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Review 2857: Rome Sweet Home, Spanish Steps Luxury Apartment (Ref 1313)
4bed/3bath apartment near Spanish Steps, Rome
June 8-16, 2007, 8 days
This rental is right around the corner from the Spanish Steps on Via Della Croce, a street with a great deal of foot traffic and moderate to light vehicle traffic. The street abounds with restaurants and bars, ranging from walk-up gelateria to moderately priced sit-down at white tablecloth ristorante.
Everything was within 100 yards. A pharmacia was directly across the street. Two gelato places were within 50 yards, and a very nice deli with full service meats and cheeses was only a bit further than that. We even had a fresh fruit stand at the end of the block and a pasticeria even closer. Everything we needed was very handy.
Historical in Rome means quite ancient, so this building from a least a few hundred years ago may not be technically historical, but it is VERY old and retains the feeling of age with reasonably nice updating to all plumbing, electrical, heating a/c and an elevator. I don't know how many other apartments are in the building. There are three shops, two clothing and a nick-knack place on the ground floor that were very quiet.
The apartment would be quiet if you close the windows, but the elegance of sharing Rome with the windows wide open brings the sounds of people walking, talking and eating, and the sound of scooters, cars, and even a fine Ferrari wafting through the apartment. There are probably three other apartments, but we didn't run into the permanent tenants at all.
You can view the apartment directly: Spanish Steps Luxury Apartment.
We had a very nice, but small balcony in the front, overlooking Via Della Croce; just large enough to have two people sit or perhaps three or four stand. There was a larger balcony on the side, but it overlooked only the back of the building and adjacent rooftops. Large window opened up in all rooms, so you could feel outside while enjoying being out of the sun.
Most of the furniture was quite old, but remained in good condition and was comfortable. We had two full couches, a short couch, a few large padded chairs, and ten or more dinner-table-type chairs. The wood furniture in the apartment was all very nicely maintained antiques, which we felt we had to treat gingerly but found to be fully serviceable.
The beds were all in great condition, albeit very firm. There were no sagging or dented mattresses in any of the four bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms were large (260-350 square feet each). The fourth bedroom was very small at about 10 feet by six feet, but fit nicely with a small dresser and a day-bed that our 17 year-old son found comfortable.
The bathrooms were in very good shape and were spotlessly clean. We had a small leak in the bathroom sink that my wife and I used, and the people at Rome Sweet Home had it fixed within a couple of hours of my reporting it to them, even though I said it wasn't at all urgent.
All three bathrooms had modern toilets and bidets. Two of them had stall showers and the third had a full-sized tub with a flexible shower head. The stalls are small, only about 28" square, but they worked just fine, even for us chubby Americans.
Hot water was abundant after it took a minute or two to warm up.
We didn't cook anything, but used the large Daewoo refrigerator a lot. There was a four-burner stove and range, but we didn't use it.
A microwave would have been nice, but other than that, the kitchen was well equipped with appliances (including a dishwasher) and all of the cutlery, utensils, pots, pans, plates, and glassware to feed at least eight.
Problems or Bonuses
We were a little worried, having read a couple of spotty reviews, but this turned out to be just excellent. The apartment was everything we hoped for, and the area was perfect for a week of immersing our family in Rome life.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We paid about €4,000 for eight days, but that covered everything we needed. Our plane got delayed enroute, and we had arranged to have the agency hire a driver to meet us at the airport. They handled the change very well and were very nice to deal with. We stayed at the Hotel Gran Flora last September, and our per night price here for all five of us in four bedrooms was less than our per night price for a single room there.
Rome Sweet Home did a great job for us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again in a heartbeat. We highly recommend it, and have no qualifications. We took our own toilet paper and seat covers and were prepared to buy sheets, towels or anything else they didn't have to our liking, and we found everything in order in a manner that we found exemplary.
We could not be happier in recommending the agency Rome Sweet Home or this apartment.
Things to do in this area
We ate more gelato than I can believe, probably 20 or more in the week for each of us. The Fiore Fiore restaurant and Ristorante 34, Mario's, and Gigi were close by and we enjoyed them.
From this apartment, we walked to the Colosseum, the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, St. Maria Maggiore, St. Maria de Angeli and Martyri, and many other places. Being right around the corner from the Spanish Steps turned out to be a great location from which we could walk anywhere.
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