Deciding where to stay in Rome is no easy feat, especially with its 22 rioni or districts to choose from. Each neighborhood has a distinct personality, price tag, and atmosphere to consider when picking your temporary home. In this guide, we will help you decide on an area that best suits your style and offer you hotel options for a memorable vacation!
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Where To Stay in Rome: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods
There are literally thousands of hotels in the city of Rome, offering all kinds of experiences. How can you pick? We like to start by narrowing it down to a neighborhood that’s the right fit for you.
While there are 22 rioni (or districts) in the Eternal City, most visitors stay in fewer than half of these. The easiest way to decide where to stay in Rome is to narrow down your choices based on what you want to see and close you want to be near it.
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Piazza Navona and Pantheon
Rome’s most enchanting neighborhood is centered around the Baroque-style Piazza Navona. From well-kept Renaissance architecture to impressive fountains, this area is a sensory overload of beauty. The rates are among the highest in Rome for posh hotels, chic B&Bs, and upscale private apartments, but it’s worth the extra cost if you can.
Best Hotels Near Piazza Navona/Pantheon:
Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj
€€€€ | 5 Star | Central Location | Piazza Navona | Rooftop Bar
Looking for a truly magical Roman experience? Look no further than the Eitch Borromoni—a hotel literally built into the side of a 17th-century baroque church that overlooks the Piazza Navona. You can enjoy breakfast on the terrace with views of the Fountain of the Four Rivers. So picturesque!
Palazzo Navona Hotel
€€€+ | 4 Star | Chic Luxe Decor | Fantastic Location | Rooftop Bar with Great Views
At this upscale hotel, you’ll be treated to stylish interiors, a rooftop bar with killer views, and a central location you just can’t beat. Just steps from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, it’s a luxurious base to explore the best Rome has to offer.
Bio Hotel Raphael
€€€€ | 5 Star | Vegan Restaurant | Stunning Terrace Views
Where to start? This luxe hotel has some of the most romantic rooftop vibes we’ve experienced, so don’t skip an evening here. Plus, one of their restaurants is organic, vegetarian, and vegan if that appeals to you. I also love their spacious and calming suites, some of which have balconies.
Coronari Palace Rome
€€ | 3 Star | Near the Pantheon | Traveler Favorite | Minimalist
If I am going to Rome on a non-romantic trip or on a budget, this is going to be the place for me. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and inexpensive. And after a long working day, you can enjoy the evening breeze on the rooftop terrace.
€€€€ | 4 Star | Swanky | Breakfast in Bed | On-Site Cafe/Bar
Rustic Italian meets industrial modern while keeping the original 17th-century building’s flair. You won’t find many hotels as unique as G-Rough. Enjoy an artistic experience with minimalist rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a cool gallery bar with occasional live music.
Terrace Pantheon Relais
€€€ | 4 Star | Exclusive Rooftop Terrace | Pantheon Views | Breakfast
Located between the Pantheon and the Jewish Ghetto, you’ll be close to many of the city’s top attractions. The rooms are elegantly decorated and there’s a guests-only rooftop terrace and garden with lovely views of the Pantheon’s dome. With a delicious breakfast, it’s a great place to stay as you explore Rome.
Boutique Hotel Campo de’ Fiori
€€€ | 3 Star | Boutique | Rooms & Apartments | Multi Level Terrace
For families who need extra space, you can book an apartment here that comes with a full kitchen. Or just opt for a regular room that’s richly decorated. You’re only steps from the busy Campo de’ Fiori piazza and not far from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Tips for Airbnbs Near Piazza Navona/Pantheon:
This is a great area for an apartment rental. Try to go for a top floor or a place with a terrace. You’re right in the thick of things, so you’ll get amazing views of the hundreds of churches in the center.
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The Spanish Steps and the surrounding neighborhood are widely regarded as the most beautiful part of Rome. Neoclassical buildings in beautiful condition line the streets here. It’s home to most of the major attractions that first-time visitors to Rome want to see, so staying here is advantageous.
