Albergo del Sole
Via del Biscione 76, Rome, Italy star
Doubles from: $137 to $220
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located only a block from Campo de’ Fiori, the Albergo del Sole is a two-star hotel situated in a lively and vibrant area, only a few minutes’ walk to both public transportation and many of the city’s most popular sights. The Sole provides basic, clean and frill-free accommodations at a reasonable price considering its central location.
And this Cheapo’s got history! According to the owners, the hotel dates back to Roman times and was built on the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey where Julius Caesar was assassinated. (We can't say that about every cheap hotel we recommend...)
Pros: Convenient, historic location. Charming, old-world building. Clean, simple rooms.
Cons: Can get noisy. Steep stairs leading to reception. Some décor a bit outdated
Albergo del Sole offers 59 clean and basic rooms of varying configurations. Rooms have tiled floors and are simply furnished with a few pieces of wooden furniture and some framed photos on the painted yellow walls. One feature worth noting is that a handful of rooms have high wooden beam ceilings which offer a feel of Old World charm. As the hotel is close to Campo de’ Fiori, a spot with a lively nightlife, the rooms may get noise from the streets (especially on weekends).
In general, the rooms are frill-free, but they’re clean and equipped with the essentials. All rooms have air conditioning, telephone, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV with satellite channels. And as a treat, some rooms on the fifth floor provide romantic rooftop views of Rome.
Note that while there are no safes in the rooms, there is one at the reception.
Most rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers, although a few are equipped with a bathtub (ask ahead). Happily for Cheapos looking for more affordable options, the Albergo del Sole also offers four cheaper double rooms with shared bathrooms.
Bathrooms are sparklingly clean and a good size by European standards, though the shower boxes are small. A hairdryer and toiletries are provided.
While the hotel does have an elevator, guests will still be required to climb what could be an intimidating flight of steep stairs leading to the reception. The décor in the common areas—such as the lounge/TV room on each floor—looks a bit worn, with outdated and tired furniture. That said, the spacious and lovely garden terrace on the top floor offers stunning views of the Eternal City and is the crowning glory of Albergo del Sole.
Note that the hotel does not serve breakfast. However, there are plenty of bars and cafes in the vicinity. Unlike most hotels in the city center, Albergo del Sole does have parking available (depending on the size of the vehicle) at a cost of €20-30 per day.
The Albergo del Sole’s enviable position puts it close to public transportation, must-see attractions in Rome and plenty of shops and places to eat. The number 8 tram, which goes to Trastevere, is only a short walk away and, with numerous bus connections on several of the main roads, one can get to basically every part of town from here.
At the nearby Campo de’ Fiori there is an open-air market from 8 am to 2 pm (except on Sundays) that awes with its colorful variety of seasonal produce. Don’t forget to drop in at the Forno Campo de’ Fiori for some amazing baked goods. Try their pizza bianca (flat bread) and you will be back for more!
From Termini Station: Take Bus No. 64 to C.so Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. della Valle. From there, it’s about a 5-minute walk to the hotel. Alternatively, taking a taxi directly to the hotel would cost about €10-15.
From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport /Fiumicino:
a. Take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station, and from there take the bus as mentioned above.
b. Take the urban train (which stops more but costs less than the Leonardo Express) to Trastevere Station and from there, take the No.8 tram to Via Arenula. From the stop, it’s about a 5 to 10-minute walk to the hotel.
c. A taxi directly to the hotel costs a fixed price of €48.
a. Take the "Cotral" Bus to Metro A Stop "Anagnina" in the direction of "Battistini". Get off at Termini Station and take the bus from there as mentioned above.
b. Take bus shuttle “Terravision” which goes directly to Termini and then the buses mentioned above.
c. Take a taxi directly to the hotel at the fixed price of €30.
Reviewed by: Diana Simon, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Cash Only
- Luggage Storage
- Office Center
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Shuttle service
- Steep Stairs
- Vending Machines
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- AC Available
- Balconies/Terraces Available
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Cable TV
- Soundproofed Windows
Via del Biscione 76
Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy
About the Albergo del Sole neighborhood
The cafe-lined Campo de' Fiori, located just south of the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, is a prime hang-out zone for Rome's young hipsters. Crowds spill out of bars onto the Piazza at night. During the day, the area's restaurants, fab shops, and a morning market (daily) take over. Rome's Jewish Ghetto is a short stroll away, down Via Giubbonari.