Planning out where to stay in Rome is a bit of an art form in terms of balancing where to stay with how much to pay. That being said, you don’t have to pick a luxury hotel to find fantastic accommodation in Rome. In fact, there are great hotels in Rome for any budget.
Staying in a hotel comes with the added perks of a helpful front desk to take the guesswork out of any trip to the Eternal City. It also comes with a level of pampering which you simply can’t find with holiday apartment rentals. So regardless of how much you want to spend, here are the best Rome hotels for every price point, from hostels to break-the-bank luxury options.
Mid-Range Hotels in Rome
I am going to start with mid-range hotels simply middle suggest that they meet the requirements for a majority of Rome visitors. You can find great hotel options in Rome to suit any taste if you have a budget of around €150-300/ night. These mid-range prices may go up a bit in summertime, but overall these are the best 3-star (and some 4-star) options for a comfortable stay in Rome. Some have amazing views, others have great locations and manage to fall under the usual radar of hotels in Rome.
Hotel Kolbe: This hotel is one of the best-kept hotel secrets in Rome for those who want a unique location that is close to all the sites without being in the midst of the crowds. Kolby Hotel is tucked away behind the Palatine Hill, next to the Circo Massimo Farmer’s Market (which you have to pop into if you happen to be staying over a weekend). The hotel was once a monastery and the Franciscan monks still occupy the attached building in the back garden. The result is an exceptionally peaceful and restful place to stay with views of the ruins from upper-level rooms, all a 5-minute walk from the Jewish Ghetto or a 10-minute walk to Capitoline Hill. A newly arrived chef Ciro Tiano means that the hotel restaurant, Unique al Palatino, has also gotten a serious upgrade, with a delicious seafood slant.
Fifteen Keys: Owned by a young husband and wife team with a great eye for interior design, Fifteen keys is one of my favorite boutique hotels in Rome. It definitely falls into the upper mid-range but the small splurge may be worth it to feel pampered on your trip to Rome. There are fifteen individual rooms, a private bar, and lovely little balconies on some of the rooms. The building is set on a quiet street in Monti so you are incredibly close to the coolest bars and shopping in the city, without having to worry about any noise at night. For another mid-range hotel in a different part of Monti, I also like Roma Luxus (which tends to have great prices most of the year).
Eitch Borromini: Allow me to sound like a broken record while I explain that Eitch Borromini really is one of my favorite Rome hotels. You cannot beat the location inside an old papal palace overlooking Piazza Navona. The rooms are elegant but simple, in order to avoid distracting from the lovely original architectural details and gorgeous surroundings. The simplicity keeps this at an upper mid-range rather than luxury level, and one drawback is that there is not a large reception area. Even if you don’t stay here, be sure to book a table for drinks – this is easily the best rooftop bar in Rome.
High-End Hotels in Rome
The Pantheon Iconic: There is something to be said for new new new – and that is exactly what you find at the Pantheon Iconic Hotel. The five-star hotel opened in Rome just over a year ago and has managed to create modern interiors which pay homage to the ancient Pantheon around the corner. The design details recall the monument without ever being too on the nose. The rooms have elegant, dark touches and there is a gorgeous rooftop with views of central Rome and the rounded oculus of the Pantheon. Francesco Apreda, formerly of Imago, recently took over the kitchen so the hotel also has Michelin-star goals.
Fendi Suites: If you have ever wondered what it might be light to live like Karl Lagerfeld, then look no further than the Fendi Suites. The seven exceptionally designed suites sit above the Palazzo Prive and below Zuma in the same building as the brand’s Rome flagship store. Each light-filled room has plenty of Fendi touches, including original art and Fendi homeware accessories and furniture. The private concierge is available for any need, or you can use your in-room iPad to browse Rome tips at your leisure.
Hotel de Russie: When it comes to luxury accommodation, Hotel de Russie is the real deal. It has a gorgeous interior garden for sipping cocktails in absolute serenity while sitting the shade-dappled courtyard a few minutes from the Spanish Steps. Of course, there are also gorgeous rooms, a spa, and exceptional service. This is the place to splurge on a trip to Rome.
G-Rough Suites: For those seeking the coolest, sleekest, drool-worthy design in Rome, it has to be the understated designer rooms at G-Rough Suites. The small hotel near Piazza Navona (literally on the same street as Gelateria dei Gracchi) is the top choice for trendy jet setters who value design over in-your-face opulence. The lovely hotel costs a pretty penny but you won’t find any other rooms like these in the old school Eternal City.
Cheap Hotels in Rome
Hotel Sole: The prices at Hotel Sole Roma hover around €150 so I am putting this in the cheap category because it is a three-star hotel with room to grow. One of the things that I love about Hotel Sole is the location. It is literally around the corner from Campo de’ Fiori and about a 5-minute walk from the Pantheon. It is right in the center of the most beautiful part of Rome but manages to feel tucked away on a little side street. The rooms are basic and you need to scale one flight of stairs (no elevator) to reach reception but that is due to the historic nature of the property. Once inside, there is a beautiful and tranquil internal courtyard with balconies that overlook the rooftops of Rome. There is wi-fi and AC but little in the way of frills.
Domus Helena: The rooms at Domus Helena are sparse but very clean, offering some of the best value for a hotel in Rome. Located in Esquilino, an interesting Rome neighborhood near Termini Station, the hotel is in a less visited part of Rome, but still a short bus or tram ride to major monuments like the Colosseum. Even though this is a budget hotel, they still offer an included breakfast, which makes the low overnight prices an even better value for those trying to see Rome comfortably but cheaply.
Hostels in Rome
For those on a serious budget, a friendly hostel might be your best option in Rome. You don’t have to stay in a dorm room (though those beds will be the cheapest you can find), and the accommodation can be quite comfortable if you choose wisely.
The Beehive: Run by a lovely husband and wife team, the Beehive is easily Rome’s best hostel. Centrally located near Termini Station with great access to public transportation, the hostel has a secluded garden for lounging and cozy common areas. Options range from dorms to private rooms, and the property is safe and welcoming – particularly for solo female travelers and families. This is not a party hostel. Instead of a bar, you’ll find a cafe with homemade food on the bottom floor.
The Yellow Hostel: Now, if you do want a party hostel, the Yellow Hostel is a bit notorious in Rome for being a hell of a lot of fun. Honestly, people come here for a night out even if they don’t happen to be sleeping in one of the rooms. Located near Termini, the hostel is also a good base if you plan to use the bus and metro to get around town.
How Far in Advance to Book
Perhaps this is unhelpful advice, but the sooner you book your hotel in Rome, the better. Hotels have set maximum prices depending on high and low season, but the earlier you book, the more likely you are to find a good deal. Booking ahead also means that you are more likely to find a room as the popular properties tend to run out of space during high season. Of course, there is a small chance that you will get lucky on a last minute deal but this is the exception rather than the rule.
As a rule of thumb, book two to three months in advance for the best hotel room deals. Make that four months if you are coming around Easter, June through September, or at Christmas. These are the times when Rome is particularly busy and the best hotels fill up quickly.
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