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Review 2651: Dolce Roma, Campo de' Fiori
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
March 2007, 4 Nights
The location of the apartment is down a little side street, just off of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, just a short walk from Campo dei Fiori. This is a great location, as it's only about a 15-20 minute walk to the West to the Vatican, about a 15-20 minute walk to the East to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps & Trevi Fountain, and about a 20-25 minute walk to the South-East to the Forum and the Colosseo. If you stay here, you don't need to bother with buses or taxis. Just walk!
There is a grocery store less than a five minute walk down the same street, a bakery with great pastries just around the corner and a number of restaurants all within a 10 minute walk (especially by the actual Campo dei Fiori square).
The building was in great shape given its origin. The stairs leading up to the apartment are a bit uneven, so be careful on them. But the apartment itself, is in great shape. There apartment is very quiet, thanks to the extra set of soundproof windows in the bedrooms (in addition to the normal windows).
There was a small balcony, but you really can't don anything on it, other than walk out on it, turn around, and walk back in. However, as it clearly states this on the website, this shouldn't be a surprise.
This had to be one of the cleanest apartments that we've rented in our travels around Europe. The couches and chairs were in good shape, as was the kitchen table, chairs and counters.
The beds were a bit hard, and not the most comfortable in my opinion. But the bedrooms were nice and very clean. So, in my opinion, I can live with that one downside, compared to all the upside. It was nice to have a separate bedroom for our daughter, and since the rooms were sound proofed, we had no problem getting her to go to sleep each night.
The kitchen was very usable, and well stocked, although we only used it for breakfast.
Problems or Bonuses
Walter and Natalia give you a cell phone in case you need to reach them or in case of emergencies, which is a great comfort. Although we didn't carry it with us, Walter did call us once or twice to see how things were going, and ask if we had an issue. Also, they leave you a number of brochures, guides and maps, which is nice.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Walter and Natalia were great hosts. They meet you in the apartment, and show you all around before you take ownership. They speak great English, which is very nice (we've rented other places where the owner didn't, and we had a very hard time communicating). We paid €720 for four nights at the start of March, which we felt was a good price, compared to the prices were were getting for hotels, which wouldn't be nearly as comfortable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely recommended! In fact, we've passed along the information to our neighbors who are looking to come to Rome this summer, and also a few relatives who are planning to go to Rome this spring.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to do! (Visit the main sites, stroll through the markets, wander down the streets and by a number of good restaurants, as well as some good shopping, although you have to walk over by the Spanish Steps area if you want to hit the really trendy shops). And you can do it all easily from this apartment!
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