About This Listing
This unique apartment is set into the XVI century Palazzo where Thomas Mann used to live. It is called Palazzo dell'Annunziata and was designed by a famous architect. In the master bedroom there is an antique indian king size painted bed, contemporary art, a queen size sofa bed and original renaissance frescoes, marbles and precious wooden ceilings. An original XVI century cotto pavement covers all the surface of the master bedroom. In the second room there is a table with chairs and a queen size sofa bed. The apartment has all amenities: air conditioning, wifi, washing machine, heating system. It is set on the second floor and two of the windows overlook the Pantheon. This perfect location and the old roman charming atmosphere will make your vacation in the city unforgettable.
The description was accurate and the apartment was very spacious and comfortable, and in a great location. Central to everything and in walking distance. We enjoyed this apt & location very much, and would recommend it, but I will say if you are a late sleeper then this place will be difficult to sleep in. A trash truck comes around every morning at 7:10 sharp and empties the restaurant's trash, below the room, and all you hear is the harsh sound of bottles falling on each other into the back of the truck. Luckily, we woke early everyday so the noise didn't wake us, but the sound is very loud even with the windows and shutters closed.
This is a fantastic apartment in the most fantastic area of Rome. It is charming and very well functioning. The host, Paolo, was there to get us settled in and was very welcoming.
A wonderful apartment in a wonderful location. We did not see the host only his partner who rushed through the introduction. Unfortunatly the place is spoilt by inadquate bathroom with dirty curtain hanging so as NOT to prevent the whole bathroom gettingh wet when a shower was taken. Also the front door gate was ometimes locked at night and we had no key to open it. Another inhabitant helped us.Very uneven floor, dangerous for elderly. In our case, my husband has a light Parkinson: we fell both of us on the hard uneven floor. Much pain nothing broken thank goodness. We tried to telephone the host but he was unavailable. We waited until the cleaning lady came she was a great help, as were taxi driver, police and airport personnell. The host is just a guy in for quick money, no service.
The bathroom was very clean and there is an open shower with no shower enclosure. The shower curtain is washed regularly, but not each time we have a new guest. Unfortunately I cannot say the bathroom was in acceptable conditions when this people left the place. The floor is covered with antique terracotta tiles and hardwood, it is really suitable to everybody and it is not fair to blame it on the "uneven floor". I think that if someone is in bad health conditions and needs assistance during his travel he should choose a serviced hotel room rather than an apartment, which obviously has no concierge. By the way I swear I did not receive any call from these persons, if I did I would have certainly gone immediately to the apartment to help and assist them. They must have dialed a wrong number. Anyone can see in many of our previous reviews that we are truly committed to help and assist our guest to our best.
Paolo was wonderful in being flexible for our checkin and checkout. The listing was pretty well accurate. The place is huge, the kitchen and washroom were small--but workable. Safe and secure. Good wifi. The frescoes and bed are elegant. The kitchen had the minimum and some kitchen plates/glasses were not clean. The resto below the place can be noisy until midnight, more so on weekends. Street musicians play to the outdoor diners, and that can be loud. However...we slept in the dining room on the pullout bed and that was pin-drop quiet because you can close the doors. So, it worked for us. I recommend this place for groups/families who want to be a great neighbourhood and the action of Rome--and really want to be in a classic Roman apartment with 20' ceilings!
Staying in the palazzo apartment on Via del Pantheon was a dream come true. My husband and I rented the two (very large rooms) for nine nights. After looking at a lot of apartments online I realized that I wouldn’t mind the small “galley-like” kitchen and bathroom. What I wanted was a chance to walk on beautiful 16th century terra cotta floors, stare up at an original and intricate Renaissance ceiling with frescoes, and open the windows in the morning to a view of the Pantheon. Unbelievable!
Practicalities: read Jonathan Harr’s book “The Lost Painting.” The restaurant da Fortunato (below the apartment on the ground level) has a minor role in the book. This book (non-fiction) will heighten your interest in art and the history of Rome. And it reads like a detective novel.
Travel with good ear plugs. The recycling pick-up is noisy in the early morning, but with the windows closed and some good ear plugs, I slept fine. The galley kitchen was fine as we only needed to keep yogurt, fruit, bread, cheese, coffee and tea on hand. Visiting Rome was an all-day affair but we enjoyed our apartment so much and its closeness to the Piazza Pantheon—that we ate twice in the square, (for the sheer joy of the view) and once at da Fortunato.
One of my favorite airbnb stays!
My husband’s review:
Apartment: well described in the photos and description. It's stunning looking out the window and seeing the Pantheon 200 meters away. The two rooms are big, somewhat bare; kitchen and bath are tiny. Bed is firm. Two pull-out Ikea sofa beds, somewhat bare-bones. Shower is integrated into the bathroom, so the floor and toilet get wet. Easy climb one flight up the wide, shallow marble stairs. If you cook a lot I would consider a place with a bigger, more well-equipped kitchen... but, is that why you're here? No microwave, but hot plate and electric kettle and clothes washer work fine.
Location: fantastic for walking in the old city through the maze of interconnecting alleys. We walked to the Vatican (40 minutes), to many churches, easily to Piazza Venezia and the Forum. The dei Francesi church (world-class Caravaggios): a 3-minute walk. Piazza Navona a 5-minute walk. Supermarket, 1 minute walk. (Not common here!) Zillions of trattorias, pizzerias, gelaterias, within close walking distance. It's NOT close to the Metro (Barberini); the closest main bus is Piazza Argentina on Via Nazionale, 10-minutes. Expect to walk a lot.
Note: caretaker Carmen gave us 2 sets of keys, but only one set had key to street door (often left open but not always!) Could have been a problem if we had only taken the wrong set. Be sure you have all 3 keys! (Street door, door into vestibule, and apt. door).
There's nothing like eating at one of the (average but acceptable) restaurants right on the Piazza del Pantheon, vino rosso in hand, looking at this ancient masterpiece, then having home be 100 meters away.
Paolo is a very kind host. The apartment couldn't be more central and convenient to explore Rome... We walked everywhere! The room is impressive and view of the Pantheon adds to your trip.
Few things to keep in mind:
- bathroom is super small with "open shower";
- kitchen is very basic (but there's so many amazing restaurants around and Rome's best espresso at your doorstep!)
- a recycling truck unloads bins every morning quite early, not so good if you are a light sleeper. However the room is quiet especially considering the location in a busy touristy area.
Overall a good experience, would definitely return!
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