In the heart of Trastevere and across the Tiber from the main synagogue is Hotel Carmel, a family-run, budget-friendly place to stay. It's also a certified kosher hotel. The staff are eager to please, and there are two kitchens that guests can use in order to help them keep kosher while on vacation; alternatively, prepared kosher meals can also be arranged. Rooms are basic, and not all have private baths, so be sure to inquire when booking. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the terrace. A kosher breakfast can also be arranged for €5 extra per person per day.
Pets are welcome here if you plan in advance.
Rooms are bright and cheerfully decorated in warm colors and tile flooring. A variety of offerings include single, triple and four-bed rooms. While the furnishings could use a refresh and have a bit of a college-dormitory vibe, they're kept immaculately clean. Tea and coffee service is provided and all rooms also have a fridge, safe, and TV. Pillows are flat and old so you may need to ask for extras.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have complained about poor WiFi service.
Bathrooms are basic but clean with charming blue and white tiles. A hairdryer and minimal toiletries are provided.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Two rooms in the hotel have a shared bathroom, so check the details of your reservation ahead of time.
The reception desk is located up a few steps. The lobby is small, but welcoming, with its green marble flooring and abundant plants. Further stairs will lead you past a stained-glass window to your room.
Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the terrace with typical Italian options of breads, cereals and beverages. Kosher breakfast is also available.
The hotel also serves drinks on the terrace from their vast wine cellar, including Italian and kosher wines.
The hotel is located in a prime area of Trastevere, one of Rome's livelier neighborhoods, known for its great dining, nightlife, and high concentration of study-abroad students. You'll be able to walk anywhere, and main attractions are just a short taxi ride away.
The chefs at Maison 21 (1-minute walk) serve each plate in immaculate detail. They specialize in fresh seafood dishes, and incredible handmade desserts. Somo (1-minute walk) offers Japanese and Asian fusion food with a speciality menu of sushi rolls featuring the catch of the day.
Big Star (1-minute walk) has a grungy, locals-only vibe with incredibly priced drinks. Bar San Calisto (8-minute walk) is a super casual joint for good cheap coffee and good cheap beer with a cozy outdoor patio.
WHY WE LIKE IT
While the design is nothing to write home about, the hotel is bright and clean with a very helpful staff that will help you make the most of your trip. Located in prime Trastevere real estate, you'll get a taste of Roman life from morning to night. Given its location, the hotel also host lots of visitors of nearby John Cabot University students. The plant-covered terrace is also an added bonus if you're looking for a moment of quiet.