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Review 3460: Domus International, Via dei Prefetti (PRE)
2bed /1.5bath apartment near Piazza della Colonna, Rome
April 2008, one week
Smack dab in the center of Rome. Five minutes walk from Piazza Navona, five minutes walk from Piazza d'Espagna or the Pantheon; two minutes walk from Via Del Corso and the Piazza della Colonna. "Location. Location. Location." Safety couldn't be better, as the building is just near the Parliament building and cops are on every corner. Our two 12-year-old girls quickly adapted to the neighborhood and we let them wander around the Corso, the area between Piazza Navona & the Pantheon by themselves.
One hundred meters from a small "supermarket" (attn. closed on Sunday); just opposite from a decent pizzeria with take-out. Nice restaurants about, probably 10 within a two-block radius. Best gelateria in Rome (Giolitti) a small block away.
Old building with 16th century ceilings two-foot thick stone walls. Modernized to twentieth century standards. (Not 21st century, however, just to be completely honest, with neither cable TV nor WiFi). Easy "Italian style" staircase to go up the two flights, more like two half-flights of stairs. Air conditioner (which we didn't use) in living room. (Another disused 25-year old unit sits hidden in a cupboard in back of the sofa, a space which COULD be better used.) Some noise from restaurant downstairs and neighbors, but nothing unusual for anyone who has lived in an apartment building. Probably another dozen apartments in this building. I didn't count, to be honest. One bedroom has toilet and sink in half-bath adjoining. The other bathroom (with shower and washing machine) is on the far side of the kitchen. Must hang clothes to dry, not a big inconvenience. No oven, hence limiting somewhat the cooking potential; however kitchen had everything else one needs including dishwasher.
No pool. No outside area. That's okay. It's Rome.
All furniture in good shape and comfortable. Apartment was very clean. Enough chairs and sitting area for the four of us. The apartment could easily handle a couple more people, sleeping on the sofa (a pull-out? -- I don't know, honestly) in the living room.
Beds comfortable. Bedrooms nice. Enough bathrooms. Bathrooms fine.
Kitchen definitely usable. Had dinner in most evenings. Pots, pans and dishes all clean and good quality. Good kitchen for full meals, though no oven. Microwave, two-burner stove top, dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
Only surprise was listening to a neighbor's music late one evening and hammering on the wall of other neighbors' trying to "inform" the loud neighbor to turn it down. More like something to laugh about than to complain about, frankly.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Five-stars. First class service. The airport lost one of our checked-in bags and the Agency helped us enormously in getting the bag and delivering it to us. Decent, honest, nice, friendly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we would stay there again in an instant. When my wife and I go alone, we will call Domus International first for (perhaps) a smaller apartment. NOTE: As I suspected when I booked the apartment, the photos on the website were taken with a wide-angle lens, so the rooms appeared larger than they really are. That being said, the rooms are definitely big enough. This is NOT a luxury apartment, but it is comfortable and correct. The price seems high, but, again, you're paying for the location. And by comparison to hotels, you won't find a better "deal" for a two-bedroom accommodation. I Very highly recommend this apartment or any other apartment offered by this group!
Things to do in this area
Everything in the centro historico nearby. Walk everywhere. Ten minutes to the Trevi Fountain. Fifteen minutes to St. Peter's. Thirty minutes to Coliseum or Quirinale Palace. Fifteen to twenty minutes to Galleria Borghese or Via Veneto. We didn't need a taxi or other public transportation for the entire week, and we went everywhere on foot.
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