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1. We told the host we were arriving at 3pm. We arrived and there was no key. We panicked, called air b n b to relocate us. She contacted us at 7pm. By this time we had wasted most of our first of two afternoon/evening panicking with nowhere to stay. She eventually contacted us and as compensation disappointingly only extended our check out time.
2. Breakfast is not included. It consists of cornflakes in an old coffee jar with some gone off biscuits and cakes. Prepare to pay for your own. There is a fridge to store food if you need. No cooking facilities, just a microwave
3. The toilet does not flush.
4. The room is stuffy and hot, the shower makes the whole bathroom wet.
On a plus, the location was pretty excellent. We hired bikes from next door and cycled around the city. I think had we have not had the disruption and panic on day one we would have not complained about the rest of the room. Due to the unreliable host, and with regret, I shall not be staying again or recommending this place.
The listing was accurate and the neighborhood was safe and convenient to transportation and sites. Sara left a basket full of treats and a very clean apartment for us to stay in. Take a taxi however to the location if arriving with valuables or luggage as taxis are cheap and the bus line 64 that arrives at the apartment has pickpocketers. It is perfectly fine during the day when not carrying luggage and sightseeing, but our wallet was stolen upon arrival at night, and I believe we were targeted as we were obviously tourists.
Good location for the Vatican City, easy to find if you take a bus. The place is reasonably clean and comfortable, but very hot. There is no AC or anything to cool the place down other than leaving the windows open but you wake up with mosquito bites. Towels, coffee and small breakfast are provided. On the last morning of the stay the Internet was cut off, which wasn't great if you want to plan your trip to the airport, etc. Overall a satisfactory experience.
Vista spettacolare, impagabile di giorno, senza fiato di sera/notte. La stanza è ben tenuta e pulita, ho trovato tutto il necessario per stare benissimo durante il mio soggiorno. Sara è stata gentilissima e molto disponibile, non ho avuto nessun problema ne per arrivare all'alloggio (grazie alle indicazioni di Sara) ne per le chiavi. La posizione poi è ottima, due passi(ma veramente 2 passi) e si arriva a S.Pietro. Lo consiglio assolutamente.
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The few is really great and the roof top terrace is very nice! Some small stores and restaurants are directly in front of the door.
I would stay there again if I return to Rome :)
Due to delays at the airport, we arrived late in the evening. Despite this, Sara made it very easy for us to get the keys and her communication with us was excellent throughout our stay. Even at the end when one of us left an item behind, Sara made it easy for us to pick it up again.
The flat itself is charming and with a nice character. Meticulously tidy and it provided many amenities we needed. The view is even better in real life than in the photos, we spent much of our time in the flat just admiring the basilica. Even though we were three in one room, we did not find it too small, especially as we spent quite some time in the terrace were they even have a reclining sun-chair.
In terms of location, we could not have asked for better. Our daily walk to central Rome took us always through the middle of St Peter's Square. If you want groceries, there's a Carrefour supermarket close enough.
Some of the negative comments that other people have left, we found to be completely unjustified and unfair.
Nonostante l'host mi avesse assicurato, prima che io confermassi la prenotazione, che mi avrebbe lasciato le chiavi della stanza presso la sottostante paninoteca visto il nostro arrivo in tarda serata, non le abbiamo trovate. Abbiamo contattato l'host e sua madre, gentilmente, ci ha portato le chiavi, dopo un'ora complessiva di attesa in strada con i bagagli. La vista è spettacolare e questo è il pregio dell'offerta. La stanza ci è sembrata più piccola di quanto appariva dalle fotografie: in tre il clima può diventare soffocante, pertanto occorre tenere costantemente le finestre aperte. Sulla testiera del letto abbiamo trovato molta polvere e le rubinetterie (lavandino e doccia) erano incrostate di calcare verde e vecchio. Lo scarico della doccia non funziona, e in tre si rischia di allagare la stanza intera, soprattutto perché a terra ci sono due ciabatte a cui sono collegate diverse prese elettriche. La colazione comprende merendine confezionate, insieme a caffè solubile e infusi. Abbiamo trovato calcare anche nel bollitore, che ci siamo ritrovati nel caffè. Nel frigorifero mezzo litro di latte (poco per tre persone e per il weekend) e una penna di insulina forse lasciata da qualche ospite. La terrazza è incantevole ma non è riservata agli ospiti della stanza, essendo in condivisione con l'intera palazzina: alle 8.30 del mattino (in stanza era specificato di non usare il terrazzino prima delle 8) non siamo riusciti a fare colazione perché una vicina ci ha invitati "cordialmente" a non fare baccano. ll quartiere è tranquillo e la posizione ottima, accanto a piazza San Pietro. Alcuni ristoranti, una pizzeria, una paninoteca, un bar e un pub.
