Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 673: Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, Colosseo
2 bed/2 bath apt, Rome
September 2003, 3 nights
The apartment was on a busy street in Rome. (What street in Rome isn't busy?) However, the double paned windows kept out the noise very well. The building, near the Colosseum, was very, very old. However, the apartment was very new and modern. The area was terrific. One could see the Colosseum from the window, and the Colosseum, Roman Forum, etc., were within easy walking distance.
The nearby amenities couldn't have been closer. There was a snack bar next door, several fruit and grocery stands within two or three blocks, and more restaurants than you could sample in a month, within six blocks. There was also a very reasonable Internet/International phone place about three blocks away. I made a 10 minute call to the U.S.A., that cost me less than 2 Euros. There was also a bancomat less than a block away, and right on the way to the sights of Rome. I can't imagine anything that someone might need that couldn't be obtained by a short walk from the apartment.
The building was very old, but in great shape. The entrance hall left a bit to be desired, as it was in the process of being renovated, but the interior of the apartment was fabulous.
There was a small private balcony on the back. The owner had some lovely plants growing there, as well as a clothes line for our handwashables. Although there was nothing to look at from the balcony, the plants outside the window added to the overall appearance of the apartment. There was no pool.
The furnishings were very nice, and in "like new" shape. There was plenty of seating, with two arm chairs and a couch. The table, which was against the wall, sat 3 people comfortably, but would have had to be pulled out into the kitchen to seat 4 people.
Both beds, (one queen, one double) were comfortable, and the linens were of high quality. Both bedrooms were decorated nicely, and as mentioned before, were quiet due to the double paned windows. There were two bathrooms, both furnished more than adequately. Both baths contained shower stalls, and the larger one had a nice sized vanity and a bidet. The smaller one had a shower, toilet and sink.
The kitchen was very nice. There were plenty of dishes, of good quality. There might have been more pots and pans, if you were planning a gourmet meal, but there were plenty for the three of us. Although we ate out most of the time, I could have cooked full meals there quite easily with the equipment provided. The owner had stocked the refrigerator with butter, marmalade, bottled water, and other items, and left bread, cookies, coffee, etc. for our use. (No charge) There was a nice four burner electric stove, and a microwave.
Problems or Bonuses
The suprise was how great the place was!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The B&B Association of Rome was great to work with. They were informative and nice. The onsite person was great. She spoke English very well, and was more than helpful. She gave us recommendations on restaurants in the area, ways to get around, and left us maps and a lot of guide books for Rome. She also left us her cell phone to use during our stay. She showed exceptional care. We arrived late, because one of us had our purse stolen in Pisa, and we missed our train to Rome. She made a special trip to the apartment to meet us, then gave us directions and advice on how to get to the Consulate to get a new passport. She called several times to see if we had gotten things taken care of with the passport, and to make sure that everything at the apartment was to our liking. I was VERY impressed with her hospitality.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
YES! I definitely recommend this vacation rental to anyone going to Rome. I cannot say enough about how great the place was. I fully intend to stay there again on my next trip to Rome, and would insist that anyone I knew who was planning a trip to Rome, stay there. It was really great! The price was very reasonable, too.
Things to do in this area
Everything in Rome is interesting! One thing that I thought extremely interesting was the Capuchin Crypt in the little church of Santa Maria della Concezione, on Via Veneto, just off of Pz. Barberini. It isn't in a lot of the tourist books. It is a rather macabre place where the bones of some 4000 Capuchin Monks decorate the walls in elaborate designs. Even the light fixtures are made from bones! It really isn't as morbid as what you might think, and well worth a few minutes to investigate.
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