Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SuperAlto's Travel Reviews: Cod. 091 Historic Center - Monti

All ratings are out of 5 possible points

Overall: 5 (would definitely book again)

Location: 5
Comfort: 5
Staff: 5
Breakfast: n/a


We rented an apartment in Rome through the Bed and Breakfast Association of Rome.

Location: The apartment is centrally located, near a Metro stop and within walking distance of the train station and the Coliseum. (We also walked to Vatican City, but I don't recommend trying that unless you REALLY like walking.) We were on a quiet street in a Roman neighborhood, buying our groceries and eating out without encountering hordes of other tourists. As advertised, the apartment is on the third floor (68 steps from the lobby), with no elevator.

Comfort: A spacious two-bedroom apartment, IKEA-furnished, with air conditioning and a washing machine in the small kitchen. The bathroom was split, with toilet/bidet/tiny sink in one room, and shower/small sink in the other room. This is a good layout for four people, as one person in the shower doesn't tie up the entire bathroom.

The kitchen was adequately equipped for our needs, with dishes, utensils, and assorted pots and pans. We cooked a small dinner most nights: pasta, canned sauce, meat sauteed in a frying pan. The washing machine (once I figured out how to operate it) worked well, and we eventually found the drying rack in a closet. The beds and couch were all comfortable. The towels were a bit on the thin side, but there were plenty of extra ones.

Staff: Marie at the Bed & Breakfast Assn. was very helpful, answering my various questions and suggesting apartments that fit our needs. Once we arrived at the apartment, Rosa, the owner, was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, she did not speak English, and I don't speak Italian, but she managed to communicate most of the necessary information to me, only once having to call her English-speaking daughter to answer one of my questions. She also left us a bottle of wine as a welcome gift.

1 comment:

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin said...

I am enjoying these trip reports. {Smile}

I like the idea of a two-part bathroom when you're sharing only one. This one sounds even better than the arrangement in the hotel my parents used to prefer in Honolulu. They have a sink in the bedroom, as well as one in the bathroom. A gal I chatted with made that sound weird, but I find it very welcome when you want a glass of water when someone is taking a bath. Or if you want to brush your teeth. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin