Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 933: ComfortItalia, Via dei Capellari
1bed (loft)/2bath apartment near Campo de' Fiori, Rome
April 2004, 4 nights
We chose Campo de' Fiori because of its proximity to all the major attractions (Vatican, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, etc.). Bus and rail lines were available within blocks of the apartment but we love to walk so we saw everything on foot. This neighborhood and others surrounding it are a maze of small cobbled streets to wander, with wonderful old architecture, and just a couple of blocks from the Tiber River. If you prefer staying amongst locals and getting away from tourists, this is the place to be.
This is a wonderful neighborhood -- everything you could possibly need (food, drink, treats, services, points of interest) surrounded you.
Both the building and the apartment were old (approx. 1825) but well maintained, in good condition, well lighted, only one flight of stairs up, and we felt very safe and secure. Sometimes voices could be heard from the courtyard, but mostly the apartment was very quiet.
The furnishings were very nice and well maintained. The owner lives in the space part of the year so her personal items and artwork really added to the ambiance. In the evenings we would sit around on comfy white sofas and oversized chairs reading travel books from the owners personal library, sipping wine and eating snacks using her lovely dishes, and feeling very much at home.
The loft bedroom was very spacious and airy; you looked down over the railing onto the living room. The queen bed was very comfortable, there was plenty of closet space, and the upstairs bathroom was spacious, clean, and just steps away. The bathroom on the main floor was combined with a utility room which had a washing machine and drying rack -- very convenient and also spacious.
The kitchen was more than adequate and rather cute. We ate all our major meals out, but the space was roomy and there were plenty of cooking utensils to work with. There was a pass-thru window to the eating area which could easily have accommodated 6-8 people at the table.
Problems or Bonuses
I really can't remember any surprises. The apartment was exactly as it appeared on the website, maybe even better. We liked the apartment so much we wished we could have shared its airy space with friends; however, there were sleeping accommodations for only two people -- it's too bad one of the sofas didn't make into a bed since the space (which has 2 bathrooms) could easily accommodate more people.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Helen and Prudence were professional and punctual, willing to answer all our questions, and provided us with their cell numbers so we could call them any time for assistance, if needed. They meet you at the apartment upon arrival and departure, show you around and explain how the equipment works, and answer any and all questions. We felt the price was no more than we would have spent on a hotel, and when you compare the spacious surroundings (square footage) we enjoyed vs. hotel room sizes, one could actually call it a bargain.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We really loved this apartment and have already recommended it to others and have every intention of renting apartments vs. hotels in upcoming travels to locations where we plan on staying more than one or two nights in any given place. I especially like the idea of living amongst locals vs. other tourists so you get a better sense of the day-to-day living experience.
Things to do in this area
Restaurants, eateries, coffee bars and cafes, shopping of every description is available within a very short distance from the apartment. The Campo is a fun gathering place with great people-watching and the opportunity to meet the locals.
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