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Review 3901: Dolce Roma, Colosseum View 1
2bed/2bath apartment near Colosseum, Rome
October 23-28th, 2008, 5 nights
Colosseum View 1 is fabulously located just minutes away from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and an easy and beautiful walk to the Piazza Venezia. Whilst it is not in the most bustling social area, such as around the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona, it is very conveniently located and a short €1 bus ride to the very heart of the city. The advantage of its location is that it is not over-run by the hordes of tourists. After staying there just a few days, you feel like a local and enjoy an authentic experience of really living in Rome
Two small grocery stores are just steps away from the front door of the apartment, and there are a host of bars and restaurants just minutes down the road. Also minutes away are ATMs, a pharmacy, the bus stop for the open-topped bus tours of Rome and a taxi stand. The latter being key in a city where you cannot flag down a passing cab.
Colosseum View 1 is on the first floor in a small apartment building of perhaps 8-9 apartments. All other apartments are occupied by full time residents, so it is a very quiet building. During our five day stay we only ever saw one other person in this safe and well maintained historic building. There is a small eatery below the apartment that had a handful of noisy diners on two of the five nights we were there. But since Rome is both a noisy and delightful destination, I can't claim we were too surprised. I have stayed in Rome multiple times and have never had a completely quiet stay.
The apartment itself is lovingly decorated and maintained by Natalia and Walter, the owners. We immediately felt at home in this clean and cozy apartment, and over the next five days loved coming back to our little 'nest' after hours and hours of exploring Rome. The accommodation consists of two bedrooms (with very comfortable double beds and good linen), one spacious bathroom (by European city standards) and a small second bathroom that was useful if we both needed to get ready at the same time. An entry foyer, a living room and eating area for four in the very functional kitchen complete the accommodation.
There is a standing room only balcony overlooking a courtyard. By opening the door to this balcony and the huge double windows over-looking the street, a delightful breeze blows through this well-lit and cheery space
All furnishings are in great shape and Lia and Walter take great pride in the decor, and the comfort of their guests. Seating for four in the living room and a table and four chairs in the eat-in kitchen.
The two double beds are firm and very comfortable, and much appreciated after the number of times we have ended up on saggy mattresses that ensure morning backache! The first bathroom is surprisingly large and there is little like the joy of a really hot shower with strong water pressure after a day of grueling sight-seeing. The second bathroom is much smaller but absolutely spotless and serves its purpose.
Colosseum 1 has a well equipped kitchen with modern appliances that all work perfectly. It is small, as one would expect, but a perfect size for preparing morning breakfast or a snack between sight-seeing missions. Although we didn't prepare a full meal, I'm sure I would have managed just fine.
What was particularly delightful was that Lia and Walter had milk and water in the fridge, coffee and spices in the cabinets and a basket of snacks for our arrival. Such a thoughtful gesture is so meaningful after a long trip.
Problems or Bonuses
Good surprises - everything, but especially the owners! Walter and Lia meet you when you arrive at the apartment, full of advice, tips, recommendations and warmth. During our stay my daughter came down with flu and I don't know how I would have managed without them. They not only sent over medicine that helped her recover, but they phoned every day to check on her well-being. This made me realize that the only downside to renting an apartment over staying in a hotel, is that you don't have "guest services" a phone call away. But with Walter and Lia you not only have the comfort of a 'home away from home' but you have two 'friends' who are just a call away - especially as they provide a cell phone for contacting them whenever you need to. This really makes staying with Dolce Roma the best of both worlds
Small disappointment - the food shop below. Not a restaurant but a social hang-out on some evenings, and Italians know how to party!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are superb and could not be more helpful. They speak perfect English and genuinely care about your happiness and well-being.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would only stay in one of Walter and Lia's apartments in the future as there's nothing more important than having local help and advice just a phone call away. My advice to friends would be to choose one of their four apartments based upon personal needs - price, location, quiet and number of beds etc. Because Dolce Roma has four options I have no doubt there is one for every preference.
Things to do in this area
As per the description of Colosseum 1 on the Dolce Roma site, this area is teeming with things to do. Steps away from the Colosseum and The Roman Forum, across the road from San Clemente (a must do), down the road from San Giovanni in Laterano and a short €1 bus ride away from the Spanish Steps and everything that area offers. Also there are plenty of dining options a block away for those nights you are just too weary to wander far from home.
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