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The 30 Best Places to Stay in Rome: My Selection

For sure, finding the best accommodation isn’t easy: You will want to be in one of the best areas to stay in Rome, find a quiet hotel, ideally close to public transport and of course find something that fits into your budget.

To help you find the best place to stay in Rome, I have prepared this detailed guide. For each districts, I will tell you:

  • The strong points of the area
  • Which tourist attractions are located nearby
  • And of course, the best hotels and hostels depending on your budget!

Whether you are looking for a hotel in the city centre, close to the Colosseum and ancient Rome, or rather on the Vatican side, you will find the perfect accommodation for your stay.

And if you’re looking for the best place to stay Rome on a budget (this include hostels), you will find my list at the end of the article.

So, where to Stay in Rome, Italy?

In Rome historical center area

The historical center of Rome (“Centro Storico” in Italian) is the most touristic area of the city. Most monuments, museums and places of historical importance are located there, and this includes the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain or Piazza Navona for example. It’s also not far from the Ancient Rome district (Colosseum/ Roman Forum), at about 15 minutes walk.

In this area, there is a lot of traditional restaurants (trattorias) and ice cream shops (gelateria), including the famous “Tre Scalini”. Everything needed to make your stay in Rome truly unforgettable!

You guessed it: this is the best area to stay in Rome to visit the city center.

I recommend this area to stay in Rome:

  • As a starting point to visit Rome on foot
  • To enjoy Rome’s baroque and classical architecture.
  • To immerse yourself in Roman culture
  • If you are looking for a lively neighborhood
  • If you want to stay in Rome city center

However, as it’s the most touristic place, it’s quite noisy and crowded. If you want to stay in a quiet neighbourhood, you will find other options that are better suited to your expectations a bit further in this article.

It’s also one of the most expensive place to stay in Rome.

This district is the ideal place to discover:

  • The Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple built in the 1st century B.C
  • La Piazza Navona, the largest square in Rome
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Basilica Sant’Agostino, masterpiece of the Renaissance style.

Here is my selection of the best hotels in Rome historical center

Piazza Del Gesu ‘Luxury Suites – from 180 €

Housed in a renovated 16th century building, the Hotel Piazza Del Gesu ‘Luxury Suites is elegant, comfortable and relatively inexpensive for the area.

The rooms have modern furniture and are equipped with everything you need for your comfort (including soundproof windows, a must when you stay in the heart of the city center!). Some of the rooms overlook the city.

The hotel is ideally located in an area with many typical restaurants, only 600 meters from Piazza Navona and 5 minutes walk from the Pantheon.

If you’re looking for where to stay in Rome for 2 or 3 days and in the city center, the Piazza del Gesu is simply the perfect hotel.

Quartier centre historiquePiazza Del Gesu Luxury Suites

Historical Center of Rome – Piazza Del Gesu Luxury Suites

Hotel Caravita – from 190 €

If you are wondering where to stay in Rome as a first time visitor who wants to visit everything on foot, I recommend you the Hotel Caravita.

Housed in a 15th century building, elegant and carefully decorated, the hotel is ideally located:

  • 300 m from Trevi Fountain
  • 5 minutes from the Pantheon
  • and only 15 minutes from the Colosseum!

The staff is amazing and will do everything to ensure you have a memorable stay. Rooms have modern furniture and all the services you need to enjoy your time at the hotel (Wi-fi, TV, toiletries … ). Some rooms even have a privet jacuzzi!

Guests also have free access to the hotel’s outdoor relaxation area, including a spa.

The Caravita hotel is my favourite in Rome city centre for it’s amazing value for money!

Quartier centre historique Hôtel Caravita

Historical Center of Rome – Hôtel Caravita

HT6 Hotel Roma – from 260 €

If you have a big budget, I definitely recommend you this 4-star hotel near the Campo de ‘Fiori square.

The rooms, in Art Nouveau style, are beautiful and feature modern and comfortable equipment, including a spa and hammam for the most luxurious of them. A copious Buffet breakfast made of fresh products is included in the price. Perfect to give you strength to walk around Rome historical center for the day!

The hotel is located in the Pantheon district, only 700 meters away from the Pantheon itself.

This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Rome historical center! Without a doubt, one of the best places to stay in Rome as a tourist.

Quartier centre historique HT6 Hotel Roma

Historical Center of Rome – HT6 Hotel Roma

In the Ancient Rome area

The Ancient Rome district is perfect for history lovers. This is where some of the most important places of Rome’s historical heritage are located, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum or Capitoline Hill. It’s also less crowded and quieter than the historic center. A great place to stay in Rome!

I recommendyou this area to stay in Rome:

  • If you’re an archeology lover
  • For a leap into the past, to the times of Ancient Rome
  • To get lost in the streets and discover charming hidden shops and restaurants.
  • As a starting point to visit other areas, farther from the center of Rome

The neighborhood is still quite preserved, there isn’t as many hotels as elsewhere, so it can be a bit more expensive. If you really want to stay in the Ancient Rome area, book your hotel as early as possible.

The area is ideal for discovering the following tourist attractions:

  • The Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum, main square of the Ancient Rome
  • Trajan’s column, on the Forum
  • The Temples of Capitol Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, the religious heart of the ancient Rome.

Where to stay in ​​Ancient Rome?