Simply walk out the door and find yourself instantly immersed in the gorgeous and historic heart of the Eternal City. This is the main shopping district in Rome. Via Condotti hosts some of the best haute-couture shopping in Europe, which is ideal for all fashionistas. Some of the most expensive hotels are found here, but we’ve also included lots of affordable places to stay in Rome.
Best Hotels Near Spanish Steps:
Hotel de Russie
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Timeless Luxury | Piazza del Popolo
Hotel de Russie has been one of the most popular hotels in Rome for VIPs for decades. Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and other international celebrities have been here. The hotel is designed in classic Italian style featuring clean lines, pops of bright color, and open sightlines of the city.
Hotel Piazza di Spagna
€€€ | 3 Star | Helpful Staff | Breakfast Available | Great Location
This tiny hotel is easy to miss, but it’s perfectly located just behind Piazza di Spagna. The rooms are nice though some are quite small with even smaller bathrooms. If you’re traveling alone, you can score a great deal on a twin bedroom in a luxurious neighborhood. Breakfast is available on the terrace for an extra fee each day.
Charme Spagna Boutique Hotel
€€ | 3 Star | Great Location | Terrace | Airport Transfers | Babysitting Service
This charming hotel features everything you need for a great base to explore the city. While the rooms are on the small side, you’ll enjoy a fantastic location close to Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, a delicious breakfast, and a terrace and garden where you can relax.
Fendi Private Suites
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Designer Luxury | Via Condotti/Spanish Steps
Fendi opened some private suites for guests right above their flagship store in Rome, which is located at the end of Via Condotti. The hotel only has luxe suites, and their least expensive suite will run you over a grand per night during the peak season in June. There are only a handful of suites here, so it’s uber-exclusive.
Hotel Scalinata Di Spagna
€€+ | 3 Star | Classically Modern | Rooms, Suites, Apartment
If you can, I highly recommend splurging on the suites with the 360-degree panoramic view. It’s just amazing. Otherwise, even the regular rooms here are great and they come with a minibar that provides free water. Super handy for exploring in the summer!
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Iconic Landmark | Top of Spanish Steps
The Hassler opened in 1947 just after WWII and quickly became the “it” spot in Rome. When you stay here, you can sleep soundly knowing that someone of historical importance most definitely stayed in that very same room. You’ll also like that it’s located very close to the Spanish Steps. How convenient!
Margutta 19 Luxury Hotel
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Luxury Suites | Sophisticated | Breakfast Included
Even the “basic” deluxe suites are posh here, and every room has a king bed. If you can, ask for a room with a balcony to enjoy mornings on the cobblestone Via Margutta street. This is the posh area near the Spanish Steps, and Margutta 19 goes above and beyond to make your stay wonderful.
€€ | 4 Star | Close to Piazza del Popolo | Lounge with Piano | Gym
Hotel Valadier has a lot to offer, which makes up for the rooms being a little on the smaller side. There’s a lounge with a piano that brings the lobby to life in the evening with live music and drinks. Plus there is a gym where you can ask for a personal trainer if you don’t want to skip a workout. But really, walking to all the shops, galleries, and nearby attractions is all the exercise you’ll need.
Grand Hotel Plaza
€€€€€ | 5 Star | Famous Location | Panoramic Garden Terrace
One of the best things about this hotel is the panoramic garden terraces on the fifth floor with their amazing views of the Eternal City. The Grand Hotel Plaza has been entertaining guests for a century and a half. It’s often been used in films, and many weddings use the stunning ballroom. And if you’re into designer shopping, it’s right next to the shops along Via dei Condotti.
Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps
€€+ | 4 Star | Closest to Spanish Steps | Vibrant Colors | Artistic Vibes
This hotel is a fun option with solid walls of bright colors and lots of art throughout. But best of all, it’s located literally steps away from the Spanish Steps. And it’s a great price even in the peak of summer. So, it’s a perfect option if you want to stay near one of the top Rome attractions.
Babuino 181 Luxury Suites
€€€€ | 4 Star | Key Location | Authentic Roman Restaurant
At Babuino 181 (also the address), you’re smack in between the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. Oh, and you’re right on Via del Babuino, which is the best street for finding antiques, jewelry, and art galleries in this neighborhood. Really, it’s an ideal location. Also worth mentioning is the new EMME restaurant that serves truly authentic, gourmet Roman food.
