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Review 4280: Domus International, Via dei Prefetti (PRE)
2bed/1.5bath apartment near Piazza della Colonna, Rome
30 August - 6 September 2009, 1 week
Location was really cool, we were basically equal distance between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, that's why I thought I'd share with everyone. Although Rome was hot and sticky, it was a nice alternative to Squantz pond in Connecticut. I would say choosing this apartment was a smart move since it put us right in the center of the Rome map and next to the nicest bars and restaurants (that strange enough were not touristy at all!).
We ate out for most of the time, but we went to a deli nearby for some fruit and wine. As for coffee, we had it at the mozzarella bar right below the apartment, apparently a very trendy place for Italian yuppies.
The building was quite neat, perfect shape. I found it interesting that the trash bins were located in a tiny niche at ground floor but there was no odor. I really liked the cleanliness of the building (I am sensitive to odors and mold especially, but there was none of that).
You can view the property directly: Via Prefetti.
There was no terrace but we used the mozzarella bar as an outdoor extension for the apartment.
The furnishings were all wood, slightly rustic so very warm. Although the furniture was not brand new, I understood this is the chic type of furniture Italians like and I found it perfectly comfortable. I didn't take pictures inside but you can accurately see the apartment on Domus's site here
We were three people so a two bedroom was sweet! The apartment has one full bathroom and one bathroom with shower. I was the single guy so I took that one, my friends who are a couple took the full bathroom. However it never seemed an issue, for a family you can use them interchangeably. The point is that they were impeccable; I am one of those picky New Yorkers and I can say I was satisfied.
The kitchen had everything we could have needed ... just that we didn't need much. We only had salad and some snacks at home, along with the wine. But the kitchen looked like my grandma's kitchen; it is thought out for a full use for those who want to cook.
Problems or Bonuses
The good side was that Rome was empty (I assume Romans were on vacation) that there was no traffic from the airport to the apartment (we took the limo service offered by Domus; the guys were very professional) and Claudia from Domus was waiting for us at the apartment. She was very nice and very patient to explain everything. She then took us for an espresso at the mozzarella bar, which was to become our alter-terrace.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
As for the staff, I can say I only met two people: I spoke with Mirela for the rental procedure and she seems almost American (although I understand she's not, but that was nice to communicate with someone who understands where you're coming from). Then we met Claudia upon arrival and she was helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I can say that I will stay there again (so that is to say I recommend it to anyone else), via prefetti apartment will definitely be my Roman home base from now on. I guess I have the logic of everyone looking for a place to stay in a city like Rome:
I totally recommend checking out what Domus has to offer; they seem to get the above mentioned equation right!
Things to do in this area
Definitely the Mozzarella Bar and restaurant Pace next to the cloister of Bramante for authentic pizza with a twist.
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