For those of you who have rented an apartment in Rome, what were the pros and cons? Did you find that you missed the services that a hotel can provide (directions, tour reservations, dinner suggestions)? Did you rent on your first visit, or only after you knew the area and how to get around. Would you recommend that a first time visitor rent an apartment or stay in a hotel?
This is our first trip to Rome and we'd like to stay in the Trevi/Pantheon area. The hotels seem pretty pricey, but the apartments are priced great and offer lots of extra space.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, any suggestions on specific companies to use. I've been looking at sleepinitaly.com. Thanks!