Il Tempio Della Capital – from 110 €

Located in the Jewish ghetto, 100m from the Great synagogue of Rome, 500m from the Palazzo Venezia and 600m from Piazza Venezia, this guesthouse is a great choice for your stay in Rome. It’s located in a quiet place, but still very close to everything you will visit.

Another great thing: you can rent bicycles there, it’s ideal for a stroll in the heart of the ancient Rome! You’re wondering where to stay in Rome with family? This is in my opinion the best choice for your family if you want to stay in a quiet and excellent location, at a relatively affordable price.

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Ancient Rome – Il Tempio Della Capitale

Private Apartment Colosseum – from 195€

The Private Apartment Colosseum is a great place to stay for 2 or 3 days in Rome.

Located in the Monti district, at only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, it offers spacious, elegant and fully equipped apartments for rent. You will have: a kitchenette with oven and coffee machine, a shower with hydromassage function and even Netflix on the TV!

Near Cavour subway station, the accommodation is also close to the Quirinal palace (1 km) and the Domus Aurea (Golden House in english) (500 m).

I highly recommend you these apartments if you want to have your own kitchen, to cook great meals with fresh produces found on Italian markets.

This is a great place to stay in Rome with kids.

Quartier Rome Antique Private Apartment Colosseum

Ancient Rome – Private Apartment Colosseum

Residenze Argileto – from 190€

Located in a beautiful 18th century building, this hotel is at only 600m from the Colosseum and 5 minutes walk from a metro station. Clearly one of the best location to visit Rome.

You will for sure enjoy the large typical bright rooms, with exposed wooden beams and marble floor.

And you know the best part? If you book a room in this hotel, you will have a free 1h30 Spa access + 1h rooftop Jacuzzi access included! (per person and per day).

All this + the fact it’s located in one of the best area to stay in Rome makes it an excellent choice pour your trip to the Eternal City. Definitely my favourite place to stay near the Colosseum!

In Testaccio – Ostiense area (south of Rome)

As this district is a bit further from Rome must-see attractions, it’s a great place to find good hotels for a low price. For sure not the most touristic area, but definitely a great place to stay in Rome!

You should book an hotel in this area if:

  • You don’t have a big budget but still want to find a good hotel
  • You want to discover an authentic Roman neighbourhood, far from the tourist crowds
  • If you like going to bars: The nightlife in this district is one of the best in Rome!

In the neighbourhood, you can see:

  • The Esposizione Universale Roma site, built for the 1942 world exposition (canceled because of the WWII) and its fascist architecture.
  • Testaccio Market: Rome main public market, the perfect place to buy high quality Italian typical products.
  • Eataly: A huge supermarket located next to Ostiense train station. Another great place to buy Italian food!

The best places to stay in Testaccio – Ostiense

Pyramid House – from 80€

Located close to Piramide metro station (great to visit the city), these apartments are perfect for a budget stay in Rome. They are not expensive, and they all have a kitchen, so you can save money by cooking your own amazing Italian food with products from the market.

There isn’t many apartments, so it’s quickly fully booked. If it’s still available, you should definitely book now!

Quartier Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Pyramid

Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Pyramid

Re Testa Hotel – from 100 €

In Testaccio districit, the Re Testa hotel offers bright, spacious, modern and well equipped rooms with a balcony overlooking the city. Breakfast is served on the terrace of a nearby café. A great way to start the day!

The location is great, it is:

  • At only 10 minutes from Porta Portese, the largest outdoor market in Rome
  • At 20 minutes from the Circus Maximus: you can visit the Aventine district by foot
  • At 15 minutes from Piramide metro station (you can reach other areas easily).

Quartier Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Re Testa

Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Re Testa

Hôtel Abitart – from 135€

Design hotel located in the heart of Ostiense district, not far from the railway station and the metro. Pretty convenient to visit Rome!

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You can enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet to start your day off right, and try typical Italian cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, the Estrobar.

A great and cosy place to stay in Rome.

Quartier Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Abitart

Testaccio Ostiense Hotel Abitart

In Trastevere district

Trastevere district is one of Rome’s coolest neighbourhood. The trattorias and bars are full almost all day long! It’s not really a quiet neighbourhood, but it’s a great place to eat local food for a good price.

Here, there is no emblematic monument to vist: it’s the “real” authentic Rome and the best place to stay if you want to experience the city like a local.

Hotels are are around 30% cheaper than in the historical center area, and you can find many youth hostel in this district.

You should sleep in Trastevere area:

  • If you want to get a glimpse of the “real” local life in Rome
  • To enjoy a glass of Spritz at a café terrace
  • If you like busy and lively places and don’t mind noise
  • If you’re a photography lover, the typical alleys are very photogenic and picturesque.

Things to see in the Trastevere district :

  • The Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo), which offers magnificent views of the city
  • Many churches, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere or the Church of St. Cecilia in Trastevere

Best places to stay in Trastevere

Sonnino Suite – From 100 €

The Sonnino Suite is located in Trastevere district, next to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and Tiber Island. There is a tramway stop just in front of the hotel, so it’s extremly convenient if you are tired of walking. There are also numerous restaurants nearby: after a good day of visits, no need to go too far to have a great diner!

The rooms are spacious, elegant and most importantly in this district: soundproof!

And if you need any help to plan your visits, don’t hesitate to ask the staff, they are very helpful. Definitely a great place to stay in Rome!

