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Where to Stay In Rome

La Casa di Amy offers budget accommodations in the Esquiline district.

Updated! The dollar to euro rate could be better, but it is enjoying a relatively favorable exchange recently, so why not book a trip to Rome? There are thousands of accommodations to choose from, ranging from dingy hostels to overblown 5-star luxury hotels. Narrowing down the options can seem daunting, so here are some recommendations, from self catering apartments to five-star digs.


Le Finestre di Luz is a small and lovely B&B on the ground floor of a residential building in Prati.

Nicholas Inn: An amazing location near the Forum, comfortable and elegant rooms and a super nice and accommodating staff make the Nicholas Inn Rome’s leading B&B.

The Beehive: Americans Steve and Linda offer friendly, eco-conscious accommodations of varying types in the Esquilino neighborhood. Private rooms (from €70), dorm beds (from €20), and self-catering apartments (from €180 per apartment).

Il Boom B&B: Il Boom’s three spacious, light-filled rooms are each named for an Italian actress—Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani—and have artwork to match. Loren has a view of the surrounding gardens, Magnani has a view of Rome, and Vitti has a private balcony. The common areas include two panoramic terraces outfitted with umbrellas, deck chairs, and tables. There are three cats and five turtles that hang out in the communal garden. Read more on Afar…


Fortyseven Hotel: This stylish contemporary hotel in the former cattle market is has a fabulous roof terrace and well appointed rooms.

Babuino 181: Situated between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, this relative newcomer consists exclusively of luxury suites. More in the NYT here.

Albergo Santa Chiara: A labyrinthine three-star just one block from the Pantheon. If you want to be in the heart of the historic center with restaurants, wine bars, and shops at your fingertips, this is the place.

Hotel Ponte Sisto: A four-star hotel near the pedestrian bridge leading to Trastevere with friendly staff, well appointed rooms, and lovely internal courtyard. Ask for a room with a view.

Real Fancy Hotels

Hotel Raphael: A five-star hotel and veritable art museum located just steps from Piazza Navona. The roof-top bar and restaurant has amazing views and is a lovely place to grab a drink whether you are a guest or not.

D.O.M.: The D.O.M., which opened in late 2013, is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Originally built as a 17th-century noble palace, the property was subsequently converted into a monastery, then Ministry of Justice offices. Its current design, which blends architectural elements from its previous uses, was entrusted to architect Antonio Girardi, who has seamlessly married Renaissance reverence and modern design. More in the NYT…

JK Place: Opened in 2013 in a building that previously housed the University of Rome’s architecture department, JK Place is one of the newer additions to Rome’s growing number of high-end luxury boutique hotels. It is located near the intersection of Via Del Corso and Via dei Condotti, Rome’s most chaotic shopping nexus, but it is just far enough away from the action to maintain an air of seclusion, a rarity for the zone. More on Afar…

G-Rough: The newest addition to Rome’s growing number of boutique luxury accommodations opened in central Rome in March 2015 on a square just off the exuberantly Baroque Piazza Navona. The suites-only hotel is the work of hoteliers Emanuele Garosci and Gabriele Salini, who blend mirrored and distressed surfaces with modern design elements and Venetian artwork—a nod to G-Rough’s sister, PalazzinaG in Venice. The only things remotely “rough” about the place are the walls, which have been artfully stripped down to reveal textured strata of centuries-old paper and paint. Read more on Afar…

Hotel de Russie: Rome’s poshest address offers comfort, luxury and service. There’s a spa, garden and a perfect balance between classicism and modernity.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli: Elegantly decorated rooms and suites, a spa and a private garden make this luxurious villa on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill a unique destination. Proximity to Monti is a bonus.

Apartment Rentals

Casa Aventina: My lovely friend Daniela of Daniela’s Cooking School rents her apartment in the Aventine, a quiet residential district very close to the Circus Maximus. Guests get a 10% discount on Daniela’s classes.

Palazzo Olivia: Seven self-catering apartments in a beautifully restored 17th century building near Piazza Navona.

Spanish Steps Apartment: This gorgeous apartment rental on Via della Mercede near the Spanish Steps is available for five day minimum stays.

Romit Apartments: Beautifully restored apartments on Via del Governo Vecchio.

La Scelta di Goethe: Luxury apartments near the Spanish steps.


