Rome is an amazing travel destination that has so much to offer! If you’ve never been to Rome and you have it on your bucket list, or if you are already planning a trip and you are wondering where to stay in Rome, I will help you out with my best recommendations!
I lived in Rome for 2 years and absolutely love the city, so I’m happy to share my best, handpicked recommendations for Rome accommodations with you! Just be sure to book as far in advance as you can as the good hotels tend to get booked up fast!
The city is divided into 15 different districts. I’ve chosen my favorite districts to stay in and will tell you about the best hotels in Rome in each district based on price range and also give you some recommendations for things to do and places to eat near each of them:
- 1. Near Piazza Navona – One of the Best Locations to Stay in Rome
- 2. Trastevere
- 3. Monti – Hotels in Rome near the Colosseum
- 4. Prati – Top hotels in Rome near the Vatican
- 5. Great Hotels Near the Spanish Steps in Rome
- 6. Esquilino – Rome Hotels Near Termini Station
- 7. Rome hotels in Great, Lesser Known Areas
- Where NOT to stay in Rome
- Traveling with kids – The best family hotels in Rome
- Bonus 1: A Few Final Tips on Finding Hotels In Rome
- Bonus 2: Practical tips about Rome:
One of the best places to stay in Rome is Centro Storico (Historical Center). Honestly, this is a personal favorite of mine for places to stay in Rome!
Because it’s located in the center of the city, all the most important city attractions are within walking distance – Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Fontana di Trevi are all close by! Piazza di Spagna is only a 15-minute walk as well.
It’s the perfect spot for people who don’t mind walking around to visit all the sights. I really recommend wandering around the narrow streets and getting a true Rome experience!
The best part of staying in one of the hotels in Rome’s city centre is that you’re in the middle of all the action. There are a few downsides, however. It can be a bit pricey. There are also no metro stops close by (the closest stops are Piazza di Spagna on Line A and the Colosseum on Line B). But if you like the area and don’t mind wandering around, then you’ll definitely enjoy it!
Here are some of my recommendations for hotels in Central Rome:
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- Apartment Governo Vecchio 34 is a luxury, two-bedroom apartment in Rome, located only a two-minute walk from Piazza Navona. It has a full kitchen and it is the perfect Italy family hotel since it comes with everything you need when traveling with children. If you’re looking for your own space, this is a great option!
- Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj has rooms overlooking the Piazza and a terrace where you can see all the way to St. Peter’s Basilica. Beyond the wonderful views, this hotel has spacious rooms and offers a full continental breakfast. You can’t beat the location and comfort of this 4-star hotel in Rome!
- Hotel Raphael is a 5-star hotel in Rome that is pure luxury. The rooms are outfitted with every comfort to make you feel right at home. There’s also a rooftop terrace where you can have drinks at sunset and enjoy the view. Out of all the hotels in Rome, Hotel Raphael is one of the best!
Middle (US $80 to $170)
- Navona Gallery & Garden Suites is located in a beautiful garden. If you choose this hotel, you can stay in your own apartment-style suite and enjoy a continental breakfast every morning. There is a shared terrace that you can enjoy and this is also a perfect spot if you’re looking for romantic hotels in Rome!
- Navona Sweet Home is an apartment that’s a 3-minute walk from Piazza Navona. The apartment is beautifully decorated and will give you a homey feeling, as well as providing you with everything you need during your trip! And you can step right out your door and be in the middle of Central Rome – what more could you want?
- Luxury Apartment Piazza Navona is another apartment that can sleep up to six people. It’s located right in the Piazza, in a historic building from the 17th century! You can also rent bicycles from the property so you can enjoy Rome by bike!
Budget (Up to US $80)
- Baghirova in Rome Guest House is located in a beautiful building built in the 16th This hotel is right next to the Pantheon (200m) and Piazza Navona (400m) meaning you can’t beat the location! The rooms reflect the historic period of the building so you can enjoy Roman history both while sightseeing and in your room.
- Baldassini Suites is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable and centrally located to stay during your vacation. The rooms are spacious and offer a great value for your money. You can also get breakfast at the hotel as well!
- New Luxury Sweet Home Cappellari – Campo dei Fiori is a great budget hotel in Rome. This apartment has a full kitchen, everything you need to prepare a great Italian meal and is just a short walk from Piazza Navona. It is also close to Campo dei Fiori.
