I rent for short periods (minimum 2 nights) my charming and refined 1 bedroomapartment in the heart of Borgo Pio - short walk from the Cathedral ofSan Pietro in Rome. The borough 'Borgo' has been declared cultural heritagesite from Unesco. It is a semi-pedestrian area very convenient and served with allshops and amenities.The apartment is on the first floor of a no-elevator historical buildingof four floors. It has a surface of approximately 60 square meters. It hasbeen recently renewed and furnished with the utmost care, some ofthe beautiful furniture being original (website hidden) is divided as follows: one kitchenette with door/window facing theterrace; a dining room with door/window facing the terrace, a livingroom with window facing Via degli Ombrellari, a bedroom (Frenchdouble bed) always facing Via degli Ombrellari and a bathroom (withshower) with window facing the terrace.There is no air conditioning.Underground and many buses round the (website hidden): price may vary accordingly to your stay.
I spent four nights between December 2012 and January 2013 in Sara's apartment with my eight years old son. And I can definitely tell, that we had a great time there. The location is just great. Only five minutes walk from the Vatican, you can just go outside to have a coffee and find yourself in front of the St. Peter's Basilica. And if you walk in the opposite direction, you are in five minutes in front of Castel Sant' Angelo, Hadryan's Tomb... So it is difficult to imagine a better place to live in Rome...
Sara is a great host. She is nice, well organized and very generous. She had done some research for us about where to go with kids in Rome. And she even called the Vatican to ask for the mass timetable!
The apartment itself is charmful and clean, and has everything you need to spend some nice days in Rome. We even cooked some pasta and did our breakfast with an incredible good italian coffee that Sara left for us...
I would definitely go back to Sara's, if I am again in Rome.
Sara was the perfect host, very kind and always prepared to help with great suggestions where to get good coffee or have a nice dinner. She even took time to take us shopping for gifts and souvenirs. Her apartment is very nice, near the city centre and metro station. Although there are some bars and restaurants in the neighborhood it's still a quiet one. My boyfriend and I stayed in Sara's apartment for five days and we loved it. We recommend it.
I booked this place for my parents first trip to Italy. Sara seemed like a gracious host during booking and offered a discount when I had other competing offers from other hosts. I booked at the discounted rate for 8 nights. My parents had some flight problems and needed to arrive a day later than expected and Sara decided to charge them more even though my parents are now staying only 7 nights. I didn't want to make too much of a fuss and told my parents to pay her a certain amount. My parents did not have enough Euros on them and paid a portion of that in USD. My mom told me that the departure was not very pleasant. Also, there was very little of one toilet paper roll left and my parents had to run around all afternoon to look for a grocery store that sold toilet paper. Not the best way to spend your first day in Rome after flying all that way from Hawaii and having flight cancellation along the way.
I am an experienced airbnb host and would never change my pricing on people after booking. Besides having a clean apartment and fresh sheets and towels which Sara did have, I also always make sure there is plenty of toilet paper and toiletries. I know it's not a hotel but still the last thing I guest should be spending time on is running around to buy these necessities.
Sara was a wonderful host; very helpful, always positive, and fun to be with. Her home was a beautiful condo near the Vatican. It was small, just right for two, furnished in a style of antique comfort and very clean. My husband and I were there for 2 weeks and really came to call it home! The view is of a typical narrow Rome street yet just around the corner is lively Borgo Pio. It has sidewalk cafes, small shops for cheese, meat, bread, wine, fresh fruits and vegetables, souvenirs and of course Gelato! We would hear accordian and violin music floating up to the condo during the lunch and dinner hours.
There were buses and metro easily accessible so we roamed the city at ease. The shopping ranged from outdoor stalls to small fashionable shops to large department stores - all within easy walking range.
Sara was a terrific resouce for restaurants, her favorite places to visit, and for giving us perfect weather for the end of April and early May - sunshine and 70s. :-) We would love to go back. Alonna and Gordon
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