Rome, the capital city of Italy, is a cosmopolitan city packed with history, culture, and delicious food.
With nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture, and culture on display it’s no wonder that hordes of tourist’s flock to this city every year. Because of its popularity among tourists, there are also plenty of accommodation options.
It can get a bit overwhelming trying to find the perfect place to stay while in Rome, which is why we have created the ultimate Rome accommodation guide.
From budget-friendly hotels and hostels to chic and classy hotels, we’ve covered all the bases when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of where to stay in Rome. Browse through some of the below options to make the best decision for booking your Rome accommodation.
Where to stay in Rome: Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Rome
With so many beautiful neighborhoods in Rome, it’s hard to choose the perfect spot for you. We’ve listed a few of the more popular neighborhoods for tourists and what they have to offer to help you make your choice.
The Termini District
The Termini District is the best area to look at for budget minded travelers as this area has the best budget and mid-range accommodation options available. You’ll also find some great hostels and guesthouses in this area. Termini is also next to the most popular train station in Rome, making it a convenient place if you’re traveling into/out of Rome by train. It’s a bit further from the central district, but you’ll easily get buses to and from this area. The trendy neighborhood of Monti is just minutes away.
Monti is a picturesque and convenient neighborhood to stay in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and Via Nazionale. It’s a trendy neighborhood packed with wine bars, boutiques, and some really good restaurants. It’s also walking distance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and only one metro stop away from the main train station.
The Historical Centre / Centro Storico
If being in the middle of the action is your thing, then you’ll want to look for accommodation in the historical centre. This area holds 90% of the tourist sites, including the Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and P. Navona. Expectedly, accommodation tends to be more expensive in this area. There are a few budget-friendly options available, just don’t expect too much from them in terms of size.
The cobblestone walkways in Trastevere are some of the most charming streets in Rome. This neighborhood is popular for going out at night and is conveniently located just across the bridge from the heart of the historic centre. There are also lots of food options available. There is however, no metro station so you’ll have to make use of buses, trams, or local trains if you need to make use of public transportation.
Where to stay in Rome: Rome Accommodation Guide
Now that you know all about the best Rome neighborhoods to stay in, let’s jump into the best Rome accommodation. From easy on the budget hostels and cozy boutique hotels to luxury five-star hotels and apartment rentals – we’ve covered them all.
If there’s also a specific feature that you’re looking for, then check out our unique accommodation guide that highlights a few properties with specific features – from the best party atmosphere to the best vintage design.
Budget-friendly Hotels in Rome
We know that not all budgets extend further than the basics, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay in a dodgy hotel in some back alley.
We’ve found a few budget-friendly hotels in Rome that are still modern and comfortable.
Vatican Relais Rome
Located just a five-minute walk from St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Relais Rome is a great budget-friendly choice, particularly for family travelers. There are six stylish and contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms. The hotel is surrounded by several restaurants and the popular shopping destination Via Cola di Rienzo is just three blocks away. A continental buffet breakfast is included in all rates.
YHR Guesthouse Suite 51
Centrally located in historic Rome, YHR Guesthouse Suite 51 is 500 meters from the Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. The rooms are located on the second floor of a 19th-century building. Each of the rooms are beautifully decorated and include air-conditioning, minibars, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. The guest house also includes communal spaces such as a kitchen and breakfast room, where guests can enjoy an Italian style breakfast.
Located just two minutes from the Colosseum, Colosseum Garden offers a great location and budget-friendly rates. The rooms and apartments are small, though to be expected in Rome, and the apartments include fully equipped kitchens and patio gardens. The hotel’s lounge and terrace feature colorful and retro designs, creating a fun, urban atmosphere.
Hotel Marcantonia is located just 200 meters from Roma Termini Station making it a super convenient for those traveling by train. The hotel is set in a 19th-century building with modern interiors. Small and basic, but clean and friendly, located on the 5th floor but there is an elevator and 24 hour reception. A simple breakfast is served to your room in the mornings.
Rooms from €80
Hostels in Rome
Gone are the days of dark and grungy hostels. There are loads of fun, fresh, and modern hostels in Rome that cater for students, young travelers and even older travelers looking to explore a more interactive accommodation style.
Below is a list of a few of the top hostels in Rome, offering great features, locations, and friendly vibes.
P.S – check out our guide on staying at a hostel to make sure you have an epic experience!
