Rome the capital city of Italy is a top tourist destination. The eternal city of Rome offers a wide range of attractions like historical monuments, ancient ruins, gorgeous squares, and fountains and a mouth-watering cuisine. Generally, a trip to Rome is combined with a visit to the Vatican City museums. The city center of Rome and Vatican City is very well-connected with buses. There is a lot to do in the city, you will need to spend at least 3 days in Rome to explore the top tourist attractions but we also have a detailed post if you have only one day in Rome.
Planning an itinerary covering the top places in the city within a timeframe is definitely a daunting task. But, this task could be made easier by deciding on the best area to stay depending on your interest and the list of places you are looking to cover in Rome. The accommodation can be close to most of the Rome landmark and attractions or is at least well-connected with the rest of the city with public transport.
Are you planning a trip to the eternal city of Rome and the Vatican City? Are you looking for the best places to stay in Rome? Don’t worry we have you covered. We asked our fellow travel bloggers to share their experience of the best Rome Hotels.
So here you go-
Best Places to Stay in Rome near the Colosseum
Colosseum is one of the top Landmarks in Rome. It is about 10 minutes walk from Piazza Venezia. Piazza Venezia is located in the heart of the city. Several buses ply from here to different parts of Rome and also to the Vatican City. You can visit the Victor Emmanuel II Monument a magnificent marble building near Piazza Venezia and then head to the Colosseum. Next to the Colosseum are Roman Forum and Palatine Hill the two major Rome tourist attractions. So booking hotel around the Colosseum is definitely going to save you time traveling to these top places to visit in Rome.
Residence Maximus ($$)
Recommended by Kris of Nomad by Trade
The Residence Maximus in Rome is in a perfect location for visitors who want to be near the city’s top attraction. Its main building is located right across the street from the Colosseum and my room had a perfect view overlooking it. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. With the Roman Metro, several popular bus routes, and streetcars stopping within a few blocks, not only was it incredibly convenient for visiting the Colosseum and Forum, but it was the perfect gateway to the rest of the city.
No matter what points of interest I mapped out, I had several options departing within a few minutes to get me there. The only downside to the Residence Maximus is that the front desk isn’t staffed around the clock, but when you’re sitting in your windowsill drinking wine and gazing out at the Colosseum lit up at night, you won’t mind that one bit.
Retrome or Colosseum Garden ($)
Recommended by Eileen of Pure Wander
In the shadow of Rome’s Colosseum is a funky hotel that’s a perfect base for city exploration. The Retrome is an offshoot of its sister property in Barcelona, and it celebrates the designs of yesteryear. All common spaces and each unique room are modeled after the 1950s and 60s inspiration. You can sink into plush vintage orange couches and enjoy Vespa-centric artwork adorning the walls. There are kitchenettes to share and generously sized beds to indulge. If you make a reservation with breakfast, you can have a strong espresso and party off-site at one of the local cafes with a special Retrome voucher.
In just a few minute’s walks, you can reach the Colosseum from the Retrome. Try by foot, or arrange a tour of the hotel via a vintage Fiat 500 to keep with the fun theme. There are also several city parks and grand Catholic churches nearby for sightseeing.
Piazza Navona is one of the popular squares in Rome. There are three fountains in Piazza Navona – Fontana del Moro, Fountain of Neptune on two ends and the most elaborate Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center.
The Piazza Navona is a lively place teeming with street performers and musicians. The square is surrounded by important churches Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore and Sant’Agnese in Agone, a 17th-century baroque church and Palazzo Braschi, a museum on the history of Rome.
If you love the lively ambiance and love watching as the world goes by then Piazza Navona is your place. There are some great accommodation options around Piazza Navona.
Antica Dimora Delle Cinque Lune ($)
Recommended by Katy of Untold Morsels
Just around the corner from Piazza Navona, Antica Dimora Delle Cinque Lune is a small boutique style hotel. The hotel is decorated in a unique, almost Renaissance style, with luxurious fabrics and quirky artwork. To ensure your comfort, air-conditioning is available in all guest rooms. They also have minibars, free wifi, and complimentary toiletries.