Attractions around Piazza Navona
Once you’ve decided on a place to stay, it’s time to consider what you should see near Piazza Navona! Here are some of my favorites spots:
- Piazza Navona – Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, and Palazzo Braschi with the Museum of Rome, this is must-see area of Rome.
- The Pantheon – one of the best-preserved buildings of Ancient Rome. It’s free to enter, but you also have the option of a guided tour, such as this Discover the Pantheon tour. If you want to read more about how to avoid the crowds at the Pantheon, you can read my article about 6 Crowded places in Rome – there’s a part about the Pantheon there!
- Fontana di Trevi (or the Trevi Fountain) – is considered to be one of the most beautiful fountains in the world! All Rome hotels near the Trevi Fountain are also right by Piazza Navona.
- Compo de’ Fiori – This is one of the main squares in Rome and is just a 4-minute walk from Piazza Navona.
Great restaurants near Piazza Navona
One of the best things to do in Rome is, of course, eat! There are tons of great traditional restaurants around this area:
- I Pizzicaroli – If you’re looking for a great spot for some wine, cheese, and meats, look no further! This is a relaxed restaurant that’s perfect for dinner or happy hour.
- Tucci restaurant – What could be better than a plate of homemade pasta while looking out on Piazza Navona? If that sounds good to you, you have to try this restaurant!
- La Pace Del Palato – If you’re ready to get away from the tourists for a bit, this quiet restaurant is the perfect spot for a good, traditional Italian meal.
Besides these recommendations, you can also read my post about Rome restaurants here – it includes the places I have carefully collected during my 2 years living in the city of love and, of course, from my local friends’ recommendations!
After Piazza Navona, my second recommendation for where to stay in Rome, Italy is Trastevere. This neighborhood is bohemian and very cute! It feels vibrant and lively and is located along the river.
If you decide to stay in Trastevere, keep in mind it is only connected to the rest of the city by tram. There is no metro stop there, meaning transportation is more limited. You can still walk to a lot of the main attractions though and there are maaany buses that go through the area as well!
Plus, if you’re into nightlife, this is the perfect place for you. There are tons of bars and restaurants within walking distance that you can check out!
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- Luxor Domus Trastevere is a full, luxury apartment that sleeps up to 10 people in the heart of Trastevere. This 3-bedroom apartment has both garden and city views, as well as a terrace. It’s in a great spot in Rome and has comfortable, spacious rooms!
- VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Rome. This unique property used to be a monastery in the 17th century and some of the original architecture remains! It also has a patio and terrace and offers a full buffet breakfast every morning.
- Ambio Suite Luxury Trastevere is a luxury apartment for two people. If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay, this apartment might be perfect for you! Featuring modern décor and clean lines, the apartment has everything you need to feel at home.
Middle (US $95 to $170)
- Magical apartment in Trastevere is an adorable apartment that sleeps up to 4 people. It’s right in the middle of Trastevere and has lots of restaurants within walking distance. Perfect if you want to go out and enjoy the nightlife but want a quiet, clean place to come home to!
- Loft Rooms Trastevere is a great bed and breakfast in Rome. Each unit has its own seating area and features modern décor and beautiful bathrooms. You’ll also get a full Italian breakfast each morning!
- Villa Matissa is right in the middle of Trastevere, but gives you all the peace and quiet as if you were staying on a lonely Italian street. It’s secluded away from the crowds, but still walking distance from main attractions. This hotel also has both a garden and terrace for you to enjoy.
Budget (Up to US $95)
- Landlord in Trastevere is great if you want to stay in one of the cheap hotels in Rome, but not feel like you are! With great value for the price, this hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and a common area with all the amenities you’re looking for. You’ll also get a great breakfast and cappuccino in the morning!
- Trastevere’s Friends is a great option in Trastevere for a budget traveler. This bed and breakfast has spacious rooms and a shared lounge. There’s also a breakfast every morning with a wide variety of options.
- Benedetta Trastevere is an adorable one-bedroom apartment. You can cook in the fully equipped kitchen if you want to or head right out the door to the restaurants nearby. Oh, and by the way, the owner can also help you rent a car if you’re looking to travel further around Rome!
