Via Santa Maria Dè Calderari 47, Rome, Italy
Doubles from: $125 to $176
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Although basic, the two-star Hotel Arenula is the type of hotel we Cheapos love. It offers a clean and comfortable accommodations and a super-central location, plus very reasonable rates.
Pros: Good value. Excellent location near Camp de' Fiori.
Cons: No elevator. Street-facing rooms can pick up some noise.
Those looking for fancy digs and high-end service may not be happy at the Hotel Arenula, but if you're after a simple and central homebase in Rome, this two-star hotel hits the spot. The Arenula may be basic and a little rundown, but it's cleanand offers rates that make it one of the most affordable hotels in a coveted area.
The 50 small guest rooms at the Hotel Arenula are done up with wooden furniture, large windows, gold bedspreads and gleaming white-tiled floors. Those willing to climb the stairs to the upper rooms are treated to views of Rome’s rooftops in the direction of Piazza Venezia. (Ask for a corner room on the top floor for the best views.)
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a telephone and satellite TV. Note that despite the quiet location, street-facing rooms can sometimes pick up noise. The private bathrooms offer a hair dryer and toiletries.
No doubt, the most impressive aspect of the Hotel Arenula is its location. It's tucked on a quiet side street that feels far from the city-center chaose—even though it’s just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Largo Argentina, Piazza Venezia and Campo De’ Fiori. A five-minute walk will bring you to the historic center, and the bohemian quarter of Trastevere is just across the river. The Hotel Arenula is also conveniently located near the main bus and tram routes.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout (although it can be patchy). The Hotel Arenula does not have an elevator, so be prepared to climb some steep stairs. (Hey, there are some interesting statues to be seen along the way—and you can work off some of that pasta.)
» Samantha Collins, 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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Arenula 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.