My friend and I stayed here 3 nights at the end of June and was truly impressed by the apartment and the service and hospitality of Ivan (we did not get to meet the beautiful Antonella as she is blessed with a baby and resting at home) - which far exceeded our expectations!
The apartment is about 5-10mins walk from the metro station "Ottaviono-San Pietro" which is on Line A and just a few stations from the main train station (Roma Termini) which most people will arrive Rome by. It is located on a quiet and peaceful street and there is no security or safety issues. It is also just about 10mins walk away from the Vatican, and 5 mins walk to the bus stops at Via Leone IV or Via Doria (take Linea Urbana bus 492 - which I discovered only on the last day of my stay in Rome, after walking many days till my legs nearly broke) which will take you to Via del Corso where the main tourist sights such as Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain are located around.
Around the corner a street away (I think on Via Doria), there is a supermarket and a sheltered Roman market where there is an abundance of fruits and fish and vegetables on sale. Do take a look at the market which to me is more authentic than visiting a supermarket (which is just opposite the market and where you will find more nationalities compared to purely Roman visitors in the market). You can also get whatever you need to cook here if you wish to use the apartment's kitchen. There are also several restaurants around the area.
When we first arrived, we were greeted by a list of tenants in the apartment, and we have to choose Campanella 3 to ring the bell so that Ivan can unlock the apartment building. Interestingly, the door bell of Campanella 3 is located below someone who identified himself / herself as "The Artist" (see pictures attached to this review). Ivan came down to get us and the apartment is just on the first floor, so we conveniently climbed up while Ivan took care of our luggages through the elevator (there is a small elevator available in the apartment building - so no worries if you have heavy luggages).
Upon reaching the apartment, we were impressed with the warmth and cosiness of the place - it feels as though you entered a home and immediately feel at home. Ivan showed us our room (room 4) which was cosily carpeted and furnished with a wardrobe, 2 single beds, a TV, and a chic and nice bathroom. He then sat us down in the kitchen and produced a really useful map of Rome (which we made use of fully the next few days we were in Rome) where he informed us of where we are on the map, suggested places we should see, and recommended restaurants we should try.
What impressed us most however, was how organized, efficient, and informative he was when it comes to using and living in the apartment! He showed us our breakfast for the next few days - from the neatly labelled (with our room number) and stocked packets of peach juice, bottles of milk, and chocolate, etc in the refrigerator, to the baskets of bread / biscuits in the kitchen cabinet. If I could say this, the kitchen was a truly impressive place which I love. There is a cereal dispenser, a coffee maker, neatly packed packets of sugar, boxes of tea bags, pots and pans for you to cook if you wish to make use of the kitchen (which tenants of the other room do every night), neatly kept utensils and cutlery in the kitchen drawers, olive oil, cooking oil, serviette for you to use, and the list goes on and on. There is also a corner with a computer for you to serve internet on, and if you have your own laptop or mobile phone, there is free Wifi which you can connect to within the house. The kitchen is small but they have given the whole place a spacious and airy feel with the use of a long mirror, which was surrounded and nicely decorated with lovely hand-written notes from guests whom had enjoyed their stay here.
The apartment is also cleaned everyday by a helper who will come in the morning.
Ivan and Antonella themselves live in the area about 10 mins away, and Ivan also left his number in case we need any help or are lost. He also arranged for us a cab to pick us up at a reasonable price to the airport cos we had to leave rather early in the morning, and so we managed to stay here worry-free with every tiny detail taken care of by Ivan. If you have the stamina, you could also walk everywhere around Rome by staying here - we did but our legs got really tired because we walked for nearly 11 hours to several key tourist attractions from early morning till midnight. It was only on the last day that I discovered bus 492 which went to the major tourists places and which was so close to the apartment! :(
Rome was unbelievably beautiful pretty and nice (especially at night walking along the Tiber River), and our stay at Campanella 3 topped the whole experience because it gave us a sense of authentic Roman / Italian living. If we return to Rome again, staying at this apartment again will certainly be our top choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ***Special DISCOUNTS and MORE ROOMS available with a customized offer through the "E-mail hotel" button***>>> ANTONELLA & IVAN welcome you in their lovely property in the heart of Rome, at walking distance (3 minutes) from the Metro (Subway "A" - "Ottaviano/San Pietro/MuseiVaticani" stop), and at a few steps from the Vatican Museums, the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica and Saint Angelo Castle. By subway it is very easy to reach the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and all the other touristic sights of the town!>>> THE SERVICE INCLUDES: self service breakfast (without time limits), kitchen use (and 24 hours free coffee and tea), free Internet WiFi with a computer available, air conditioning-heating, hairdryer, bed sheets, towels, cleanings, city map of Rome.... and all our kindness and hospitality! :) ;) See you, CIAO! ANTONELLA & IVAN ... more less
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