Attractions around Trastevere
So what is there to do around Trastevere? Besides wandering around the charming, narrow streets and enjoying the nightlife, this neighborhood is also home to various attractions and activities. Here are a few I recommend:
- Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere – This church has mostly early medieval architecture, but what’s most striking are the golden mosaics both on the outside and inside of the church!
- Go on a food tour – If you’re looking for the best places where foodies should stay in Rome, look no further than Trastevere! I recommend this 3-hour evening food tour that will give you a taste of all the great Italian foods, or you can try out some artisan and family-run shops during this 3-Hour Street Food Tour.
- Janiculum Hill – If you’re willing to do a bit of exercise for amazing views, I definitely recommend climbing Janiculum Hill. It is steep at certain points, but the view from up there is simply incredible!
Great restaurants near Trastevere
As I mentioned before, Trastevere is a great place for foodies! Here are some restaurants in the area that I love:
- Dar Poeta – Known for its amazing pizza, this authentic Italian restaurant is a place you have to hit!
- La Tavernaccia da Bruno – Here you can get all the traditional Italian foods like pizza and pasta, but also try suckling pig, all cooked in a wood-fired oven.
- Spirito Di Vino – This restaurant fully embraces the Slow Food movement. Everything is 100% organic and made with local ingredients.
3. Monti – Hotels in Rome near the Colosseum
Monti is a cool neighborhood in town with trendy bars. It’s also walking distance from almost all major attractions (except the Vatican). It’s right by the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, as well as Piazza Venezia. The neighborhood is becoming a trendy, hipster spot as well if you’re looking for something a bit funky.
Monti is just a 15-minute walk from Termini Station or one stop away on the Line B metro.
Here are some handpicked selections of places to stay in Monti:
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- The Inn At The Roman Forum is one of the best luxury hotels in Rome and is very close to the Colosseum. You can’t do better for comfort and luxury! This hotel has all the amenities and a rooftop bar so you can enjoy views of the Colosseum at night.
- EnzHouse is a luxury apartment for up to 5 people. It has three bedrooms and is beautifully decorated. It’s also a great option for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway!
- La finestra sul Colosseo B&B 1 is a bed and breakfast right in Monti. With beautifully decorated rooms, each unit has a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. There is also a delicious breakfast included every morning.
Middle (US $90 to $170)
- Relais Terme di Tito is just 100m from the Colosseum. You’ll get terrace views of lots of Rome’s biggest attractions! Breakfast is also provided daily.
- iRooms Forum & Colosseum is a hip, chic guest house with modern, minimalist décor. The rooms are spacious and breakfast is provided. You’re also walking distance from all the best sights!
- Monti’s Kia Apartment are apartment units with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen. They’re perfectly situated so you can hit all the sights and then come back and cook a great meal! This is one of the best Rome hotel deals and is a great value for the price!
Budget (Up to US $90)
- Mecenate Rooms is great for couples traveling on a budget. Each unit has a private bathroom, Wi-Fi, and a flat screen TV. There is also breakfast included!
- B&B Colosseo Panoramic Rooms is right across from the Colosseum. It has modern décor and comfortable rooms. Some rooms even have views of the Colosseum!
- Domus Diana is a guesthouse where each room has its own unique, colorful décor. With the modern styling, you’ll also get a private bathroom and air conditioning. This is another great option for couples!
Attractions near Monti
There is plenty to do in Monti and right nearby! Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Colosseum and The Roman Forum – You simply can’t leave Rome without hitting two of the biggest sites – The Colosseum and the Roman Forum. You can find out all the information about visiting these two popular attractions in my post about 5 Secret tricks to avoid the line there.
- Victor Emmanuel II Monument – About a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum is the Victor Emmanuel II Monument. This is also where the tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies under a beautiful statue.
- Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – This is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary and what makes it so interesting is its mix of architectural styles.
- Trajan’s Market – This archaeological complex is believed to be the first-ever covered shopping mall.
Great restaurants near Monti
- Ristorante Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi – A rooftop restaurant right across the street from the Colosseum offering breathtaking sunset views!
- La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali – This family-run place is great for some traditional Roman food.
- Ai Tre Scalini – Enjoy a glass of wine and some snacks during happy hour at this winery that has been around since 1895!
4. Prati – Top hotels in Rome near the Vatican
Prati is a district of Rome that has the river on one side and the Vatican on the other. It’s pretty big, so make sure you choose a hotel within walking distance to the Vatican and ideally a metro stop as well. The last time I went to Rome I stayed in Prati and it was pretty convenient!
