Rome Apartment #306
Colosseo / Via Urbana
Check-out before 10:00.
Located in the historical centre of Rome, 2 min away from the subway station Cavour, walking distance to the Colosseum and all major city sites.
50sq.mts apartment + 30 sq.mts terrace set on the 5th floor with elevator is composed of :
With staircase leading to terrace ( 15 steps)
Double sofa bed, 2 coffee tables, table and chairs, chest of drawers, window,TV balcony on Via dei Capocci, ac;
with gas stove & oven, fridge, washing machine on balcony;
With double bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, window, balcony;
With bathtub and shower fix, bidet, sink, WC;
With table and chairs.
Independent electric heating, unlimited hot water, washing machine, balcony,TV terrace, A/C ( only in the living room), animals allowed.
PLEASE NOTE :
In the same building as #306b and #306c
limited hot water.
Monti is a beautiful and serene area in the very heart of Rome. Although it is becoming a bit more touristy, it has retained a lot of its original mix of bohemian and mundane. On Sundays one can hear the clanking of pots and pans, as families prepare for their dinners. Bakers, carpenters, metalsmiths and motorcycle repairmen share the street amicably with fine restaurants, chocolateries and bars.
The contact person Francesca had provided us with a list of stores and recommended restaurants, which was very helpful. In addition to those, there was a well-stocked supermarket just around the Santa Maria Maggiore church. It has a frech fish counter, in case you don't want to take the trip to a fish market. There's also a small fruits and vegetable street market every day on the close-by via Cesare Balbo.
Also, we heartily recommend the markethall near Piazza Vittorio, just one metro station from the Cavour station (very near the apartment). It has a huge selection of fish (just check that the price tag reads "fresco"), fresh produce, spices, textiles et cetera.
As to the apartment itself: It is smallish; quite enough for two persons, but we'd not recommend it for larger groups (although the sofa-bed is also quite comfortable). The kitchen is very small, but we were quite happy to cook even a three-course dinner there. A small balcony opens out from the kitchen, so you can get a refreshing draft whilst working at the stove. (If the kitchen were better equipped we would have definitely given the apartment the rating of five.)
The kitchen wasn't well stocked with utensils, as others have remarked. As we were there for a long time, we bought some necessities and left them there: a long cooking knife, a wooden ladle, a bottle opener (and cork opener), a frying pan, a cutting board & a peeler. So you should expect these items on your future visits.
We visited Rome on a fairly hot season, but we never suffered from heat in the apartment, as it has good A/C and also windows on both sides.
There is a washing machine on the kitchen balcony, and it worked perfectly. It was a real blessing on a long trip with hot weather.
The bathroom was very good, and everything worked very well.
Some people have complained about the locks of the front door and the apartments, but they work perfectly well: the direction of opening vs. back-locking is just reversed if compared to some countries. The security lock was impressive and made us feel safe to leave our things behind even during out-of-town trips.
The roof terrace was the absolute making of our journey. Albeit it is a bit rough around the edges, it was simply wonderful to be able to have coffee every morning in the open air, listening to Monti waking up, and enjoying the cooling evening under the stars.
Connections to the rest of the city were great through the Cavour metro station and the busslines on the nearby main streets (especially via Fori Imperiali). In that regard this was absolutely the best location so far (this was our fifth trip to Rome).
All in all, a great place to spend your time, and one where we could relax and feel at home. Finally we would especially like to recommend the neighbouring restaurant "Broccoletti", which offered some of our best dining experiences ever in Rome.
We would definitely like to return to this apartment on our next visit to Rome. Thank you!
Rooms small but very cozy, air conditioning offering a pleasant welcome after a hot day. Just enough space for two young couples without the need for luxury. Private roof terrace ideal for a night with wine and olives. Downsides: entry-staircase-lift area apparently under long ongoing renovation.
We had a great time and we definitely recommend this apartment!
The location is excellent, just down the street from the Cavour metro station. Also, the neighborhood is fun, a lot of small restaurants...a true Italian experience. I appreciated the information the apartment owner left for us of stores, restaurants, etc., in the neighborhood. Also, we enjoyed sitting on the top floor terrace. It would have been nice if the apartment owner had left us matches to light the stove. Also other nice amenities would have been a hair dryer, bottle opener...items travelers don't usually travel with. Finally, it was VERY difficult to unlock both the front door of the building and the apartment door.
The size of the rooms was ok.
The kitchens equiptment was in poor condition (almost not existend).
Manager's reply :
we made some works in the apartment and solved some problems
now there is a new heating system with unlimited hot water
and we changed the sofa bed with a more comfortable one.