Very small, but comfortable room. Everything works and everything was just as promised. The terrace above is a great place to relax. The neighborhood in the day and evening is a vibrant, colorful place. The market days are truly amazing. However, late at night the street does get a bit sketchy. Overall, a good place to stay for a good value. The pizzeria next door also has great food!
i had a really great experience. sarah was a great host who was made my stay in rome easy and enjoyable experience and she contributed to my fond memories of italy. sarah met me at the house at the arranged time to give me the keys. i found her to be really genuinely warm and friendly and she wanted to make sure that my stay in her flat was good for me. Yes the apartment is small, but we know that. The house and facilities are exactly as described. The rooftop is really cute and i enjoyed cooking dinner and relaxing up there. Pigneto is a great neighbourhood- full of young, creative types it seems- with plenty of great bar/food options, it had a great vibe- i enjoyed hanging out here of an evening. Pigneto is away from all the tourists and the hustle and bustle- which i really liked- if you don't mind spending half an hour or so getting into the centre (and perhaps asking for directions once or twice) then i recommend it. i am a young woman travelling on my own and had no issues with safety/ security. thanks sarah!
We would describe our stay in Sarah Silvera's "bed and breakfast" as the "Bed and Breakfast from Hell".
Finding the place was difficult. (Over it.)
Getting to accept the neighborhood. (Over it.)
We saw the bed with ladder on website. (Accepted it.)
Picked up key at pizza joint. (No problem.)
1. Dirty sheets on the bed. Sarah said the clean sheets were on the roof and gave no indication that she would change them. My 65 year old wife climbed up to the roof, got the sheets, climbed down from the roof, then climbed up the ladder to the bed and changed the sheets. This is unforgivable for Sarah to expect any tenant to do this.
2. Sarah informed us that she didn't serve breakfast even though she is on a website that lists bed and breakfast apartments.
3. The shower was only hand held, because the bracket was broken. The hand held shower head separated from the hose during my shower, shooting water everywhere.
4. Towels were worn and insufficient and on the roof. Some of the sheets were way beyond faded.
5. Love seat below bed was broken and disgusting.
6. Because of the heat and we did not need it on the bed, we moved
the orange comforter to the love seat. However, it was so scratchy due to feathers poking through it, it felt like it was stuffed with straw. It was too scratchy to even sit on. We had to put a jacket over it to sit on.
7. The faucet at the kitchen sink is set up the opposite of any normal faucet. When I turned on the kitchen faucet in the COLD position to fill up a bottle with drinking water, I nearly scalded my hand.
This little apartment was such a great choice for us. My husband and I were wanting a place that was well-priced, clean, and quiet, and that's exactly what this place was! Yes, it's small, but that's what we were expecting. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was clean, and best of all it had an absolutely wonderful terrace.
Sarah was a wonderful host and her directions were very clear. She was very flexible and even let us stay one extra night at the last minute.
The best part about this studio is the location. Pigneto is a wonderful area that we loved exploring. The studio is located right on a pedestrian-only street, where vegetable and fruit markets line it in the morning, and then at night the street transforms into a very cool scene with restaurants, bars, open shops, etc. One Sunday night we were lucky enough to catch an art market, where we bought some handmade goods. As far as getting into Rome (which we did every day for sight seeing), it was pretty easy - just a short tram and train ride, and you're there. After our sightseeing, we would came back, get cleaned up, and end the day with dinner at a different Pigneto restaurant each evening.
As far as the other reviews, I will respond and say that we had no problems with the gate clanging at night - we only heard it during the morning, which was totally expected since that's the main entrance gate to the houses. We also had no desire for Wi-Fi, but if you do need the internet (like we did one day) we found quite a few internet places that line the street just north of Pigneto, and had no problems whatsoever. One reviewer commented on the dirtiness and graffiti in the area, which is true, but it's everywhere and does not seem to indicate any sort of crime or trouble - in fact, we were glad to see so many young families in the area, both during the day and at night. It's an art scene full of young people at night, so I'd be hard-pressed to categorize the area as full of "drunk people sitting on stoops" and having to clutch my handbag at night. In fact, I felt safer here than I did in some areas closer to downtown Rome.
If you're wanting to get away from the tourist area and really experience Rome, then I'd highly recommend this studio. Keep in mind that it is small, and you have to climb up the loft bed, so it may not be for everyone. But it was just right for us, and I wouldn't hesitate one second to stay there again. Feel free to contact me directly if you have questions - I'd be happy to answer them.
My girlfriend and I started out in front of the address we had been given, after having to navigate the tram system which has 3 stops with the name, Prenestina, which you have to get off at. (very confusing at first)
The neighborhood that the apartment is located is in covered in graffiti and very dirty. Sarah's name was not on a button so we called her. She told us that she had work as a psychologist, could not wait for us, and our keys were at a "Pizzeria Orange" across the street, in a very condescending tone.
There was only a store across the street, no pizzeria. She harangued us for not having the "manual" she sent and not being able to find the pizzeria. We found out the "manual" was the house rules, and she did not know the address or name of the pizzeria. Finally found "Pizzeria del Pigneto", which was orange on the inside. I went up to a worker and said "ciao Sarah" and made a motion like unlocking a door. He just said no, no, no. I called up Sarah and handed the phone to him. Finally, he gave me the key.
We went back to the correct address, number 28, and found that the keys did not open the door. Sarah told me not to call her any more for the next 3 hours because she had to work as a psychologist and could not deal with my problems. She hung up the phone. A woman opened the door of the building and we went in, unable to find 28b.