Prati is a bit far from all the rest of the attractions in Rome, but it is great for those who are going to visit the Vatican for sure. We solved the transportation problem by renting a motorbike. I think it was an awesome idea! You can read all about renting a motorbike in Rome here!
Another advantage of staying in Prati is that it’s very quiet. At night, there are no loud parties or crowds around. On the other hand, you’re still close to Trastevere if you want to enjoy the nightlife!
Here are some great hotels in Prati near the Vatican:
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- Bella Roma Luxury Accommodation, Vatican is a bed and breakfast just a 10-minute walk from St. Peter’s Basilica. The comfortable rooms also include air conditioning, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included as is free room service.
- Le Meridien Visconti Rome features a sleek, modern design and is 2 minutes from Saint Angelo Castle. This hotel has a restaurant and rooftop terrace where you can see amazing views of the historic city center! It also has a gym.
- Colonna Luxury Suites is a beautiful guesthouse located in a historic building. It’s a great option if you’re traveling with children since they offer a babysitting service if you’d like to have a night out without the kids! It’s conveniently located just a few steps from the Lepanto stop off metro Line A.
Middle (US $70 to $170)
- Prati House is an apartment for up to 3 people. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Vatican and 700m from Saint Angelo Castle. This is a perfect place for couples to stay!
- CdR Guest House has several rooms, each with a private bathroom and flat screen TV. It’s located 600m from Saint Angelo Castle and is perfectly situated for you to hit all the sights nearby. The breakfast is also great!
- Maison Risorgimento is a tastefully decorated guesthouse in the heart of the Prati district. You get a free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Each room also has a fridge.
Budget (Up to US $70)
- A Peace Of Rome is inside an historic building. With elegant and modern furnishings, this hotel offers comfortable rooms. The location is also great – just a 7-minute walk to the Vatican Museum!
- AmoRoma Vatican is a guesthouse where each room has its own unique décor. The rooms also have views of the city. Because it’s on a quiet street there are no worries about noise waking you up during the night.
- Saint Peter’s Keys is a bed and breakfast with clean, spacious rooms. You also get a great breakfast every morning! It’s located 300m from the Lepanto metro stop on Line A.
Attractions in Prati near the Vatican
Some of the biggest tourist attractions in Rome are located near this area! You probably have already heard about a lot of them, but here are a few things you can’t miss on your trip:
- Basilica San Pietro – Thousands of tourists visit Basilica San Pietro every month! The most impressive part of the church’s design is the dome. For more information, you can check out my post about visiting Peter’s Basilica.
- Vatican Museums – The Vatican Museum is home to the famous Sistine Chapel, but there is honestly so much to see here. There are thousands of works of art inside!
- Saint Angelo Castle – Built in the year 135, Castel Sant’Angelo (or Saint Angelo Castle) is a fortress along the river. A 10-minute walk from Piazza Navona, this castle has five stories of historically decorated rooms and perfectly preserved frescos! Definitely don’t forget yourcamera!
Great restaurants near the Vatican
After a day of seeing the sights, you’re definitely going to have an appetite! Here are some places to eat right by the Vatican:
- Arlu – This is a great spot if you’re looking to have a long, relaxing lunch. The carbonara is a particular favorite!
- Pizzarium Bonci – If you like pizza, you HAVE to eat here!
- Re. – If you need a place to sit to have a beer and a bite to eat after dealing with the crowds, this is the perfect place. You can enjoy a great craft beer and try trapizzino!
5. Great Hotels Near the Spanish Steps in Rome
The Spanish Steps are a popular tourist spot. These steps start in Piazza di Spagna and go up to Piazza Trinita dei Monti. There are lots of great hotels in this area and plenty to do from Pincio Hill to Piazza di Spagna. You can also check out hotels near Piazza del Popolo, which is 10-minute walk from the Spanish steps and is located at the entrance to Villa Borghese Park.
For those who like to shop, another option is to search near Via dei Condotti or Via del Corso. This area is the main shopping drag in Rome and is dedicated to high fashion.
Here are some of the best hotels in Rome near the Spanish Steps:
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- Hotel Eden is the epitome of indulgence. If you’re looking to stay somewhere luxurious and lavish, Hotel Eden is the place! The hotel’s restaurant also has panoramic views and there is a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy looking out over the city.
