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Review 1720: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum
studio apartment in Monti, Rome
September 2005, 3 nights
Our apartment was on via Leonina, a few steps from the Cavours metro and a short walk from the Colosseo and Roman Forum. The apartment was the the 3rd level (elevator in building) in a building with residents and tourists. Our street was small with a cafe right outside the front door and shops all along the street.
Plenty of tabacchis, cafes, wine shops, restaurants, bakeries! We weren't looking for grocery stores, but I believe there was one not too far away.
I believe the buidling was fairly modern. I was a little alarmed upon entering because it was dark (short timing on the light switches) and a bit musty/smelly. But the apartment itself more than made up for the inital impression; it was, as my husband said, "cute as a bug." Small, but the owners' creative use of open space and her own trompe d'oeil painting plus luxurous style made for a very pleasant place - I could have stayed happily much more than 3 nights!
There was no outside sitting area, however we had a French door that opened to a miniscule balcony that overlooked a courtyard. Very cosy.
Everything was clean and charming. Very stylish.
The queen bed was very comfortable, and though the apartment was small, a sliding door allowed for closing off the bedroom if someone wanted to sit in the small sitting area with privacy. A ladder to a loft could have been used by an agile youngster. The bathroom (shower) was small but very nice. Lots of water pressure -- more than at home! There was a hair dryer in the bathroom which I appreciated.
The kitchen was small but adequate: refrigerator with freezer, microwave, large and small coffee pots, stove, etc. We did not even think about cooking in Roma! Our hostess provided coffee, milk, biscuits, tea.
Problems or Bonuses
I really didn't know what to expect, but the apartment in its appearance and location matched the web site description perfectly. We got a lot more advice and information from Natalia than I expected, and we appreciated that. She provided us with a cell phone, and though I did not buy a card to use for outgoing calls, it proved to be handy to receive a couple of calls from friends when a personal problem cropped up.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Natalia is fluent in English and we conversed numerous times by email prior to the trip. I believe the rate for the apartment was 120 or 130 Euros per night; in my opinon, a very reasonable price for such a cosy little place. Natalia also arranged for taxi pickup at Fiumicino at the car return and for our departure, at a fixed rate of 41 Euro each way. We really appreciated this service after putting 2500 km on our Smart car the previous 2 weeks! The taxi service worked without a hitch.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Most certainly! I think I could live there! Of course, this is not a hotel, so there is no concierge and no hotel bar/restaurant. We needed neither, although Natalia encouraged us to call her if we needed help with anything.
Things to do in this area
I guess I really don't need to add anything about what to do in Roma! Just pay attention to Natalia. If there's a long line to get into the Colosseo, go up the via Sacral to buy entrance tickets to bypass the ticket line and go right in. You can but a day pass for the metro, but you have to get it at a shop, such as a tabacchi. Be sure to throw a coin in Trevi Fountain: right hand, left shoulder! Learn to say ciao ciao.
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