We left and went down the street and found a gate which said 28 A,B,C. Not 28, as we had been told time and again.
Welcomed by a nice little flowery area, opened the door and saw the room was about the size of a shoebox. There is a top-bunk-bed with a shaky ladder, which you will hit your head on. (numerous times by personal experience) 2 people can barely fit on the couch, and it is not even comfortable for one person. We found that there was no free wifi in the area.
Sarah came about 6 hours later and gave us the toilet paper. I apologized for the mixup in the morning and tried to explain that she had told us 28, but the address is really 28B. She said that she did not give us the wrong address. I insisted that I had been at building "28" and it was the wrong one. She told me that I was wrong, that one is either 30, or 26.
For the record, I know how to read numbers.
I just let it drop,
We asked for internet and said she could not provide it. We asked if we could use the neighbors, she said she would ask the neighbor, but she did not.
She gave us information about nearby internet places. After making some pasta, we went out to find that the street was full of drunk people sitting on stoops and along the buildings. With Rome's reputation for crime I was always anxious about being mugged and constantly held on to my girlfriend's handbag at night. We spent the first evening going to the internet places recommended. None of the worked. (one was full, we went back an hour later and it was closed)
I called up Sarah just to hear the same suggestions again. Then she put her friend on the phone who told me that if I asked the neighbor "nicely and kindly" I was offended to be treated as a 5 year old. She said that the women was her friend and I could not understand why she could not be nice and kind enough to ask for us. We did not want to approach a stranger and we do not even speak Italian.
We went in the end. Her neighbor was not home.
On top of all that, the first night we tried to turn off the air-conditioner and found that the remote did not work. We changed the batteries and everything. We woke up freezing every morning.
The following days were trips through the dirty streets back to the apartment, and spending our precious time in the mornings at the internet shop because they either were not open or did not function at night, evidently.
I was subject to admitting that it seemed the universe was conspiring to make it the most unpleasant trip to Rome ever.
NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE. In need of renovation, noisy, distant, and managed poorly. The studio which I knew was small actually felt more cramped than expected. The ladder leading up to the lofted bed is very unstable and has become detached from the main frame making it rather dangerous climbing into and out of bed. The linens offered were old and (email hidden)e shower curtain was mildewed and the shower head was broken. The small single towel I was given was old and nearly threadbare. The couch located underneath the lofted bed has a carefully
placed blanket covering up a caved in and tired sofa. The apartment is also directly adjacent to an entry gate which crashes closed at all hours, light sleepers beware this was a constant nuisance. Pigneto is a charming neighborhood, however the area is extremely difficult to access late at night when
most buses and the metro cease to operate. Prepare to spend extra money on expensive cab fare. I found the host to be hostile. The host was unable to offer directions to the studio. When I was late arriving on the first day without adequate directions I was told I had wasted the hosts time and money. I was also made to pay for an extra night I did not stay in the room after trying to slightly modify my dates by weeks in advance. Overall the studio is dated, loud, out of the way, and hostile to visitors.
The apartment is very small but charming, located in a quiet yard far away from the street. The air condition in the apartment works flawlessly - it even heats if you want. Pigneto is a nice neighborhood with many locals. There are a couple of nice bars and restaurants around.
With a terrace on top where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine this is a lovely place to stay in Rome.
For young people definitely recommended!
Sarah was very helpful and met me at the bus station near the apartment to make sure I didn't get lost. The apartment was exactly as described. Yes, it is small, but warm and comfortable. Pigneto is a great neighborhood and this is a lovely place to stay while in Roma.
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We have been in her apts and we had an incredible experience, Pigneto is absolutely the best place to stay for an alternative and cool stay in Caput Mundi.
Alfonso & Mary from NY - US
I stayed in Sarah's apartment for a week while visiting Rome, prior to her posting it on airbnb. She was a really great host and we've stayed in touch since then. The next time I'm in Rome, I wouldn't hesitate to stay in her apartment again. And a local neighborhood like Pignetto is definitely a breath of fresh air after dealing with the hoards of tourists in most of the city. The apartment is on the small side, but the beautiful terrace above the apartment more than makes up for it. It's a great place to relax after spending a day sightseeing. I would definitely recommend it
I've been meaning to write a note about my friend's Sarah's apartment, which I have recommended to friends for years. After reading Brendon's post, however, I felt the urgency to support my friend Sarah and let the airbnb community know that what was said is entirely unfounded. Her house, be it small, is very clean and most of all Sarah is a fantastic host. It is unfortunate that Brandon had such a bad experience but having accompanied Sarah on several occasions when she was supposed to meet Brendon, I realized that he may not have been the ideal guest. While my house was being redone, I stayed in Sarah's apartment in the Pigneto, a great neighborhood not far from Termini station and a nice place to come home to after sightseeing. It is a small multiethnic neighborhood with some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. There are a lot of young people and both day and nightime markets, which makes this a lively and always fun area. I found the bed to be very comfortable, the kitchen easy to use, and everything was spotless. I would recommend this place to anyone traveling alone or as a couple. Don't let one bad review deter you!
I've known Sarah since we were kids and everytime I come to Rome I stay in this great little place that is clean and has a great bed and shower, not to mention an amazing terrace. The street is pedestrian only and is filled with vintage stores, bars, great restaurants and has not only a fruit and vegetable market during the day but an artisan market on weekend nights, with clothing, jewelry, etc. Hands down, the coolest block in Rome! In addition, Sarah is a great host and knows Rome better than anyone. Whether you are looking for a touristy route or want to explore the hidden treasures of Rome, you can count on Sarah as your local guide. I recommend this place 100%!