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.
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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.
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Wonderful, newly renovated room - clean and neat. Very centrally located within walking distance to many interesting places to see in Rome.
Very kindly service, but bad internet connection and a bad breakfast selection
Good location. Polite and good service. Lovely breakfast.
The room was small and dark, but peaceful at night.
Very centrally located within walking distance to a lot of sights. Furthermore there is 5 minuts walk distance to the busses and trams.
Our stay at Hotel Smeraldo was as expected - very kind and friendly staff, two wonderful terraces where you can bring and eat your own food. Nice breakfast, ok rooms with fridge, which is nice if you don't want to have some cold fruits or water at your room.
The room was a bit small, but we knew that. Nice bathroom, clean and a well-functional air condition. Very peaceful.
The only thing was that the cleaning staff blocked the elevator in the morning during cleaning. And it would be nice if they made a no-smoking policy at the terrace.