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Review 2749: Domus International, Via Pozzo delle Cornacchie, 55
2bed/2bath apartment near the Pantheon, Rome
April 2007, 4 days
Located in the historic center of Rome, just steps from the Pantheon, Via Pozzo delle Cornacchie, 55 was an ideal apartment for our family group of four. We rented this property through Domus International and I can't say enough about how responsive and helpful this agency is. Our transactions with them were easy, with deposit made through a simple bank transfer, and everything exactly as described. In particular, Isla handled all of our requests and questions quickly and professionally, and provided service above and beyond. This agency is reliable and takes excellent care of its customers. We also used their pick up service to transfer from the airport and to the port, and they were on time and professional.
The apartment is located on the fifth floor (European) of a residential building on a small street just about two short blocks from the Piazza Rotunda where the Pantheon is located. There is a reliable elevator that is reached via a short (half) flight of stairs, and then another half flight after you reach the stop just below the fifth floor. The pictures on the website represent the apartment well, and it felt even more spacious than the pictures reveal.
The living and dining rooms are bright and large, and the furniture is functional and attractive, though not luxurious. Everything was spotless. The dining room shelves are equipped with current information on Rome and a number of travel books on Italy, as well as cards for nearby restaurants. There are also recent English language magazines around.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are large enough and comfortable, with wood floors, tons of closet space, and towels and linens are supplied (no washcloths, as expected). The beds and pillows are firm and reasonably comfortable. One of the bathrooms has a jacuzzi tub and very nice rain shower. The clear shower door for this area opens into the bedroom rather than the bathroom, so if you share this particular bedroom with someone, be aware if there would be a privacy issue. The other bathroom is completely conventional.
The kitchen is small and modern, and contains a medium sized fridge, sink, small stove, microwave, etc., and is a bit dark. There is also a washer, iron/board, fan, a phone for local and incoming calls, three TVs (two with satellite - several English channels available if you want them), a CD player/radio (with CDs that we didn't sample) and ample kitchen equipment (pans, dishes, towels). In all, more room than we needed, and we were very comfortable.
The apartment was very quiet, and is equipped with external shutters for privacy and light control if needed. Air conditioning is also available for the bedrooms but wasn't needed during late April. The apartment stayed significantly cooler than the outside temperatures in the mid-70s. Open windows provided nice air circulation as well. We were told our electrical usage would be an additional cost but since we used so little there was no charge. Using the air conditioning would probably incur a small additional cost.
There was also access to a rooftop patio that overlooks the neighborhood and has a view of the Pantheon Dome as well as St. Peter's if you lean over for a look. We only spent one evening up there, but it was very nice, and doesn't seem to be used at all by the other residents in the building. The building feels perfectly safe (entrance door requires a key) and the neighbors that we passed in the hall were friendly.
Location was fabulous, with many sites in easy walking distance, including Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi, Campo dei Fiori, etc. There's a major bus stop available just a couple of blocks away as well as two convenient taxi stands. Supermercato Di Meglio, Via Giustiniani 18B is just around the corner to supply you with everything you'd need, including a nice selection of wine. There are also many well reviewed restaurants within a few blocks, including Armando al Pantheon, Settimio al Pantheon, Osteria del Ingegno, and La Cantina di Ninco Nanco.
While this was not an inexpensive apartment, it cost significantly less than two 3* hotel rooms for four nights, and provided a lot more room and comfort. And even though you're not in a hotel, you're not on your own. Domus staff provide their cell phone numbers and are available any time if you have a problem or question. This was tested during our stay as we had a medical emergency and one of our party had to be rushed to the hospital. Isla was there to assist in translating at the hospital and helping with arrangements very kindly and patiently, even during late hours and on the weekend - far more than hotel staff would have provided, I'm certain. We are ever grateful for Isla and Stefano's help!
So, in summary, the apartment was very nearly perfect, and Domus International provided excellent service, above and beyond, from start to finish!
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