The hotel’s position is perfect for sightseeing. It is only a 15-minute walk to the Vatican across Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, passing Castel Sant’Angelo along the way. In the other direction, a fifteen-minute walk will find you at the Trevi fountain. It is a much shorter stroll to the Pantheon.
At Antica Dimora Delle Cinque Lune you take your breakfast on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Rome. It is a breathtaking sight to take in as you sip your morning coffee and decide which corner of the city you will uncover that day.
The hotel is located in the Piazza Navona with wonderful views of the square. The rooms at the hotel are air-conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi, TV and basic toiletries.
The Pantheon is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel and the Trevi Fountain which is about 10 minutes walk away.
Lifestyle Suites Rome ($$$)
The hotel is located in an ideal location overlooking the Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi and with a magnificent view of the baroque church Sant’Agnese in Agone. All the rooms are air-conditioned rooms, come with minibar, TV and offer free WiFi.
You can enjoy impressive views of the Piazza Navona as well as the surrounding city from the terrace of the hotel. The other Rome attractions are Pantheon which is a 5-minute walk away and the Trevi Fountain which is about 10 minutes walk.
Also, check Mama’ s Home Rome which is a few minutes walk away from the Piazza Navona located in the heart of Campo de’ Fiori square. The spacious and stylish rooms and suites offer free WiFi with TV in each room. Pantheon is just 7 minutes on foot.
Best Places to Stay in Rome near Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are the monumental stairway of 135 steps connecting Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita Dei Monti at the top. There is a beautiful baroque fountain in the Piazza di Spagna called Fontana della Barcaccia or the Fountain of the Longboat. The Piazza Trinita Dei Monti at the top is dominated by Trinita Dei Monti church, Roman Catholic titular church built in Renaissance style. The church interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes and sculptures.
The Spanish Steps is located in a vibrant neighborhood of Rome with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and proximity to the popular shopping streets in Rome and the Spagna Metro Station connecting to other major places to visit in Rome.
Piazza di Spagna Suites ($$)
The hotel is just a couple of minutes walk from the major Rome attractions – the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna square. The air-conditioned rooms spacious and clean come with TV, a kitchenette and offers free wifi and breakfast. The hotel is located on the 3rd floor of a historic building and can be accessed with lift.
Via Vittorio Veneto or Via Veneto, the most famous streets in Rome is just 10 minutes walk away. Best location if you want to indulge in some shopping spree. Trevi Fountain one of the top Rome attractions is less than 10 minutes walk.
Spagna Royal Suite ($$)
The hotel Spagna Royal Suite is less than 5 minutes walk from the Piazza di Spagna square. The hotel with stylish rooms elegantly decorated with mosaic details and parquet floors is set on the 4th floor of a historic building. The rooms come with air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar. Spagna Metro Station is 5 minutes walk away. The designer shopping street of Via Condotti is just a few steps away.
Best Places to Stay in Rome near Pantheon
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church built on the site of an earlier temple. The building is circular with a portico of Corinthian columns leading into the rotunda, one of the largest and oldest domes in the world. The Pantheon overlooks one of the prominent squares in Rome – the Piazza della Rotonda. Piazza della Rotonda is a bustling square dominated by a fountain, the Fontana del Pantheon. The fountain is topped by an Egyptian obelisk which stands on a plinth decorated by four dolphins decorating on the base. The Robba fountain in Ljubljana is said to be modeled after the Fontana del Pantheon.
If you have been to Malta you must have visited the magnificent Rotunda of Mosta, one of the top Malta attractions. It was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.
Hotel Sole al Pantheon ($$)
Recommended by Lena of Travel Letters
Hotel Sole al Pantheon in Rome is a great stay located next to Pantheon, Spanish steps, and Trevi Fountain. Piazza Navona, which was one of the main action places in the movie «Engels and Demons» (by the book of Dan Brown) is located 5 minutes away. Our double room was beautiful and spacious and decorated in the Italian Baroque style. The breakfast was typical Italian – some ham and cheese, tomatoes and olives, jam and pastries, and of course coffee. Breakfast was served in the backyard in a summer tent. The tent is removed during the summer months, which means you will be having your breakfast in beautiful green surroundings.
