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Dipendenza Hotel Smeraldo
Ranked #704 of 1,261 Hotels in Rome
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

What a great location! This hotel was in a great location, close to a fab bakery and just around the corner from a lovely market and some great coffee shops and restaurants. We only stayed here one night on our way to the amalfi coast but the room was clean if a little small but we only slept there as we went sightseeing so this was not a problem. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, CA
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013

As countless others have pointed out in other reviews, the Hotel Smeraldo and its annex (Dipendenza) are located in an absolutely wonderful area of historic central Rome, within very easy walking distance of many significant tourist sites, including the very atmospheric Campo dei Fiori. The properties are extremely clean, with very modern bathrooms, air conditioning and flat screen TVs. Rooms are small (especially the single rooms) but all connected by elevator, and there are roof-top terraces.

The properties suffer from one insurmountable adversary: noise (not from cars, but people walking along the Via dei Giubbonari towards the Campo dei Fiori at all hours of the day and well into the early morning hours of darkness). The stone pavements, stone buildings and narrow steets and alleys act as canyons which permit the noise to float vertically into the air (so that staying on the fourth floor will not shield you). Keeping the double-pained windows closed won't be enough, and only very tight ear plugs will barely manage to muffle the noise sufficiently to fall asleep. Light sleepers should definitely stay away. Another nuisance are the noisy electronic buzz cards used to open the room doors: at 2:00 a.m., it's impossible not to hear the door down the hall being opened, no matter how gingerly it is then closed.

The breakfast is of average quality, but can become monotonous after several days for lack of variety. Two items stand out for their shortcomings: the cold cuts and cheese (which are of inferior quality) and the pastries (which are only slightly better than grocery-store items). The self-serve coffee is fine. I suppose that the hotel has little incentive to upgrade the breakfast, given that everyone chooses this property for its location, although candidly it would take very little effort to do so.

DIRECTIONS from Rome FCO Airport: 1. Take the Trenitalia FR1 airport train (NOT the Leonardo da Vinci airport train) to Roma TRASTEVERE Station (8 Euros, 26 minutes travel time, departures every 15 minutes, children under the age of 12 years, 0 days travel FREE with a paying adult). 2. Take the No. 8 streetcar, marked "Argentina", to the last stop (currently alongside the gardens just south of Largo Arenula, just north of the Tiber River on Via Arenula, and south of Largo Argentina (note: the streetcars will soon extend their run all the way to Piazza Venezia, turning right onto Via Florida, so you will be getting off well before the terminus stop). Fare is 1.50 Euros (purchase ticket from the newsstand at Trastevere Station), and children under the age of 10 years, 0 days travel FREE. 3. Walk 200 meters on Via dei Giubbonari, past the Church of San Carlo ai Catinari, turning right on the second narrow side street (Via dei Chiavari). The hotel is at the intersection of Via dei Chiavari and Vicolo dei Chiodaroli). If you happen to be in Largo Arenula, take the narrow Via di Sant'Anna for 160 meters until it dead ends at Via dei Chiodaroli. NOTE: A taxi to/from the airport costs a flat 48 Euros.

People very familiar with this area will recognize the Smeraldo Annex as formerly the Hotel Piccolo and formerly the Hotel in Parione. An elevator was added to upgrade the structure to three stars.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Mandeville, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

The rooms were adequately sized, but they were a little warm. My roommate and I kept our window open (in January!). The beds were a little uncomfortable, but after spending all day exploring the Eternal City, I didn't really care all that much. Small, cramped bathrooms. Bedroom and bathroom always seemed clean.
Wonderful location: right next to the Camp di Fiori and the Largo Argentina. Within walking distance (or close to it) of the Vatican, Forum, and the Colosseum. Huge bus stop near the hotel makes the whole city accessible.
Extras: Each room had a safe, a TV, and WiFi. There is one computer in the lobby for gust use. There is one handicapped accessible room in the hotel. Roof access.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012 via mobile

Well there is free wifi and free continental breakfast with cafe americano, hot tea, juices, milk, pastries that are to die for, cereals and yogurts. The rooms are tiny and so are the bathrooms as other reviewers have said. I excepted tiny but this is the bare minimum in size. The AC was loud but since it is fall now it did not matter. The bed was comfortable and I did make sure to open the window to let in fresh air every morning but it would be too cold to sleep and way too loud too. You do get what you pay for but since this is Rome best spend your money on food and sights and save money on the hotel! The bed is comfortable and the room is doable for a few days also you cannot beat the location and price.

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Tooele, Utah, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Smeraldo for 2 nights. It was an excellent location, we were able to walk to many of the sights we wanted to see, the Vatican City is a little far, though. the hotel was clean and the breakfast was good. The long haired night guy was a little grouchy.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Smeraldo 7 nights in September 2012. We stayed in the part of the hotel that was across the street by Roscioli Bakery. We were up on the 4th floor and our room was very small, but we were able to quickly get used to that by completely unpacking our bags and putting everything away. The bathroom was very small (especially the shower stall) but we were okay with that. The room was clean, actually extremely clean. The staff at the front desk was very helpful and were more than happy to make dinner reservations for us each day. The breakfast was fairly decent and they serve until 10 am. There's a roof top terrace where my wife and I would enjoy a glass of wine late in the day. To sum it up, the staff is great at Hotel Smeraldo, right down to the cleaning staff. The rooms are very clean and it's located in about the best spot in Rome. The Pantheon is 4 blocks away. You can walk to the Trevi Fountain in 20 minutes. You can walk to Trastevere in 10 minutes. The Campo de Fiori is a 5 minute walk (slow walk). I will most certainly stay at this hotel again in the near future. The staff and location make this a great find at bargain prices.

Room Tip: If you stay in the main hotel, it should be quiter on the weekends. The Campo de Fiori can get very...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Kingston, Tennessee
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We could not have done better than to book the Dipendenza Hotel Smeraldo for our first visit to Rome. Upon our early morning arrival at the hotel, we were met by an extremely friendly and efficient hotel staff who checked us in and provided a place for us to store our luggage until our room was ready. While waiting for our room, we made our way outside for our first exploration of the sights of the city and, after walking only a few blocks from the hotel, came into the Campo di Fiori with its brilliant flower stalls, aromatic restaurants, and inviting activity. Leaving this area, we walked a few blocks further and into the Piazza Navona with its fantastic sculpture, fountains, and restaurants. After lunch back in the Campo de Fiori, we returned to the hotel, where we and our luggage were escorted to our room, which was clean, air conditioned, bright, and equipped with all the amenities we needed. After a walk to the Trevi Fountain on our first night in Rome, we spent the next two days doing walking tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Forum, and the Pantheon. We soon discovered that all of these sights were within a fairly reasonable walking distance from our hotel. The Smeraldo’s helpful staff, attractive accommodations, rooftop deck, and tasty breakfasts all made us feel so welcome. We certainly hope to include the Smeraldo in our plans for a second visit to the Eternal City.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dipendenza Hotel Smeraldo
Address: Via Dei Chiavari 32, 00186 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Ranked #704 of 1,261 Hotels in Rome
Number of rooms: 66

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