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The Spanish Steps Apartment on Via della Mercede -- Free airport pickup!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 4, Walking distance to the top sights

NOT ACCEPTING BOOKINGS AFTER AUGUST 15, 2018. Our building will be undergoing exterior renovations starting in September 2018. We have decided not to take any bookings while the renovations are underway. We’ll be back in 2019, looking better than ever!

'The Spanish Steps Apartment on Via della Mercede'

WE MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU - included in our price:

(1) One airport or train station arrival pick-up and transfer to the apartment

(2) Early check-in (great for guests arriving on an overnight flight!), with welcome beverages and snacks

(3) Mid-stay cleaning/linen change for stays of 8 nights or more

(4) All taxes, end of stay cleaning, utilities, wi-fi, etc. Please note: this does not include fee charged by VRBO/Homeaway.

***Rental for up to four (4) guests; five (5) night minimum rental. No smoking or pets allowed. We do not have equipment for babies or toddlers (you would need to bring your own).***

IN THE HEART OF ROME. Located on Via della Mercede, between the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps Apartment is a luxury two bedroom, two bathroom apartment surrounded by fine dining and fabulous shopping and within walking distance of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and many other historic sites and museums, as well as the subway, taxi stands, bus stops, and bike rental. Located in a traditional Roman palazzo, the Spanish Steps Apartment was completely remodeled and furnished in late 2010 and is now available as a self-catering apartment. Please see our website for additional information on the neighborhood and proximity to all Rome has to offer.

ALL THE COMFORT AND AMENITIES OF A LUXURY PRIVATE HOME. The Spanish Steps Apartment is a spacious (1,100+ square feet), elegant and comfortable apartment, consisting of a large and bright living room, separate dining room, large bedroom with new king-size bed, second bedroom with two new twin beds, one bathroom with tub/shower, second bathroom with small glass shower, and fully-equipped kitchen. The large bedroom also has a twin bed in case two people want to share the room but not share the king-size bed. The apartment has double pane windows to keep it quiet and beautiful wood floors, and is decorated with high-end contemporary furniture and art.

Apartment amenities:

Elevator in building

Air conditioning (both bedrooms and living room)

All linens/towels provided

Fully equipped kitchen, including kettle, drip-style and stovetop-espresso coffee-makers, microwave

Laptop with wireless Internet access

Telephone with free local landline calls (cell phone and long-distance calls require calling card)


Clothes washer/dryer

Satellite television with English-language stations

DVD player with Rome-themed DVDs (Roman Holiday, Gladiator, etc.)

Guide books (lots!), maps, and helpful information packet

iPod/iPod speakers with classical, jazz, blues, and classic rock catalog

iPad Mini loaded with great Rome apps on food, sights, and walking tours of Rome

Alarm clocks (with iPhone recharging docks)

Interior light-blocking shutters and 'white noise' machines for light sleepers



Iron and ironing board

Playing cards and games


Safety measures: smoke/carbon monoxide detector; fire extinguisher; first aid kit

OUR SERVICE STANDS OUT. Upon booking, we will send you a detailed information packet on the neighborhood, walking directions to museums and sights, recommended restaurants, day trips, and much more. An English-speaking greeter will meet you at the apartment at check-in and the property management company is available seven days a week. Daily maid service available for an additional charge.

Keywords: Centro Storico , Piazza di Spagna (Rome Historic Center)

More Details

David Colin
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About David Colin

I was born and raised here in Rome. In the late 1960's, my father was one of the founders of the American University of Rome (AUR), and, indeed, the apartment was the administrative office and classroom (and impromptu party space) for AUR over a number of years. So, the apartment has been in my family for almost 50 years.

Although I now live near Washington, DC, where I am an economist, I come back to Rome as often as possible. Despite all my time here, Rome continues to be a fascinating city that always has more to offer. I hope you find the Eternal City as welcoming and wonderful as I do.

David Colin purchased this apartment in 1992

Why David Colin chose Centro Storico

This apartment has been in my family for more than 40 years, was completely remodeled and furnished in late 2010, and is now available for rental as a self-catering apartment. Upon booking, I will send you a detailed information package on the apartment, the neighborhood, restaurants, and sights. We offer one complimentary airport or train station arrival pick-up for our guests, and an English-speaking greeter will meet you at your arrival. Linens, welcome snacks and beverages, utilities, wifi, taxes, check-in/check-out, and end of stay cleaning are all included in the price. Additional car service or cleaning/linens can be arranged.

