A true-blue American Review. (Augusta, GA)
Review Submitted: 06 March 2012
Date of Stay: February 2012
Hello to everyone.
This review will be in 2 parts. Part 1 will consist of how cool this place is, and part 2 will consist of my advice to future Americans who stay in Rome.
This place is a great deal for a couple of reasons. I don't know what rate everyone else will get, but our rate was basically a $100 a day or less.
Secondly, even if this place sucked (which it doesn't) the location is perfect. Because you don't really need to catch a ride that much, it is a big savings. You are simply surrounded by beautiful scenery and restaurants.
Third, the Gulbe's (owners) are great people. Anything you need, they are more than happy to help. I can't really say that for most hotels.
Lastly, you have everything you need at the apartment. It's clean, there is a stocked kitchen with dishes, utensils, and glasses. If you wanted to stay in and cook, there are plenty of grocery stores with 200 yards.
1. Transportation to and from the Airport. Please, please let the Gulbe's handle this for you. Don't be some stupid American who thinks, "Oh, I will just get a better deal on my own". I don't think so! If you let the Gulbe's do it, you are looking at 60-70 Euros. If you do it on your own, you are looking at like a 100-120 Euros.
2. Groceries in the apartment. Once you arrive and get orientated, you can go get your own groceries, but I would recommend asking the Gulbe's to get some essential items before you arrive. Remember, you just got off of a 10 hour flight. Do you really want to go grocery shopping? No, I didn't think so. Don't go crazy with your list, but if you concentrate on the essentials, the Gulbe's will be glad to help out.
3. Mobile phone sim card. In Italy overall, Vodafone is the main mobile provider. Assuming you have a cell phone that is unlocked and takes a sim card, I would recommend letting the Gulbe's to buy it for you. If you buy it from the Airport, it will cost you around 25 Euro. The Gulbe's can get it for 5 Euro or less. You will need a couple of sim cards while you are here.
4. Transportation around the city. DO NOT USE THE TAXI'S!!! The Taxi's are the biggest rip off ever! Instead invest in the OPEN TOUR BUS. There are like 3 or 4 to choose from. It costs 22 euro a day, or you can buy a whole week for like 90 Euro.
Lastly, there are great Restaurants within 100 yards of this apartment; however, thanks to homeaway's stupid guidelines, I can't tell you about them
Helpful votes: 17/17
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