After a week's stay in beautiful Tuscany but in not so beautiful accommodations, we came to the Minerva Apartment in Rome for two nights. Wow! What a place! And what wonderful, helpful owners! And what a fantastic location, just a few blocks from the Coliseum, and across the street from the most amazing gelato ever.
Mary Therese and Wolfango were there to meet us and carry our bags up. Then we received an information session which included anything we might need to know about the apartment from operating the air conditioning to their very secure locking system. Their information also included restaurants, shopping, busses, trains, sights, ...
Before we left for our trip, we were extremely impressed with Minerva which we booked after reading the great tripadvisor reviews. Once we contacted Mary Therese, she went above and beyond, from accepting the delivery of a wheelchair my travelling buddy was having sent to Rome to await her arrival (and setting it up), to offering their phone number and driving services if we had any problem getting to the airport on our last day in Rome because of the 24 hour transportation strike.
In addition, once we booked, we received an email from Mary Therese with an attached document including everything we might want to know or need to know about Rome. It was extremely helpful.
The attention to detail that this couple show with both their guests and with their accommodations is phenomenal.
Now on to the apartment: what a beautiful beautiful place. Extremely spacious, lovely furnishings and design, every convenience you would need. Extremely hi-spec. Balconies in both rooms, lots of storage, jacuzzi in the bathroom, handy dishwasher, wealth of travel information and pamphlets for our use, extremely comfortable beds. There was not an unfinished detail. And we felt very secure with their amazing door lock.
We were so sad to go and would stay in any accommodations that this couple own.
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Ours was a last minute booking made easy by Mary's prompt responses and excellent communication. Finding the apartment was easy (just as described) and the welcome - despite our late arrival - was warm and enthusiastic. We got a great briefing on the apartment and the local area, as well as some very useful tips on how to get the most out of our short stay.
The apartment is well placed for exploring: 10-15 minutes walk from the Colosseum, good for transport links - 10 minutes walk to the Termini station and on several bus/tram routes - with some good restaurants around, a supermarket opposite and Rome's oldest gelato shop across the road.
We found the apartment to be everything we expected and well worth the high ratings we'd seen on trip advisor. Can't thank Mary and Wolfango enough for their hospitality and help, and we'll definitely be back when we return to Rome.
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