Quartier Trastevere Sonnino Suite

Trastevere district Sonnino Suite

Rhea Silvia Luxury Rooms – From 135 €

Located in the heart of Trastevere district, this hotel is also close to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon (20 minutes walk), as well as the Piazza Campo de’ Fiori (1 km).

The Rhea Silvia Luxury Rooms offers well equipped rooms that will satisfy even the most exigent travellers. The rooms are large, comfortable and, last but not least, very modern, which is quite uncommon in Rome in this price range!

The welcome is excellent, with welcome gifts and the hosts are always ready to help you. They are really full of good advice for visiting Rome.

It’s our crush for is amazing value for money in Trastevere!

Quartier Trastevere Rhea Silvia Luxury Trastevere

Trastevere area Rhea Silvia Luxury Trastevere

Le VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel – From 250€

Located in an old monastery, with an interior garden, a terrace overlooking the city, and designed by a baroque architect, the 4-star hotel VOI Donna Camilla Savelli has everything needed to seduce you.

Breakfast (with vegan options) is included in the room rate and served on the terrace in summer.

It’s located near (5 minutes walk) the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and at only 10 minutes walk along the Tiber river from the Vatican. Rome’s historic centre is also within walking distance if you take the Sisto Bridge.

If you are looking for a beautiful and charming hotel in the Trastevere area, you should book it now.

It’s the perfect place to stay in Rome for a romantic weekend!

Quartier Trastevere VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel

Trastevere VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel

in the Vatican area ( + Borgo and Prati)

Staying in Vatican district is of course the best choice to visit the St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. However, this area is extremely touristic and the hotels rates are very high.

So in this guide of the best places to stay in Rome, I will also include hotels from nearby neighbourhoods: Borgo and Prati. They are less expensive and a very good alternative to stay next to the Vatican on a budget.

The Vatican district is the perfect place to stay in Rome:

  • To be amongst the first to visit the Vatican’s touristic places in the morning.
  • If you’re looking for a quiet, residential neighbourhood
  • For arts lovers: there are 11 museums in the Vatican, staying nearby is the best way to have the time to see them all!

In Vatican, Borgo and Prati areas, you can discover:

  • The Vatican city, of course:St Peter’s square and basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the numerous Vatican museums.
  • Castel Sant’Angelo, in Borgo district.
  • The architecture of Prati district, very different from the rest of Rome. Large avenues and haussmannian style buildings. A little Paris!

Where to stay in Rome in Vatican area?

Vatican Angels Casa Vacanze – From 105 €

Located at only 5 minutes walk from the main Vatican Museums, the Vatican Angels Casa Vacanze is one of the best place to stay in Vatican area.

The apartment is modern and offers all the comforts you will need: Wi-Fi connection, TV, canopy bed, kitchenette equipped with dishwasher and a toaster.

It’s also close to Cipro metro station (400 m): very convenient if you plan to visit other parts of Rome.

There’s only one! If it is available for your dates, you shouldn’t wait to book it!

It’s clearly the best value for Money in Vatican district.

Quartier Vatican Vatican Angels Casa Vacanze

Vatican Angels Casa Vacanze

San Pietro Suites – From 130€

Situated at only 300 meters from the Vatican and 15 minutes walk from Castel Sant’Angelo, its geographical location is ideal for visiting Rome.

The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, breakfast is hearty and served in the room, the mini bar is stocked every day with cold drinks and this is included in the price. The staff speaks English very well and is very helpful.

The view of the Vatican from some of the rooms is outstanding and a bottle of Chianti is offered on arrival. A great way to start your stay in Vatican district.

It also offers an excellent value for money for this area of Rome.

Quartier Vatican San Pietro Suites

Vatican San Pietro Suites

Residenza Paolo VI – From 250€

This 4-star hotel is only at a few meters from St. Peter’s Square and 15 minutes walk from the Vatican Museums.

Located in a former monastery, the hotel offers elegant rooms with parquet floors, antique furniture and large carpets on the ground. You will for sure enjoy staying in this ancient convent converted into a luxury and modern hotel!

There is a buffet breakfast, with a large choice of salty and sweet dishes. You can also enjoy a snack or a drink on the terrace offering a panoramic view of the Vatican.

Quartier Vatican Residenza Paolo VI

Vatican Residenza Paolo VI

In villa Borghese area, North of Rome

In this neighbourhood, you will find many museums and art galleries.

Villa Borghese district is a classy neighbourhood, loved by tourists and locals alike. It’s quite busy, but visiting it feels extremely relaxing, thanks to the numerous parks and green spaces.

If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Rome on a budget, villa Borghese district is definitely a great choice.

You should stay in this district during your trip to Rome:

  • If you enjoy nature and green spaces
  • To discover Rome differently than other tourists (they tend to stay more around the Ancient Rome)

The 3 best things to do in Villa Borghese are:

  • Visit the Villa Borghese and its huge park of course! There is also the Carlo Bilotti modern art museum in the park (free entrance)
  • The famous Villa Medicis, which has played a crucial role in Roman and European cultural development
  • The Galleria Borghese, hosting one of the most impressive collection of painting and sculptures in Rome.

The best hotels in the North of Rome (Villa Borghese area)

Hotel Villa Porpora – From 88€

10 minutes walk from the Galleria Borghese, this hotel is one of the best place to stay in Rome if you’re on a budget. The great thing is that it’s very quiet!

