had installed a very quite, energy efficient air conditioning system, which blocked the noise from the upper-class restaurant below. Ordinarily, we do not choose studios or lofts. We awake at different hours, and it is very inconvenient for my wife to have to read silently in the bathroom for two hours because there is not a separate bedroom. Lofts can be problems for people taller than the typical Italian.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was extremely nice and helpful. Our very cheap airline tickets had been changed a few times, and we had made an error in our arrival date, coming one day earlier than we had contracted. The agency, on their own, offered to let us stay in a vacant (but furnished) apartment one night for FREE, especially since there was the change of original apartment. The apartment upgrade normally would rent for about $500 more than what we had paid. There was NO question about our not paying the price difference.
Their English was reasonably good, but my wife is fluent in Italian, so there were no communication problems.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The apartment we stayed was to be sold, so it is no longer on the agency's listing. We are leaving in a couple days for another apartment with RomeSweetHome. The agency was very helpful about answering questions about the noise level, etc., for the apartment we chose.
We found this agency through a friend who had used them in 2001, and they were satisfied. I hope that the two negative reviews I noticed on your site do not put people off the agency, for we have had good experiences with them.
Rome Sweet Home also offers a airport transport service, probably through independant contractors. The driver showed up ON TIME in a horrid, pouring rainstorm and delivered us to the airport in time for our 6 a.m. check in. The cost was less than a cab would have been, and the driver was careful in the hazardous conditions.
Things to do in this area
Yes, Trastevere is an interesting area. We made a point of avoiding the restaurants in the area, as they were either tourist traps, or filled with loud patrons or loud rock music, or priced beyond our means.
There are several very good "take-out" places for pizza, but I don't have their addresses at hand. Our primary rule in eating anywhere in Italy is to NOT go into anyplace that has a sign stating "Menu Turistico" in 5 languages or no Italian (meaning repeating) customers. Being able to speak the language helps a great deal, of course, but we see so many tourists who haven't bothered to learn even 50 basic words and the numbers, much less "Please" or "thank you".
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