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Villa Borghese-Fantastic Location-Very Large and Quiet Apartment w/2 bicycles

Bedrooms 1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Recently renovated 1 bed, 1 bath garden apartment next to Rome's central park

Welcome to the "Palm House Villa Borghese". This is the largest one bedroom/one bathroom apartment (807 sq.ft. or 75 sq.mt.) offered in the neighborhood and it is also the closest apartment to the Villa Borghese park. It offers a central location with a quiet surrounding. It is literally steps away from the Villa Borghese park and includes WiFi, AC, Sat. TV, DVD player and 2 bicycles. It also has a private separate entrance with car park (free) and garden. The patio is furnished with a sofa, arm chair with ottoman and a four seated table for outdoor dining.

The apartment is located on a calm leafy tree lined street in the Villa Borghese and Parioli area. It is situated in the most exclusive mansion filled neighborhood in all of Rome and boasts over 30 embassies within a 10 minute walking radius. Many sights can be visited on foot. The park of Villa Borghese is only a 3 minute walk from the apartment. Once inside the park you can enjoy a relaxing walk to the famous Villa Borghese Museum (5 min), the park's zoo (5 min), the Etruscan and Modern Art Museums (10 min), Piazza Del Popolo (25 min), Via Veneto with it's elegant shops and fine dining (15 min) and the top of the Spanish Steps in just 25 minutes. The tram station to the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum as well as the bus stop to the city center sights and to the central train station are only a 5 minute walk from the apartment. Not to mention the neighborhood super market, open air fresh produce market and local restaurants which are also only a 5 minute walk away.

This large barrel vaulted ceiling apartment with it's oversized windows is very spacious and bright. It has a large bedroom with an American king size bed (rare for Europe) and lots of built in closets and drawers. The kitchen is modern and fully stocked; it has a dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator and induction stove top. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo and a lighted vanity with an oversized sink. The living room is elegantly furnished and contains a sofa bed for sleeping an exta 2 people along with two comfortable upholsterd "tub chairs". The TV is huge and contains both digital and satellite channels along with a DVD player. The dinning room is spacious and can seat 6 people very comfortably.

Now, the best for last. The apartment is fully private, just open the gate with the remote control and you have entered into your own private oasis. No street noise and no people walking by the unit. The apartment comes with it's own private car park, garden and furnished patio which is all extremely rare to find here in Rome. There is no other apartment offered that has more amenities than this one. After an exhausting day of sightseeing, you will really enjoy/appreciate this quiet and calming area to wind down your day!

More Details

Hal McMillan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 May, 2017

About Hal McMillan

Hello, my name is Hal and I own this newly listed apartment. I am an American who has been living in Rome for over 20 years. I grew up in Orange County, California and went to college at USC. While I was a student, I did a semester studing in Europe and just fell in love with the beauty of Rome, it's people, it's culture and all the history this country has to offer. I caught the "travel bug" as a student and have travelled all over the world since then. I love meeting new people and learning about new cultures.

Why Hal McMillan chose Rome

I chose this property because of it's close proximity to the antique center while not having to deal with all the antique centers' chaos. If I were describing this apartment to a New Yorker I would say that it's like living on the Upper East Side and having Central Park at your doorstep. Here in this neighborhood, instead have having "Brown Stones" we have one family mansions (now more or less embassies) and instead of "Central Park" we have the park of "Villa Borghese" with our own famouse museum and zoo. Just a 25 minute walk across the park and you have reached the antique center.

What makes this apartment unique

The most unique benefit of this apartment is that it is fully private and quiet. I don't know of any other unit that has it's own private remote control entrance gate with car park, garden and furnished patio. I also live in the same building so you can rest assured that I will always be around for any type of assistance that you might need.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Quartiere III Pinciano in Municipio XV

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No one likes to be bombarded with rules. Please treat my apartment as you would your own home. Thanks, Hal
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 1 bathroom with tub/shower combo with toilet, bidet and sink. Towels will be changed every 5 days.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • 1 large bedroom with American king size bed that sleeps UP TO 2 people. There is also a sofa bed in the living room that can sleep UP TO 2 people. The total amount of sleeping guest is 4 people. Linens will be changed every 7 days.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Transfer from/to airport with a private driver (large Mercedes) can be arranged. The cost is 50 euro each way and the drive is about 45 minutes. Please pay the driver directly. I will be waiting for you upon your arrival and a tour of the neighborhood (restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, etc. as well as bus and tram stops) will be conducted by me, Hal McMillan


