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calling all Rome experts - help me select an apartment

Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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calling all Rome experts - help me select an apartment

ciao tutti,

we have stayed in Rome once before but in the monti area near the Colosseum. This time we would like to stay somewhere different, preferrably which offers easy access to the Stadio Flaminio where we hope to have tickets to see the Italy v England rugby match in February.

we are looking for a week's rental [10-17 feb] in an apartment with 2 beds for us and 19 year old son and don't want to spend more than €150/night [€1050/week] unless it's for a very good reason.

These are the apartments that I have found so far that I think best suit our requirements. They all have 2 beds unless otherwise stated [no extra charges for cleaning or late arrival unless otherwise noted]


Rental in Rome:

> della genga red http://www.rentalinrome.com/dellagen...lagengared.htm

€865 – near spanish steps



> leutari hi-tech

> http://www.rentalinrome.com/leutarih...ihitechapt.htm

€865 – between piazza navonna & campo dei fiori – 1st floor



> alibrandi p http://www.rentalinrome.com/alibrand...andipalace.htm

€1197 – ditto – ist floor



Real Rome.com



Vacche 1 Bedroom:

Description:

http://www.realrome.com/propvacche1bed.html



Price for the period is 120 Euro per night = €840

Campo dei fiori area. 3rd floor, no lift.



Domus international



- Lungotevere Flaminio (LFLA - Rome center):

http://www.domusintl.com/easyStore/S...?IDCatSchede=8



€1400 [bigger than we need but very convenient for the stadium]



Roman Reference [want €20 for check-in between 8.30 & 10.30pm]



http://www.romanreference.com/appart....php?refid=161

€1445 north of piazza del popolo, on edge of Borghese gardens. ? walking distance to Stadio Flaminio


http://www.romanreference.com/appart....php?refid=328

€1267 near Spanish steps.



http://www.romanreference.com/appart....php?refid=151

€1048 very near Spanish steps



Italy.accom



<http://www.rome-accom.com/accommodation/spanish-steps/apartment-fontana-di-trevi.aspx>



€1138 Spanish steps, 3rd floor, no lift



B&B Rome

http://www.b-b.rm.it/accommodations/desc.php?id=437 at 135 euros per night (incl. the 10% low season discount)



€945/week Campo dei fiori, 2nd floor, no lift.



Cod. 109 http://www.b-b.rm.it/accommodations/desc.php?id=330 at 153 euros per night



€1071/week piazza navonna, 1st floor, no lift and steep stairs.



what do you all think? should we go for closeness to the stadium, or somewhere more central?

Thanks for all your help,

regards, ann
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:18 AM
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I like the Via dei Leutari location best. I'm not clear as to why you need proximity to stadium. You are staying a week and only going to stadium one time?
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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good point, bardo.

I have made the mistake before of picking accommodation because it's convenient for one activity, ignoring all the other things we want to do, which in this case are particularly a visit to the villa borghese, and the scavi tour, neither of which we did last time.

what is it about the position of the via dei leutiari that you particularly like? [apart from the fact that it's near the campo dei fiori?]

thanks for your response,

regards, ann
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General charm of the neighborhood, quick walk to Vatican, quick walk to Pantheon, Forum, Trastevere, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps. It's right off Via Governo Vecchio and all the restaraunts and cafes that line it. The main bus route along Via Vittorio Emmanuel is close by as well. Besides Campo dei Fiori its close to Via dei Coronari, Via Giulia, Piazza Farnese. A very high concentration of great churches, piazzas, charming streets. Just generally the perfect place to "be" and come "home" to, IMHO...
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 09:15 AM
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just what I wanted, thanks, Bardo.

anyone else want to chip in?
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You've a great list there, however, I'll add one more highly recommended apartment building: palazzo olivia, it is SW of Piazza Novana (2 blocks) and NW of Campo de'Fiori. They have a number of apartments, different sizes in the same building. We stayed there a week in a 2 bedroom in 2005, and are booked into a one bedroom this November. They do have a small elavator, and washing machines in the apartments.
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We stayed in the Piazza dei Fiori area and couldn't be happier. We also love Piazza Navonna area. Central location is best. You'll love those areas.
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I mean Campo dei Fiori (sorry).
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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hi delvino,

I had a look at the palazzo olivia - the two-bedroomed apartments are more than I want to pay, though they all look very nice.

wittman - we visited the campo dei fiori and piazza navonna on our last visit, but haven't stayed there. are they perhaps a little overwhelmed with all the tourists?

thanks to you both for your input,

regards, ann
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Old Oct 5th, 2009, 03:03 PM
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Anne,
You are totally, absolutely, wasting your time.
England is going to be completely demolished by the Italians, assisted by the best referees that money can buy.


