"Where the heck are we? What is this place?" I was so confused. It didn't look like a hotel, so what was it?
The driver helped us up the stairs with our bags and a young man with long dark curly hair came out of one of the doors, introduced himself as Alessandro, and had a hushed chat with the driver. It was dark. Quiet. The area seemed deserted. Were we being set up for an international abduction? The driver left and Alessandro opened the door two doors down from the one he came out of. I had checked it out on Trip Advisor, but still, I was a little nervous about what was inside. The minute we walked in, I had a serious are you kidding me moment. Is this really where we are staying? All I could see was a long hallway, but it was like the prettiest hallway I had ever seen. The place was huge! Alessandro said they were putting us in the first room on the right as it was the best one, and that since it was late we could come next door in the morning to talk about what we wanted to do while we were there.
|Door on the right is our bedroom|
Well how many rooms are in this place?
The hallway was lined with doors, and behind each one was an artfully decorated bedroom. I was really tired, but I tramped in and out of four bedrooms and three bathrooms with my mouth hanging open. We opened door after door until we finally got to the rear of the house where we found one more small bedroom with an attached bath off the kitchen. The kitchen was amazing. The living room and dining room were amazing. This place was simply amazing! We toured the whole place in awe before settling down to unpack and get to bed.
I peaked out the windows. All I saw was darkness, and I still couldn't figure it out where we were.
|Cozy living room. All the windows in the apartment were automated.|
Appia Antica Resort is not your typical hotel. It is tucked away in Appia Antica, which is the largest green space in Rome. It's quaint and unassuming on the outside, but inside the decor is impeccable. Every detail from the poured concrete floors to the soft overhead lighting was so well done. It feels like an apartment because there are only four units, but it feels like a hotel because of the complimentary basket of toiletries and house slippers in the bathroom. There was even a hair dryer. Not a big deal, but it had a diffuser! Maybe I've been living under a rock or something, but I've never seen such a thing! It feels like an apartment because it's in a quiet neighborhood where people actually live, but it also feels like a hotel because it is so fancy, and they clean your room when you leave. It feels like a boutique hotel because the personalized hospitality was unlike anything I've experienced anywhere else, and yet it feels like an apartment because of the fully stocked kitchen that has everything and anything you could possibly need. Tea cups, mugs, cooking utensils, adorable flatware. The wine glasses were stored in this wonderful old curio cabinet in the living room and there was a pretty nice selection of wines to choose from. The refrigerator was filled with bottled water, sparkling water, cold cuts, eggs, and milk. There was coffee and this cute little basket with snack cookies we couldn't stop eating, bread, and cereal. When you stay there you really feel like you are experiencing what it is like to live in an Italian neighborhood, and yet there is staff on hand taking excellent care to make sure that all of your needs are met.
|Eat In Kitchen: heart eyes emoji. And there was a washer/dryer and dishwasher tucked behind those cabinets|
|The smaller bedroom with attached bath is just off the kitchen to the right|
|One of three bathrooms|
|One of four bedrooms|
|These 3 doors are the three apartments, with the 4th located down the stairs on the path to the right|
|cobblestones are amazing and all, but on a walk this long sometimes it was easier to stick to the path|
|One of the neighborhood homes|
They arranged private transportation to and from the airport for our arrival and departure. The arrival transport was arranged at the time of booking, and they set up our ride back the day before we left. One less thing that we had to worry about. When we left, we were given this adorable little travel notebook as a parting gift.
We missed out on nothing by not staying right inside Rome. Appia Antica Resort is a very special place and getting to stay there only enhanced our entire experience in Rome.