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)

Villa Borghese-Fantastic Location-Very Large and Quiet Apartment w/2 bicycles
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Our Italy Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

There are just no words to describe how wonderful this apartment is. There are 3 things that make the Palm House exceptional : #1 it is spacious, light and airy, yet warm and cozy, bright, beautifully decorated, superbly appointed with an ultra-modern kitchen/appliances, ultra-comfortable huge bed with superior linens in a huge bedroom with closets, hangers, and drawers galore, and a bathroom with every feature you could possibly need. #2 The Palm House is in a neighborhood that is gorgeous, safe, loaded with good-to-exceptional restaurants, and borders on a beautiful park. You will find yourself taking as many pictures of your neighborhood buildings as you do of the tourist sites. And you will feel smug, proud, and relieved to return to your home every day after seeing all there is to see (including neighborhoods you could have mistakenly stayed in). #3 Hal (I saved the best for last). The attention, care, detail, and effort he gives to ensure everything is perfect and that your stay is THE BEST you will ever have anywhere, is just shocking to be honest. He doesn't just tell you how the appliances work and hand you the keys, he starts by welcoming you with food and drink so that you don't have to run to a grocer, he gives you an orientation walk to familiarize you with ALL means, points, and routes of nearby transportation and orientation to the apartment so that you'll never get lost after post-dinner strolls and a few glasses of wine, he checks with you as often as you like and assists with any sights you want to see, tickets you might need printed, restaurant recommendations, tipping and reservations .. honestly, the list is endless. He is a Godsend. This apartment is a no-brainer, far superior to ANY other you might consider.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow...is all I can say about your review of The Palm House! Thank you so much for such a detailed description of my apartment and of the neighborhood. As I said in other posts, I put a lot of energy and detail into the unit and strive to give my guests what I would expect if I were renting a vacation home from somebody else. I'm glad to hear that I have made your Roman vacation come true!!! I hope our paths cross again and wish the two of you all the best. Cheers, Hal
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We read the excellent reviews and decided to make our reservation at the Palm House for two weeks. The reviews were spot on, and we must add our positive comments as well. Hal gave " our Rome home" his personal attention in every way. Welcome snacks and wine, personal tour of the charming neighborhood,,including suggestions for restaurants and shopping, from the very first moment it felt like all would be terrific and it was!! The apartment is spotless, bright and nicely decorated. Thank you, Hal, for making our "home away" truly a home!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. I'm glad you weren't disappointed with The Palm House and thanks for leaving the apartment sooooooo clean!!! It was a snap to get the place up and running again in a short amount of time. I hope to see the two of you again here in Rome or me in Boston. Sincerely, Hal
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A perfect Roman holiday

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our first stay at Palm House in 2016 so very much that we returned this March (2017). We think of it as our home away from home, and we recommend it without hesitation to all travelers seeking a perfect Roman holiday.

Comfortable, relaxing, light-filled. In the well-equipped apartment, all is convenient and easy to use. The space is tastefully furnished and very roomy for two (though it could easily handle a party of 3-4). And, for those with the need to stay connected, there is excellent wifi service.

A special bonus, Palm House offers privacy unusual for a short-term stay apartment, including a secluded patio in the back of the gated property. Perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing or enjoying a meal al fresco. Off a quiet residential street and located in the upscale Parioli neighborhood, much of the apartment's charm is due to its not being in the center of the more familiar tourist areas of the city. That said, the restaurants, shops and markets nearby more than accommodated our needs. We truly enjoyed feeling "like locals", returning to favorite restaurants repeatedly. And every day we walked or easily hopped on a bus or tram to the city center, as transportation stops are conveniently close. Should you choose to walk, the route to the Piazza del Popolo or the Via Veneto is through the Borghese Gardens - never a hardship!

Finally, Palm House's owner-manager Hal is a remarkable host. Hal's attention to detail and genuine wish to make his guests' stay as pleasant as possible was much appreciated. For example, upon our arrival the fridge was thoughtfully stocked with breakfast basics, along with a bottle of wine and fruit on the table. Hal truly goes out of his way, and we are very grateful for the extraordinary efforts extended on our behalf. We have wonderful memories!

