Where to Stay in Rome: Best Areas & Hotels
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For a city as large as Rome, the top tourist attractions are relatively close together, so several neighborhoods make convenient places to stay for sightseeing. And although the sights are not actually clustered, they do fall into groups. The ancient Roman highlights - the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill - are close together and within walking distance of the Pantheon. It, in turn, is close to Piazza Navona and the charming Campo de' Fiori neighborhood. To the northeast, and still within walking distance, are the Spanish Steps and Borghese Gardens, with the Trevi Fountain a short detour on the way.
Across the Tiber are the sights of Vatican City and the atmospheric streets of Trastevere. You'll find several choices of hotels in each of these popular areas, including luxury hotels and even some budget accommodation. Some are so close that their balconies and rooftop terraces overlook major attractions.
But other neighborhoods to consider are those only a few blocks away from these centers. The Monti neighborhood, for example, is near the Colosseum and handy to Rome's main Termini rail station and the Baths of Diocletian. Often these slightly out-of-the-way streets are filled with restaurants that locals enjoy, and tourists usually miss.
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Where to Stay for Sightseeing
Directly on Piazza Navona, near the Pantheon and Campo de' Fiori's lively market and restaurants, Rhea Silvia Navona offers elegant air-conditioned rooms with satellite TVs, coffee machines, and chromotherapy showers. Nearby, Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori has a rooftop garden overlooking the colorful daily market. This is one of Rome's most traditional old neighborhoods, within easy walking distance of the Pantheon, Palatine Hill, and the Vatican.
Balconies at Albergo del Senato look directly onto the Pantheon, which is an easy walk to the Colosseum, Borghese Gardens, and even to Vatican City, and Trastevere. Trevi Fountain is only five minutes away from this hotel, and several good restaurants are very close. Only a couple of blocks from the Colosseum, Hotel Capo d'Africa is in Monti, a neighborhood filled with small restaurants. Also in Monti, close to both the Colosseum and Forum, Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri is surrounded by restaurants and shopping.
Where to Stay for Luxury
Linger over breakfast in the rooftop restaurant of the luxurious Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux, with up-close views of the Colosseum, just across the street. The outstanding churches of San Clemente and San Pietro in Vincoli are only a few steps away. Breakfast views from the rooftop terrace at The Inn at the Roman Forum extend over the Forum to the Colosseum, and there are Roman ruins inside the hotel itself. It's in Monti, halfway between San Pietro in Vincoli and Piazza Venezia.
On a quiet little street just off the Via del Corso, the highly rated boutique hotel J.K. Place Roma is also perfectly located for luxury shopping and close to the Spanish Steps. The included full breakfast is served a la carte. A boutique hotel with balconies off its luxury suites overlooking a fashionable shopping street, Portrait Roma serves breakfast at the top of the hotel with views of the Spanish Steps.
Where to Stay for the Best Value
Directly across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museum and a 20-minute walk from St. Peter's, Hotel Alimandi Vaticano is in an elegant and beautifully restored old building. Restaurants and shopping are nearby. Across the street from the Teatro dell'Opera in Monti, iQ Hotel Roma has a covered rooftop terrace and modern décor.
Between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, and just in front of the Imperial Forums, the highly rated Nerva Boutique Hotel lends a personal touch to a stay in Rome, with attentive staff, nicely decorated rooms, and a home-cooked breakfast. Bettoja Massimo D'Azeglio Hotel is within walking distance of the Roma Termini railway station and the Rome Opera House, as well as the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Basilica Papale Santa Maria Maggiore. Be sure to ask for a copy of their excellent insider walking tours, free to guests.
Where to Stay on a Budget
The Monti neighborhood is a good choice for value- and budget-minded travelers. Surrounded by the restaurants and shops between the Forum and opera, both the Hotel Artorius and the Hotel De Monti are no more than a 20- to 30-minute walk from the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and several museums.
Although it's not quite as close to all the attractions, Trastevere is one of the city's most colorful neighborhoods and a good place to escape tourist crowds while still being within walking distance of the most prominent sights. On the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City, Cassiodoro 19 is one of Trastevere's few hotels and is surrounded by traditional restaurants and shops.
Travelers with a car, and those who don't mind taking the hotel's shuttle or a public tram into the city center, will find good value for their money at the highly rated A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel. Along with free parking, this stylish, contemporary hotel offers a pool, spacious rooms, good Wi-Fi connection, and a spa. Public transportation is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Where to Stay for Couples
Rome is a city for romance, so it's no wonder it's a favorite for honeymooners and those celebrating anniversaries. There is even a chocolatier that will create a chocolate heart "box" to hide an engagement ring. With beautiful views of Piazza Barberini from the well-appointed rooms, the romantic Barocco Hotel couldn't be handier to the Metro (a station is right across the street) or the hop-on-hop-off tour bus that stops outside the door. The included breakfast offers cooked-to-order omelets and egg dishes. Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are within walking distance.
For a very special occasion, reserve the penthouse honeymoon suite at Hotel Artemide, with a huge patio and a hot tub. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant.
The romantic boutique Lifestyle Suites Rome is among the city's most highly rated hotels - its large guest room windows overlook lively Piazza Navona. It's a short walk to the Pantheon or Campo de' Fiori.
On a quiet street in the cosmopolitan Monti neighborhood, four-star The Fifteen Keys Hotel has individually designed guest rooms and serves a bounteous breakfast and afternoon tea. The Colosseum and Rome's main Termini train station are a short walk from the hotel.
Where to Stay for Families
Children are sure to love the location of the Hotel San Carlo, close to the gelato vendors at the Spanish Steps. Families will also welcome the diversions of the nearby Borghese Gardens, with pony and paddleboat rides, puppet shows, and playgrounds. It's not far to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Housed in a distinguished 19th-century home where Hans Christian Andersen once lived, The Inn at the Spanish Steps has rooms and family suites on the fashionable Via Condoti. The roof terrace overlooks the Spanish Steps, as do some of the balconies.
The mid-range Hotel Navona has spacious family-sized rooms just off Piazza Navona, a popular place for kids with its street performers and gelato vendors. It's a two-minute walk from the Pantheon, 10 minutes to the pizzerias of Trastevere or market in Campo de' Fiori, and only slightly farther to the Colosseum and Forum.
Le Meridien Visconti Rome, only a five-minute walk from Vatican City and St. Peter's Square and a 15-minute walk to the heart of the city, has family-sized rooms. Across the river, it's not far to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
Where to Stay near the Spanish Steps
Dedicated shoppers will want to be handy to the best shopping streets, so they can return easily with purchases before setting out again (although some of the prestigious shops on Via dei Condotti will deliver directly to your hotel). These highly rated hotels are all handy to Via dei Condotti, as well as the boutiques and specialty shops in the Via Vittorio Veneto and Via Bocca di Leone.
A 10-minute stroll from the famous steps, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese sits high above the city at the edge of the Borghese Gardens. Its elevation gives it fantastic views across the city to the dome of St. Peter's, especially from the rooftop terrace and restaurant.
Deko Rome doesn't look like a hotel - it's hidden inside an office building - but once you see the large, well-appointed rooms, you'll see why guests rate it so highly. Another boutique option is Mario de' Fiori 37, with smart contemporary rooms in a 17th-century townhouse. You can enjoy breakfast on a rooftop terrace.