Stylish, eco-conscious and clean, The Beehive ticks all the boxes for a good hostel. It’s a bit more on the luxury side, though still maintains a homey feel. It has a friendly, laidback vibe with spotlessly clean rooms and common areas. The main downside is the lack of a guest kitchen, though private rooms have their own kitchenette and there is an on-site restaurant. The on-site café caters specifically for vegetarians and vegans. It’s located two blocks from the central train station.
Generator hostels are popular throughout Europe, and the hostel in Rome lives up to the brand’s reputation. Situated on top of one of the seven hills in Rome, the location is central and convenient. It’s within walking distance of the Roma Termini station and the Colosseum – public transport is also nearby. It’s quite a large hostel with 78 rooms spread across seven floors, so you’ll likely always get a bed. On-site amenities include free Wi-Fi, deli-style café, bar and chill-out lounge. There’s also a cool rooftop terrace, with awesome city views.
The Bricks, Rome
Located a bit further out from town, 1.5 kilometers from the Vatican Museums, The Bricks Rome makes up for it in design. The rooms are setup apartment style. Each floor includes a kitchen, a shared bathroom and several apartments. There’s a quaint central courtyard between the two buildings, which includes a few colorful café-style tables and chairs along with a rooftop sun terrace with sun loungers. Rooms cater for two to four guests, rather than the larger dorm rooms found in most hostels – therefore, rates are more expansive than traditional hostels.
Boutique Hotels in Rome
If cozy, intimate and welcoming is your kind of vibe then you’ll love the below list of boutique hotels in Rome.
The limited number of available rooms means that the staff are extra devoted to making your stay in Rome the most unforgettable one.
Residenza Torre Colonna
One of Rome’s more unusual boutique hotels, Residenza Torre Colonna is housed in a medieval tower in the centre of Rome. Each of the five guest rooms are stacked on top of the other in one of the city’s Medieval watchtowers. The inside is not what you’d expect, with rather contemporary furnishings with bold colors on the walls. The roof terrace is a highlight, with a hot tub and views over Trajan’s market. Breakfast is included in rates.
Nerva Boutique Hotel
Housed in a vintage building, just five minutes from the Colosseum, Nerva Boutique Hotel is a friendly boutique hotel with Mediterranean vintage décor. It has a lovely homely atmosphere, and the staff add a personal touch to each guests’ visit. There’s plenty of light, with bright open spaces decorated with contemporary artworks and warm color palettes. The breakfast, which isn’t included in rates, includes traditional croissants, cakes, fresh fruit, cold cuts, and cheese.
Hotel Art by The Spanish Steps
Hotel Art is a four-star boutique hotel set in a converted chapel, just 300 meters from the Spanish Steps. The 46 rooms are spread across four wings, each with its own color and design. Each room has an exquisite old masterpiece on the wall from an Italian artist. The rooms include all the basic amenities, some even with whirlpool tubs. Italian architecture is highlighted throughout the hotel, including a deconsecrated chapel in the hall, vaulted ceilings, and frescos. Pets are also welcome here and breakfast is included in rates.
Luxury Five-Star Hotels in Rome
If you’re looking to completely splurge on your Rome accommodation, then we’ve found the best hotels for you.
Offering complete five-star luxury from start to finish, you’ll find a little piece of heaven at each of these properties.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Villa Spalletti Trivelli is set in a historical villa, just 200 meters from the Quirinale Presidential Palace. The luxurious rooms are decorated with a combination of modern and traditional styles, featuring elegant antique and contemporary furnishings. The hotel also features a wellness center with gym, bio sauna, Turkish bath, and massage treatments. Rates include a buffet breakfast with both Italian and American options, served in the shaded garden terrace.
Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous hotels, set atop the Spanish Steps. Its restaurant, the Michelin-starred Imàgo, is located on the 6th-floor and has panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. There’s another two on-site restaurants, Salone Eva and Palm Court. Wellness facilities include gym, sauna, and Turkish bath. All rooms are spacious and classically furnished and include free use of a smartphone (for both national and international calls).
Rome Cavalieri is surrounded by large Mediterranean gardens, with stunning views of Rome and the Vatican from its hilltop position in Montemario. Each of the 345 guest rooms has its own balcony along with luxurious interiors and marble bathrooms. There are two restaurants and four bars, including the 3-Michelin star rooftop restaurant, La Pergola. L’Uliveto features a poolside terrace where you can enjoy classic Italian and international dishes. Additional features include large wellness center with gym and Grand Spa, two tennis courts, and indoor swimming pool. The hotel is famous for its large art collection, including antique furniture, paintings, tapestries, statues and artefacts.