€€+ | 3 Star | Genteel Italian Vibes | Family Run | Via Margutta
Hotel Manfredi is not one to skip! It’s a historic building with recently renovated rooms, just a block away from the Spanish Steps. And with great rates for the location, you can’t go wrong here. The Via Margutta is known for historic elegance, and this hotel fits right in with its gorgeous suites and its location in a cobblestone alley. It’s the perfect affordable hotel to round out our list of where to stay in Rome.
Tips for Airbnbs near the Spanish Steps:
Spanish Steps is a beautiful area populated by Rome’s wealthiest families. The apartments are amazing and classical with traditional Italian vibes. Try to get a place overlooking a nice piazza to really breathe in the feel of the area. Piazza di Spagna is ideal, but it will come with a price tag.
I’d also recommend choosing a high-level apartment with an elevator. The streets are often crowded and noisy until as late as 2 am and being on at least the third floor or higher can help with the noise.
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Popular Vatican Tours
Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
This our most popular and longest-running Vatican tour to date. You’ll enter the Vatican Museums an hour before the public opening and see the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Admissions are included and our English-speaking guides do a wonderful job bringing the museums to life!
Rome in a Day Tour with Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, and More!
Looking to get much of your sightseeing done in one day? This tour enters the Vatican an hour before opening and visits the Colosseum along with other sites like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain. All admissions and transportation are included as well as a licensed, English-speaking guide!
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A hipster hotspot, Monti is filled with artists and Romans lucky enough to inherit apartments along the pastel-colored streets. Despite the fact that Monti borders Rome’s major tourist attractions like the Colosseum, the neighborhood is a quiet treasure.
The word Monti translates as “mountains”. The area was home to four of the seven famous hills that once made up the city of Rome. If your idea of a good time is exploring vintage stores and hitting up funky bars, consider staying in Monti. Here are our picks for where to stay in Rome near the Colosseum in Monti. Discover more about this cool area in our Monti neighborhood guide.
Best Hotels Near Monti:
Monti Palace Hotel
€€ | 4 Star | Monti and Colosseum | Rooftop Bar
Personally, I don’t love hotels on main roads but this one is good value with updated and clean spaces. Other than being located on a main road, the location is good. Monti is a very cool neighborhood with lots of restaurants, bars, and action. 55 rooms have panoramic views of Rome, and there are larger suites available.
The Glam Hotel
€€+ | 4 Star | Rooftop Terrace | Modern
Hotel Glam is centrally located in the middle of Via Nazionale between Piazza Repubblica and the Foro Imperiali. The rooms are sleek and highly curated with a contemporary design. The modern feel of the rooms is in stark contrast to the bright and sunny terrazza Monti.
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Next to the Colosseum | Roman Luxury
That view isn’t photoshopped. This luxury hotel is literally next to the Colosseum, where most rooms have a one-of-a-kind view of this ancient building. The rooms are elegant, and the terrace offers stunning views as you dine almost in the shadow of the Colosseum. It’s easily a top favorite hotel in Monti.
€€€ | 4 Star | Spa and Turkish Bath | Central Location
I like this hotel for the spacious rooms and the super spa that also has a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath available. It’s a cool find here! This hotel is also ideally located close to shops and galleries. It is about 15 minutes from all the key areas in Monti.
The Fifteen Keys Hotel
€€€ | 4 Star | Modern Yet Homey | Excellent Service
This little boutique hotel only has 15 rooms, thus the name The Fifteen Keys Hotel. It’s just off a main road in Monti, but it’s still next to all the vibrant nightlife, shops, metro stops, and sights you want to see here. The rooms are clean and tastefully modern without being too minimal.
€€€ | 4 Star | Roman Forum Views | Ornate Décor
For the best views of the Roman Forum, I highly recommend the Hotel Forum. It’s perfectly located for an afternoon exploring the Roman temple ruins. The hotel is an old 18th-century relic with Persian rugs in the hallways and ornate décor throughout. And of course, the terrace has the best views of the Forum.
