There are certain problems that you just flat out don’t think about until the situation itself is upon you. For example, when you are in your early twenties and traveling the world, you never think about if the hotel you are staying at is “kid-friendly”. At that stage in your life, you don’t even know what that word means- like some strange alien language. Once of course you have a child, that all changes. So, we’ve saved you the hassles an shortlisted our favorite family-friendly accommodation in Rome.
So you are deciding on a trip to Rome and, once you get your flights, the next obstacle to jump over is finding a place to stay while making sure that place will meet the specific needs of your child. As we all know (those who have children), it’s a complete different ball game when your child comes with you.
Many people want to stay outside the city, because it is cheaper but there are two things to think about with this choice. The first is the cost of getting in and out of the City every day. Rome is huge and you understand that more when you leave the historical center. The second is commuting into town by public transportation. Imagine having a packed subway ( think hot sardine cans) with your kids. It just makes it more difficult. So, I highly recommend staying in the center if you want to make the most out of your time in Rome.
Some people like apartments on vacation, some people don’t. I feel that apartments are the way to go for absolute convenience, especially if your baby is still less than 2 years old. Imagine the situation- 3am your baby wakes up hungry, you can:
- Go down to the reception and try and find someone, who can then try and find some milk, who then tries to find a place to heat it up.
- Or, you can open your fridge and throw it in the microwave (or warm it up on the burner)
For convenience, option 2 is just hassle-free and you don’t have to go anywhere. This is also a great option when you have a big family, so instead of getting 2 or even 3 rooms, you can get one apartment.
Staying in a hotel with kids is not always so easy, but as they get older it gets easier. If you are going with a hotel option with kids, then definitely focus on location.
I recommend that you stay right in the heart of the city, this way you and your family can just walk everywhere. Rome is a walking city, so make sure that everyone has good sneakers and go for it! The great thing about the city center is that there are always good snack/street-food places around for a slice of pizza or a nice refreshing gelato – both big winners with the kids in Rome. Feel a tantrum coming? Pizza!
Below are some great options for child-friendly hotels in Rome:
Hotel Mascagni ****
Is a Boutique Hotel located in the center of Rome where you feel home as soon as you get in. The family suites are equipped of crayons and coloring books, Playstation and Nintendo Wii.
There is all the amenities to accommodate any kid such as high chair, baby stroller, baby cots and the restaurant offers a special Restaurant Kid’s menu.
Also if needed you can request a pediatrician and a babysitter with a fee.
The Beehive (Luxury Hostel)
Owned by an American couple who came to Rome to follow their dreams, this warm luxury hostel is the perfect home away from home in Rome. It’s very close to the Termini Station and has an inside caffe with homemade bread and breakfast in the morning, as well appetizers and drinks in the evening.
The walls are covered in photos of their family and friends, adding a lovely homely vibe to the place. The owners, Linda & Steve, and their staff will welcome you with open arms.
Hotel Santa Maria***
This colorful hotel is located right in the heart of one of our favorite spots in Rome: Trastevere. In his 19 rooms it offers family rooms. As particularity has a rooftop terrace, an internal patio and an orangerie to enjoy a fresh juice while your kids can play safely around.
They offer complimentary breakfast in the morning and you can explore the city with the bikes they have free of charge. They offer babysitter services too.
The Inn at the Spanish Steps (Boutique Hotel Apartment)
It has a wide range of choices for families. From Family Suites that can accommodate up to 6 people to apartments up to 12 people. Luxury apartments that can include an optional kitchens, terrace with panoramic views.
Also they offer a special welcome treat with a complimentary bottle of wine and a platter.
JK Place Rome (Luxury Boutique Hotel)
It’s an elegant boutique hotel in Rome with an excellent service. They bring personal attention to families with their friendly service. If you have allergic or celiacs in your family they will make sure you will find options on the breakfast room. It has family rooms. Each room has been designed by award winning Architect Michele Bonan with signature handmade furniture by italian artisans. They offer babysitting service and they are pet friendly!
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