- Suite Spagna 29 is one minute from the Spanish Steps. The rooms have tastefully, modern décor and everything you need to feel at home. You’ll get a great view of the Spanish Steps right from your room!
- Hassler Roma is right at the top of the Spanish Steps, so you can’t do much better in terms of a location. The hotel has absolutely beautiful décor and has a wellness center that includes a sauna and a Turkish bath. You can also dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant on the sixth-floor.
Middle (US $100 to $170)
- Charme & Chic is a bed and breakfast with a beautiful terrace view. The rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated. You’re also just 40m from Via del Corso so you can head from the door to the shops in no time!
- Hotel Manfredi Suite In Rome is a boutique hotel in a historic building. It’s 250m from the Spanish Steps and offers a buffet style breakfast every morning. There is also a bar if you need a place for a quiet evening drink.
- Apartment Maison Luxury Corso is an apartment on Via del Corso. It sleeps up to 5 people in elegantly decorated rooms. There’s also a balcony so you can step right out and watch the world go by!
Budget (Up to US $100)
- Condotti Boutique Hotel is a boutique hotel right around the corner from the Spanish Steps. The rooms are cozy, but very comfortable and tastefully decorated. You also might just get a room with a private terrace!
- Rhona’s Rooms is a guesthouse located right on Via dei Condotti. You’re right in the center of the action here, just 200m from the Spanish steps and 100m from Via del Corso. Extra bonus-breakfast is included!
- My Suites Piazza di Spagna is just steps away from the Spanish Steps. This guesthouse features comfortable, spacious rooms and the staff can also help you book any tours or celebrate special occasions by special request.
Attractions near the Spanish Steps
Besides the luxury shopping in Monti, there are a variety of other attractions to check out. Here are a few interesting things to check out in the area:
- Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps – Obviously, you have to stop by and see these! Although the square and the steps are very crowded, it’s worth it to climb up to the top and enjoy the view.
- Villa Borghese Park – You can go for a walk in Villa Borghese Park, the largest public park in Rome! While in the park you can also visit Galleria Borghese, which is one of Rome’s best art museums, full of Renaissance and Baroque art.
- Keats-Shelley House – If you’re a fan of poetry, you can’t miss the Keats-Shelley House. Located right at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, this historic house-museum is actually where Keats died in 1821.
- Museum and Crypt of Capuchins – I’ll be honest – this attraction isn’t for everyone. The museum features information about the Capuchin Order of monks, and there are several small chapels that hold the remains of about 4,000 former friars.
- Piazza del Popolo – This is one of Rome’s largest squares and is a 10-minute walk down Via del Babuino from the Spanish Steps!
Great restaurants near the Spanish Steps
- Imàgo – This Michelin-starred restaurant has everything you could want in fine dining including a view!
- Ginger – This is a great spot to grab a light lunch if you’re tired of eating heavy pasta and pizza. They make healthy, organic food that tastes REALLY good.
- Pompi, the King of Tiramisù – This dessert restaurant has other locations in Rome but this one is perfectly placed right by the Spanish Steps.
6. Esquilino – Rome Hotels Near Termini Station
Whether coming to Rome by plane or train, most people pass through Termini Station. It’s a very convenient area to stay in, as two metro lines connect there. There are also tons of public transportation options.
If you’re traveling to another city by train or staying for a short time, I think staying near Termini is a great choice. One downside is that it’s not the cleanest area of the city, but you can find some great budget options in the area.
Here are some choices I’ve picked out near Termini Station based on price and fabulous reviews:
Luxury (US $170 and up)
- The St. Regis Rome was actually the first deluxe hotel in Rome and it continues to be one of the top luxury hotels in the city. The rooms are beautiful and the hotel has every type of accommodation you could want. It’s also centrally located as it’s near the station but walking distance from most of the other sights.
- Princeps Boutique Hotel is located on one of the upper floors of a historic building. It’s a great value for a 3-star hotel in Rome! You also get a buffet-style breakfast every morning.
- Hotel Diocleziano is directly opposite Termini Station. It has a free gym with a sauna so you don’t have to miss your workout just because you’re on vacation! It also has a varied breakfast buffet.
Middle (US $110 to $170)
- Gemme Di Roma Accomodation is a short walk from the train station. The rooms are colorfully decorated and comfortable. This is also a great place for couples!