We had a room with a view of the Pantheon. Although the window opened towards the Pantheon and square it was quiet at night. The square in front of the hotel had many restaurants with very OK food. The reception desk was very helpful with giving us directions to the Vatican, which you could reach by bus from Piazza Argentina 13 minutes walking from the hotel.
There is also a taxi station right next to Pantheon. You can also walk from the hotel to the Vatican in 30 minutes. The hotel had a great level of service and excellent location.
Albergo del Senato ($$)
Recommended by Elaine & David of Show Them The Globe
The Piazza della Rotonda is a vibrant square in the center of Rome and the location of Albergo del Senato, a boutique hotel in the heart of the ancient city. The hotel overlooks the iconic Pantheon, a former Roman temple which is now a church and it is the magnificent circular rotunda dominating the square from which the Piazza della Rotonda takes its name – the Pantheon is casually known as the church of Santa Maria Rotonda.
Some of the rooms in Albergo del Senato overlook the Pantheon and the Fontana del Pantheon, a beautiful and unique fountain topped with an Egyptian obelisk in the middle of Piazza della Rotonda. We loved throwing open our window and admiring the beautiful Pantheon and listening to the street performers and musicians who provide entertainment in the square. In the evenings, we ventured downstairs to enjoy an al fresco meal in the square, often accompanied by a glass of wine and a gelato as the sun went down on Rome, before retiring to the rooftop of the hotel for a cocktail overlooking the lively square. Bliss!
Best Places to Stay in Rome near Villa Borghese
The landscaped garden Villa Borghese is a public park in Rome. There are numerous buildings, museums, fountains and monuments in the park. Villa Borghese is also known as the ‘park of museums’ for the presence of several museums in the park. The most important museums are the Galleria Borghese, an art gallery displaying classical antiquities and classical and neo-classical sculptures and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna which displays paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Le Meridien Visconti ($$)
Recommended by Kara of Destination Live Life
Opening its doors in February 2017 after an extensive $20 million renovation, the Le Meridien Visconti Rome is the perfect “home base” for your Roman vacation! With its central location in the Prati district, you are a short walk away from many of the best attractions Rome has to offer.
You can take an easy stroll to Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and many more famous sites, including a variety of Piazzas (my personal favorite being Piazza Navona). And for those sites that are just a bit further away, you are only a short walk from the Lepanto train station, where you are only a few short stops from sites like the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and Palatine Hill.
Feet tired from all that amazing sightseeing? Head back to the Le Meridien Visconti and enjoy some libations on their rooftop terrace! Here you can take in an Italian sunset with gorgeous views of the city around you. When you’re ready to retire for the evening, you will relish in the modern touches and wonderful comfort of their brand new rooms, waking up refreshed and ready to attack another day in Rome!
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese ($$$)
Recommended by Shelley of Travel-Stained
If you like being right in the middle of the action, but not the associated noise and chaos, the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is just the place for you. The hotel is located less than 10 minutes walk away from the beautiful public gardens of Villa Borghese.
Enviably located on a quiet back street between tourist hotspots Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps, it’s the perfect place to call home when visiting the Eternal City. You can stroll to prestigious Via Veneto for shopping and restaurants in a mere 5 minutes, or get to the Spanish Steps and Fontana di Trevi in just 10. Watch out for the cobblestones on your way down the hill though. They’re slippery, especially in heels.
The Sofitel’s rooftop restaurant, La Terrasse Cuisine backs onto Villa Borghese, one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. You can be awed by incredible panoramic views that stretch from the Pantheon to the dome of St Peter’s Basilica from the huge balcony or through the floor to ceiling glass windows (if you can’t tear yourself away from the truffle carbonara you’re inhaling). Time your aperativo, dinner and Italian coffee to watch the sunset over Rome, and you’ll really feel like you’re living la dolce vita.
