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Review 2889: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 1

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Review by BGE from Canada who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome


The grandboy loves pizza from Le Naumachie, photo by BGE

When

September 24 - Octover 6, 2006, almost 2 weeks

Location

Dolce Rome Colosseum View 1 apartment is in a great location, a couple of short blocks from the Colosseum! We could see the Colosseum from our kitchen window; you can't get better than that!

The apartment is on the first floor (second Canadian) of an apartment building located on a fairly quiet street. There was one other apartment on the same floor, so it was very private. I didn't hear much noise from others in the building, except on weekends, from the pizzeria in the courtyard, below the window of the second bedroom. As long as the window was closed, all was well. It was hotter that way, so we compromised and opened it about half-way. My 19 year old grandson slept in this room, and he was fine after falling asleep, but found it difficult to get to sleep.

I like the area well enough, as it is close to the metro, the bus, several great restaurants and cafes, pizzerias and bars. There is also a gorgeous park a few blocks away, and we went there one evening, people and pooch-watching.

Nearby Amenities

There is a small grocer's store about a half a block up the street. The owner was a lovely guy, quite young and very shy. He was ever-so-helpful to us when we first arrived and after a couple of times shopping there, he greeted us very warmly every time we stopped in or walked by.

A little further up the street, there is another small grocer's store, but we never went there, because the closer shop was such a great place to shop! There are also two supermercatos within walking distance, two to three blocks towards the Colosseum. I went there twice a week for a larger shopping, then filled in between by stopping at the little shop up the street.

Right below the apartment, to the left outside the front door, there is a great pizzeria! My grandson ate most lunches from this place, and he was even planning to take home a full pizza for his buddies to share, a real Italian pizza!

I ate many of my dinners at Le Naumachie, located towards the Colosseum at via Celimontana, 7. The food was perfection, the staff were most generous and kind to us, and we enjoyed every single bite we savoured while eating in this amazing place.

Aside from these favorites, there are also other restaurants, cafes and pizzerias close-by; we ate at several of them and they were quite good.

There is an Internet place just up the street past the grocer's shop. We used it a few times, but the rather creepy guy who worked there finally scared us away and we found another location about three blocks away from the apartment. It was clean, quiet and most definitely un-creepy!

My grandson was NOT impressed with the creepy guy and his 'buddies' who hung out with him. He was being very protective of his grandmother and basically told me that we would find another place ... and we did!

The House/Apartment

The building is an older property, in immaculate condition and well-cared for. The entrance has a good security door, the apartment has a couple of killer deadbolt locks and we felt very safe inside the property.

After passing through the security gate, you climb one flight of stairs, and enter the apartment, coming into the living room area. Straight ahead is a well-equipped kitchen. It is a small area with a four-burner stove-top, a small fridge, a good supply of dishes and cutlery and a comfortable table and chair set.

To the left of the kitchen is the master bedroom, with a queen-size bed, a large closet and a wardrobe with a TV on top. There are nightstands on either side of the bed, a window that opens to let in the fresh night air and extra blankets, in case of a cold evening.

The second bedroom opens off the living room, and is a smaller version of the master bedroom. The queen-size bed is comfortable, and my grandson slept well. The only issue was the noise on weekends from the lounge downstairs, and if the window was closed, it wasn't a problem. There is a very good air-conditioner in the apartment, so that alleviated the stuffy warm feeling that occurred for us when the window was closed to keep out the noise.

Garden

The apartment is very comfortably located, completely private with a small terrace overlooking the patio of the pizzeria below. We never used the terrace, but there were chairs available for us, if we'd chosen to sit out.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is in excellent condition, clean and neatly and tastefully arranged. The beds are gloriously comfortable, the sofa and kitchen chairs are also very comfy. The sofa and chair in the living room area make a welcome place to crash, after a day spent dogging the streets of Rome, the perfect place to 'set a spell!

Natalia and Walther keep the apartment immaculately clean! That is such a bonus for me, and I loved staying here because of the cleanliness of every square inch of the place! From the crisp white sheets and the fluffy bath towels to the tidy and clean apartment interior, it is a pleasure to stay here.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

As I said before, the beds were excellent, very comfortable, firm but not rock-hard and large enough for a couple to share. I liked the layout of the bedrooms and the exceptional use of the available floorspace.

There are two bathrooms. The main bath is large, well-appointed and comfortable to use. The marble vanity is located as you enter the bathroom, and there are shelves and towel bars to serve you in that area. There is a large shower area with sliding doors and all the hot water needed for a good shower!

The bathroom was supplied with a good selection of thick bath towels, thank goodness! I was tempted to pack a bath towel of my own but thankfully didn't need to for Dolce Roma's rental; it is loaded with towels!

The second bathroom is very small, and was not comfortable for either my grandson or myself to use, so we shared the large bathroom. As well, there was a slight odor coming from somewhere in the area of the second bathroom and we couldn't find the problem, so we closed the door and never used it at all.

Kitchen

I loved the kitchen! It isn't a large area, with huge cabinetry, but what is there is perfectly functional and made for easy food prep, morning or night. A pot of tea, a few cookies and a piece of fruit was ever-so-welcome after a long day out and about in Rome.

The kitchen dishes, pots and pans and utensils are of good quality, useful and I really enjoyed any meal preps I made there.

Problems or Bonuses

Surprises...good:

  • The loveliness of the apartment!
  • The comfortable beds
  • The close proximity to the Colosseum
  • The great restaurants and pizzerias within a block or two from the apartment
  • Two ATM's within a few yards of the apartment...two, mind you! TWO
  • The neighbourhood feeling of the area...Monti is an old and settled neighbourhood and it was obvious at every turn.

Surprises...bad: None!

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Natalia and Walther are wonderfully helpful and kind; they were at the apartment when we arrived, they gave us so much information and good ideas for getting around the area and finding what we needed to find and wanted to see. Both Natalia and Walther are English-speaking.

The biggest bonus? A cell phone that they gave to us to use, if we needed to ask them anything or needed help in any way. What a lovely touch that is! I was impressed to note that the apartment was exactly as represented on their website.

Natalia was excellent to deal with, while making the arrangements and reservations before we arrived. She answered my e-mails promptly and efficiently, answering all of my newbie-to-Rome questions with great patience and care.

The apartment did not disappoint in any way; we were very happy with our accommodations. My grandson actually chose this place from a list of several that I gave him. He said to me that it looked like a hotel and not someones home when he was browsing through the list of available accommodations. That was what he wanted, so that is what we chose, and it was perfect for both of us!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I'd stay here again in a heartbeat and I'd heartily recommend this apartment with Natalia and Walther to anyone wanting a quiet and private rental with amenities within a block or two.

Things to do in this area

We went to the Colosseum on several occasions, as my grandson is a self-proclaimed 'Gladiator' buff, so this location made his face light up in a huge smile many times over our stay.

We also took the Trambus, a "Stop and Go open-air, double-decker bus" that we boarded at the Colosseum stop. This allowed us to tour Rome, seeing for ourselves what was available and getting off when we wanted to explore further. It stops at the Colosseum, the Bocca della Verita, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Termini and other favorite spots in the city. For 13, you can ride around the city all day!

One evening we walked to a beautiful park near the apartment and sat on a bench, people-watching and pooch-watching, a restful and quiet time.

I went shopping along several of the streets in the Monti area, found some really cool shops and clothing stores, and of course, a ga-zillion gelateries!

We were also a 15 minute walk from San Pietro in Vincoli, where I fell in love with the great statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Right around the corner from San Pietro is Hosteria da Nerone, where we held our Rome GTG and ate until we were nearly bursting!

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