All basic services are included (Wi-fi connection, TV, fridge, private bathroom…) to allow you to have a pleasant stay. The restaurant is pretty good too.

Many bus and tramways stops are located close to the hotel, it’s very convenient to visit the city.

Quartier Villa Borghèse Hotel Villa Porpora

Villa Borghèse Hotel Villa Porpora

Relais at Via Veneto – From 110€

The hotel is ideally located in this district, at only 100m from the Villa Borghese park.

Situated in an elegant 19th century building, the Relais at Via Veneto rooms are modern and colourful: perfect to feel at home!

The staff is very helpful and will help you to organize your visit of Rome if you have any question. The Breakfast is served in a cafe nearby.

It’s our crush for it’s amazing value for money, definitely one of the best place to stay in the north of Rome.

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Villa Borghèse Relais at Via Veneto

Hotel Villa Linneo – From 180 €

Located at 400 m from Villa Borghese and its magnificent gardens, but also close to the historic centre (20 minutes from the Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna), the Villa Linneo hotel is ideally situated.

The hotel has a garden and the rooms are classic and elegant, with all the necessary equipment for your comfort. Some of them even have a pretty old-fashioned bathtub.

The ideal choice if you are looking for a beautiful and quiet hotel in Rome, at an affordable price.

Quartier Villa Borghèse Hotel Villa Linneo

Villa Borghèse district Hotel Villa Linneo

In Termini area

Termini district is where Rome train station is located, and the only place in town where the 2 metro lines intersect. You guessed it, it’s very convenient in terms of transportations. In addition, the hotels prices are very decent there.

However, it’s a bit far from the city center it will be hard to visit the city on foot from your hotel. There isn’t much to see around, but to find a cheap hotel in Rome, it’s a great area!

You should stay in Termini district if:

  • You’re traveling on a budget
  • You don’t mind walking or using public transport to go to the city center.

Things to see in Termini area:

  • A few churches like Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica.

The 3 Best Hotels in Termini area

Le Central Domus Roma – From 100 €

Located in a 19th century building, this apartment is really unique: Mixing ancient furniture with modern bedding and lighting. It’s really stunning!

In addition to this rustic aspect, it’s very modern, with two flat screen televisions, a hydromassage shower, and a brand new and fully equipped kitchen.

In terms of situation, it’s at 1.2 km from the Colosseum and only 450m from Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica.

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Termini district Central Domus Roma

The Vinci House – From 120 €

The Vinci House is located at only 200 m from Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, one of the places to visit in Termini district and at 1 km from the Colosseum.

The rooms are well equipped and have everything you need for comfort. Another grea thing: the host is very kind, he will not hesitate to give you advice and tips to optimize your stay in Rome!

It’s in my opinion the best value for money if you plan to stay in Termini area.

Quartier Termini Vinci House

Termini area Vinci House

Le Roman Holidays Boutique Hotel – From 180€

If you don’t mind spending a bit more for your hotel, the Roman Holidays Boutique Hotel is an amazing choice.

The rooms are luxurious and well decorated, some of them even have a spa and a great view over the city. In addition, the rooms are very quiet.

It’s well located, at only 200 m from Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica and 900 m from Piazza Barberini and the Quirinal Palace.

A great place to stay in Rome with your lover!

Quartier Termini Roman Holidays Boutique Hotel

Termini Roman Holidays Boutique Hotel

The 7 best places to stay in Rome on a budget

Where to stay in Rome on a budget?

In this article, I gave you suggestions about the best places to stay in Rome depending on what you want to visit and the area. If you’re on a budget, here are the best cheap hotels in Rome:

  • L’Ostello Des Artistes isn’t a classic hostel: the rooms are spacious and rustically decorated. It’s easy to forget it’s a youth hostel! It offers private rooms or dormitories, starting at 23€ per night. The staff is very friendly and the 2 metro lines and the train station are located a few minutes away. That’s very convenient to visit the city. A great place to stay in Rome for a low price.
  • If you have a car, the Camping Village Rome, located away from the city center is a great place to stay. You can rent bungalows for only 30€ per night! They are modern, clean, with everything you will need to enjoy your stay. They really offer an amazing value for money! Vatican City is at only 15 minutes, and there is even a swimming pool. Definately the best place to stay in Rome with family if you’re on a budget.
  • In Termini district, RomeHellois a great youth hostel, comfortable, with a hearty buffet breakfast and a very friendly staff. Located 1 km from the Trevi fountain and a few minutes from a metro station, the great location will allow you to visit the city on foot without worrying about transport. Starting at 38€ per night for a dormitory bed, it’s the one of the best hostel in the center of Rome.
  • Casa Romagraziosa is a 44 m² apartment that can accommodate up to 3 people, for only 40€. It’s located in the Trionfale district, so a bit away from the city center. However, a free shuttle service from the Battistini metro station is available upon request. In addition to the fact it’s a full apartment, it offers the advantage of having a balcony and being located in a very quiet area. Perfect to stay in Rome on a budget.
  • A bit more expensive but closer to the city center, Nostromondo Apartments Rome City Centre are very popular among tourists and are generally quickly sold out. The apartments and studios are located at 4 different addresses, so be careful when choosing one. However, they are all very well situated: some are 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, while others are close to Piazza Navona. The apartments are modern, there is a washing machine and a microwave oven. And the best part? They are just at 50€ per night. An excellent choice to stay in Rome city center at a low cost.
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What’s the best hotel in Rome ?

