Where to stay in Rome → BEST Areas and Hotels (with Prices!)

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Rome, also known as the “Eternal City”, is an amazing travel destination in Italy that has so much to offer to all types of travelers out there! 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, hand-picked 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.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

If you’re in a hurry…

The best area to stay in Rome for first-time visitors is near Piazza Navona. This is a great choice if you want to be right in the historic center and you’ll also be able to explore the city by foot!

Which area should you choose?

First of all, here is a map of all the areas I’m recommending, so you can visualize them:

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Rome has plenty of different areas and districts that you can choose from, but below you’ll find my list of personalized recommendations depending on your interests and itinerary:

  • Where to stay in Rome near the Colosseum: Monti
  • Where to stay in Rome near Vatican: Prati
  • Where to stay in Rome for budget travelers: Termini
  • Where to stay in Rome for nightlife: Trastevere
  • Where to stay in Rome for foodies: Trastevere

Here’s also a great video that presents the best areas to stay in Rome:

Now let’s find out everything you need to know about the 6 best neighborhoods to stay in Rome, together with my hand-picked hotel recommendations for each of them:

1. Near Piazza Navona / Rome City Center

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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 right there – Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain are all close by! Piazza di Spagna is only a 15-minute walk as well, which makes this area one of the best locations to stay in Rome!

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 “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 hotels in rome

Luxury (US$170 and up)

  • Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville – Everything about this hotel in gorgeous! Firstly, the location is literally on top of the Spanish steps. The service is outstanding, the decor of your spacious room and the design of the hotel overall is tasteful too. If you are looking for a luxury hotel in the city center, this one ticks all the boxes!
  • Hotel Raphael is a 5-star hotel in Rome that is pure luxury. 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! Definitely the best hotel in Rome!

Mid-range (US$80 – US$170)

  • Navona Gallery & Garden Suites is one of the best Rome city center hotels and it’s located in a beautiful garden. If you choose this place, 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 the Piazza in Ancient Rome. This is one of the best apartments with a local vibe and it is beautifully decorated and will give you a homey feeling, as well as providing you with everything you need during your trip!

Budget (up to US$80)

  • Baghirova in Rome Guest House is located in a beautiful building built in the 16th century. This is one of the best Rome hotels in the city center, as it’s right next to the Pantheon (200m) and the Piazza (400m) meaning you can’t beat the location! The rooms reflect the historic period of the building, there’s no way you won’t like it!
  • 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; a great place to stay in one of the best neighborhoods in Rome! Just take a look at the pictures, I’m sure you would want to book it!

Attractions around Piazza Navona

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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:

2. Trastevere

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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, but there are some bus stations. You can still walk to many 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 nearby that you can check out!

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Luxury (US$170 and up)

  • VOI Donna Camilla Savelli 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.

Mid-range (US$90 – $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 stay in a place close to the nightlife but also want a quiet, clean place to come home to!
  • Villa Matissa is a great bed and breakfast in Rome. It 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 very close to the main attractions. This accommodation also has both a garden and terrace for you to enjoy.

Budget (up to US $90)

  • Landlord in Trastevere is a great choice 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.
  • 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 breakfast every morning with a wide variety of options.

Attractions around Trastevere

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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:

3. Monti – Where to stay in Rome near the Colosseum

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Monti is a cool neighborhood in town with trendy bars and it’s a great place if you’re looking for hotels in Rome near the Colosseum! It’s also close to almost all major attractions (except the Vatican and Vatican Museums). 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. This is also where the Rome Jewish Ghetto is located, a historical area of the city!

Here are some hand picked selections of places to stay in Monti:

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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 accommodation 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!

Mid-range (US$90 – $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 a short walk away from all the best sights in Central Rome!

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!

Attractions near Monti

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There is plenty to do in Monti and right nearby:

4. Prati – Where to stay in Rome near the Vatican

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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 an accommodation 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!

Here are some great hotels in Prati near the Vatican:

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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 and very close to Via Cola di Rienzo as well. The comfortable rooms also include air conditioning, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included as is free room service and the accommodation has the latest amenities!
  • 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!

Mid-range (US$70 – $170)

  • 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 guest house 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 accommodation offers comfortable rooms. The location is also great – just a 7-minute walk to the Vatican Museum!
  • 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

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Some of the biggest tourist attractions in Rome are located near this area:

5. Near the Spanish Steps

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The Spanish Steps are a popular tourist spot. These steps start in Piazza di Spagna and go up to Piazza Trinità 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 a 10-minute walk from the 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:

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Luxury (US$170 and up)

  • Hotel Eden is the epitome of indulgence. If you’re looking to stay somewhere luxurious and lavish, this 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.
  • Hassler Roma is right at the top of the Spanish Steps, so you can’t do much better in terms of a location. This accommodation has absolutely beautiful décor and has a wellness center that includes a sauna and a Turkish bath.

Mid-range (US$100 – $170)

  • Charme & Chic is a bed and breakfast with a beautiful terrace view. The rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated. You’ll also be super close to the city center – what more can you wish for?
  • Hotel Manfredi Suite In Rome is a great boutique accommodation located 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.

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.
  • 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.

Attractions near the Spanish Steps

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Besides the luxury shopping in Monti, there are a variety of other attractions to check out:

6. Esquilino – Where to stay in Rome near Termini Station

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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. Ah, by the way, this area is also close to Pigneto, a former working class district with beautiful streets!

Here are some choices I’ve picked out near Termini Station based on price and fabulous reviews:

budget hotels in rome

Luxury (US$170 and up)

  • The St. Regis Rome was actually the first deluxe accommodation in Rome and it continues to be one of the top luxury hotels in the city. The rooms are beautiful and this place has every type of accommodation you could want. You’ll also be close to tons of beautiful street art if you stay here!
  • Hotel Diocleziano is directly opposite Termini Station. It has a free gym with a sauna that you can use, so you don’t have to miss your workout just because you’re on vacation! It also has a varied breakfast buffet.

 Mid-range (US$110 – $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!
  • Guest House 64 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. The rooms are small but really nice and comfortable. It’s a 10-minute walk from the station and 700m from Piazza della Repubblica.

Attractions near Termini Station

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Although most of the city’s big attractions are located nearby, there are a few that are right by Termini Station:

👑 Luxury price: €210
💵 Mid Range: €120
🛏️ Budget: €70
🏠 Airbnb: €90
💰Accommodation prices: Medium
📍Best neighborhood: Centro Storico
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:
💵 Mid-range hotel: Navona Sweet Home
👛 Best budget hotel:

BONUS: Rome hotels in great, lesser known areas

1. Near Tiburtina Metro stop

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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):

Mid-range (US$80 – US$170):

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. Here are some great hotels in Manzoni:

Luxury (US$170 and up):

Mid-range (US$90 to US$170):

Budget (up to US$90):

7.3. Near the Piramide Metro stop

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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):

Mid-range (US$100 – US$170):

Budget (up to US$100):

BONUS 2: Where NOT to stay in Rome

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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 unless you are renting a car or motorbike;
  • 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.

BONUS 3: Traveling with kids – The best family hotels in Rome

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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):

Mid-range (US$80 – US$170):

Budget (up to US$80):


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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. In this post I have told you everything you need to know about the 6 best neighborhoods to stay in Rome, as well as some bonus areas together with my hand-picked hotel recommendations as well!

NOTE: In case you need more inspiration for your travel plans, here you can find all my posts about Rome.

Which area did you decide on in the end and why? Let me know in the comments!


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