Looking for Rome apartment rentals? Find out the pros and cons, and the best places to book now!
One of Rome's most charming neighborhoods is Trastevere. You could stay in an apartment here, and really feel like a local!
Rome Apartment Rentals - How to Book
Things to research before you book
First of all, do you know which Rome neighborhood you want to stay in? This is a question I get a lot, often after someone has booked, asking me if so and so neighborhood is good...and sometimes it's really far from the center. Research before you book!
Next, know your budget. When booking an apartment in Rome, take into account any cleaning fees, and what breakfast will cost you (breakfast is usually included in a hotel or B&B.)
Best websites for Booking an apartment in Rome
There are plenty of websites for you can use to book your Rome apartment rental. The best will give you lots of photos, a good map showing you where the apartment is, and show you reviews from previous guests. Here are the best sites:
Cross Pollinate (I recommend this one the most, since it is locally owned and managed.)
Tripadvisor (yes this is an excellent source for apartment rentals in Rome!)
Most of the above are listed by owner. The sites take a one-time fee from the people who list with them, so the owner’s rates are very fair and usually low/competitive.
The Pros and Cons of staying in an apartment in Rome
It’s a great way to stay in Rome when you are travelling with a family or large group. You can often get a good deal and lots more space than if you book in a hotel or even a Bed and Breakfast.
In Rome, apartments for rent are widely available. Especially these days, with the economic crisis, there are a lot of Rome apartments for rent by their owners, who are eager to make some extra money. Because there is such a vast choice of apartment rentals in Rome, you can find excellent rates, even in high season (although they book early and the best ones are harder to come by then.)
Of course, when you opt for a Rome apartment rental, you will not have the services you find in hotels or bed and breakfasts, i.e. daily cleaning, breakfast and concierge services.
Even in the historic center of Rome, it’s easy to find small supermarkets, where you can lay in supplies for your stay. Or, you can usually find a café/bar within a Euros’ throw from your Rome apartment, and pop there for the typical Italian breakfast: cappuccino (or caffe/espresso), and croissant (called a cornetto here.)
This should cost under 2 Euros, as long as you have it at the bar, standing up.
Help with your Rome stay
If you stay in an apartment when you visit Rome, you won’t find much help with your stay, as you would when staying in a hotel or other accommodation with concierge services. Some owners who rent their Rome apartments out do provide a little writeup of things to do and restaurants nearby, but overall, you’re on your own.
For some people, this is fine. They will rely on guidebooks, smartphone apps and online guides (like Romewise!) for help. However, if you want the independence (and often lower cost) of an apartment rental in Rome, but also do want more hands-on concierge services, please contact me. I am available to offer one-on-one concierge help with your Rome stay, at reasonable prices!
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