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Review 3425: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 2
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
March 2008, 3 days
About four or five blocks from the Colosseum at Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 174. The street was fairly quiet and with the double paned windows, the apartment stayed very quiet. The building of the apartment is 'new' in Rome terms and was very nice. There is NOT an elevator so beware of having too much luggage (like we did).
There was a little grocery store about half a block up the road. Many restaurants and trattorias in the area. A large park, Parco di Traiano, about a five minute walk. The park overlooks the Colosseum, so it was nice.
There is a bus stop right outside the apartment door to connect you to other parts of the city.
The building was very nice. There were two sets of apartments in the buildings (A and B). The A building had about eight apartments and I think B did as well, but I wouldn't swear to that. We did not hear any other people in the building, so it was made well. This apartment is on the street and if you lean out you can easily see the Colosseum.
Apartment was furnished as expected and advertised. Very clean. When we were checked in, Walter and Natalia added some finishing touches like breakfast bread, water, etc.
The bedrooms were both good size. The bedroom we were in had three twins beds. Two were pushed together to make a king for us, the other was used for our son. The other bedroom had two twins, pushed together. Plenty of furniture in each, all of it in very good shape.
Living room was smaller, but had what you would expect. Couch, chair, etc.
Kitchen has a small fridge, stove and all expected appliances.
Bathrooms were both in good shape. Like most places in Europe, there are just shower stalls. Plenty of towels.
Kitchen appeared usable and had adequate pots/pans. We ate out nearly every meal, so I cannot attest to using it. But, there was nothing that would have kept me out of it.
Problems or Bonuses
I didn't know we had wireless access until check in. It clearly shows it on the website, but I missed that since I only looked at the quickly because we had stayed in their Campo de Fiori apartment previously.
Cell phone is a nice touch too.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
As other reviewers have mentioned, the biggest bonus is the owners, Walter and Natalia. They are probably the easiest to deal with folks I've had to deal with on our European visits. They are prompt with replies to email. Once in Rome, they give you a cell to use and they advise you of the local areas (and which restaurants to go to, sites to see, etc). They can assist in arranging taxi's to/from the airport and they have a set rate for this.
I put it in the notebook at the apartment, but I want to mention it here as well. I've now stayed with Dolce Roma twice for a total of about a weeks worth of rentals. But, Walter and Natalia really treated us like old friends or family. They are truly nice people who take pride in what they do. They run their business in a very efficient way and do everything possible to make you feel at home and comfortable.
Price per night was €230. We were five people (three adults, two kids). For hotels, we would have spent much more for this quality.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this apartment and the Campo de Fiori one too. Since I've stayed in both, let me just give a couple opinions:
Colosseum apartment seems a little bigger, especially the second BR. It is also quieter. Very easy walk to Colosseum and Forum.
Campo De Fiori apartment is on a lively street (via de Bancho Vecchio). The Vino y Olio right across the street can get a little noisy. Easy walks to the big tourist spots like St Peters, St Angelo, Piazza Navona, etc.
Both apartments are quality values. It depends on what you want to do/see. For us, we would probably stay in Campo de Fiori next time because of our interests in the Vatican area, while also being close to Fiori/Navona.
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