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Review 763: Comfortitalia, Serafini Apartment
3 bed/2 bath - sleeps 5, 70 Via dei Gesu, Rome
December 26, 2003 to January 3, 2004, 8 days
The apartment was in the heart of the historic center of Rome, right around the corner from the Piazza Minerva. The apartment was in an historic building located on a quiet street. The building was a classic Roman courtyard-type building with 2 apartments per floor. The building had an elevator. The location was right in the heart of everything you would want to see in Rome. 5 minutes to the Pantheon, 10 minutes to Piazza Navona, 10 minutes to the V.E. Monument and Campodoglio.
The nearest grocery store (GS Supermarket) was literally a one minute walk down the street. It was a fully stocked store and quite convenient (open until 8:00 PM). There were many choices for restaurants (too many to count) in all price categories within a 10 minute walking radius.
The building was historical and in good shape. The ceilings were of an interesting hand painted wood beam and panel construction. The apartment was in good shape. I believe there were a total of 10 apartments in the building.
There was a small courtyard in the center of the building with a fountain shared by all residents. As we travelled in the winter we did not utilize this area. There was no pool.
The beds were comfortable, but not luxurious. The single beds were a little on the short side if you are tall. The bathrooms were adequate. One had a stand up European style shower (with shower curtain) and the other was more of the sit down style. The main bathroom had adequate hot water, the smaller bathrooom ran out of hot water quickly. Travelling with 3 females are there ever enough bathrooms?
The kitchen was usuable with all expected appliance. There was a good supply of pots, pans, glasses, utensils, etc. The seating area and kitchen size is small. We used the kitchen for breakfast and snacks. Cooking? Go to Italy and cook?! Not us!!
Problems or Bonuses
The location was great. The TV, stereo and DVD/game system kept the teens entertained. Good TV, but no satellite or cable, so no news of home. Lots of Italian game shows and home shopping networks.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We used Comfortitalia. They were excellent. All of my (many) e-mails were answered promptly and courteously. I corresponded with Helen Yeh from the agency whose English was as good as mine (if not better!). They arranged for a reasonably priced car service (both ways).
I met with Helen's associate Carina at the apartment. She gave us the "grand tour" and explained where everything was and how everything worked. She was available via cell phone for any questions we had during our stay. We had no problems so I only needed to contact her once for checkout.
This was the first apartment we have rented which looked exactly like the web site and pictures provided. The reality of the apartment was 100% reflected by the published information. What we saw on the website is what we saw at the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes we would absolutely stay here again. Great location in a residential area. I would recommend this apartment to anyone interested in vacationing in apartment style. As for a qualification, anyone staying in an apartment should realize that apartment travelling is different from a luxury hotel. You trade luxurious amenities for living as a native. A four or five star hotel would have plusher beds and a nicer bathroom, but I would not trade that for the experience of "going native".
Things to do in this area
What not to do?! It's Rome! Favorite thing to do is wander the small back streets in the area. You have the Pantheon and Piazza Navona all within 10 minutes. The best gelato places are within a 10 minute walk as well (Giolitti, Della Palma, Blue Ice). Easy walk to the Campodoglio at night to see the Forum illuminated. Countless small churches, all architectural gems. If you like to shop, Via del Corso is only a 5 minute walk and is one long shopping street. Restaurants: Antica Taverna, L-Orso 80, Galleria Sciara, Da Francesco, L'Archetto, Ristorante Abruzzi, Hosteria Farnese, Enoteca Corsi.
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