We have just returned from two nights in Rome, staying at the incredibly hospitable, friendy and warm-welcoming Home in Rome.
From the first email contact with Eva and Jade, we felt that this kosher apartment in Rome would be an ideal base for our family (2 adults and 2 young children) from which to see the city. During the booking process, Eva and Jade provided excellent information about the apartment and the surrounding area in terms of kosher facilities within 3-4 minute walk (minimarket, bakeries and restaurants) and shuls, as well as its proximity in Piazza Bologna to the Colosseum and other major tourist locations.
When we arrived, we were greeted by Eva's husband who was so welcoming and smiley to us, and took the trouble to ensure our every question was answered, and that we were comfortable in our accommodation. He was also patient and friendly with our two excitable children (aged 4 and 8)
He then advised us on the best way to get round Rome, and what to beware of (unnecessary sightseeing tickets, and pickpockets on the Metro). We were also provided with a personalised map of the immediate local area and places of Jewish interest, as well as a map of Rome and directions to our first tourist visit of the day. This was topped off with slices of delicious homemade blueberry pie.
The apartment is just a minute's walk from the Metro, and seconds from the number 62 bus stop which goes all the way through central rome, making access to public transport very easy. From the apartment to the Colosseum was about 15-20 minutes, door-to-door.
In terms of food, the Home in Rome provides a substantial kosher breakfast, with many options (our kids described it as a "feast"), including croissants, cereals, salads, rolls, jams, juice, and hot drinks. This was all provided in the apartment's large dining room / lounge. Furthermore, drinks and cake were available at any time of day to us and the other guests.
Each morning, Jade visited us and the other guests to ensure we were all ok and check whether we needed anything in the apartment or for the day ahead, such as maps, guide books or food (just as any good Jewish hostess would).
Our family room had an en-suite bathroom, and was fantastic value for money. At night, with our kids asleep, we were able to relax in the dining room / lounge, and had access to a laptop and wifi.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Rome, and were delighted with our choice of accommodation, which far exceeded our expectations. We would there whole-heartedly recommend anyone to stay at the Home in Rome and take advantage of the incredible generosity and hospitality on offer.