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Where to stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions

Aerial panoramic view of Rome in summer, Italy. Rome skyline. Old Rome in the sunlight. Beautiful scenic panorama of Rome on a sunny day. Vintage photo.

Rome is a beautiful city to visit, with a vibrant city center and some of the best restaurants in the world. It’s very high up on my recommended lists of where to go in Italy! However like most cities, it can be difficult to determine the best neighborhood to stay in Rome. We’ve done our best to provide an overview of each neighborhood close to famous sites, depending on your budget.  Our hot tip: Stay in the Centro Storico, Rome’s historic center, and you’ll be within a few minutes walk to the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. If you’re looking for stunning views, check out hotels near St. Peter’s Basilica or the Colosseum.

We have created a list of hotels in Rome close to famous sites, like the Colosseum, and lesser known sites like Santa Maria Maggiore or San Giovanni Basilica. Whether you need to know where to stay in Rome with kids, or where to stay in Rome on a budget, this list includes those, as well as Where to stay in Rome for the first time, Budget hotels in Rome, romantic places to stay in Rome and so much more…

We will cover off all types of Rome accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Rome hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Rome, the best Rome hotels, best places in Rome to visit, the best places to stay in Rome, hotels near Rome attractions, Rome neighborhood guide and many more.

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Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50-75%%! High tourist season in Rome begins in May, June and July, then skips August (as it can become extremely hot) and finishes around the end of September. Low Season is basically winter in Rome, which is late October and most of November and March and April which is more spring time.

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Where to stay near the Colosseum – Best area to stay in Rome

Rome’s most popular attraction is the Colosseum, an oval amphitheatre in the centre of Rome. It’s the largest amphitheatre ever built, and once held between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. It was used for gladiator contests and public spectacles executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

Today you can tour the Colosseum either on your own or with a tour group/private tour. The advantage of going with a tour is that you can get access to the underground chambers and upper tier. If you decide to take the tour on our own, purchase “jump the line” tickets so you aren’t wasting precious time in massive lines. If you have only a short visit and need to know where to stay in Rome for one night, then the Colosseum area is the best place to stay in Rome.

Best places to stay near the Colosseum

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Colosseum:
New Generation Hostel Santa Maria Maggiore
Sandy Hostel
Sole E Luna
Blue Hostel

Budget Hotels near the Colosseum:
Royal Rooms
Maison Imperiale
Colosseo Guest House
Easy Budget Colosseo

Mid range Hotels near the Colosseum:
Colosseo Panoramic Rooms
Colosseum Corner
B&B Second Floor
Colosseum Palace Star

Family Friendly Hotels near the Colosseum:
Colosseo Guest House
Rome Downtown Accomodation
Hotel Romano
Mercure Rome Colosseum Centre

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Colosseum:
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux
Roof Suite Rome
Roma Luxus Hotel

Colosseum at sunrise, Rome, Italy, Europe. Rome ancient arena of gladiator fights. Rome Colosseum is the best known landmark of Rome and Italy

Where to stay near the Spanish Steps – Where to stay in Rome with Family

The Spanish Steps are a set of 135 steps that you can climb up to a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. Interesting fact…It’s forbidden to eat lunch on the steps,  by Roman urban regulations.

Best places to stay near the Spanish Steps

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Spanish Steps:
Okapi Rooms
The RomeHello
Roman Holidays Hostel
Hostella Female Only

Budget Hotels near the Spanish Steps:
Suite Spagna 29
Frattina Rooms
Spagna Secret Rooms

Mid range Hotels near the Spanish Steps:
Internazionale Domus
Royal Suite Trinita dei Monti
Relais Pierret Piazza di Spagna
Rome 55

Family Friendly Hotels near the Spanish Steps:
Rome 55
Condotti Hotel
Rome Frattina 27
The Code Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Spanish Steps:
The Inn At The Spanish Steps
Hotel Hassler
Mario de’ Fiori 37
Les Diamants Spanish Steps Suite

Rome. Cityscape image of Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy during sunrise.

Where to stay near the Pantheon – Where to stay in Rome for tourists

The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, which has now been converted into a church. It’s located on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. It’s one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings in Rome and it is surrounded by delicious Italian cafes. Make sure to stop and enjoy the food and the view. Just a four minute walk from the Pantheon is Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most popular squares which houses three beautiful fountains.