What makes this apartment unique

In the heart of Rome's Historic Center, just around the corner from the famous Spanish Steps, this spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is surrounded by fine dining and fabulous shopping. It is within walking distance of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and many other historic sites and museums, and near the subway, taxi stands, bus stops, and bike rental. Located in a traditional Roman palazzo, the apartment was fully renovated in 2010 and is available for rental (5 night minimum).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Long before our trip, the owner sent us a hugely helpful list of resources and ideas of things to do in Rome; the apartment itself has every guidebook imaginable as well as maps, plus a binder full of tips on places to eat, places to avoid, how to navigate the subway (simple, as it turns out, and just steps away). Al that, combined with the unbeatable location, made us feel we had the inside track on the city. The apartment is very tastefully decorated, both modern and comfortable, as well as being quite large. At the end of a day of walking, it was great to sprawl out in the living room and watch a DVD or listen to music -- there are books to read, movies to watch, an iPod with a good selection of songs. The beds are comfortable and even on New Year's Eve, with fireworks going off all around us, we had no trouble at all sleeping thanks to the white noise machine in the bedroom. There's a lot of storage space and many thoughtful touches (umbrellas; bandaids; lots of soap; laundry detergent). It was like borrowing the home of a thoughtful friend who has great taste and a genuine desire to insure you have a good time. The apartment was the number one reason we had a wonderful time in Rome, and we will be back, Asap. [Posted on January 11, 2014]
Dec 2013
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Centro Storico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 8:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom has a tub/shower; the second bathroom has a small glass shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) New in 2010. Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds, new in 2010. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a twin bed in the master bedroom in case two people want to share the room but do not want to share the king-size bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Upon booking, we will send you a detailed information packet on getting around, walking directions to museums and sights, recommended restaurants, day trips, and much more. We also have set up a terrific Hospitality app where our guests can access information via their smart phone or tablet. Daily maid service available for an additional charge, paid directly to the property manager. Car service available, paid directly to the car service.


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The Spanish Steps Apartment on Via della Mercede -- Free airport pickup!!
average rating of 4.962264 based on 88 reviews

There should be an option to rate it with 10 stars instead of just 5. Absolutely fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

The property is perfect. The location is amazing. It’s spacious. It's immaculately clean. The owners have thought of every detail - a car and driver to pick you up, a greeter who meets you at the apartment, travel books and maps, loads of quality towels, welcome snacks, breakfast foods, water and wine. The entire apartment is comfortable. The Word doc that the owner provides is better than most travel books. We love Rome, have visited many times, and are familiar with quite a few restaurants. David’s recommendations have now become personal favorites.

Even though it rained on most days it didn’t put a damper on our visit as we could stop by the apt after we had been out for a few hours and refresh because of its central location. We even got to witness a rarity in Rome - SNOW!!

We plan on returning to this property in the future. It’s by far one of the best private properties we have ever booked. Don’t hesitate book your stay today.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This apartment is fantastic - inside and outside

  • 4 of 5

This apartment is outstanding! The location is central to the Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain! In fact, it is central to all of ancient Rome! Inside, the apartment shines! It is beautifully appointed with all the modern amenities, including soft, plush towels and bath robes. The kitchen and bathrooms are state-of-the-art!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about David's apartment, located just steps from everything. The location is the best of the best. The apartment is the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern luxury.

David was a wonderful host and extremely organized and accommodating.

It was truly a privilege to stay in the Spanish Steps apartment, and we would love to return.

Many thanks

John Miller

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

Our trip was fantastic. The apartment was centrally located and beautifully appointed.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful apartment - location couldn't be better!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a ten day stay in the Spanish Steps Apartment beginning in late October, 2017. The apartment was clean, well-appointed and "as-advertised" with respect to its proximity to many of the sights to see in Rome. A walk to the Spanish steps was about five minutes, the Trevi fountain less than ten minutes, and the Pantheon less than 15. There was abundant shopping in the area, not to mention fabulous restaurants at all price points within a radius of a few blocks. There were two cab stands within a few blocks of the apartment, and a grocery store and pharmacy right around the corner. Beds were comfortable, the bathrooms/showers were amazing and very, very updated. The owners were kind enough to provide numerous guides to Rome, along with a purse-size map that places a star over the apartment's location, so you always find your way home. I highly recommend this apartment for rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoy Rome From this beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

Higher praise could not be given for this wonderful apartment located very near the Spanish Steps. From the comfort of fine linens to the well equipped kitchen and beautifully renovated bathrooms this home will not disappoint even the most discerning of vacationers. Most impressive is the amount of effort by David and

Sherri to set up a full understanding of things to do, places to eat and history of this amazing city. From the stacks of books available in the apartment on the history, architecture, tours to the extensive book compiled on restaurants, tours, taxis and everything else you could ever imagine you will easily be able to plan your Rome visit with ease. Add to that, the apartment comes with an iPad totally loaded with apps and maps pertaining to your every need. A huge thank you for making our Roman visit so perfect. We have traveled far and wide and hands down have to go out to you in saying you two have done a great job!!!! Thanks again. Karen and Paul October 2017

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Fiumicino (FCO)
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

In the heart of the historic center, between the beautiful Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi fountain, the apartment is within walking distance of many of Rome's most famous sights and surrounded by restaurants and world-class shopping. Walk to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Capitoline museums, and even the Vatican. Excellent access to metro, taxis, and bus stops, and a good supermarket is around the corner. All the wonders of Rome are within easy reach. The area is upscale and safe, perfect for the traditional evening stroll after a fabulous meal, while enjoying an unforgettable gelato!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Property Damage Protection: $89 non-refundable fee - OR - Refundable US$500 deposit

All-inclusive rental fee (check-in/out, cleaning/linens, utilities, tax, one airport arrival pickup, and welcome snacks/beverages) is for a 5-night minimum stay. 5 NIGHT MINIMUM, AND PRICING ARE FIRM: SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS -- keep your eyes open for last minute discounts or specials!

PAYMENT TERMS: US$500 at booking, remainder due 60 days before check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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