Rome Sweet Home with kids
The plan was to stay a few days in Rome to show the children the Eternal City and all its charms. Our gang were made of 3 adults, and 3 kids: 9, 7 and 3 year olds. Now, you can tell a child to jump, run, climb, skip, but don't ask them to walk, specially in cities made of monuments, landmarks such as Rome. Therefore, location for us had to be very central indeed. I didn't want to stay in anyone's home (Airbnb), but also, was reluctant to check in a hotel for their impersonal nature.
(The apartment at Via della Cancelleria)
I was drawn to the idea of having a beautiful flat in the centre of Rome for me, having my own key but still have the neutral element of a hotel, which means you have no idea who was there before you arrived.
I booked my flat through booking.com. All easy and straight forward. However, the site gave me no indication of which flat specifically I was renting. They have a number of properties in their catalogue and after you put your dates in and the number of people staying, I suppose they just give you what's available. Even though we got a cracking place, we could have got somewhere that wasn't my taste. It would have been nice to be able to choose and know where we would be staying. After all, it isn't a budget type of accommodation.
We were pretty happy with the apartment. It was August and the description said air conditioner, but in the two bedrooms, only fans. One of them didn't work. A let down for me was one of the bathrooms. Is there anything more disgusting than a hotel or rented accommodation shower plug hole that is constantly blocked with water that doesn't drain? Yes, we had that, but because there was another bathroom, I never complaint to the host. But isn't the devil in the detail?
Location: spot on! We were in walking distance, even for the little ones, from Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain all dotted along with irresistible ice cream parlours. My top tip to get the kids motivated whilst walking is an ice cream shop crawl. Don't grown ups to pub crawls? Well, it's the same logic behind it.
Do I recommend these apartments? Yes, the apartment was clean, someone was waiting for us even if we arrived at 2am! However, make sure you know which flat you are getting, that the air con works and that little details were well looked after. Apart from that, we even had a pizzeria below our floor.
(Ice cream, monuments, pizza. What's not to like about Rome?)
Rome Sweet Home Apartments