If you’re looking for the best hotel in Rome, you should stay at the HT6 Hotel Roma. It’s the most beautiful luxury hotel of the city and it’s ideally located in the historical center, one of the best district to visit Rome on foot.

The best hotels in Rome with a swimming pool

If you’re looking for an hotel with a swimming pool in Rome, here are the best ones:

  • In ancient Rome district: The Mercure Roma Centro Colosseois the best hotel with a swimming pool located in the heart of the ancient Rome. The rooftop pool offers a superb view of the colosseum, clearly the best of the city!
  • Between the Vatican and Trastevere area: The Gran Melia Rome – The leading hotels of the world is a luxury hotel with 2 outdoor swimming poosl: 1 for the span, and another large one in the garden. One of the most amazing place to stay in Rome.
  • In Trastevere district: The grand Hotel Gianocolohas 2 gardens and a huge outdoor swimming pool: you can be sure to swim in peace and quiet. It also has a roof terrace for breakfast with a view of St. Peter’s Basilica. Perfect if you’re looking for a beautiful hotel with a large swimming pool.
  • In Termini area: The Building hotelfeatures a great spa with both an indoor and an outdoor pool. And you know the best thing? The hotel is brand new, the rooms are moderns, comfortable and it’s very affordable!

Where to stay in Rome: summary of the best hotels

Here is the recap of the best place to stay in Rome, in each area. You can sort the hotels by price or neighbourhood!

Piazza Del Gesu Luxury SuitesHistorical center180€
Hotel CaravitaHistorical center190€
HT6 Hotel RomaHistorical center260€
Il Tempio della CapitaleAncient Rome110€
Residenze ArgiletoAncient Rome190€
Private Apartment ColsseumAncient Rome200€
Pyramid HouseTestaccio / Ostiense80€
Hotel Re TestaTestaccio / Ostiense100€
Hotel AbitartTestaccio / Ostiense135€
Sonnino SuiteTrastevere100€
Rhea Silvia Luxury RoomsTrastevere135€
VOI Donna Camilla Savelli HotelTrastevere250€
Vatican Angels Casa VacanzeVatican / Borgo / Prati105€
San Pietro SuitesVatican / Borgo / Prati130€
Residenza Paolo VIVatican / Borgo / Prati250€
Hotel Villa PorporaVilla Borghese88€
Relais Via VenetoVilla Borghese110€
Hotel Villa LinneoVilla Borghese180€
Central Domus RomaTermini100€
Le Vinci HouseTermini120€
Roman Holidays Boutique HotelTermini180€
L’Ostello des ArtistesCheap hotel23€
Camping Village RomaCheap hotel30€
Rome HelloCheap hotel38€
Casa RomagraziosaCheap hotel40€
Nostromondo Apartments Rome City CentreCheap hotel50€
Mercure Roma Centro ColosseoHotel with swimming pool200€
Gran Melia RomeHotel with swimming pool400€
Grand Hotel GianocoloHotel with swimming pool170€
Hotel The BuildingHotel with swimming pool170€

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Where to Stay in Rome

Hotels in Rome are not renowned for their value for money. Many are overpriced and do not offer a very good service. This said, there are plenty of hotels, apartments and hostals in the city which are very satisfactory.

Best places to stay in Rome

Rome is a relatively small city and all accommodation located between the Tiber River, Termini station, Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum is a great choice as travellers will be able to walk to most of Rome’s top attractions, museums and monuments.

If you don’t mind spending a little more on accommodation, we recommend looking for lodging near the Trevi Fountain, the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Other areas which are also very central include Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Barberini, la Via del Corso and its adjacent streets.

If you don’t want to spend too much on lodging, the cheapest hotels are found near Termini Railway Station. Furthermore, this area is extremely well connected with two of the three metro lines stopping at Termini, and the central bus station is situated just in front of the railway station.

Hotels in Rome

Although statistically Rome is one of the most expensive cities to stay in, it is still possible to find good offers and cheap hotels.

Rome is one of the priciest cities in Europe in terms of hotel prices. However, it is possible to find great deals and cheap lodging. You can find double rooms in hotels in the centre of Rome from € 70 per night.

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Apartments in Rome

In time, serviced apartments have become more and more popular and they are a great option if you’re traveling with your family or with a large group of friends or plan on staying for over a week in Rome. To find the best selection, we recommend checking our search engine:

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Hostels in Rome

If you prefer to stay in a hostel, Rome has quite a good selection of this type of lodging and you can book a bed for € 15 a night. We recommend checking out these two websites for the best selection:

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Camping sites in Rome

If you like the outdoors, in the previous websites you will also be able to book different camping sites in the area around Rome.

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Piazza Navona, one of the best places to stay

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

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Where to stay in Rome, Italy

A full guide to where to stay in Rome, Italy for first-time visitors (+ the best hotels and apartments near Piazza Navona and Colosseum).

Where to stay in Rome

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Rome is located in the central part of the Italian peninsula. Initially built on seven hills, the city has spread during its 3000 years of existence.

Rome was the heart of the ancient Roman Empire and today it’s the capital city of Italy. Also, the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. It has always been a centre of power, religion and culture. No wonder why it’s called the Eternal City.