- Roman Holidays Boutique Hotel is a great hotel to relax in. The hotel has a sauna and a hammam (similar to a Turkish Bath). You can also hire a bike from the property if you want.
- Trevi Beau Boutique Hotel is in a great location in the heart of Rome. The rooms are nicely decorated, with exposed stone walls and air conditioning. You also get a great breakfast included!
Budget (Up to US $110)
- Freedom Love B&B is a perfect bed and breakfast for couples. It’s located in a 19th century building and still holds a lot of the building’s historic charm. Bonus-there is also a massage chair, which is great if you’ve been traveling a lot!
- Smooth Hotel Rome Termini has a modern, clean design. It’s a 10-minute walk from the station and 700m from Piazza della Repubblica. Breakfast is included daily.
- Suite Deal is just that – a sweet deal! This guesthouse has beautifully decorated rooms, but without a crazy price tag. And it’s only 600m from Termini Station!
Attractions near Termini Station
Although most of the city’s big attractions are located nearby within walking distance, there are a few that are right by Termini Station:
- Palazzo Massimo alle Terme – This is one of four branches of the National Roman Museum. Palazzo Massimo has several floors, each with a different theme: jewels, sculptures, mosaics, and frescoes.
- The Baths of Diocletian – This was a complex of Roman public baths and was the largest in Ancient Rome. The Baths of Diocletian were decorated with mosaics and sculptures, some of which you can still see today!
Great restaurants near Termini
- Mercato Centrale – Although not technically a restaurant, this is a gourmet food hall on one side of Termini Station. You can find pretty much anything you’re looking for from pizza, pasta, and gelato, to food from more upscale restaurants.
- Trattoria Vecchia Roma – This is a family-run restaurant that is all about traditional flavors!
- Trattoria Dell’Omo – This restaurant isn’t fancy or super expensive – it just serves up really good food. It has a big menu and focuses on simple, old-school Italian cooking.
7. Rome hotels in Great, Lesser Known Areas
1. Near Tiburtina Metro stop
Tiburtina is located to the northeast of the main city center. It’s a bit further away, but very well connected with lots of public transportation available. You’ll also get to see how Romans actually live. Because you’re away from a lot of the tourists, there are also some less expensive restaurants nearby. And it’s right by where a lot of students live which means there are plenty of cheap bars. Here are few hotels in the area:
Luxury (US $170 and up):
- For luxury options, Suite Pavia is an apartment you can rent. It’s for up to 4 people and also has a spacious terrace.
- Another great option is Terrazza 26 Holiday Home, which is also an apartment. Up to 6 people can stay in the beautifully decorated two-bedroom apartment.
Middle (US $80 to US $170):
- One middle-priced option in the area is Domus Klimt, an apartment located 500m from Sapienza University of Rome. It’s a comfortable, spacious apartment for up to 6 people.
- You can also consider Appartamento Roma (Piazza Bologna), which is an apartment for up to 2 to 3 people. You can rent both bicycles and a car at the property.
Budget (up to US $80):
2. Near the Manzoni Metro Stop
Mazoni is located to the east of the Colosseum. It’s still in a central location and close to both Termini and the Colosseum. There are also tons of good restaurants in this area. Here are some great hotels in Manzoni:
Luxury (US $170 and up):
- One luxury option is Foscolo al 24, which is a cleanly decorated apartment. Up to 4 people can stay there and it’s also great for couples!
- Another great choice is Simon’s Place, a three-bedroom apartment for up to 6 people. The apartment is comfortable and has a full kitchen.
Middle (US $90 to US $170):
- One middle-priced option is Scala Santa Guest House, which is a whole apartment for up to 4 people. It has air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
- You could also check out Jukebox & Rooms B&B if you’re looking for something whimsical. This property features funf, music-themed décor.
Budget (up to US $90):
3. Near the Piramide Metro stop
Also known as Testaccio, this area is to the southwest of the Colosseum. It’s just two stops away by metro from the Colosseum. There’s also plenty of nightlife nearby! Here are some choices of places to stay in this area:
Luxury (US $170 and up):
- For luxury options, you can check out Piramide Contemporary Apartment. This 2-bedroom apartment can sleep up to six and has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
- Another great choice is Hotel Santa Prisca. This hotel is centrally located, but still feels like you’re in a quiet area of the city.
