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Review 991: RomePower.com, Via Dei Gracchi
3bed apartment near the Vatican, Rome
March 8 - 15, 2004, 7 days
This apartment was in an excellent location and perfect for a family. We were within a few blocks from the Vatican and Via Del Corso. It was in a busy section of Rome but isn't all of Rome busy? Once inside the apartment we had much privacy.
Wonderful!!! There is a market directly across the street from the apartment, plus the Standa supermarket a few blocks away. There were lots of restaurants and cafes within a block of the apartment.
My husband and I traveled with our three teenage sons and our son's girlfriend. So we had very hungry teenagers to feed. Although there were many reasonably priced restaurants nearby, having the market nearby allowed us to cook many meals in the apartment. This we all liked very much. It helped save a little on our food expense and also introduced our children to shopping for fresh produce and meats at an Italian market.
The building was in excellent condition. The apartment is a little hard to find as there are quite a few apartments in the complex and we had to ask a number of residents where it was before we found anyone who knew what we were talking about.
There was no outside sitting area or pool. This was not important to us as we were looking for a place to eat, rest and enjoy time with one another.
The furnishings are in excellent condition. There was plenty of room for our three sons and us to move around. There is no real living or dining room but we were quite comfortable using the kitchen as our meeting and relaxing space.
We loved having the full apartment to use. As I mentioned previously, the kitchen was very important to us. In addition, there were two tables in the kitchen which allowed us lots of family time together. We enjoyed playing cards and dice in that area.
The were two beds were fine, as were the bedrooms. There were two bathrooms, both of which were very nice. The bath towels are a little small compared to what we use at home and we were alotted one set for the entire week. This wasn't a big hassle, as we all became very protective of our towel for the week and teased one another about not using each others towels.
The kitchen was perfectly usable. We cooked at least one meal a day there. There are an adequate number of pots, pans and utensils. The only thing we would have liked was a true stove top. There was only one very old hot plate -- but it worked!! We used it several times. A microwave would have been great, too but none of us felt terribly deprived without it.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise we had was that originally we had been told that we could charge the apartment. After we arrived, however, we were told the rental company was having difficulty with their ability to accept charge cards. This required us to withdraw enough cash to pay for the entire week's stay. We were not prepared for this and were limited in the amount of cash we could withdraw from our accounts everyday. This was a great inconvenience to us as we had to make time to go to the bank each day to withdraw cash. We would have much preferred to use our charge card.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency treated us very well and the owner, Marco Agretti, is excellent to deal with.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! The apartment's size was perfect for our family. Given the chance, we would definitely stay there again.
Things to do in this area
We ate at lots of great restaurants but one stood out -- Hosteria Pizzeria on Via degli Scipi. The owner is great and the prices are reasonable.
There are so many things to see nearby that there are too many to mention. Of course, the Vatican and Vatican Museum. Piazza del Popolo is directly across the river. Public transportation is also readily accessible so we were able to travel all over the city very easily.
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