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Choosing where to stay in Rome can be overwhelming, especially when it’s your first time to the city. What is the best location to stay in Rome? Should you choose a place near to Colosseum or Spanish Steps or Termini station?

River Tiber divides the city into two halves. On the east side, you’ll find most of the tourist attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. The west part is dominated by Vatican City and Trastevere, the most picturesque neighbourhood.

In this article, I cover the most preferable places to stay, plus the most popular Rome hotels in these areas.

I’ve been several times to Rome, staying in a different location every time. However, my favourite area is around Piazza Navona. It’s the heart of the city, the most central location, ideal for first-time visitors. Rome is not a small city, but from here you can walk everywhere. Vatican City, Spanish Steps and Trastevere (a popular nightlife area) are less than 1km away.

My favourite hotel in this area is Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj. It’s housed in a historical building, right next to Piazza Navona, with beautiful views from its rooftop terrasse.

And being not far from Vatican City is a huge advantage, as you can get there early and avoid the crowds (which are huge). Plus, you can take late-night photos of the beautifully illuminated St. Peter’s Basilica.

Most popular hotel in Rome

Looking for the best hotel to stay in the heart of Rome?

Then check out Rome Style Hotel – it’s the most popular hotel near the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, a very central location for exploring the city.

The hotel has a very strategic location, close to Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Spacious and modern rooms with an artistic touch. Plus, there is a metro station only a 5min walk (so you can easily reach every part of the city).
Why book – next to Spanish Steps and not far from Roma Termini, marble bathrooms, excellent breakfast

trevi fountain

Where to stay in Rome (for first-time visitors)

    – for sightseeing – for one night – for a honeymoon – for nightlife – to experience ancient Rome – for a more local feel

Best area to stay in Rome for a first-time visitor

If you look for the most central place, choose the area around Piazza Navona and Pantheon. It’s the perfect location for first-time visitors because you’ll be within a few minutes walk to most of the major attractions.

This area, overload of beauty, is the heart of the Historic Centre. Tiny cobblestone streets lead to quaint piazzas and picturesque fountains. Ancient ruins, Baroque churches, Renaissance palaces, you’ll find it all here. Just walk out of your door and you’ll find yourself surrounded by centuries-old history.

Travelling from Rome Airport?
Then book a private transfer directly to your hotel for a worry-free arrival.

It’s a wonderful place to wander both day and night. Moreover what could be more magical than looking out of your hotel window to the incredible sights of the Eternal City.

Why stay near Piazza Navona and Pantheon

  • stay here if you want to experience the real Rome and to walk everywhere
  • a great number of good restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops around
  • you’ll be at walking distance from the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trastevere and Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Campo De’ Fiori, a lovely area for aperitivo, is just around the corner

Hotels near Piazza Navona (Best for couples)

The hotel has an unbeatable location – right next to Piazza Navona. Housed in a historic 17th-century palace, the hotel features unique rooms. A rooftop bar gives you the chance to enjoy a fabulous 360 degrees view over the city. The rooms are spacious with every modern facility available. It’s the perfect place for your Roman vacation.
Why book – ideal location for tourists, right on Piazza Navona, unique rooms with original frescoes, awesome staff

It’s a stylish 4-star hotel less than 100m away from Piazza Navona. A great, convenient location to explore the highlights of the city. Modern and tastefully decorated rooms. In addition, the hotel provides a smartphone so you can easily navigate your way around the city. Don’t miss the happy hour at the rooftop bar.
Why book – prime location, next to Piazza Navona, modern air-conditioned rooms, comfortable beds, great rooftop bar

Hotels near Piazza Navona (Best for families)

Lunetta is a 4-star spa hotel only 200m away from Piazza Navona. The air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms feature an elegant design. The spa area boasts an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. Plus, the rooftop bar is great for some coffee or cocktails.
Why book – 200m from Piazza Navona, air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms, indoor pool and rooftop bar

Hotel Martis Palace is one of the best-rated hotels near Piazza Navona. The location is fantastic – only 50 away from the piazza. Most of the attractions are easily walkable from here. The hotel boasts a rooftop bar with 360° panoramic views of the historical city centre. The rooftop bar is a perfect place to enjoy sunset views and a drink before dinner.
Why book – next to Piazza Navona, rooftop bar with panoramic views, comfy soundproofed rooms

Luxury hotels near Piazza Navona

If you look for a luxury stay just right next to Piazza Navona, then Hotel Raphael is your place. The location is ideal both for sightseeing and going out at night. Good-sized rooms with excellent amenities, comfy beds and huge bathrooms with Bvlgari toiletries. It’s all you need for the perfect Roman holiday.
Why book – next to Piazza Navona, amazing rooftop restaurant, delicious organic breakfast, air-conditioned luxurious rooms

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The 5-star hotel is located just a few steps away from the Pantheon. It’s the best place to stay in Rome if you’re looking for a luxury vacation. The air-conditioned rooms come with a Nespresso coffee machine and Acqua di Parma toiletries. Also, a free smartphone with internet access and unlimited calls is provided. The continental breakfast features seasonal and local products.
Why book – next to Pantheon, panoramic terrace with city views, free smartphone with internet access

