Where to Stay in Rome

Hotel in Rome

Where to Stay in Rome

Choosing where to stay in Rome can be a headache in itself – with 22 very different districts (rioni) to pick from, it can be tricky choosing where’s best for you and your needs. Every district has a different price range and it’s own unique atmosphere.

Rome, as always, has something to suit everyone – and everyone has a different idea of what the ‘best hotel in Rome’ is!

So, the team here at Real Rome Tours have written this helpful guide to the best accommodation in Rome, based on our years of experience in the Eternal City and our customers’ recommendations.

The Best Area to Stay in Rome for First Time Visitors

The Historic Center

Nearby Landmarks: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon & Piazza Navona

The historic centre of Rome is perfect if you want to leave your hotel’s front door and be immersed in Rome’s most popular sights. There are two compromises for the convenience of everything being within walking distance: crowds and cost. As it’s one of the most popular sections of Rome, staying (and eating) in the city centre can be more expensive than some of the quieter districts on this list.

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Where to Stay in Rome City Centre

Our Favourite Hotel in Rome’s City Centre
Appia Antica Resort
Get a taste for the luxuries of modern Rome while staying amongst the ruins of Ancient Rome in this gorgeously stylish hotel. All apartments are air-conditioned and come with a welcome basket, a free bottle of Castello delle Regine wine and tranquil landscaped gardens to enjoy. Tired from a hard day of sight-seeing? Each room comes with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and a tablet.

The Colosseum is just a 15-minute drive away and buses to see the rest of Rome’s treasures stop right in front of the hotel. When your vacation is over, there’s even a free shuttle bus to the airport – what more could you ask for? Check out this amazing hotel here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near the Spanish Steps
Hotel Hassler
This 5* hotel is simply legendary. Right at the top of the Spanish Steps, this hotel has unbeatable views over Rome’s rooftops. It’s rooms are elegant and stylish with free WiFi, satellite TV, air conditioning, DVD player and a smartphone to call home.

The rest of the hotel boasts a free gym, sauna and Turkish bath. Feeling peckish? You can choose from Michelin-starred Imàgo, super stylish Salone Eva or the impressive Palm Court. You can book in here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near the Trevi fountain
Palazzo Scanderbeg
Nestled away on a side alley beside the Trevi Fountain is this fifteenth century palace. Once home to an Albanian prince, the palace now offers international explorers a taste of the good life in pure luxury. Incredibly popular with couples, each room/apartment has the option to add a personal butler to serve your every whim! Check it out here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near Piazza Navona
Lifestyle Suites Rome
Built in 1440 and originally a noble palace, Lifestyle Suites Rome is an adult only destination designed with opulence and ultimate comfort in mind. Take in the breathtaking views over Piazza Navona from the terrace or take a stroll to the Pantheon (a five minute walk away).

All rooms are air-conditioned and have free WiFi, mini-bar and satellite flat-screen TV. Book early and request a room with a balcony facing the square and enjoy the bustle of Rome from the comfort of your own space. See full details here.

Our Favourite Airbnb Properties in Rome City Centre

Airbnb rentals are incredibly popular in Rome and standards are usually incredibly high across the city. Here are our choices for the best Airbnb properties in the historic centre of Rome.

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Make sure you see the best of Rome’s historic city centre with our Heart of Rome tour.

The Best Area to Stay in Rome for Foodies


Nearby Landmarks: The Jewish Ghetto, Teatro Marcello, The Basilica of Santa Maria & Orto Botanico

A firm favourite in the Real Rome Tours office, Travestere is like visiting a welcoming little country town – just in the middle of Rome! Picturesque cobbled streets are lined with the finest authentic restaurants Rome has to offer. Staying here gives you easy access to the Campo de’ Fiori market, Piazza Farnese, the Teatro Marcello and the Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth). Travestere is perfect for those looking to stay centrally but skip the large crowds associated with the historical city centre. Oh and did we mention the amazing food on offer here? You have more dining choices available for a more affordable budget than in other areas of Rome.

Where to stay in Rome’s Trastevere area

Our Favourite Budget Hotel in Trastevere
Sotto La Cupola Guest House
Just 600 metres from Saint Peter’s Square and the Vatican City, Sotto La Cupola offers guest rooms that are spacious and elegantly decorated with antique-style furnishings and parquet floors.

Each room features free wi-fi, a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer and free toiletries. An Italian breakfast is served daily in the common room is absolutely delicious. Helpful for those travelling with specific dietary requirements, guests can prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen.

