You will struggle to find a hotel so nice and so central in Rome as Hotel Smeraldo. Located amidst the narrow cosy streets just a 2 minute walk from the old flower market Campo de 'Fiori' and about 5 minutes from Piazza Navona, you really are in the heart of Rome here.
Just outside the door of the hotel, you will find a wide selection of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants in some of Rome's friendliest streets. It is easy to use the public transport system to get around the city since Largo Argentina station is just 3 minutes on foot from where there are buses and trains running in all directions, as well as tram No. 8 which takes you to Trastevere.
Hotel Smeraldo's greatest asset is undoubtedly the super central location, but also the two roof terraces where you can relax at the end of the day and enjoy views over the rooftops is a big plus.
Starting off as a small guest house originally, it has slowly grown and accumulated more rooms and now has fifty in total, and also more stars. Despite its growth, the reception is still the same as it was 20 years ago and the level of service isn't exactly top notch, but it is a real Roman experience with dialect spoken by some of the staff.
The hotel's owner, Giancarlo, is often working on the reception along with his brother. Whilst his mother, who is somewhat of an elderly lady over 80, takes care of the breakfast room and several other daily tasks as she has done her whole life. Hotel Smeraldo has a small reception (street level), elevator, bar, several small seating corners, a cosy breakfast room with skylights in the basement, and two small roof terraces, which offer a lovely view.
Hotel rooms have been subject to frequent renovation and are all quite different in design. They all have access to the internet, satellite television, air conditioning and a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and toilet.