I hate to be yet another person to say the same thing that has been said over and over about the Deko Rome so I will try to offer something more in addition (see below). Our 4 destination trip to Italy started in Rome and we had never been to Italy so to make our trip go smooth we picked Deko Rome.
Having our angels, Marco and Serena, to guide us of course started our trip off right. After flying for 14+ hours we had Marco arrange our cab which included a driver with a sign and our names to effortlessly drive us to our modern-ammenity new home away from home, Deko Rome. (Jan 2014, cost was 50 Euros) The driver knows where you are going, no need to explain, just sit back and enjoy the ride. When we arrived Marco was downstairs to meet us, welcome us and get us quickly to their floor as you know, having read the other reviews, where they offer their world famous hospitality. Refreshments, local map with recommendations and, well, let me tell you Marco is even more *AMAZING* then I am going to go on about here because it has been said so many times in other reviews but he goes Above and Beyond. Passionate is the best word to sum it all up, and yes you will be raving and talking about Marco and Serena for the rest of your trip.
Here is my most helpful advice. If you have specific expectations about a hotel, your bed, your restrictions, your demands, any of that, email Marco in advance and discuss them before
booking. This couple wants you to enjoy your stay and will go to great lengths to make it the best,
so give them the opportunity to make sure you are staying somewhere you think it is and can appreciate what they have to offer. Of course with trip advisor this makes it easy. I chose Deko Rome because of the modern ammenities and the help with general travel.
I have a name for these new types of hotels and it is BB&B Boutique Bed and Breakfast. You are somewhat on your own, in a comfortable bed, safe place, with general ammenites including water, slippers, coffee, toiletries in your room. If you need something, just ask. Marco and Serena are a young energetic friendly couple who are happy to call you a cab to any of the destinations or give you advice on your concerns.
Finally, Here are some tips in general: When you visit Italy you are going to be walking everywhere. If you can't handle the stairs at Deko Rome, you cannot handle anywhere else. Bring your MOST COMFORTABLE SHOES. We could not find mustard at the stores, so if you like mustard with your salami (a staple food at any of the BB&B's) Bring your own.
Don't bring a bunch of maps and guide books. Every hotel has the local tourist map and I never looked at any of the maps I brought.
If you are going to the Colloseum and the Forum, Buy the "ROME RECONSTRUCTED" before and after guide books w/ DVD by ArchoLibri. You can get them in Rome everywhere or before you go, on Amazon. These books show the Colosseum and Forum before and after. Great tour books. There are also before and after books of Pompeii and Florence.
The best guide to bring for important things to know, questions and translations about trains, validating tickets, tipping, gypsies, etc is "Italy, Instructions for Use" by Nan McElroy. This is a very small and very informative lightweight little book. Read it before you go, and bring it with you.
For mobile WI-FI, texting and phone calls, we checked with our carrier, Verizon before we left and the iphone 5 we had was unlocked. We brought a passport to Vodafone (local phone store) and paid $40 for a sim card . Vodafone is in walking distance from the Deko Rome. You put this sim card in your phone and you never have to guess what your bill will be. You get an Italian phone number and you are free to text, surf and make calls. Of course there is a number of texts, calls and megabytes, but after 12 days we left and never used them up. We traveled and used this card in Rome, Ravenna, Firenze (Florence) and Milan. Great deal!
ITALY is a *Wow* Vacation. Start it at DEKO ROME, and GO HAVE A BLAST!
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