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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.
A fantastic stay at Sara is money well spent.The room is furnished with the basic amenities.Bathroom is functional.Though breakfast is scarce.We never managed to meet our host,but before our arrival Sara gave us the requested details to check in smoothly.
Good apartment and great location. Furniture, bathroom and breakfast are simple. The pizza place below is very nice and helpful.
We had a wonderful holiday in Rome. The location of Sara's apartment is amazing. We had drinks and pizza from Mary's Pizza (a couple of doors down) one sunny evening overlooking St Peters on the terrace. We would highly recommend this location.
It was a wonderful stay in Rome ! the room was clean, well equipped and with a super view of the Basilica. Good contact :) I recommend everyone this location !
We stayed at Sara De Bellis BNB the first week of April 2014. The Apartment is on the 3rd floor and about 200 meters from the main entrance to St. Peter's Basilica . The location is excellent, with easy access to public transportation. (bus 100 m and metro 800m), but the stairs are probably best for younger people.
There are several restaurants , pizzerias and shops nearby.
There were neat and clean in the apartment, that was about 5x3 meters. There was frige and freezer and plenty of cupboard space and an electric kettle .
There was little cutlery, glasses and a few cups but no bread knife. The bathroom was OK with sink, toilet, bidet and shower . An electric heater provides hot water enough for two people to bathe one after the other, if they made it short. If you add a towel on the floor toward the living room, you will avoid the water running in there.
There is an OK roof terrace with fine views of St. Peter's Basilica . On the terrace is a small table and two plastic chairs. We missed a drying rack that is, there was one , but I belive it belonged to the neighbor .
The offered breakfast consisted of a basket of biscuits, instant coffee and some milk in the fridge. A little disappointing.
The bed needs a new mattress and the table is a very small round table only about half a meter in diameter. It's just a little too small for two people.
In the room the humidity was quite high despite repeated daily vents .
All in all, a not entirely satisfying experience .
Grethe and Erling Vynne
Place is small but cozy, excellent location.. Host was very nice and available to reach... Recommend you to have small and light bags because you will carry them up to the third floor. Bathroom leaks.
Abbiamo passato tre giorni a Roma. Perfetta location per il centro. Ben servita dai mezzi. Camera molto silenziosa con vista spettacolare.