Nerva Boutique Hotel
€€ | 3 Star | Fantastic Location | Eclectic Decor | Family Friendly
If you want to be in the thick of things but on a quieter street, Nerva Boutique Hotel is the place. You’ll be within walking distance of the top attractions. They offer a range of room configurations from family-friendly master suites to deluxe single rooms. You’ll love the comfort and pops of color.
€€ | 3 Star | Quieter Street | Classic Italian Vibes
For another affordable option, check out Hotel Raffaello where you can enjoy classic Italian decor in a quieter location in Monti. The rooms aren’t overly spacious, but they’re clean and some have balconies. This hotel is closer to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore but not too far from the Colosseum.
Tips for Airbnbs Near Monti:
Monti is a bustling neighborhood. Try to find an apartment on a back street in this area. These are referred to as vicolo in Italian, which means “little street.” Piazza della Madonna dei Monti is a great square to get a drink and sit at the fountain. If you’re on a budget, you can buy from the store and sit outside, which is legal.
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Trastevere, which means “beyond the Tiber,” is a charming, bohemian neighborhood. With a buzzing nightlife for tourists and locals alike, the atmosphere is hip and social for sure.
It’s filled with a plethora of independent shops and great spots for food and drink. In fact, our best Rome food tour takes place right here, exploring the best local cuisine in the area.
Stay here if your idea of a perfect neighborhood is more off-beat than glamorous and you enjoy a lively and friendly atmosphere with picturesque cobblestone streets. Find out more about this great part of Rome in our Trastevere neighborhood guide.
Best Hotels in Trastevere:
Horti 14 Borgo Trastevere Hotel
€€€ | Modern Concept Hotel | Rooftop Lounge
The rooms are beautifully designed and very clean. The outdoor spaces are some of the best in this price range. For anyone looking to enjoy a typical night out, the hotel is tucked into a very local part of Trastevere that is well-connected to the best nightlife in the area.
Relais Le Clarisse a Trastevere
€€ | 3 Star | Charming Boutique | Ideal Breakfast Patio
Space is at a premium in Rome, yet this hotel has a perfect little courtyard with olive and lemon trees that make breakfast even sweeter. The rooms are charming and range from rustic to bright and breezy. You’re just three minutes from Santa Maria here, nestled in the tiny alleyways.
Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá
€€€€€ | 5 Star | Luxury | Outdoor Pool | Spa | Close to the Vatican
Set in a historic villa built by Agrippina Major, this hotel is a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving it. You’ll be within walking distance of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. After a day of exploring, enjoy the outdoor pool, spa, or drinks and a meal in the restaurant and bars.
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel
€€+ | 4 Star | Inside a Baroque Monastery | Gardens | Rooftop Views
This magnificent hotel sits within the carefully-preserved convent of Donna Camilla Savelli. With an eye toward baroque architecture and refined furnishings, you’ll feel luxuriously taken care of here. And the views from the rooftop patio are some of the best in the Trastevere area.
€€ | 4 Star | Quieter Location | Futuristic Decor | Affordable
If you love ultra-modern concepts, then stay outside the busy center of Trastevere in this quiet hotel. Every room is different, but they have a futuristic vibe to them. The studio flats are great for families who need a little extra space and a kitchenette. And there are several tram and bus stops right out front to get you where you need to go.
Hotel Santa Maria
€€ | 3 Star | Affordable | Garden | Family Friendly | Great Location
Staying at Hotel Santa Maria is like staying in a lovely home in Trastevere. Well-located with great amenities like a beautiful garden with orange trees and outdoor seating, plus a bar with happy hour and snacks. It’s a great place to stay to explore this trendy area and beyond.
Grand Hotel Gianicolo
€€ | 4 Star | Restaurant | Outdoor Pool | Historic Villa | Elegant
If you’re looking for an oasis in Rome, this hotel is for you. The historic villa features a big outdoor pool and a high-end restaurant set in a beautiful winter garden. This is a place to relax. Rooms offer classic and casual comfort. You can even book a superior room with a large terrace overlooking the pool.
