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Review 3821: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 1 and Roman Forum
2bed/2bath and studio apartment near Colosseum, Rome
September 2008, 6 nights
Dolce Roma has several apartments in Rome. I have stayed in two: Colosseum View 1 and Roman Forum. The location of each is excellent. Colosseum View 1 is a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and nearby metro station - which means all Rome is within easy reach. It also means there is a wealth of interesting things to do in the immediate vicinity: e.g. as you walk from the apartment to the Colosseum you pass St Clemente (a beautiful, evocative and historically interesting little church generally regarded as one of Rome's treasures), as well as the remains of a small amphitheater that served as the gladiators' principal training school. And for those who like to exercise in the morning, the open space of the Esquiline hill, just across the road, will be a bonus. The Roman Forum flat is not far away, just a few steps from the next metro station, Cavour. It is in Rome's Monti area, which is full of interesting bars and eating places, and has somehow managed to retain a traditional neighbourhood feel almost in the centre of Rome.
There are many bars and restaurants close to both flats - and good ones. From Colosseum View 1 there are also a couple of small grocery stores almost next door, as well as a nearby supermarket. There probably are from Roman Forum too, but I was so busy sampling the local bars and restaurants I didn't get round to looking.
Both buildings are solid, probably 19th century, and typically Roman in appearance - i.e. an orangy brown colour with shuttered windows. The owner thought the facade of the Colosseum View 1 building could do with painting - I liked it the way it was!
Both apartments are extremely quiet and peaceful - I noticed that the Colosseum one has very effective double glazing - the other one probably does too. There were, I think, between five and ten other apartments in the building.
The layout of each flat is accurately described on the Dolce Roma website. The Colosseum apartment was on the first floor (no lift); the Roman Forum flat on the second, with a lift.
Both are upstairs city flats, but the Roman Forum apartment has a small balcony looking onto a garden.
These flats are not only well furnished, they are furnished with a sense of style. I was particularly impressed by the Roman Forum flat - it is small and suitable only for two people, but there is something magical about it. The tromp l'oeil created by the owner make this little flat something special. You get an idea by looking at the photographs on the Dolce Roma website, but whereas sometimes photographs can make properties look more attractive than they are, this time it is the other way round.
The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms well appointed. Having two bathrooms in the Colosseum apartment was appreciated. Everything is of a standard you would expect to find in a hotel.
The kitchens were well appointed, although we didn't do any serious cooking in either.
Problems or Bonuses
It is always a pleasure to find things done really well. These flats are very well presented and the owners run their busy professionally. They are also well informed, interesting and extremely personable. The charges are reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly stay in both flats again and recommend them to anyone. I think it would be hard to do better. For those not familiar with Rome, the fact that both owners speak excellent English will be helpful, as will their recommendations and continued interest during your stay.
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