Did we say the best? Of Palm House, that says it all.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, look who came back for a second visit to The Palm House! It was fun hosting you and your husband again and of course catching up on all that had transpired within the last year. Thanks for putting so much time/description into the detailed review and I hope to see the both of you again next year. Sincerely, Hal
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is great, in a good location away from tourists, and the owner, Hal, provides first rate service. We could have easily stayed much longer. Hal has thought of everything from an arrival orientation to morning espresso from the mini espresso maker. The location next to Villa Borghese can't be beat, is quiet, and can easily get to all of the sights. This was our second trip to Rome, and we would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very kind review and I'm happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay. Choosing to spend your wedding anniversary here at The Palm House made my day!!! Take care and thanks again. Hal
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Excellent oasis in Rome

  • 5 of 5

After reading all the glowing reviews of

this apartment I was prepared to be disappointed , but not at all. The apartment is spacious, very well appointed in every way and in a quiet area which is a pleasure to come back to after a busy day sightseeing.

Hal the host was kind in spending time showing us around the area and popping in to check how we were going. He is very congenial and we feel as though we have made a friend.

The whole experience was wonderful and made our stay in Rome quite memorable.

Did I mention the beautiful courtyard. A delight to sit and enjoy a glass of vino and reflect on the day's activities.

Thank you Hal for making our stay so terrific.

Sandra and Clark.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello to my friendly Australians. It was a pleasure meeting the both of you and I must admit that hosting the folks from "down under" is always enjoyable and fun. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at The Palm House and thanks for being such wonderful guests. Cheers, Hal
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Palm House stay Sept. 21 - Oct 12, 2016

  • 5 of 5

There are no words that can adequately convey my thoughts concerning my 21 day stay at the Palm House. In a word it was FANTASTIC. It far exceeded my expectations and I had pretty high expectations based on the reviews which were one of the factors which led me to choose the Palm House in the first place. I can whole heartedly say "ditto" to every previous review. Hal went above and beyond to ensure my stay was enjoyable. He was readily available and responsive from the start of the booking process up to and including our stay to answer any questions and provide guidance. While there he sometimes researched and printed off maps with handwritten notes to facilitate getting to various places.

The apartment is as advertised, very inviting, spacious, comfortable, and well appointed. The appliances in the kitchen were top notch, easy to operate. Hal had stocked the kitchen with basics which allowed us to have snacks the day we arrived and breakfast the next morning after our long flight which was very much appreciated - he even had a bottle of wine for us. We truly felt at home immediately in the space. The location was ideal for me. It was not in the center of the city but close enough to easily get about while being away from the hustle, bustle and crowds. It was a welcome oasis at the end of our long days visiting the various sites and attractions. The apartment was within walking distance of several attractions, an absolutely fabulous restaurant (that became one of our favorites), an open air market and grocery store. We felt quite safe walking around and about the neighborhood which we did quite often. Public transportation was very close and convenient to the center of Rome and as mentioned Hal was very helpful in helping us navigate the transportation system which was easy once we found out how it worked.

I will most definitely stay at the Palm House any time I return to Rome in fact this visit was slightly rescheduled in order to stay there as once I saw the property, read the reviews and about the owner I wanted no other.

Hal is a superb host - very kind, generous and welcoming. I count him among my friends!!!! Thanks again Hal for making our stay so fun and memorable.

LaVerne and Edith

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi La Vern, I wanted to make your retirement vacation special and am glad to hear that I succeeded!!! I had a great time with you and your cousin. Thanks for the in depth review and also for trusting me to make your vacation unforgettable. I hope to see you this winter in Palm Springs. Your new friend, Hal
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Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Quartiere III Pinciano, Rome Province

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2017
20 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday 2017
20 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Low Season A 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Low Season B 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday 2018
23 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £50.53
Refundable Damage Deposit £84.22


To reserve/book the apartment, please pay the calculated deposit (25% of the total) in advance using PayPal. You will also be asked to pay a calculated service charge to Homeaway/VRBO with a major credit card. The remaining 75% to be paid in cash upon arrival. Thanks.

Cancellation Policy---100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled within 30 to 8 days before arrival date. 0% refund if cancelled 7 days or less of arrival date.

Check in is 15:00 (3PM) and check out is 11:00 (11AM)

Car transfer from/to airport with private driver (large Mercedes) can be arranged and is 50 euro each way. Please pay the driver directly. The drive is roughly 45 minutes (depends on traffic) and I will be waiting outside upon your arrival.

Personal walking tour of the neighborhood (restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, etc. as well as bus and tram stops) will be conducted by me, Hal McMillan

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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