Tips for Airbnbs in Trastevere:
There are a few hotels in Trastevere but the area is really dominated by apartment rentals. Avoid staying on roads like Vicolo del Cinque, Piazza Trilusa, or Piazza S. M. in this neighborhood, unless you are ok with noise until late. These areas are overflowing with people year-round and closing your windows won’t always work to silence the busy streets.
If you want to be near the action but not quite in the thick of it, the best area to stay in is between Viale di Trastevere, Tiber Island, and Porto di Ripa Grande and Via di Porta Portese—basically, anywhere within three or four blocks of Via della Lungarina.
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Prati and Vatican City
Across from Vatican City lies Prati, a calm, elegant, and modern Roman neighborhood. It’s perfect for anyone planning a religious trip or for groups of senior travelers who might encounter trouble with old buildings without elevators. Prati is one of Rome’s best-kept secrets, and we have the best suggestions for where to stay in Rome near Vatican City.
This is also one of the few districts in Rome that isn’t overrun by tourism. This is surprising because some of the most iconic places to visit, like the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, are located right here.
The neighborhood doesn’t look like your typical postcard of Rome, but thanks to its modern European vibes and high-end shopping street, Via Cola di Rienzo, it isn’t lacking in charm.
Best Hotels Near Prati:
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
€€€€ | Resort Style | Multiple Pools | Rooftop Dining | Family Friendly
This hotel has a look and feel like no other hotel in Rome. It’s as massive as a resort and just a short drive from the city center and Vatican City. The hotel is home to Rome’s only 3 Michelin-star restaurant, La Pergola, which has been led by Heinz Beck for quite some time.
Palazzo Cardinal Cesi
€€+ | 4 Star | Ideal Location | Classic Italian Rooms
This palace, built in 1400, has 29 rooms, a beautiful courtyard, luxe library, and an old refectory where monks used to eat centuries ago. The location is epic for seeing St. Peter’s Basilica, which is just a moment away. The rooms are simple but decorated with cherry wood furniture. It’s perfect for an affordable stay in the best location.
Atlante Star Hotel
€€+ | 4 Star | Elegant European | Honeymoon Upgrades | Rooftop Views
Located between the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo, this luxury hotel is ideal for couples. Book a spacious suite with a jacuzzi and a perfect view of St. Peter’s for the ultimate Roman experience. Best of all, enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace where sunset views of the Vatican are extra romantic.
€€ | 3 Star | Umbertino Style | Quieter Area | Affordable
With its blue and gold décor, this hotel is classically Italian. It’s steps away from the Tiber river and a 15-minute walk from the Vatican. Breakfast probably won’t wow you, but it’s still a good start to the day. All-in-all, it’s a solid, affordable choice for a quieter area that’s still close to the action.
Hotel Dei Mellini
€€+ | 4 Star | Celebrity Fave | Private Art Collection | Pets Stay Free
There are so many reasons to love this 19th-century hotel: the private art collection from local artists, local celebrity sightings, outdoor patio, the location, and the fact that pets can stay free—great if you’re traveling with your furry friend. Or if you have kids, you can ask about babysitting services. It’s truly an all-service hotel that aims to please.
€€+ | 3 Star | Perfect Location | Room Service | Spacious Rooms
The Vatican walls are just 650 feet away from this hotel and there are plenty of shops nearby, yet it’s located away from the bustle of the city. After a long day, you’ll appreciate the room service, and you can even ask for a room with a bathtub. This hotel is in a late 19th-century building, but it actually has an elevator!
Tips for Airbnbs in Prati Near the Vatican:
With over 700 hotels, the Prati district has a ton of choices. You can get lower prices here and good value but you’re not going to be in the classic Roman part of the city. This area was heavily modernized by Benito Mussolini—for better or worse.
You will find some great Airbnbs, but watch out for apartments on high floors with no elevators (or lifts). It is more common than you would think, and people often assume all buildings will have an elevator. They don’t! Welcome to Italy!
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Ciao Sofia! Glad we could help you!
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