Cheers

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This apartment that Tedgale mentioned in his trip report is 110€ in low season. It would be convenient for bus or subway to the stadium plus close to things you might want to visit, not to mention the views.
http://www.romecapitalapartments.com...gli/Miguel-157

Or what about the one Kristina stayed in? It had two bedrooms. You might get a it a little cheaper for low season.
http://www.rentalinrome.com/accetti/accetti.htm
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 02:38 AM
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hi kybourbon,

both of those apartments seem to be one-bedroomed, which is not what we need - a week with DS not having his own space [and us ours!] is not to be contemplated! but thanks for the ideas.

LOL Peter - we were in spain when Italy demolished Scotland but watched it when we got home - they seemed to win that one without any outside assistance.

it's always looked so much fun - you're not telling me that the result actually matters?
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The apartment on Via dei Leutari is actually on the same street at the previously mentioned Palazzo Olivia, and it's a good location. We stayed at Palazzo Olivia in 2008, and it was convenient to everywhere. I know you said the two bedroom rates are not in your budget, but I'd suggest requesting a rate directly, if you haven't already tried. I got a discount off the published rate when I inquired, and it was considerable enough that I booked it.
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bookmarking!
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The Accetti is two bedroom, two bath.

I listed the other Miguel because you said two beds, not two bedrooms.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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ky - you're right. mea culpa.

and i didn't make myself very clear did I? why should I assume that when i said "2 beds" i meant "2 bedrooms"?

I'll go back to that agency and see if that one is available as well as the others he's given me.

dreamer - thanks you for the input. the leutari apartment is in via leutari [there's a surprise!] so your help is very valuable. any tips for restaurants, cafes, shops in that area? I may well follow your suggestion and go to them directly hoping for a better price!

thanks again,

ciao.
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Ann...

I'm leaving for Rome Thursday and will be staying in this apartmet:

http://www.romecapitalapartments.com.../Boccaccio-140

It's a 1 bedroom + a loft with 2 bathrooms. I choose it because there are 3 of us (all women) traveling together and it appears to be a good fit with our needs, may be good for you too. It looks like it may fall into your price category for the February dates. It's just off Corso Victor Emanuele in the Piazza Navona/Campo dei Fiori area.

When I get back will post a trip report with my review/impression of the apartment.
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hi islander,

It was all looking good til I checked availability - sadly it's booked for our dates.

the area looks great and i'm sure you'l have a terrific time. I'd be very grateful for any tips/recommendations when you get back.

buon viaggio!
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hi folks,

update on the apartment situation.

I was driving DH mad, looking at every two-bedroomed apartment between the spanish steps and campo dei fiori. none of them were quite right - many had funny configurations [bathroom only accessible through one of the bedrooms, or no actual living room space, or the strangest - two open-plan bedrooms with glass walls!] or looked shaby, or were up loads of flights of stairs [done that, don't want to do it again] or were too expensive. ones I did like were with angencies that got mixed reviews from Slowtravel which put me off, or there were strange payment arrangements [like no deposit at all - what's to stop them letting it to someone else?]

all right, call me picky.

However, just as i thought i was going mad, a fellow fodorite put me onto this apartment:

http://www.lacasadiclelia.webs.com/

it ticks all the boxes [2 bedrooms, ground/first floor/ central position,] and it's only €800 for the week. It's privately owned, and Catherine, the owner is very easy to deal with. she answered straight away, and within 24 houts we were booked. what a relief.

etonmymind, thank you so much.
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I'm sorry Ann, but I don't think the apartment is on the ground floor and first floor.

This listing reads "ground floor and underground." I think the bedroom is in the cellar. "From there, a flight of stairs leads you to the night area"--doesn't say upstairs or downstairs.

One of the bedroom photos (photo 12) seems to show what looks like a below-ground type of window with the wall angling up to the ceiling where the window might be. No windows are shown at all in the "night area" photos.

Photos 13 and 14 seems to show a staircase in the corner going up.

Just want you to be sure you are aware of the actual conditions of the apartment.
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