I will be writing my trip report soon, but in the meantime I wanted to post a review of the rental agency we used for this trip, www.realrome.com.
This is the 6th rental agency I have used for my visits to Rome.
We really liked Real Rome. They are our favorite agency now.
Fortunately, unlike many others, I have never really had any big problems with any of the other agencies I have used before.
There have always been small issues with the other agencies, like stating that the place had a "Hot Tub", when it was really just a regular bath tub. Or posting pictures that distort the real size of the room to make it look bigger. Or "just a few short flight of steps" that really translate to around 84 narrow steep steps.
I hate trying to read through the deception. It gets tiring.
I am not going to write a review of the apartment I rented, because I kinda want to keep it a secret, but I do want to tell everyone about our great experience with realrome.com.
I started my booking process with them about 6 months ago for our trip to Rome this past May. Everything went exactly as it should!
Can you believe it?
Tim Pearson was my contact in this agency, and he was extremely prompt in getting back to me, each and every time. Anything I had a question about, he had an answer for.
The booking process was normal for apartment rentals. I think it was 20% down thru paypal and the balance in cash on arrival.
The apartment was EXACTLY as advertised. No bad hidden surprises, only good hidden surprises.
Can you believe it?
The contact at the apartment took us through everything very leisurely, no rush at all (that's one of the things I didn't like about previous agencies). He made sure we had his phone number if needed, which we didn't.
We arranged a mid-week cleaning through Tim. It was 50 Euros for the cleaning and fresh sheets and towels. Well worth it.
I would not hesitate to book with Real Rome again. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure we've now found our go-to agency in Rome.
There have been so many people lately that have had bad experiences with some of the rental agencies, that I was really happy that our experience with Real Rome was so great.
I highly recommend Real Rome to anyone looking to book an apartment in Rome!