I stayed here for the weekend with two friends. At the check-in we didn't find the keys of the room, although the host had told us that she would have left them, in the local sandwich shop. So we had to call her and her mother kindly brought us the keys, but we had to wait in the street for an hour more or less.
The view over San Pietro Basilica is superlative and this is the greatest quality of the room. Actually the room is smaller than it could seem in the photos and this can be a problem for three persons, so you need to keep the windows always open. Another flaw is the cleanliness: we found dust on the headboard of the bed and green old lime on the faucets. The drain of the shower does not work so you can easily flood the whole room and, what it's more dangerous, there are multiple sockets on the floor. The breakfast includes some snacks with soluble coffee and infusions. We found lime in the boiler, too, and only half a liter of milk in the fridge, together with an insulin pen. The terrace is not private and we didn't manage to have breakfast at 8.30 am there because a neighbor banished us. The neighborhood is quiet and very close to Piazza San Pietro and there are bars, restaurants and a pub.
We stayed three nights in mid-May 2014 at Sara De Bellis’ apartment. The close proximity and view of St. Peters is nice. The interior is very much as pictured in AirBnB photos. Sara does a nice job and puts a lot in a compact 10 x 15 ft space: large, comfortable queen or king size bed [now with red bedspread matching headboard]; refrigerator [contained 0.5 liter of latte]; 2 double door wardrobes with mirrored doors; love seat sofa [seems to slope forward]; small rectangular table with lamp and new microwave; small 20 inch diameter table with electric pitcher to heat water for tea, etc.; and another rectangular table/cabinet with some utensils, cornflakes, cups and saucers, breakfast basket with pastries, etc. for small, light breakfast, tea, instant coffee, etc. We found the room and bathroom neat and clean when we arrived but, because of the size, you do need to keep suitcases, clothing and other personal items in the wardrobes when not in use or you will soon find the space cluttered. We initially had problems with toilet flushing and shower as mentioned by others in their reviews. By pushing the toilet flush button hard several times like priming a pump until you hear it start to gurgle and then a couple of times more, the toilet will flush just fine. As far as the shower, to suggestions: run shower water at moderate to low flow; and, roll and place one of the regular bath size towels about 6 inches outside shower curtain to avoid water running onto bathroom floor and towards apartment. We did not attempt to use WiFi since we had a portable hot spot, which worked great. However, reviews of others indicate that the WiFi signal is weak. Sara might want to consider a WiFi router range extender that could pickup, amplify and retransmit whatever WiFi connection she apparently has permission to use. The apartment description on AirBnB is in English or can be easily translated to English via clicking on option for Google translation. However, once AirBnB confirmed our request for the room with received access to Directions, House Manual and House Rules in Italian no means to easily translate to English with my limited skills – a translation method like AirBnB provides on website for room descriptions would have been very useful. We arrived in Rome by train and Sara provided instructions how to get to the apartment via bus, # 64 and get off at 14th stop, and walk about 200 meter onto Via Aurelia. In case you miscount, just get off bus at first stop after the tunnel, walk to and past the Esso station and the apartment building entrance will be on your right – check-in and check-out is by picking up and dropping off keys at Pizza Mary’s a few doors past apartment entrance. You will need to coordinate with Sara if you will check in or check out when Pizza Mary’s isn’t open between 10:30am and 10:00pm or later. The apartment...
Location: Just beside the Vatican. Able to see the dome from the window and toilet. Very far from the Metro (15-20 mins walk). Please get a detail direction from her if you are taking the metro (which way to exit, what direction to go, as detail as possible).
Room: The room is a very ancient building (unpleasant from outside) with the size of a master bedroom. I would say this is like an ancient loft. Wifi is not available at all and she said I need to use it the wifi from the shop downstairs which is available at the terrace outside. The terrace is very unpleasant to sit therefore I cant be bother to have a wifi. She provides some cookies and coffee. Microwave and kettle are available. No tv which the room is so quiet at night. Room is located at 3rd floor.
Cleanliness: Room and bathroom are clean. But we are not sure whether the bedsheet and pillow cover are changed each time one guest leave.
Communication: Language barrier and difficult to communicate.
Others: This is a quiet area. Nothing interesting except the view of the Vatican dome from the window.