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Appartamento Rasella 5
This renovated apartment is on the third floor of a traditional building (with elevator) just few minute walk from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps, as well as walking distance from the Barberini metro station, which connects to Termini, the Vatican, and with a transfer - to the Colosseum.

The apartment has been nicely decorated, with tiled flooring and warm colors. When you enter the apartment there's a dining table for 4 and very small kitchen to your left. Directly in front is a spacious double bedroom with LCD TV, a desk area and a comfy sofa. On the right is a second bedroom with two single beds, and outside the bedroom is a nice bathroom with tub and shower.

The kitchen is small - but adequately equipped.

From here, you can walk pretty much everywhere in the center. There's some great places nearby - Il Chianti restaurant near the fountain is one of our favorites, and Gelateria San Crispino is a must for any gelato lover.

The bedrooms face a small, almost traffic-less street and the windows are nice and thick so this is going to be quieter option than many places in the historic center.
  • cable/satellite TV
  • 3rd floor
  • air-conditioning
  • tea kettle
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • with elevator
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 5.00)
Katie Jacobs on Jul 2016:

This is a convenient little apartment very centrally located in Rome. Small but comfortable. The owner was super responsive and quick to fix a problem with the air conditioning.
There was a foul smell and yellow-brownish color in the hot water. Also, the linens and mattresses are tired and in need of an update.
The booking and listing was great. When we did have a problem, it was confusing about whom to contact. We did finally resolve it, but the uncertainty around figuring out who we were to contact was disconcerting.
Admin on 20. Jul 2016:
We checked with the owner and she said there was no report regarding the water. Rome has extremely clean water too, so this is an anomaly. Also, the linens are all provided by a professional service who washes, sterilises and irons them, so they certainly shouldn't have been tired. It's the same laundry service used by pretty much every hotel in Rome.
Kai-Ning Jan on Dec 2015:

We appreciated the kindness and punctuality of our hostess, as well as the convenient location of the apartment, how quiet the neighborhood was, the layout of the beds, the functioning washing machine and other appliances, and the overall cleanliness of the entire apartment. We were able to walk to many important places such as the Metro Station, a supermarket, and Trevi fountain, and the hostess oriented us and answered all of our questions.
We thought that the apartment was a bit small for four people, especially the kitchen, and that the elevator was a little cramped. We also wished for paper goods to be provided (such as paper towels, more toilet paper, tissues and napkins) and laundry detergent. The washing machine was a bit small and the Wifi signal on the weak side. Finally, the master bedroom was very dark due to a non-working lightbulb and weak lights.
We loved the adequate description of the apartment and the pictures, the ease of booking, and the promptness of communication with Cross-Pollinate. If we could have paid for the entire rental fee with our credit card, our experience with Cross-Pollinate would have been even better.
Rich on Aug 2015:

Apartment was clean, well-located and comfortable. Host met us and left good instructions.
Nothing much needs improvement. Some more lighting in the bedroom would be good but it's not a serious issue.
Excellent service. Helped us find an apartment that was just right for us.
Stuart on Dec 2014:

Location. Good standard of furnishings. Overall cleanliness.
Maybe provide a selection of games and books for children and families?
Very good and I would use again
Jeff on Apr 2014:

The location was great (right by Metro), beds were comfortable, wifi was better in the dining room than bedrooms.
Kitchen was tiny and lack of good pots/pans made it mostly unusable. The hot water heater had a faulty pilot and we had to keep restarting it to get hot water. We also had no toilet paper or paper towels for the first couple days, but we let Giulia know and she took care of it.
Milica on Apr 2014:

The apartment was very clean. Valentina, the woman, who gave us the keys, was very helpful and reliable.
The reservation was easy and good. I will use it again.
Neil Sampson on Mar 2014:

Location was perfect for getting to all the sites. Near trevi fountain, not far from pantheon and accessible to the Spanish steps. Apt was reasonably sized for us ,two adults and 13 yr old. Reasonably equipped. Made the stay comfortable.
If you like dark rooms bring a sleeping mask. The lights in alley near the palace are bright. If you like spot of tea there is no kettle but a pan worked well. No clothes line but washer worked fine.
You guys appear to keep on top of things. There was change in venue due to a bad boiler and the owner plus cross pollinate made sure We were taken care of, Grazie!
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4.4 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: quad
Bed options: 1 queen & 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10:30 am, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held at owner's office before and after check-out, non-smoking, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 11 pm is €20, cleaning fee of €35 is not included in the price
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 Appartamento Rasella 5