Excellent communication and customer service, spacious clean appartment with washer dryer and wifi. Large kitchen. Walking distance from the train station and close to most attractions.
With stayed at Marconi House for three nights at the end of our 12-day Italy tour, and recognized immediately that we should have made Marconi House our home base for our full trip.
The apartment overlooks the Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore and, despite other reviews suggesting this is a very noisy area because of the Termini train station 3 blocks away, we found the noise to not be an issue. In fact, the level of activity was part of the excitement even as the third-floor view from Marconi reduced the noise considerably.
Sabrina was prompt with our initial contact questions, and she met us on time at the apartment when we arrived. Upon entering the first time we were so struck with its beauty that we wouldn't let the kids "move in" until we took some pictures of the place.
The pictures show a couch in the kitchen, which we initially found odd, but we found it to be perfect because, like most families, we ended up congregating in the kitchen just as we do at home. The appliances are new (dishwasher, fridge, and micro) and the counters, cabinets, sinks, counter, and chairs are all new and fresh. We enjoyed going to the SMA grocery across the plaza and buying fresh fruit, cereal, milk, beer, wine, and spirits to stock the fridge, and fresh and strong coffee for each morning. Water pressure was very high, the hot water tank was hot, and the wifi was strongest in the kitchen.
Each of the three bedrooms was very large (master with a king bed, second B/R with a double, and third B/R with two twin beds) and offered comfortable mattresses and pillows with fresh linens. Each B/R has an air conditioner and windows that open. The master B/R and twin bedroom windows overlook the piazza, the double B/R overlooks the alley with a side view of the piazza. The double B/R had the strongest wifi signal but the wifi in both of the other B/R was weak at best (not an issue for us as, again, we gathered in the kitchen where wifi was strongest). Bedrooms each have unique and adequate storage.
There's a master bath and a second full bath, both with glass-enclosed showers (no tubs). Each is beautiful with new tile, sinks, showers and faucets. (One note, the gorgeous shower in the master B/R can leak water onto the floor and soaked the floor towel each time it was used. We were careful to keep the water under control and simply aired-out the wet floor towel by hanging it out the window each day.) Baths are equipped with blow dryers, soap, lots of fresh towels and face cloths - an apparent rarity in Italy.
With its beautiful parque floors throughout, 15-ft high ceilings, beautiful mouldings and fresh paint and colors, we were very pleased that this centuries-old building could be made to feel up-to-date and modern. We learned immediately that running all four A/C's simultaneously over-taxed the system so we simply cooled the B/R's at night then just cooled as and when needed. Because we were gone during the day it took only a short time for the apartment to cool down when we arrived at the end of each day. The combination of the kitchen A/C and one B/R A/C unit kept the whole apartment pleasantly cool.
The location a few blocks from Termini made walking from the train a 5 minute easy walk (downhill from the station) and, we surmised, could be used as a very handy base to see all of Rome. We walked from here to Coloseum and Forum, and to the National Museum of Rome just a few blocks away. From here, major sites are within 15 or 20 minutes walk (including via del Popolo to the north, Trevi, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Jewish quarter and Trastevere. The Vatican is 20 minutes by foot and very pleasant walk.
Sabina had put together a "welcome book" that is full of info and ideas about Rome, guides and directions to grocery and restaurants, and suggestions for tours and sites. It's clear that she is most concerned about her guests having an enjoyable time, she lives close by, and was always available by text and phone to offer advice or solve problems.
This was our first trip to Italy and we stayed at two apartments, a B&B, and one hotel in 12 days. We all agree that Marconi House was our best accommodation of the trip and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here for a full week or two should we come again.
We all heartily recommend Marconi house with an enthusiastic thumbs up.
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