Apartments near Pantheon

Sant’Ivo Apartments are perfectly located, 200 away from the Pantheon. Quiet, bright and airy apartments, close to grocery stores and restaurants. Beside the apartment’s private balcony, there is a wonderful shared rooftop terrace.
Why book – 200m from Pantheon, close to grocery stores, shared rooftop terrace

Eve Luxury Apartments are only 50m away from the Pantheon. Well equipped, modern and tastefully decorated, it’s a great base to explore the city. It’s close to a grocery store, a 24-hour taxi stand and countless restaurants.
Why book – 50m from Pantheon, modern air-conditioned apartments, close to grocery stores

Rome city view

Termini – Where to stay in Rome for one night

If you’re in the city for a night, choose accommodation near Termini Railway station. The area is very convenient for transport links and travelling to the rest of Italy. Getting to both airports is also easy – just take the Leonardo Express train or any of the numerous shuttle buses.

Both metro lines intersect here at Termini station. The blue one takes you to the Colosseum, while the red one to Spanish Steps and Vatican City. Plus, a lot of the tourist attractions are within walking distance. The Historic Centre is about 1km away.

Why stay near Roma Termini

  • stay here if you need a convenient area and want to be close to all public transport
  • numerous shuttle buses to Ciampino and Fiumicino Airports (plus an express train to Fiumicino)
  • the two metro lines give easy access to the city
  • Termini station is a starting point of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours

Artemide is set in a 19th-century building, 500m away from the Termini Station. It has a great location, near restaurants, bars and shops. In addition, you can enjoy an excellent rooftop restaurant and a spa centre with a sauna and a Turkish bath.
Why book – 500m from the Termini Station, excellent rooftop restaurant, wellness centre, modern air-conditioned rooms

iQ Hotel Roma is in a safe area, only 300m away from the Termini Station. Comfy, well-equipped rooms with memory foam beds and blackout curtains. The breakfast is excellent and has plenty of vegan options available. It’s a great place to stay in Rome for families and couples.
Why book – 300m from the Termini Station, comfy rooms with blackout curtains, excellent breakfast with vegan options

Palazzo Naiadi is one of the closest 5-star hotels to Termini Station. Plus, it’s just a few steps from the Repubblica metro station. The hotel features a wellness spa area and a rooftop bar with amazing views of the city.
Why book – next to Termini Station, panoramic rooftop terrace with seasonal plunge pool, mahogany bathrooms

Spanish Steps

Where to stay in Rome for a honeymoon

Rome is great for honeymooners! Around every corner, you’ll encounter charming squares, centuries-old ruins, elegant palaces and cosy little restaurants. The perfect setting for your romantic trip. Yet, there is one important question – what is the best area to stay for a honeymoon?

If you’re visiting Rome for a honeymoon, the area around the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain is the ideal choice for you. It’s a fancy and cosmopolitan place with a lot of history, home to many high-end boutiques, chic restaurants and gorgeous Neoclassical buildings.

The beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese are just around the corner, providing the perfect setting for a romantic walk. Plus, the area is less touristy than Piazza Navona (except around the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps of course). Still, most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance.

Why stay near the Spanish Steps

  • stay here if you’re planning a romantic trip (or some serious shopping)
  • you’re at walking distance to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo and many more
  • the metro provides quick access to the rest of the city
  • Via Condotti hosts some of the best haute-couture boutiques
  • the romantic Villa Borghese gardens are just around the corner
  • take an evening walk along the Tiber River

The hotel is set on a quiet street close to Via Condotti and Via Del Corso, two of the most famous shopping street in Rome. Trevi Fountain is just a 5min walk. The romantic boutique rooms give you a feeling like staying in an old Italian palace. And the best part – the breakfast is served on a rooftop terrace with gorgeous city views.
Why book – 200m from Spanish Steps, next to shopping street, luxurious air-conditioned rooms, rooftop terrace

Housed in a 19th-century monastery, this unique hotel overlooks the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese. The spacious rooms are designed with extreme elegance and class. The Mediterranean restaurant offers magnificent views of the city’s rooftops. It’s the most romantic place to stay for a honeymoon!
Why book – next to Villa Borghese, housed in a 19th-century monastery, restaurant and terrace with views of city’s rooftops

If you look for a 5-star treatment with an ideal location, then Hassler is all you need. The hotel is located on top of the Spanish Steps and a few minutes from the main shopping street. In addition, Hassler boasts a wellness spa and a rooftop restaurant with stunning views.
Why book – right next to Spanish Steps, Michelin-starred restaurant, wellness centre with sauna and Turkish bath

Where to stay in Rome for nightlife

If you’re visiting Rome for nightlife, stay in Trastevere or Campo de’ Fiori.

Where to stay in Rome for nightlife

  • Campo de’ Fiori – the best location for nightlife with numerous aperitivo bars (and close to tourist attractions)
  • Trastevere – a charming area with hundreds of little trattorias, restaurants and bars (a little far from historic sites)


Trastevere is a good area to stay in Rome for nightlife. The neighbourhood is situated across the Tiber within a short walk from the Historic Centre. It’s a picturesque district with winding cobbled streets and vibrant piazzas. Filled with hundreds of little trattorias, restaurants and bars, it boasts some of the best nightlife in Rome. It’s the ideal spot for a nighttime aperitivo.