Best Places to Stay in Rome near Termini Train Station
Booking a hotel near the Termini station is a convenient option for someone taking early trains to some other destination. Piazza Venezia is about 10 minutes bus ride, you will find several buses here connecting to other parts of Rome and the Vatican City. Colosseum is 10 minutes walk from Piazza Venezia. There are a plenty of things to do around the Termini station.
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo displays archaeological and classical art collections including Greek and Roman sculptures and mosaics housed in a Neo-Renaissance style palace. Nearby are the Baths of Diocletian, one of the largest bath complex of ancient Rome. Next to the Baths is the Piazza della Repubblica surrounded by imposing buildings and the gorgeous Fountain of the Naiads at its center. Less than 10 minutes from Roma Termini is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore must visit for the remarkable frescoes and mosaics.
The neighborhood has a wide range of accommodation options from budget to luxury hotels.
Generator Hostel Rome ($)
Recommended by Rebecca of Almost Ginger
My favorite place to stay in Rome, by far, has to be Generator Hostel Rome. They have a fantastic reputation for offering budget travelers the most luxurious experience a hostel can give. The decor is modern and clean and goes the extra mile to equip its guests with waterfall showers and all the personal sockets, shelves and storage they need. Extra amenities include a small shop, laundry facilities, a 24-hour reception and, for a price, breakfast and luggage storage space. The hostel’s 4-bed female dorms with en-suite are especially suited for solo female travelers or a first-time stay in a hostel. And if you don’t want to stay in a mixed or female-only dorm, they also offer private rooms.
Generator Hostel Rome is about 10 minutes walk from the Termini station and 20 minutes walk from Colosseum and right next to the Vittorio Emanuele metro station which can transport you to Rome’s other main attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Vatican City. If you’re on a budget but don’t want to rough it, Generator Hostel Rome would be an excellent choice for you.
Bettoja Mediterraneo Hotel ($$)
Recommended by Michele Peterson of A Taste for Travel
My favorite hotel in Rome for the view is the Bettoja Mediterraneo Hotel, located in the Termini-Esquilino neighborhood near the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the largest Catholic Church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. With sections of the structure dating to the 4th century, the basilica’s architecture is classical and Roman featuring a 14th-century bell tower that’s the highest in Rome as well as two impressive domes. The Termini neighborhood itself wraps around Esquiline Hill, the highest of Rome’s Seven Hills, and offers magnificent views of Rome’s skyline from many vantage points.
Designed by Architect Mario Loreti in 1936 in an Art Deco style, the Bettoja Mediterraneo Hotel offers views of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore from the premium guest rooms. I stayed in a suite with a wrap-around terrace with incredible views of the skyline and the basilica which, when illuminated at night, is truly stunning. Breakfast for all guests is served on the rooftop where you can soak up views of Rome’s skyline. It’s also at an easy walking distance to the Colosseum, Fountain of Trevi and other attractions.
Gioberti Art Hotel ($$$)
The hotel is housed in a historic 19th-century building and is located less than 5 minutes walk from the Termini Train Station and Santa Maria Maggiore church. The air-conditioned modern rooms have minibar, TV and offer free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is included in each of the suites. If you are traveling with a family or a larger group Gioberti Art Hotel offers connecting rooms.
Other attractions near the hotel are the Rome Opera House, the National Roman Museum and Piazza della Repubblica which is less than 10 minutes walk away.
Best Places to Stay in Rome near Vatican City
Visitors to Rome generally combine it with a visit to Vatican City. Vatican City is the smallest country and an independent state located within the city of Rome. The major sights in Vatican City are St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel which is part of the Vatican Museums. Vatican City is also home to the impressive Vatican Gardens which has several prominent buildings and is decorated with fountains and sculptures. It is always recommended to keep a day aside for Vatican City if you looking to visit all the major points of interest. You can also visit the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Ponte Sant’Angelo on the bank of the Tiber River which is about 10 minutes walk from St. Peter’s Basilica. The castle houses a museum where you can explore the papal apartments, prison cells, and the treasury. You can enjoy great views of the city from the castle terrace.