Best places to stay near the Pantheon

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Pantheon:
Casa Di Santa Francesca Romana
Okapi Rooms
Sandy Hostel

Budget Hotels near the Pantheon:
Al Pantheon con Thomas Mann
POP Art B&B
M.D. StarHome Rome
Guest House Grazioli

Mid range Hotels near the Pantheon:
Hotel Abruzzi
Albergo del Senato
Delsi Suites – Pantheon
Pantheon Royal Suite

Family Friendly Hotels near the Pantheon:
Albergo del Sole Al Pantheon
La Residenza del Sole al Pantheon
Pantheon Inn
Casa Bella Pantheon

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Pantheon:
The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel
Grand Hotel de la Minerve
Martivs Private Suites
Lifestyle Suites Rome

Pantheon in the morning, Rome, Italy, Europe. Rome ancient temple of all the gods. Rome Pantheon is one of the best known landmarks of Rome and Italy

Where to stay near the Trevi Fountain – Where to stay in Rome for first timers

The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, originally designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. It’s one of the most famous fountains in the world and it’s said if you throw a coin using the right hand over the left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, it will ensure that you will return to Rome again in the future.

Best places to stay near the Trevi Fountain

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Trevi Fountain:
The RomeHello
Sarah’s B&B
Sandy Hostel

Budget Hotels near the Trevi Fountain:
59 Steps Trevi
Erdarelli
Casa Heberart Guest House Capo le Case
Frattina Grand Suite Guesthouse

Mid range Hotels near the Trevi Fountain:
Fontana Hotel
Albergo delle Regioni
Cenci B&B
Trevi BB Hotel Roma

Family Friendly Hotels near the Trevi Fountain:
My Trevi
Palazzo Scanderbeg
Hotel Dei Borgognoni
Trevi Rome Suite

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Trevi Fountain:
Harry’s Bar Hotel & Restaurant
Trivium Suites Fontana di Trevi
Singer Palace Hotel
Relais Trevi 133 Boutique Hotel – Adults Only

Trevi fountain at sunrise, Rome, Italy, Europe. Rome architecture and landmark. Trevi fountain is one of the most important turistic attractions in Rome

Where to stay near the Roman Forum – Where to stay in Rome with kids

While not as popular as the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of Rome. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. You can get the best view of the Roman Forum Palatine Hill.

Best places to stay near the Roman Forum

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Roman Forum
New Generation Hostel Santa Maria Maggiore
Casa Di Santa Francesca Romana
Sole E Luna
Alessandro Downtown Hostel & Bar

Budget Hotels near the Roman Forum:
Hotel Labelle
Guest House Cavour 278
Hotel Rosetta
The Roman Empire Guesthouse

Mid range Hotels near the Roman Forum:
Hotel de Rome
Colosseum Palace Star
Caesar House Residenze Romane
Hotel Foro Romano Imperatori

Family Friendly Hotels near the Roman Forum:
Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri
Hotel Forum Roma
Nerva Boutique Hotel
Residence Palazzo Al Velabro

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Roman Forum:
The Inn At The Roman Forum
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux
B&B Luxury Piazza Venezia
Corso 281 Luxury Suites

Rome sunrise city skyline at Rome Forum (Roman Forum) Rome Italy

Where to stay near the Vatican City – Where to stay in Rome for 3 days

Vatican City is an independent city-state surrounded by Rome. It’s the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Within the Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. The attractions feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. If you would like to visit Vatican City, I’d recommend putting a whole day aside as there is a lot to see, don’t rush yourself and once again if you decide to do a self tour I’d recommend purchasing “jump the line” tickets as the lines to get in can be very long!

