Albergo del Sole al Biscione
Via del Biscione 76, Rome, Italy star
Doubles from: $111 to $236
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated only a block from Campo de’ Fiori, the Albergo del Sole al Biscione provides clean and frill-free accommodations at reasonable rates for the central location.
Pros: Convenient, historic location. Charming Old-World building. Clean rooms (some with views). Rooftop terrace.
Cons: Can get noisy. Steep stairs leading to reception. Some décor a bit outdated.
The two-star Albergo del Sole al Biscione may be on the simple side, but it offers a vibrant, central location, a fun historic backstory and an atmospheric rooftop terrace.
The hotel’s 59 rooms have tiled floors, wooden furniture and some framed photos on 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, a telephone and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. And as a treat, some rooms on the fifth floor provide romantic rooftop views. Note that while there are no safes in the rooms, there is one at the reception.
The bathrooms are sparklingly clean and a good size by European standards, although the shower boxes are small. Most rooms have private bathrooms, some of which are equipped with a bathtub (ask ahead), and the Albergo del Sole also offers four cheaper double rooms with shared bathrooms. A hair dryer and toiletries are available.
The décor in the common areas looks a bit worn, but we liked that every floor offers a lounge/TV room. That said, the hotel’s crowning glory is the spacious rooftop garden terrace, which offers magnificent views of the Eternal City.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. The hotel does not serve breakfast, but there are plenty of bars and cafes in the vicinity. Unlike most hotels in the city center, the Albergo del Sole has parking available (depending on the size of the vehicle), at a cost of €20-30 per day.
Note: While the hotel has have an elevator, guests will still be required to climb a flight of steep stairs up to the reception area.
A “classic” story: According to the owners, the Albergo del Sole al Biscione 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...)
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 there are numerous bus connections.
At the nearby Campo de’ Fiori there is an open-air market from (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; daily except Sundays) that awes with its colorful array of seasonal produce. Don’t forget to drop in at the Forno Campo de’ Fiori for some amazing baked goods, including a pizza bianca (flatbread) that’ll keep you coming back.
From Termini Station: Take Bus No. 64 to C.so Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. della Valle. From there, it’s about a five-minute walk to the hotel.
From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport /Fiumicino: Take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station, and from there take Bus No. 64 to Vittorio Emanuele/S.V. della Valle. Alternatively, take the urban train (which stops more but costs less than the Leonardo Express) to Trastevere Station, and the take the No.8 tram to Via Arenula, a five- to 10-minute walk to the hotel.
From Ciampino: Take the "Cotral" Bus to Metro A Stop "Anagnina" in the direction of "Battistini". Get off at Termini Station and take the Bus No. 64. The bus shuttle “Terravision” also runs directly to Termini.
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 al Biscione 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.