TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW:
Reviewed October 24, 2011
In June 2011, we had a magical trip to Rome with our three kids. We rented an apartment through Trip Advisor’s Vacation Rental website–which is a leap of faith since you are required to fork over a hefty deposit (through PayPal) and for all we knew the apartment with the “astonishing view” didn’t exist but someone on the other end of my PayPal account was hundreds of dollars richer. Happily, the apartment existed and was everything we had hoped. My TripAdvisor review follows:
The best: The location around the corner from Campo dei Fiori can’t be beat. We went out every morning for coffee and fresh bread, and stocked up for our picnic at the Campo dei Fiori market (open daily except Sundays from about 7am to 2pm). Our teens came and went as necessary and found everything (food, bars, shopping) all within an easy walk. We had daily picnics on the terrace, which has an absolutely wonderful view. As the apartment is small, it made all the difference as a place to relax and (of course!) have a glass of wine.
When we arrived, we were met at the apartment by Francesca (the owners’ daughter?), a lovely girl who spoke perfect English and gave us a tour and answered all our questions. The apartment was clean, everything was handled professionally, and when we had question mid-week, the owners responded quickly to our email. At our request they also arranged for a mid-week cleaning & fresh towels which was very helpful.
The good: The apartment was clean and well-equipped. Everything there is very small by US standards–the rooms, the beds, the kitchen, the fridge, the dishwasher. We quickly abandoned the idea that we would cook any gourmet meals in the tiny kitchen, but who cares with all that fresh food and great restaurants within a stone’s throw from the building? The twin beds are small, and although they accommodated our daughters, a large or tall person would very be hard-pressed to fit into one of them. Also, the mattresses are thin, but overall the beds were not uncomfortable.
The not-so-good: While perfect for our family with 3 teenagers, this is not an apartment for the very old or very young. You must climb 5 flights of very steep, sometimes dark, stairs to get to the apartment (no elevator). Also, the stairs inside the apartment (which lead upstairs to the master bedroom and terrace) are also very steep and are open on one side to the floor below with no rail–so there is big edge that would keep me up at night if i had a small child.
Overall: it was a wonderful experience and we hope to be able rent the apartment again!
Click here to go to the TripAdvisor Vacation Rental page for this apartment.