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Review 1290: Real Rome, Flavia Rooftop Apartment
studio apartment near the Spanish Steps, Rome
September 2002, 5 nights
The area where the Flavia Rooftop apartment is located is excellent. We walked everywhere from there, but we stayed at the end of September and the weather was simply glorious. We relied heavily on our AA Rome Spiral Guide, which is an absolute must, and were glad to be far enough from the Termini, and yet close enough either by foot or bus.
There are many boutique little stores and grocery shops around the apartment, making obtaining picnic and rooftop lunch provisions an easy task. The porcini pizza in autumn in the little deli type shop down the road is an absolute must. A candlelit dinner on the rooftop of the Flavia Rooftop Apartment is also another must. It is so peaceful and tranquil, with Roman rooftops all around, one can really feel part of history and beyond.
The apartment was so peaceful and quiet, it was hard to believe one was in the heart of Rome, leave alone in a building housing a hotel. We had the French doors opened onto the balcony during the night, and it was quiet!
The apartment has a beautiful little courtyard garden/balcony, which is truly like another garden room in addition to the apartment. Stefano, the owner, has thought of everything, his attention to detail and going out of his way to ensure his guests comfort is truly commendable and fantastic. Real Rome was similarly helpful, excellent customer service from Tim.
The apartment was very clean, furniture and furnishings in excellent shape. It certainly has more than enough for 2, I am not sure what having more people would be like, but absolutely perfect, and by Roman standards, roomy for 2 people. We loved the clean, modern lines with no fluff and frilly furnishings, it's simply classy, cosy and aesthetically pleasing.
The bathdroom/laundry/toilet area is all one area, and although nothing posh or particularly special, it was extremely clean, towels fluffy and clean, all cleaning utensils and washing powder present, etc.
It is a tiny (shut the door on it) type kitchen, or more of a kitchenette, but it is surprisingly useful, both for brekky preparation as well as to warm up lovely morsels picked up at the markets. Plenty for two.
Problems or Bonuses
If you are picking up a rental car, parking in Via Flavia is a challenge, and that's an understatement, for a start, it is quite narrow, so perhaps bring your luggage with you to the rent-a-car place, or leave one person behind with the luggage so that the driver can simply pull up to Hotel Medici and load up.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Real Rome were the agency, they were excellent, made things easy, but the service highlight was also the owner's assistance and attention, he is a fabulous guy.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Most definitely. Forget about renting tiny and grotty hotel rooms at higher price than this excellent little apartment, and rent Flavia Rooftop. We have recommended to many of our friends, who all loved it. If you are planning a romantic Roman Holiday, do yourself a favour, rent Flavia Rooftop!
Things to do in this area
As mentioned earlier, we relied heavily on our AA Spiral Guide on Rome, all their recommendations are sound and we were never disappointed.
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