Casale Sonnino is a fabulous family-owned villa in the Roman countryside. The property is immersed in a historic wine producing region and is home to wonderful nature and biodiversity–not to mention a few ruins!

Other Stuff

Here are a few other budget accommodations that I inspected and wrote about for Budget Travel back in the day and continue to have have good guest feedback on travel forums: Hotel Grifo in Monti, La Casa di Amy in the Esquiline district, Hotel Paba in Monti and Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere.

I have also had great stays with Airbnb in other cities though the one time I used it in Rome it was a filthy nightmare. Be careful.

2017-10-27T20:22:45+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Categories: Accommodations, Rome & Lazio|18 Comments


  1. My Rome Hotel Recommendations January 29, 2012 at 4:23 am - Reply

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  2. HK Epicurus January 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Are there any that are more budget balanced vs location? : )

    I can’t promise but I would so love to visit Rome again this year soon. Need to pay you another visit – saving money right now, fingers crossed 😀

  3. Joy (My Turkish Joys) January 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    This is perfect! Thanks for the list! Just this weekend we were looking at traveling to Rome either in April or May from Istanbul. Can’t wait!

  4. Flavor of Italy January 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    And if you’d like something off the beaten track with pool and a little greenery try Flavor of Italy…

  5. Marilyn Starrett January 31, 2012 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Rental in Rome is an excellent site to find self-catering apartments in all price ranges. We’ve used them for years.

  6. Villa Pirandello February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    What about us? 🙂

  7. Steve R. February 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this list… it’ll be very helpful for our next time there. This past vacation we stayed at Hotel Raphael’s sister hotel Hotel Raffaelo, near St.Maria Maggiore, so we had access to their roof top bar. It was perfect for our before dinner drinks & we almost moved over. We also stayed at the St. Anselmo when we returned to Rome a week later and really liked it there. A little out of the way but they had parking and were in a perfect spot for walks into Testaccio. Thanks again for this list.

  8. petulia February 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I would def agree with S. Anselmo, Aventino and Villa San Pio. They are great if you want to stay away from the crowds and yet in a central and beautiful location!
    I would also add hotel Locarno, located next to Piazza del Popolo. A beautiful liberty style building..

  9. Lou Sernoff February 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    My wife and I enjoyed a one week stay at Hotel Borghese in Prati last May. Quiet neighborhood, but metro and major bus stops are just 50 yards away.

  10. Hounddogman January 12, 2013 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I’d recommend looking at realrome.com for self-catering apartments and studios. For example, their Cappellari studios are two minutes stroll from Campo de’ Fiori but (usually) undisturbed by the unfortunate aspects of life there now. Cappellari itself is still an authentic Roman neighbourhood. Second floor apartments in a mediaeval building. Not really suited to family holidays but ideal for couples. Obligatory declaration of interest: the owners are friends of mine but it’s still a really good deal for a good location.

  11. Waj August 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Rome Cavalierie (Waldorf & Astoria by Hilton) is the best place for you if you want to experience super luxury and the best of the best customer service.
    Of course there is a price tag attached but that is well worth it. Probably the best views of the eternal city.

  12. Carole Corbeil January 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie got your site through the Guardian’ travel section on food in Rome . Our small group is travelling to Italy in September 2015 and I was delighted to also find your app on Rome which will come in very handy. I was looking to find a hotel in the trastevere area, but of course, your Santa Maria was totally booked. Is the 3-star hotel trastevere near the plaza a good choice? It is an exceedingly difficult area to find rooms…even 8 months in advance!
    Your comments will be very helpful…thanks cc

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  14. Sid Cundiff September 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for mentioning the Hotel Ponte Sisto. I’ve stayed four times, with no regrets.

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  16. Matha Ferraro June 22, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Hi, I came back last week from a trip in Europe. We spent 3 days in Rome in a beautiful three stars hotel named Hotel Abruzzi. It’s located in Piazza della Rotonda, just in front of the Pantheon. My room had an amazing Pantheon view. All the hotel was renovated one year ago and inside rooms there were wallpaper with ancient Rome images and modern furnishing. The staff was really kind and the rooms perfect cleaned. I really recommended Hotel Abruzzi to everybody

  17. Deborah Harris December 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    for a lovely B + B I can recommend My Navona right off the Piazza Navona. Perfect location and delightful host. we stayed there for 5 days last summer and enjoyed the beautiful rooms and a delicious breakfast in bed every day.

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