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Rome -Apartment at Via Frattina and Mario De Fiori - Good Location?

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Three couples going to Rome in September and will be in the city for 3 nights prior to going to our cruise ship. None of us have been to Rome previously. I've found a 3 BR VRBO at this intersection. This appears to be a very good location near Spanish Steps. We hope to walk to many of the sites. Please advise if you are familiar with this area and feel it is a good location. Also, I was a little surprised at a request for CASH for the damage deposit? Is this typical? I've done VRBO previously but only in US.

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    The neighborhood is fine; it's not absolutely central, but you will be able to walk to many places, and no neighborhood is within easy walking distance of everything. (The most central area for walking to just about everything is anything near Campo dei Fiori.)

    In Rome, the standard procedure is that you pay a deposit of up to 30% at the time of reservation; usually this can be made by credit card, and, as far as I know, it's not for damages, but for an anticipation of the total cost. The balance is almost always paid in cash on arrival. This is one of the things that makes me prefer hotels to apartments.

    First, you have to carry large amounts of cash on your person, either getting the cash from your bank before departure, or withdrawing cash from ATMs on arrival. Either procedure makes me nervous. In Italy, ATMs usually have a limit of €250 per transaction, which means making multiple withdrawals. Some ATMs allow you to make additional withdrawals using the same card, while others do not.

    The other big disadvantage is that you have to make an appointment with the agent to pay the balance in cash and take possession of the keys. This almost always requires that you call the agent on arrival in Rome to confirm the appointment, so at least one of you would need a phone that works in Italy, and some sort of international plan to avoid an outrageous roaming cost.

    All in all, I much prefer a hotel, although I sometimes rent apartments when traveling with a family group. I've never had a really bad experience, but, especially since the vast majority of the apartments rented in Rome are being rented illegally, I'm always also a bit concerned about safety issues, of which I've seen more than one in Rome.

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    Thank you. I so appreciate your information. I will not go forward with this apartment based upon your feedback. Since most of us in the party are family we don't mind sharing bathrooms or apartment space. I had not found hotels that were less costly in renting 3 separate rooms with baths. Will keep looking and only consider those that do not require cash. Again, thank you.

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