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Review 2874: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 2
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
Rome, Italy, 5 days
We were in Colosseum View 2 Apartment --in the old town Rome, near (as the name implies) the Colosseum. You could view the Colosseum by leaning out the street-side windows.
Great location -- near the Colosseum and metro located there. Good local neighborhood feel with lots of local restaurants, trattorias, and pizzerias. Also, several banks/ATMs, a small fruit and basics grocery and a larger one three blocks down. The bus stop was literally at the apartment door -- #17 I believe it was, could get you anywhere you needed to go.
The apartment was in a renovated five or six story building of solid contuction with a stairwell to the third floor apartment -- no elevator. Locked outside door (key provided) with buzzer to the apartment. Very robust steel-vault type apartment door with an amazing deadbolt lock. Renovations to the apartment included double windows of high quality that when closed shut out all street noise. Apartment has air-conditioning, which was not needed as Rome was very cool for our trip.
There was an interior courtyard with plants/trees etc, but we did not use it.
The apartment was a two bedroom, two bath set up, with nice large bedrooms and a combo kitchen/dining/living area. The apartment was very clean, comfortable, and well appointed – with welcome snacks, coffee, cream and condiments. Relatively small living, dining area with sofa and chairs, and dining table constituting the living space; we were gone most of the time or sleeping so the so this worked very well for us.
Beds were comfortable, large bedrooms, large king bed in one, twin beds in the other. Plenty of pillows, covers etc. With our two college age daughters along for the trip, the two bathrooms were nice to have, very nice fixtures, tile and the usual smallish showers.
Kitchen has all essentials, coffee moka, wine glasses, utensils etc -- very nice. No oven, but we did breakfast only and ate out most other meals.
Problems or Bonuses
Our owner/host, Natalia was a gem, and spoke excellent English. She helped make our trip to Rome a memorable one. She provided the extras that help make a traveler in Italy more comfortable, including a pre-arranged taxi waiting for you (your name on a card), providing a cell phone while in Rome, and offering loads of recommendations, maps, brochures etc, and of course advice on restaurants.
When I indicated I planned to buy an Italian sim card upon arrival in Rome she offered to buy it for me and have it waiting at the apartment -- by so doing I was able to know in advance what my Italian cell phone number would be -- a great convenience and comfort to us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Booking was easy via the Dolce Roma web site -- very good communication via email. Sent my deposit via check. They do not do credit cards -- so be prepared to pay your balance in euros. Several apartment choices.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Would stay again in a minute and highly recommend it.
Things to do in this area
We walked to most everything or took the metro. The St Clemente Church is two blocks down and worth a visit -- three levels down of underground excavation go back to the pre-christian 4th century era.
Trattoria E Pizzeria "LUZZI" is a local neighborhood eatery and is recommended --very reasonable and fine food.
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