Middle (US $100 to US $170):
- One middle-priced option is Seven Suites. The décor is modern and comfortable and breakfast is included.
- Another option is Sweet Home Piramide, which is a bed and breakfast. This is a great choice for couples.
Budget (up to US $100):
Where NOT to stay in Rome
So I’ve told you about all the best places to stay, but here are some places I suggest you avoid:
- Colosseo Quadrato. Villa Ada, Villa Doria Pamphili, Cinecitta: These are all just a bit too far outside the city. There’s not very convenient transportation so unless you are renting a car or motorbike, I recommend you look elsewhere to stay.
- Near Vittorio Emmanuele: This area is close to Termini Station. It’s just not my favorite area. I used to go there for my Italian lessons and I always had to hold my breath because of the smell of urine. Not ideal. Rome is such a beautiful city, but this just is not the most beautiful area of Rome, that’s for sure.
Traveling with kids – The best family hotels in Rome
If you’re heading to Rome on a family vacation, it’s important to consider hotels that are kid-friendly. Here are some options that I recommend for families:
Luxury (US $170 and up):
- Notti al Vaticano- Deluxe St.Peter is a luxury option that’s family-friendly as well. It has modern-decor and all the amenities you’ll need while traveling with kids.
- Another option is Apartment Maison Luxury Corso, which is right on Via del Corso. It’s great for up to 5 guests in elegantly decorated rooms.
Middle (US $80 to US $170):
- One middle-priced option that’s great for families is Scala Santa Guest House, which is a whole apartment that’s perfectly sized for a family of four. It also has free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
- You could also check Cuore di Testaccio Apartment. This is a beautiful apartment with two bedrooms and it also has a washing machine if you need it!
Budget (up to US $80):
- For budget travelers with kids, consider AMICI Guesthouse. The Deluxe Family room is perfect for a family of four and it’s located right next to the Central Station.
- Another great option is Easyrome Guest House. It has a great location not too far away from Termini Station and the Quadruple Room has plenty of space for kids!
Bonus 1: A Few Final Tips on Finding Hotels In Rome
As you may have noticed, many of the hotels are converted apartments. Finding good ones can be a little bit of a challenge! But by using my tips, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect hotel for you.
Also, there is an obligatory city tax that varies based on the quality of the hotel. These are the prices:
- €3 per person per night for 1 and 2-star hotels
- €4 per person per night for 3-star hotels
- €6 per person per night for 4-star hotels
- €7 per person per night for 5-star hotels
- €3.50 per person per night for hostels, Airbnb, holiday rentals, guesthouses, and B&Bs
Sometimes this tax is included in your final price. Sometimes it may come as a surprise when they ask you to pay for the tax in cash when your check-in/out. Double check the fine print in advance!
Bonus 2: Practical tips about Rome:
Now that you have some great, carefully chosen options of where to stay in the best neighborhoods in Rome, here are some practical tips about traveling to Rome:
Where is Rome located?
Rome is located on the western coast of Italy. It’s in the Lazio region of Italy and the Tiber River runs right through the city.
How many days should I spend in Rome?
In my opinion, there’s never enough time in Rome! Although you could take your time and see all the sights over 2 weeks, 5-7 days is probably long enough to hit all of the must-see attractions. You’ll also want to factor in some time to rest (walking around all day is exhausting!) and some time just to sit and have a coffee in a plaza!
How to get from the airport:
There are two airports in Rome, Fiumicino and Ciampino. Here are some directions on how to get into the city from either airport:
You can take a train direct from the airport to Termini Station. It takes about 30 minutes and costs 14€. They leave every 30 minutes. Another option by train is to take the Sabina-Fiumicino line FR1. This is a bit cheaper (8€ a person), but stops along the way in various parts of Rome.
Another way to get to the city center is by taxi. It costs a flat rate of 40€ for four passengers and bags.
You can also take one of 5 different bus options. Buses are typically the cheapest option and cost between 4-8€ a person. They may take the longest though, usually between 40 to 70 minutes to reach Termini depending on traffic.
Although you can take a train to Termini station, you have to take it from the town of Ciampino. So first you’ll need to take a bus for 1.20€ to the town and then you can take the train for 1.50€.
