Rome at a Price That's Right
Scoring bargain accommodations in Rome can be as tricky as deciphering ancient ruins. But you're in luck: We've unearthed nine charming, affordable hotels.
'Hood Near Campo de' Fiori, a bustling open-air market that heats up at night when locals and tourists crowd bars and restaurants lining the perimeter. It's an easy walk to the Vatican, the Forum, the Spanish Steps, and Trastevere.
First Impression The Smeraldo is a standard European budget hotel with marginal service, but the well-appointed rooms and great views set it a cut above the rest.
Rooms The 66 rooms are small—showers require acrobatic flexibility—and have burnished chestnut ensembles (headboard, nightstands, and armoire), marble sinks, and stone-tile floors. Some overlook the Campo de' Fiori.
Plus You can grab drinks and admire the skyline from the two rooftop terraces.
Minus The Smeraldo is popular among often-rowdy European soccer fans. Check the soccer schedule for home games before you book.
Free Wi-Fi? No; There is a charge for Wi-Fi and it's not accessible in the guest rooms.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details vicolo dei Chiodaroli 9, 011-39/06-687-5929, smeraldoroma.com. Double from €115 ($151), breakfast included.