Apartments/ holiday rentals in Rome
Apartments / holiday rentals are ideal for larger groups of travelers and family travelers. It means that you have more space and privacy as well as more functional amenities (like fully-equipped kitchenettes and private laundry facilities).
Here are a few great options for apartments in Rome.
Amazing Piazza Venezia Suites
Situated in the center of Rome, the Amazing Piazza Venezia Suites is a just 65 meters from Piazza Venezia. Apartments are spacious with separate dining/ seating areas along with fully equipped kitchens. All include small furnished balconies, overlooking the quaint cobblestone street below. Apartments can cater for up to four guests. A free breakfast is included in all rates, which is situated at a nearby café.
Vino e Oli Residenze
Vino e Oli Residenze has an ideal location in Rome, just 500 meters from the Vatican Museums and a kilometer from Peter’s Basilica. All units include dining and seating areas along with kitchens equipped with stovetops, dishwashers, microwaves, large refrigerators, electric kettles and espresso coffeemakers. Décor is extravagant, including bright and colorful furnishings mixed with a vintage flair – each apartment has its own unique style. Apartments cater for two to six guests, with either one or two bedrooms.
Airbnbs in Rome
Home Sweet Home
This quaint home is located near Basilica of St. John Lateran and is surrounded by restaurants and cafes. It features one bedroom and bathroom and caters for up to three guests. The decor is clean and crisp with a black and white theme. There is a small lounge with flat-screen TV and kitchenette with microwave, electric kettle, toaster, and coffeemaker.
Coliseum View Suite
The best part about this stylish and bright suite is its Coliseum views. Housed in an old Roman building, it keeps the typical Roman charm while keeping modern. It’s just a minutes walk from the Coliseum and surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars, and gelato shops. This is the perfect spot for first-time tourists to Rome.
A Hipster Dream in Monti District
Located on the second floor of a historic building, this Airbnb is an ideal option for a couple or group of travelers (up to four). Both the building and the flat have been recently updated, with the interior featuring small ‘hipster’ accents. The apartment has beautiful furniture and decor, including leather couch, facebrick ceilings, old school tables, instagram’esque artwork, and hipster light fittings. Views overlook the bustling Monti neighborhood.
Rome Accommodation With….
The Yellow Hostel
Voted the best party hostel in Rome, The Yellow Hostel is for travelers looking for a lively and youthful atmosphere. The hostel hosts parties with various talented DJ’s almost every night, and if there’s no party that night the staff know exactly where to send you. The hostel also prides itself in being super ‘cool’, offering iPad’s for rental, a chillout patio and outdoor lounge, and gourmet restaurant. Its location is relatively central, situated near the Roma Termini station.
…A vintage design
Villa Laetitia is a historical residence designed by Armando Brasini, restored to its current splendor by the Fendi Venturini Family. Each of the nine rooms feature a unique style with beautiful artworks, photography, and vintage furniture. The rooms take up two floors of the villa and the garden house, with most overlooking the ancient Tiber River and Della Vittoria district. The experience of staying here is a blend of luxurious and homely. Guests can also taste delicious Italian fare from Michelin-starred Chef Danilo Ciavattini in the hotel’s restaurant, Enoteca la Torre.
…a central location
Situated on a cobblestone street lined by restaurants and shops, the Condotti Palace has a great location in Rome. It’s within walking distance of numerous iconic sights, including the Spanish Steps which are just two blocks away. Other sights within a 15-minute walk from the hotel include Via Condotti, Piazza Popolo, Santa Maria del Popolo church, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese gardens, Pantheon and Palazzo Barnerini.
…a true Roman experience
Il Boom B&B
With only three guest rooms, the Il Boom B & B offers a taste of Roman life with its homely atmosphere. It’s situated in a quiet area near the lively Trastevere area of Old Rome, close to several cafes, restaurants, and historic landmarks. Set in an old house, the cosy rooms feature vintage décor with vaulted ceilings and lovely city views. Only one of the guest rooms have an en-suite bathroom and guests need to walk up a flight of stairs to access the rooms – true Roman style. Rates also include a small buffet breakfast with sweet and savory treats.
And if you’re budget can’t afford any of the above hotels, you can always try CouchSurfing! We hope that we have helped you figure out where to stay in Rome with this post!
Prices correct at time of writing.
Looking for things to do in Rome? Check out our Rome Activity Guide for a full list of the must-see sights of Rome.
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