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Situated only a block from Campo de’ Fiori, the Albergo del Sole al Biscione provides clean and frill-free accommodations, a super central location, and multitude of flowering terraces.
Pros: Convenient, historic location. Charming Old-World building. Rooftop terrace.
Cons: Can get noisy. Steep stairs to reception. Décor a bit outdated.
The 59 rooms in the two-star Albergo del Sole al Biscione might be rather simple, but the hotel’s real draw lies in its incredibly central location next to the Campo de’ Fiori, its fun sense of history and its rambling rooftop terrace.
The look of the rooms is pretty straightforward: tiled floors, wooden furniture and some framed photos on painted yellow walls. A handful of rooms have wooden beams across the ceiling, which lends a bit of charm. All rooms have air conditioning, a telephone and flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
As you go higher, the views get even more romantic, especially from fifth floor rooms. Things also get a bit quieter. As the hotel is really close to the lively nightlife scene at Campo de’ Fiori, light sleepers should request a room on a higher floor.
All rooms have a private bathroom, some of which are equipped with a bathtub (ask ahead), and most of which struck us as pretty spacious (by European standards). A hair dryer and toiletries are included.
Every floor offers a TV lounge, some with a décor that has rather dated touches of Medieval flair. However, the hotel’s crowning glory is the rambling and multi-layered rooftop terrace, which offers magnificent views of the Eternal City. We’d love to spend an afternoon at one of the tables up here, relaxing under the flowering bougainvillea.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 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. At the nearby Campo de’ Fiori there is an open-air market from (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; daily except Sundays) that offers a colorful array of seasonal produce.
Also, 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.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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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.