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Benefitting from simple yet comfortable rooms, affordable rates and cheerful service, the family-run Hotel Smeraldo presents a great value in a primo location.
Pros: Extremely central location. Well-equipped rooms. Friendly vibe.
Cons: Rooms and bathrooms can be rather small. Rooms can pick up street noise.
Situated on a side street in a super-central location (within walking distance of not only the Campo de’ Fiori but also Piazza Navona, Largo Argentina and the Pantheon), the three-star Hotel Smeraldo offers clean rooms, efficient service and a warm atmosphere.
The Smeraldo's 50 non-smoking guest rooms are modest, clean and comfortable, with cream-colored walls, tiled floors and standard wooden furnishings. In general the rooms are not huge but they are functional and equipped with soundproof windows, air conditioning, a telephone, flat-screen television (cable and satellite channels), safe and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also offer a balcony and a mini-fridge.
Large windows provide plenty of light in guest rooms, and the Hotel Smeraldo has one handicap accessible room available (ask ahead). Although the hotel is situated on a side street, the lively area can still produce noise at night.
The private bathrooms vary in size and are remarkably clean, with light, dark or floral tiles. The showers are a bit small, but some rooms have good-sized bathtubs (ask ahead). A hair dryer and toiletries are provided.
The Hotel Smeraldo has a bright and comfortable guest lounge, as well as roof terraces that offer spectacular views of Rome’s terracotta rooftops and church domes. Bonus: As the hotel is equipped with elevators (of varying sizes) and a street-level reception, steep stairs are not a worry as it is in many cheap hotels in Rome.
The Smeraldo also features an annex just around the corner from the main building, with 16 additional rooms and a roof terrace. Note that guests staying in the annex are still served their buffet breakfast, included in the room rate, in the main building.
Situated within walking distance to the main sights and a stroll away from several bus stops as well as the number 8 tram in Largo Argentina, the Hotel Smeraldo makes an ideal base for exploring Rome.
This enviable position also places guests minutes away from some outstanding eateries. Around the corner from the main building and just next door to the annex is the renowned Roscioli Bakery, which boasts baked goods ranging from savory pizzas to sweet treats. Its restaurant equivalent on Via dei Guibbonari also serves up a mouth-watering carbonara.
Several gelato shops are also in the vicinity, the closest being the Gelateria Corona on Largo Arenula and V-Ice on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. And make sure to check out the market at Campo de’ Fiori! With fresh seasonal produce and a lively atmosphere, it is a feast for the eyes—and stomach.
From Termini Station: Take bus 40 or 70 to Argentina or bus 64 to C.so Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. della Valle. From either bus stop, it's less than a 10-minute walk to the hotel.
From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport/Fiumicino: Take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station, and from there take the bus (as detailed above), or take the urban train (which stops more but costs less than the Leonardo Express) to the Trastevere Station. From Trastevere, take the number 8 tram to Via Arenula, wihich is about a 5-minute walk to the hotel.
From Ciampino: Take the either "Cotral" Bus to Metro A Stop "Anagnina" or the bus shuttle "Terravision" to Termini Station, and then take the bus (as detailed above).
» 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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Smeraldo 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.