The only drawback is that there is no metro nearby. The closest metro station is Circo Massimo, about 1.5km away. Yet, if nightlife is what you’re looking for, there is no better place to be.

This 4-star boutique hotel is perfectly situated for exploring Trastevere. A lot of local trattorias, bars and shops within reach. You’d feel like stepping back in time as the hotel is housed a 16th-century historic building.
Why book – in the heart of Trastevere, inner garden, quiet air-conditioned rooms

Campo de’ Fiori

However, if you look for a more central area with a vibrant nightlife, then Campo de’ Fiori is the place for you. It’s a popular aperitivo area right in the heart of the city. The best part is that it’s on a walking distance from the major attractions. However, it misses the charm of Trastevere.

Hotel Smeraldo is the most popular hotel in Campo de’ Fiori area. It’s perfect for travellers interested in nightlife and sightseeing. The hotel features modern comfy rooms and a rooftop terrace.
Why book – 200m from the popular square of Campo de’ Fiori, roof terrace with a cocktail bar, air-conditioned rooms


Where to stay in ancient Rome

The area around the Colosseum is the oldest one in the Eternal City. It’s the perfect location to stay if you want to experience ancient Rome.

It’s a charming place, filled with ancient ruins and centuries-old history. Plus, you’ll find also a lot of traditional trattorias, wine bars and great aperitivo spots.

Moreover, the area is very convenient, as there is a metro station right opposite the Colosseum. It’s easy to get to Termini Station, Spanish Steps and Vatican City. As for the Historic Centre, it’s only a 15min walk from here.

Why stay near the Colosseum

  • you’ll be in the heart of ancient Rome, surrounded by history and centuries-old buildings
  • easy access to the Colosseum (to beat the queues in the morning)
  • getting to Roma Termini and Vatican City is easy (using the metro)

Hotels near Colosseum (Best for couples)

Hotel Capo d’Africa is one of the closest 4-star hotels to the Colosseum. Although located in a very touristy area, the hotel is down a quiet side street. Breakfast is served on a rooftop terrace overlooking the Colosseum. It’s a great way to start your day.
Why book – 300m from Colosseum, rooftop terrace overlooking the Colosseum, quiet air-conditioned rooms

Roma Luxus Hotel is only 300m away from the Roman Forum and 600m from the Colosseum. Housed in a historic 18th-century palace, it’s a very chic place. The breakfast is good and features plenty of choices and a great coffee.
Why book – 600m from Colosseum, spacious air-conditioned rooms, excellent breakfast

Hotels near Colosseum (Best for families)

Although situated 600m away from the Colosseum, the location is more than convenient. The metro station Cavour is right next to the hotel. Modern and stylish rooms with a contemporary touch.
Why book – 600m from Colosseum, next to metro station, rooftop bar

For a view to Colosseum right from your hotel window, stay in Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. It’s a 5-star luxury hotel less than 100m away from the Colosseum.
Why book – 100m from Colosseum, next to metro station, rooftop terrace, spacious rooms

Vatican City

Where to stay near the Vatican City

If you look for a quieter area close to public transport and attractions, then the Prati neighbourhood is the best choice.

The location is great, especially if you plan to visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and attend the Papal Audience. It’s a huge plus, as you can get there early and avoid the crowds. You’ll also be close to Castel Sant’Angelo, which is a lovely sight at night.

The area is well connected to the rest of Rome, as the red metro line A has two stops near the Vatican.

Why stay near Vatican City

  • easy access to Castel Sant’Angelo and Vatican Museums (to beat the queues in the morning)
  • well connected to the rest of the city and Roma Termini (red metro line A)
  • quiet area with many local trattorias and gelato shops

Vespasiano is a boutique 4-star hotel housed in a typical Roman building. It’s one of the closest hotels to Vatican City. Also, the hotel is just a short walk from the metro station Ottaviano. A perfect base to explore the Vatican and the rest of the city.
Why book – next to Vatican City, close to metro station, spacious air-conditioned rooms

Della Conciliazione is located on a cobblestone street with many restaurants, cafes and shops. It’s right in the middle between Vatican Museums and Castel Sant’Angelo. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with excellent air-conditioning.
Why book – 250m from Vatican City, direct link with Termini train station (bus line 40), spacious air-conditioned rooms

Gran Melia is one of the best places to stay in Rome, near the Vatican. The location is more than ideal – 400m away from the St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, Trastevere and the Historic Centre are within a walking distance. This 5-star hotel features a beautiful garden and a wellness spa centre with swimming pool and a Turkish bath.
Why book – 400m from Vatican City, wellness centre with outdoor swimming pool, Nespresso machine

The aparthotel offers comfy and modern apartments with a fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast is served on the top floor with some amazing views of St. Peter’s Basilica. In addition, a big grocery store is available just around the corner. A great place for a family stay.
Why book – 200m from Vatican City, rooftop terrace, quiet spacious apartments, next to grocery stores

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Milena Yordanova
I’m a full-time travel blogger based in Sofia, Bulgaria. I love to travel and to discover new places, cultures and food. I’m an expert in travel planning and I am here to help you plan your dream vacation.

2 Replies to “Where to Stay in Rome, Italy (Best Places 2022)”

We stayed at IQ Roma. Perfect location – close to Termini station and major attractions! In fact, it was one of the best hotels we stayed in Europe during our vacation.

Hi Peter,
I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your time in Rome.

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