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Review 3508: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum
studio apartment in Monti, Rome
April 2008, 3 nights
The property is located in an area called Monti, the very heart of the Roman Forum. Great location, very safe and walking distance to many attractions such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill etc.
The Metro station was within a few hundred feet of the apartment as were many restaurants and coffee shops. A grocery store is also conveniently located nearby (up the stairs and across the street). The apartment is located on a lower level street from the exit of the Metro Stop Cavour. When you exit the station, cross the street directly in front of you, descend down the stairs and the apartment is located within a few steps on a little side street next to a restaurant. Entrance to the Cavour station is located at the lower level and can be seen at the bottom of the stairs.
The building is in great condition. Entrance is a little dark and worn but don't let that fool you. The apartment is wonderful and very bright. It is kept in excellent condition with a sitting area, kitchenette with all of the amenities and a lovely bedroom with a partition that can be closed for complete privacy. Perfect size for a couple but can handle four if absolutely necessary and space isn't an issue.
No outside sitting area but there is a lovely garden and small terrace right outside of your bedroom.
The furniture was in excellent condition as was the entire apartment. Walls covered in lovely frescoes hand painted by the owner Natalia.
The bed was comfortable and was ample enough for two. Plenty of closet space and a TV. Bathroom is small but suitable for one person to shower. Toilet and bidet were in working order. Bathroom is stocked with shampoo, soap and toilet paper.
The kitchen is small but fully stocked and working. Small refrigerator and two ring electric cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, Italian espresso makers (loved these and used everyday), pots pans and everything required to make a meal is at your disposal. The only meals we made were breakfast with the groceries we bought from the nearby market but it was really lovely sitting at the kitchen table, windows open taking in all of the sounds and smells of the area.
Problems or Bonuses
Coffee, sugar, cream, jams and biscuits in addition to many condiments were provided and welcome after a long trek. The only problem that we encountered was on the last day we ran out of hot water so bathing in cold water was not pleasant. Also felt rushed because there were people coming to stay at the apartment that day and apparently they were arriving early. I should have discussed a check out time with Natalia before booking as I felt it was unfair that we had to leave at 10:00am sharp just because someone was coming early. There should probably be a set departure time so that there are no misunderstandings. This however does not affect the way I feel about the apartment and owners. They are lovely people and felt bad about rushing us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Natalia and Walter are extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about Rome. They can provide you with a taxi service, but since we arrived early and like to spend our money on other things, we opted to use a bus shuttle service called Terravision(provided by several airlines including Ryan Air) from Ciampino airport to Termini. Either Natalia or Walter will meet you at the apartment and give you the run down on things to do, places to eat etc. Then you are on your own. However the apartment is filled with information and brochures about absolutely everything to do in Rome.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! We will be back and will definitely recommend the apartment to our friends and family.
Things to do in this area
We ate at several different restaurants including several which were recommended by Natalia. La Vecchia Trattoria and La Vechia Roma both very close by and both worth it. We ate at La Vecchia Trattoria on our last night there and despite the slow service (this you will find everywhere in Rome so get use to it and order wine to pass the time) was by far our favorite. The pizza down the street is also very good and affordable and you will not have a problem finding a bar as there are several drinking establishments within walking distance.
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