Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon in Rome in October!!! 🙂 I am so excited because I have never even left the country before! My question is… do any of you have experience renting an apartment in Rome or anywhere abroad? My fiance has found the apartment rentals are reasonable, cute, and provide a lot more space. I am just antsy because I don’t know if they will be as safe, clean, or travel-friendly as a hotel… What do you think? Any advice is much appreciated!!! 🙂
Post # 3
I’ve done it all over Europe and haven’t ran into any issues. Some have the owners living on site, some you’re renting from the owners, so of course they aren’t there. Some have maid service and leave a phone number to call if you need help. Others you’re on your own.
The only downfall that I see for this for a honeymoon is that it’s like being at home. You’re still going to have to wash those dishes you use, pick up after yourselves. Make sure you lock the doors behind you. There’s no one downstairs to send you bon bons if your heart desires when you’re taking a bubble bath. The bathrooms aren’t going to be as plush, they’re going to be smaller.
But then again, I’ve travelled all over and don’t need to have someone pointing out where the best restaurant is, or how to get to the Vatican and Pantheon. If its the first time that you’ve been out of the country I’d stick with a hotel (at least for a portion of the time).
Post # 4
My husband and I rented an apartment in Paris for our recent honeymoon. We stayed in the 1st arrondisement then booked an hotel room in the 14th arrondisement to experience a different part of Paris. We found renting an apartment not only practical but also the most authentic way to experience a new country. We didn’t have any grand expectations or false impressions of what we get at an apartment or hotel…just something comfortable and within our budget.
Since safety and cleansiness is a concern, I suggest researching the area of Rome you would like to stay in, asking the apartment owner plenty of questions, and, if available, reading reviews from past visitors. We found our apartment through HomeAway. Also search the boards on TripAdvisor to get some more information (or peace of mind). Good luck and have fun!
Post # 5
You may want to check out http://www.venere.com. They’re an Italian-based travel site (like Expedia or Travelocity). They post reviews from real guests who have stayed at the hotels/apts etc.
Post # 6
If you’ve never left the country before, I would suggest probably not renting an apartment. I traveled all over Europe and stayed in hostels, apartments, and hotels. I think it’s a lot easier to stay in a hotel because they’re used to having Americans stay there and are really helpful re: language, sightseeing, restaurant recommendations, directions, etc. In an apartment, you’re on your own. Since it’s your honeymoon, you don’t want to be stressed over all the minutae of adjusting to a foreign country. Rome is absolutely stunning — you’re gonna love it.