Sotto La Cupola is 350 metres from Roma San Pietro Train Station. A bus, with links to the Colosseum and Rome’s historic center, stops 50 metres from the property. There’s also a free private airport shuttle available. Get more details here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near Piazza Santa Maria
Hotel Santa Maria
Quietly stylish, Hotel Santa Maria is housed in a converted 16th-century convent. Wake up to gorgeous views of the hotel’s landscaped grounds full of fragrant orange trees and Mediterranean flowers. You can even enjoy your breakfast on the grounds and soak up the famous Roman summer sun.

The perfect mix of modern and traditional, each guest room features terracotta floors, elegant wood furniture, air conditioning, an LCD satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Get all the info here.

Our Favourite Hotel for Great Food & Service
Residenza San Calisto
This is one of the most popular places to stay in the whole of Rome on Booking.com! Set in a renovated historical building, you can choose between a room or an apartment. We absolutely love the traditional decor of this hotel – it’s like staying in a gorgeous countryside villa – but in the middle of Rome!

Each guest rooms is completed with wooden furniture, wood-beamed ceilings, an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi access.

Breakfast is a must – a generous sweet and savory buffet breakfast – all served in an antique cellar restored into an elegant dining room. Find out more.

Our Favourite Airbnb Properties in Travestere

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Make sure you see the best of Travestere with our Travestere tour

Best Area to Stay in Rome on a Budget

Termini Station (Esquilino)

Nearby Landmarks: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri & Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio

There’s not a huge amount to see within walking distance around Termini station, but staying here gives you so many inexpensive accommodation choices. You can easily access the big tourist spots via train, taxi or metro. The district around Termini Station is called Esquilino and is Rome’s unofficial immigrant district. It’s relatively chilled out and safe and is home to food delicacies from all over the world.

Where to Stay in Esquilino, Rome

Our Favourite Hotel Near Termini Station
Hotel Giuliana
A family-run B&B, Hotel Giuliana is just a 7-minute walk to Termini station. Classically decorated, each room has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The public areas of the hotel are relaxed and welcoming.

The staff here are very helpful and friendly and can recommend the best places to eat in the area. Check out full details here.

Our Favourite Guest House in Esquilino
Dada Suites
A simple, modern stylish guest house within walking distance of Santa Maria Maggiore and Domus Aurea.

Breakfast is served each morning and includes gluten-free options. The guest rooms all come with a toaster, fridge, coffee machine, free toiletries and tea-making facilities. Check in here.

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Best Area to Stay in Rome for Ancient Roman Ruins


Nearby Landmarks: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Domus Aurea

Traditionally a residential neighbourhood, Celio is built around the Colosseum. During the day, this area of Rome can get very chaotic – but once the sun’s gone down, prepare for beautiful views of Constantine’s Arch and the Circus Maximus. Perfect for lovers of ancient Rome, Celio gives you a taste of suburban Rome.

Where to Stay in Celio

Our Favourite Hotel Near The Pantheon
Albergo del Senato
Simply amazing views. The views alone would make us stay in this hotel! But there’s plenty more on offer here, the location is perfect for exploring, the service is perfect and the hotel is very child friendly.  See more details here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near The Roman Forum
The Inn At The Roman Forum
Pure luxury located in the heart of ancient Rome, The Inn at the Roman Forum actually houses ruins inside the property. The Inn thinks of everything a visitor to Rome could possible want and serves it to you with a smile.

Rooms come with free WiFi, satellite flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station.

A rich breakfast buffet is served on the rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Rome and is an absolute must while staying here. Book in here.

Our Favourite Hotel Near The Colosseum
Hotel Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux
Unrivalled views of the Colosseum are combined with luxurious surroundings at the Hotel Palazzo Manfredi.

Rooms here are spacious, offer free Wi-Fi and Sky satellite TV and have a view of the ancient ruins along the Roman Forum. You can also opt for a self-catering option.

If you really want to see Rome in style, you can rent a Lamborghini from the front desk! Check out this amazing hotel here.

Our Favourite Airbnb Properties in Celio

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Make sure you see the best of Ancient Rome with our Colosseum and Roman Forum tour

There’s truly something for everyone in Rome, no matter what age or interest! For more information on visiting Rome, feel free to get in touch by phone/sms/Whatsapp: +39 3408521612, through our Contact page, or via email: info@realrometours.com 

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