Orange Garden B&B ($)
Recommended by Claudia of My Adventures Across The World
The Orange Garden B&B is one of the most lovely small hotels in Rome. Its location is perfect, right by all the main attractions and close to the Vatican. Rooms are spacious and comfortable; the personnel is kind and always available to help and share information about the city, giving tips on places to visit in the neighborhood or even the best restaurants.
Breakfast is simply fabulous – that’s if you manage to eat it because as soon as you realize what the view from the dining room is, you won’t be able to do anything else but stare at it. Indeed, from the top floor and the terrace there’s spectacular views of Saint Peter’s Basilica dome. A real treat for a place that is so reasonably priced.
Domus Terenzio ($)
The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from the St Peter’s Square and Castel Sant’Angelo. The rooms are air-conditioned and come with a TV, minibar, basic toiletries and offer free wifi and breakfast. The hotel features an internal garden with a terrace if you want to have your breakfast outdoors.
The hotel is set in a fabulous location surrounded by several restaurants and boutique shops.
Other Hotels Well-connected with Rome Landmarks by Transport!
La Cornice Guesthouse in Rome ($$)
Recommended by Kate of Our Escape Clause
La Cornice Guesthouse was one of our favorite finds in Rome!
While we typically travel with a midrange budget, midrange elsewhere can also feel like a budget for Rome–luckily at La Cornice, we found the right price and the right amenities. Though we did have a shared bathroom, the rooms and bathrooms were extremely clean, the employees at the reception were very friendly, and the location was excellent.
La Cornice Guesthouse is about 20 minutes away by public transportation (metro/bus) from the Vatican, and 30 minutes away from the Colosseum. The short commute in, while not ideal, slashes those Rome prices by quite a bit!
Our favorite part of La Cornice Guesthouse was taking advantage of the lunch special at nearby Joseph Ristorante, which the woman working at reception recommended to us. At only 8 Euros total for a delicious pasta, a glass of wine, bread, and dessert, it was one of the best value restaurants we found in Rome.
Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel ($$$)
Recommended by Sherrie of Travel By A Sherrie Affair
The Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a luxurious Five Star hotel located on the highest hill in Rome surrounded by a tranquil 15-acre private park. It is known as one of the most impressive hotels in all of Italy. Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel is about 20 minutes drive from the Vatican Museums and 40 minutes from Colosseum.
Our suite had an amazing view of all of Rome. The balcony was the highlight for me, just being able to see all 7 hills, the Vatican, and other landmarks were just amazing! We actually had our own butler to call on too.
The rooftop restaurant is also known for being one of the best locations to dine and view this spectacular city. Or you can enjoy having a cocktail downstairs in the relaxed laid back area poolside. The staff in every part of the hotel is there to make your stay wonderful and they do! Our holiday at the Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria was a dream that I want to have again!
Your Nest in Trastevere ($)
Our visit to Rome was a family trip with parents and our year old daughter. We always booked apartments with kitchenettes which helped us cook home food for our daughter. Due to last moment booking where most of the apartments in the city center were not available we had to book an apartment in Trastevere. Trastevere is a charming neighborhood with plenty of shops, restaurants, and a supermarket the cobblestone streets are dotted with street musicians.
A bus to Piazza Venezia is about 20 minutes and the Termini train station is 40 mins bus ride away. From Piazza Venezia, you can take buses to different parts of Rome and the Vatican City.
The apartment is air-conditioned and comes with a kitchenette, a TV, and a washing machine and offers free wifi. The apartment features a balcony with table and chairs. The apartment can accommodate up to 5 people.
Have you been to the ‘Eternal City of Rome’? What according to you are the best neighborhood to stay in Rome and which is your favorite? Do share with us in comments.
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