The apartment was lovely, clean and spacious. Filippo's mother made us very welcome on arrival, despite the fact that our plane was an hour and a half late. There were even provisions to start us off in the fridge. The apartment is in the Monteverde district, very close to bus stops, so getting to places wasn't a problem, and within walking distance of the Trastevere district with it's numerous bars, restaurants and other nightlife. The local bar is very reasonable for bottled beer and there is also a good take away for pizzas across the road. The traffic can be a little noisy at times, but there again that seems the same all over Rome. For a visit/holiday to Rome I would highly recommend this apartment and I would certainly use it again if it is available next time we come.
We looked at a few apartments on TripAdvisor and decided to to take a gamble on this one - which paid off. It was one of the cheaper rentals, probably because it was a bit further out of town than the others, but the standard of accommodation looked good. Public Transport in Rome is pretty good so we hopped on a bus most days (bus stop very close) to see all the main tourist attractions and in the evenings we walked down the hill to eat at one of the many restaurants in the Trastevere area. There are a few places nearby but we like to have a lot of choice!
The apartment itself is situated in a residential area of the city, away from all the tourist hotels. It's on the 4th floor of a building containing 20 apartments (4 on each floor); it seemed very secure and quiet. There was plenty of sleeping accommodation - we had two adults and 2 children in our party and we used 3 of the bedrooms, but there was still another double bedroom spare!
The standard of decor in the apartment is very high, with marble or wooden floors in all rooms and comfortable beds and sofas - and plenty of bathrooms. There was lots of original art work on the walls which was a nice touch. There's free wifi - which kept the kids happy - but don't expect to be able to watch any UK TV - Italian only! The kitchen is small; fine for breakfasts, but we would have struggled to cook a big meal - but we never felt the urge to do that given the huge amount of great restaurants nearby.
Filippo, the owner, was there to meet us when we arrived. He was really helpful and friendly and gave us lots of useful information - he had even put a bit of food in the fridge for us which was a life-saver as we arrived late in the evening!
Don't expect to find a big supermarket anywhere nearby, but there is a great little 'corner shop' right outside that sells pretty much everything you could need and there's a bakers and an open market a couple of minutes walk away which seemed to be running most mornings.
All in all - a great place to use as a base to explore Rome. You'll need to be prepared to do plenty of walking and use buses / trams etc, but to be honest if that's going to be a problem for you then Rome isn't the place for you!
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