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Very Rome! Loved It!
I just returned from my trip and had a fantastic time! I really enjoyed my stay at Hotel Smeraldo. The location is more than perfect! If you want to be within walking distance from all attractions and stay at a nice place then I would highly recommend this hotel. I took this vacation with my boyfriend and he agrees too. I had a double room and in my opinion it was an good size, very clean, and marbled bathrooms. The bathrooms are small but very cute. We walked just about everywhere and the walks were very enjoyable. We walked to the trevi, spanish steps, piazza navona, pantheon, even the vatican. There were more sights within walking distance but basically just go and explore Rome! The area of this Hotel is so very Roman. It has tons of character and you real experience Italy at its best. The only thing about Hotel Smeraldo you should be aware is that the staff has this "rush rush" personality. Some, not all, seem to be busy and are quick with their responses-but hey nothing is perfect. The price is good, especially during November, we just payed 85 euros-that's good!
Highly Recommend the Smeraldo
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo for four days while in Rome. I had done quite a bit of research on Rome hotels before arriving in Italy, and this hotel came highly referred. I booked the room online, and also arranged for a taxi pickup from the airport. The driver arrived on time, and was also nice enough to point out attractions as we were driving to the hotel (half in Italian, half in broken English - but we appreciated the effort!). The hotel is in a safe, excellent, although somewhat hidden, location between the Campo di Fiori and Travestere neighborhoods. It is a great starting point from which to see many of Rome's top attractions: Pantheon, Trevi, Spanish steps, Colleseum - all within walking distance. Many wonderful restaurants and gelaterias are also close by. The rooms are average in size, with big beds (mattresses were very firm!), a desk, big closet, TV, A/C and a nice, clean modern tiled bathroom. It was so quiet we felt like the only guests staying in the hotel, although we asked for a quiet room. Some of the rooms near the street might be a little noisy.
This hotel is a great budget find. If you're looking for a clean, friendly, affordable place within walking distance to Rome's top attractions, this is it. You can't beat the Hotel Smeraldo.
Lovely hotel and great location!!!!!!!
My boyfriend and I stayed here 16th-19th Sep 2003 and I would definitely return here. I booked the room direct with the hotel via email and they were friendly and really quick in all correspondence.
They arranged a taxi transfer to/from the airport for us at a reasonable price as well. Throughout our stay they were helpful and although they did speak English they tolerated my not so good Italian as well!!! The rooms weren't HUGE but they were clean and comfortable and like a previous reviewer said had a lovely view over the tiled rooftops. The location was wonderful - the aiport aside, we didn't have to get a taxi anywhere. It is right on the steps of the Campo di Fiori which has some excellent restuarants (La Carbonara) and bars so we didn't have to worry about travelling miles home at the end of our evening. We were able to have some really nice night-time walks around the trevi fountain and pantheon because of it's central location. Yes, we will definitely be coming back here!!!!
Great experience.....local atmoshpere
The hotel was great....quaint and within walking distance of great historic sights....great restraunts nearby......there is a great bakery around the corner....English speaking......would recommend it to anyone......great local atmoshpere
It is a fantastic hotel- great location, nice rooms with a perfect view, rather quiet, -just everything you need from the hotel.I recommend it to everyone going to Rome.
Hidden gem in old Rome
Smeraldo is fabulously local: a few minutes off the Campo de'Fiori, within walking distance of all the must-sees, St. Peter's and Trastevere.
Sure, the taxi driver won't have a clue where it is, but the sidetreets thereabouts will reward you with plenty of bars, restaurants and Kodak moments amongst the ochre and marble whilst you hunt it down.
And that's its charm: the place seems to melt into the local landscape like a row of badly-parked cinquecentos. Good sized, recently refurbished rooms with rooftop views. Helpful and friendly staff who will speak English and tolerate incomprehesible Italian.
Skip the four-stars and use the change for a bottle of Prosecco with dinner instead. I've stayed in many Roman hotels and this is by far my favourite.
Hotel Smeraldo, Rome was great
A group of 17 Iowa State University Alumni spent two weeks in Rome at the Hotel Smeraldo. The hotel rooms are small, but very adequate. The staff is great--English speaking.
The breakfast was only fair. Bread and rolls good, orange juice tasted like powered juice and no other fruit was offered. Thin slices of meat and cheese were included and one kind of cereal.
The location is wonderful--in the heart of Rome and within walking distance to major attractions.
My Roman home
Ok, ok, so the rooms are small although the last time we stayed at the Smeraldo I asked for a quiet room and they gave us a large..and quiet.. room with a view of beautiful tile rooftops. I love this hotel. The staff speaks English very well except for "Bruno" who is the night desk clerk. The breakfast is not good: mostly little packages of dry cookies with some melon and glasses of what tasted like Tang. But the location is wonderful; just three short blocks from the Campo Di Fiori, across an alley from a wonderful coffe bar that has real fresh squeezed orange juice and around the corner from a wonderful bakery where we ate like the Romans every morning: Pizza Bianca. We lived at the Campo by day and slept very well in air conditioned rooms (Bruno occasionally tried to turn it off but we wagged a finger at him...Italians think AC is bad for you)at this hotel at night. The Smeraldo is clean, very friendly and I feel very much at home there. By the way, we walked to every important place in Rome with the exception of the Opera Housefrom there. Try it!! A sweet place.
Best Deal in Town
Amazing location, unbeatable rates and excellent staff.. I will be staying here on all my trips to Rome.
A Great Value
A quiet comfortable room on a lovely out of the way, street in a superb location near Campo dei Fiori, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Forum. The friendly staff speak English and seek to please. There is a wonderful bakery just around the corner, and a sidewalk cafe just across the street. The air conditioned room was comfortable. The furnishings were average, everything was clean. I would deffinitely return.
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... pants soon came on after being approached for the up neath time, especially when they were trying to sell us hats of which we both had one on!! Although Daniel had the this best approached to them after the end of the tour,waiting for the bus, we were approached AGAIN to buy scarves, Daniel said to the bloke "You want this?" It was an empty Pringles box, he started waving it around in front of the guy saying "2 Euros, 2 Euros!!" I was cracking up laughing and the ...
... a salami and cheese Panini. After relaxing in our room for a bit, we rejoined TG for our first adventure into the city.
After learning the ins and outs of the metro system (there are only 2 lines, so it was quite simple), we rode to “Colosseo” and exited the underground. Our first glimpse of the Colosseum happened that very moment- a right-in-your-face kind of impression! Our local guide, Francesca, led us through that and had ...
... navigator of the trip..."it's only going to be a 10minute walk...ok another 10 minutes. Ok guys it's definitely 10 minutes from here!" Pulling suitcases over the cobblestones was fun! Hotel Donatello was waiting for us (yes just like Ninja Turtles). After having a much needed shower, Stu and I decided to go exploring. Ended up being recommended a restaurant by the hotel manager within short walking distance of the hotel. ...
... which is a real treat, and it even has a pool. The room is at least twice the size of the place we stayed at in Paris. Once we got unpacked and cleaned up from the train ride, we went off in search of food. We walked for probably 15 minutes before we came to a little area that had some restaurants and shoppes. Most of the shoppes looked closed,but we found one little place that had some sodas for ...
... melted into the asphalt when left sitting.
In Italy in general I have noticed through my travels that there are a large abundance of talented street performers playing anything from the violin to the accordion to bands or singers; I even saw a male pole dancer once on the metro.