Taxis from Ciampino also have a fixed rate. They charge 30€ for four passengers and bags to the city center.
The Terravision shuttle bus goes from Ciampino to Termini station and takes about 40 minutes. The buses run from 8:15am to 12:15am and cost 4€ if you book online ahead of time. If not, you can get a ticket for 6€ in the airport.
Getting around in Rome
There are plenty of public transportation options to get around Rome. Here’s what you need to know:
Metro & Bus
The metro is fairly extensive in Rome and can be helpful in getting you where you need to go. Buses can take you anywhere else that the metro doesn’t go.
You can choose to get single tickets or 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets or even a 7-day pass, depending on how long you’re staying and how much you’re planning to use public transportation.
NOTE: Each ticket is good for both the metro and bus for up to 100 minutes with unlimited transfers. Just be careful because if you take the bus first you can’t use the same single-use ticket for the metro! On the other hand, you can take the metro first and then a bus.
Here are the ticket prices:
- 1.50€ for a standard, single-use ticket
- 7€ for a 24-hour ticket
- 50€ for a 48-hour ticket
- 18€ for a 72-hour ticket
- 24€ for a weekly ticket.
- Tickets are free for children under 10 traveling with an adult.
You can check out the available tickets and prices on their official website.
The tram prices and tickets are the same as the metro and bus, but the trams are typically less crowded than the buses and metro. There are six tram lines, but most head towards the outskirts of the city where most tourists don’t visit. You can take the tram to some tourist destinations though, like to Trastevere. If you need more information, you can check out their official website.
You can also take a taxi to anywhere you’re trying to go. It’s rare to flag down taxis in Rome, so you’ll need to find a taxi stand (with an orange taxi sign) and wait for one. If you’re somewhere in central Rome, it should be about 8-15€ to get to most places within the city center. There is also no need to tip the driver.
Avoiding the long lines in Rome
Rome is a very, very busy and touristy city. A lot of the destinations have HUGE lines that can take hours to get through. I’ve posted several times about tips to skip the lines, so be sure to check out my blog before you end up waiting for hours in a never-ending line! Here’s a post about the 6 Most Crowded Attractions in Rome and How to Avoid the Long Lines.
Pickpockets in Rome
Rome is in general not a dangerous city, but please, PLEASE watch out for pickpockets as they are professionals there. So many of my friends got robbed there, unfortunately! Watch your purse at all times, especially on public transport and in crowded places. I have only seen more professional pickpockets in Barcelona and Paris.
Best Picture Spots in Rome
During my two years in Rome, I got the opportunity to find out about a lot of pro tips, including this secret spot where you can take the best photos with the Colosseum in the background! Any guesses where I was when I took this picture?
Here are some directions on how to get to this point since you can get some awesome pictures with the Colosseum in the background:
-> Take the metro to the “Colosseo” station, which is just in front of the Colosseum
-> Once you get off the metro, find the escalator located on the left side of the turnstiles (don’t pass the turnstiles though, the escalator is located immediately before you get to them!)
-> Take the escalator up
-> Once you get off the escalator, you will see the spot!
BONUS: Keep an eye out for the pedestrian bridge once you’re up there. It’s also a cool place to take a picture!
Check out the highlights on my Instagram page – the one called “Rome”. I also have a video about how to find this spot!
Fontana di Trevi
There is an amazing restaurant called RoofTOp Lounge Trevi that is almost always half empty and it offers some amazing views of Fontana di Trevi! I assume people don’t usually go there because they think it is an extra luxurious private property. But actually, you can just go up and have a cocktail while enjoying a view to Fontana di Trevi. How cool is that?
Rome is my favorite city in the world, and considering I spent my student years over there, it has a very special place in my heart!
So, in the end, what is the best neighborhood to stay in Rome? The truth is that every neighborhood has its pluses and minuses, but chances are – you are going to love your stay in Rome. It is a wonderful city! If you want visuals to go along with my descriptions, you can check out this video that explores the different districts of Rome.
I have broken down the city into eight of the best areas to stay and suggested great hotels/accommodations for each of them. All hotels were sorted out by price range for your convenience. I also made sure that only hotels with fabulous reviews made it to this list. Plus, I’ve also included restaurants and some things to do in each area!
I hope this list was useful to you and you will have a wonderful vacation in Rome!
Which area did you decide on in the end and why?
Let me know in the comments!
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