Travel Blogs from Rome
... book called Going in Circles which is 90% based on her reuniting with her husband Mark after all these years. It’s a truly beautiful story. Mark knew Linda’s brother from back in the day. They were both married before, lived their lives,
and rekindled a friendship that turned into love. They’ve only been married 10
years but you would have thought it was a lifetime.
Tomorrow we will be docking to see Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
... and checking out local shops. After a quick drink in Piazza Barberini. Two ridiculously expensive cocktails later, and 2 free shots ... we - yet again - wimped out and walked back to our hostel to pass out!
The next day was our last day in Rome and we decided that since we'd already seen all the sights we'd wanted to, that we would do a bus tour! We had a reservation booked for later that day at the Borghese Gallery, so the morning we spent on the red bus tour around Rome. ...
... and the sites. The biggest surprise was seeking our a cafe for breakfast, we literally rounded two corners and almost stumbled over the Pantheon, just a few streets from our partment! After breakfast overlooking the pantheon we spent the day wondering the streets, getting fabulously lost and enjoying every second despite the serious jet ...
It's time to learn a new language...again! Today we flew from Athens to Rome. When we got to the airport we ran into our first real plane problem. We got to the airport 2 hours early as per protocol and it turns out the plane hasn't even left Rome yet to come get us. It ended up only being about an hour delay though, so no big deal at all. We were overdue for something to happen, so if that's the worst of it we're pretty lucky. During the delay ...
... hop off tours towards our hotel near the Vatican. I hung out to see the Trevi fountain at night and then decided to walk back through piazza navona, also lively with music and entertainment by this point, back to the bar restaurant near our hotel where i met up with the others.. thank goodness for texting! What started out as a rainy morning ended up to be a spectacular day and a nightcap was a great way to end our stay in Italy.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.