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Review 748: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum
studio apartment in Monti, Rome
late November 2003, 2 weeks
We stayed in the old part of Rome, near the Coloseo. It is a terrific part of the city because it is not a typical tourist spot. When you go out to dinner, there are wonderful restaurants, and you are able to dine with the locals. You can really get a feel for the real "Roman" way of life.
The area had a great feel because it is in SUCH a historic part of the city. You walk down the street and turn left, and you see the magnificence of the Coloseo in front of you. Eveything you could possibly want is within at most a five minute walk: the metro, taxi stand, caffe's, bars, grocery stores, tabacco's, all types of restaurants, laundry service, famous monuments, etc.
The building was in perfect shape, and the apartment itself was no less than pristine.
Yes, even though we were in Rome when it was cool and raining, our apartment looked out onto a beautiful courtyard. We opened the floor to ceiling glass windows at all times of the day to enjoy in the serenity of the garden.
The apartment was beyond spotless! It is certainly comparable to at least a four star hotel. It was beautifully decorated and had a wonderfully characteristic atmosphere with all the paintings and murals throughout that the owner does herself. The pastel decorations are very pleasing and make you feel bright even on a rainy day. The bedroom can be closed off with a sliding door for privacy. There is a common area with chairs, a love seat, and a coffee table, perfect for inviting friends to share in an aperitivo before dinner.
The beds were perfect as was everything else. Once again, beyond clean and comfortable -- fit for a king! There is a main king size bed, and there is a loft with a twin bed up top. There is a clean, up-to-date bathroom with a towel-drying rack. The bathroom is small but offers you all you need. Not a problem when the apartment itself is so spacious.
Uh, didn't cook in the kitchen. But, the whole apartment is up to date. It is obvious that the owner would like her guests to feel like royalty, and everything in the apartment is comparable to what you would get at the best hotels. I did see that there were tons of pots and pans, and the owner even stocks up the cupboards with things you may need: oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, coffee, jam, etc. We did have aperitivos -- plenty of glasses for water, beer, un buon prosecco, etc.! We also had full breakfasts every morning in the kitchen at the table inside. There is a stove, a coffee maker (both American and European syles), a tea pot, and a microwave.
Problems or Bonuses
Absolutely no bad surprises. Plenty of good ones though: -- stocked fridge and cupboards (crackers, jam, cookies, coffee, yogurt, water, milk,etc.) -- tv -- a cell phone that they let you borrow to make all the calls you need to -- heat and airconditioning -- hair dryer -- the owner is your guide book. A great one at that! -- recommendations of great restaurants in the area and throughout Rome, recommendations of must see sights, there is a whole basket of information including maps, guide books,and her own printed material that you can borrow to make your trip amazing.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Just contacted the owner over the internet. The site is a good representation of what you are going to get -- great photos, etc. I emailed the owner a few times, and she promptly acknowledged my emails.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes!!! We are planning to return again soon, and we will go back to the apartment. So many hotels in Rome are so expensive, dark/dreary, and small (even those with 5 stars!). This is just the opposite. I demand that everyone who comes here will have a geat time. It is quiet and safe and in a great area. One note to remember -- no credit cards, so have your cash ready to give for your stay. I didn't have mine ready, but there were no problems -- just had to go out and exchange some travellers checks into Euros.
Things to do in this area
Well, all of Rome is incredibly interesting. This apartment is in walking distance of the Forum, Coloseo, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Peter in Chains where Michelangelo's "Moses" is, etc.
We dined for lunch and dinner at "La Vecchia Roma" three times. A wonderful "local" restaurant located at Via Leonina, 10. According to us, the best pizza (really incredible!!) is on the corner of the street Leonina and Serpenti across from the tabaccaio. I think the name is "Wanted."
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