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The three-star Hotel Smeraldo is situated in a super-central location that’s within walking distance of not only the Campo de’ Fiori but also Piazza Navona, Largo Argentina and the Pantheon. On a quiet side street, Hotel Smeraldo offers rooms that are simple yet clean, efficient service and a warm atmosphere, making it a solid value.
Pros: Extremely central location. Well-equipped rooms. Side street address keeps out noise.
Cons: Rooms and bathrooms can be rather small.
The 50 non-smoking rooms at the family-run Hotel Smeraldo vary in size and are modest, clean and comfortable. With cream-colored walls and tiled floors, rooms in general are not huge but are functional and equipped with soundproofed windows, heating, air conditioning, telephone, flat-screen television (cable and satellite channels), safe and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also offer a balcony and a mini-fridge.
Rooms are well-lit by large windows and sport simple hotel furniture such as standard wooden headboards and matching bedside tables. Even with the Smeraldo’s central location, rooms tend to be quiet, as the hotel is situated on a side street.
Note: The Hotel Smeraldo has one handicap accessible room available.
All rooms have en suite bathrooms, which also vary in size. The bathrooms are remarkably clean with light, dark and floral motif tiles, and are equipped with a shower or bathtub (ask ahead). Showers are a bit small, though the bathtubs are a well-sized. A hairdryer and toiletries are provided.
As the hotel is equipped with elevators (of varying sizes) and a street-level reception, steep stairs are not a worry. Near the reception area there is a bright and comfortable waiting lounge for guests. Vending machines are also available on site.
The hotel features roof terraces that offer spectacular views of Rome’s terracotta rooftops and church domes. At present, these terraces are being renovated and are expected to be ready sometime during the summer of 2013.
The Smeraldo also features an annex just around the corner from the main building, with 16 additional rooms as well as a roof terrace. Note that guests staying in the annex are still served their buffet breakfast 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, 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. And if that isn’t enough, its restaurant equivalent, on Via dei Guibbonari, offers 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 not to miss 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: There are several bus options: No. 40 or 70 (getting off at Argentina) and also 64 (getting off at C.so Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. della Valle). From these two bus stops, it’s less than a 10-minute walk to the hotel. Alternatively, taking a taxi directly to the hotel will cost about €15.
From Leonardo Da Vinci Airport/Fiumicino:
a. Take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station, and from there take the bus as detailed above.
b. Take the urban train (which stops more but costs less than the Leonardo Express) to the Trastevere Station and from there, take the number 8 tram to Via Arenula. From the stop, it’s about a 5-minute walk to the hotel.
c. Take a taxi directly to the hotel at the 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 explained above.
b. Take bus shuttle “Terravision” which goes directly to Termini, 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.
- Breakfast Included
- Car Rental
- City tour
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Currency Exchange
- Fax Machine
- Free Newspapers
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Office Center
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Roof garden
- Room Service
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- TV Lounge
- Vending Machines
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Balconies/Terraces Available
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access
- Soundproofed Windows
- TV – flat screen
Vicolo Dei Chiodaroli 9
Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy
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.