Best places to stay near the Vatican City

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near the Vatican City:
Suite Rome
Okapi Rooms
Hostel Trustever

Budget Hotels near the Vatican City:
Hostel Trustever
Few Steps From St.Peter
Casa Ravasco San Pietro
Angelo di Borgo B&B

Mid range Hotels near the Vatican City:
Residenza Paolo VI
Rome ApartHotel
Lunaria Suites in Rome
Vatican View

Family Friendly Hotels near the Vatican City:
The Pope’s Window
B&B Roma Borgo91
Hotel della Conciliazione

Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Vatican City:
Gran Melia Rome
Vatican Chic Luxury B&B
Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George
Navona Palace Luxury Inn

Vatican, Rome, Italy - View from above on the famous St. Peters Square, Piazza San Pietro is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City

Where to stay near St. Peter’s Basilica – Where to stay in Rome on a budget

St. Peter’s Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of St. Peter, one of Christ’s Apostles and supposedly, St. Peter’s tomb is directly below the high altar of the Basilica. The Large dome was designed by Michelangelo, and you can climb to the top of the Dome which is 551 steps. (A good way to work off all the delicious Italian food!) Or you can take the easy way up and take the elevator; there is of course an admission fee. You have 360 degree views of St Peter’s Square and the city of Rome from the top.

Best places to stay near St. Peter’s Basilica

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near St. Peter’s Basilica:
Suite Rome
Casa Di Santa Francesca Romana
Hostel Trustever

Budget Hotels near St. Peter’s Basilica:
Innsiderome
Casa Ravasco San Pietro
Marco e Laura Bed & Breakfast
B&B Armonie Romane

Mid range Hotels near St. Peter’s Basilica:
Rome ApartHotel
Lunaria Suites in Rome
Alle Fornaci a San Pietro – Bed & Breakfast
Starhotels Michelangelo

Family Friendly Hotels near St. Peter’s Basilica:
Residenza Paolo VI
Emmaus
Gregory B&B Vatican
Hotel Paolo II

Affordable Luxury Hotels near St. Peter’s Basilica:
DOM Hotel Roma
Hotel De’ Ricci
Hotel Raphael – Relais Chateaux
Le Meridien Visconti Rome

Rome, Vatican City. Cityscape image of illuminated Saint Peter`s Basilica and Street Via della Conciliazione, Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

Trastevere neighborhood – Where to stay in Rome for foodies

For a more local experience in Rome, consider staying in the Trastevere neighborhood. Located along the River Tiber, south of Vatican City, the Roma Trastevere train station offers easy access to other neighborhoods of Rome, including the airport. This is the best place to stay in in Rome for those who’ve already done the tourists sites and are seeking a more laid-back, authentic Rome experience.

Lose yourself amongst the winding, medieval cobblestone streets, shopping in boutiques along the way. If the famed shopping street of Via Veneto is too pricy for your shopping budget, check out the back streets of Trastevere. If you plan to spend a lot of time visiting the main Roman sites, consider staying close to the Metro station. Just across the river from Trastevere is Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, a unique and historic destination in Rome.

Best places to stay near Trastevere

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near Trastevere:
Backpackers Piramide
Casa Di Santa Francesca Romana
Hostel Trustever

Budget Hotels near Trastevere:
YH SUITE 131
Imperial 78 B&B
Dulcis In Fundo – Trastevere
Home Life B&B

Mid range Hotels near Trastevere:
Hotel San Francesco
Trastevere Colors
Nina Casetta De Trastevere
Relais Le Clarisse in Trastevere

Family Friendly Hotels near Trastevere:
Paola a trastevere
Rhea Silvia Luxury Rooms
Hotel Residenza San Calisto
Trastevere Luxury Guest House

Affordable Luxury Hotels near Trastevere:
Hosianum Palace
Le Quattro Dame
Piazza Del Gesu Luxury Suites

Rome, Italy - : Typical Italian restaurant in the historic center of Rome.

Centro Storico neighborhood- Where to stay in Rome for one night

Rome’s Centro Storico is the historic center of Rome, where you’ll find most of the major Rome attractions, and adjacent to Vatican City. For first time visitors to Rome, this is the best area to stay in Rome, as you’ll be able to walk all over, and save time from commuting back and forth to Rome’s city center. In the Centro Storico, famous Rome sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Colosseum are all within waking distance of Rome hotels located in Centro Storico. Expect to pay a premium for the convenience, and restaurants here will be more tourist-oriented, but you truly can’t beat the location for a first time visit to Rome.

Best places to stay near Centro Storico

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near Centro Storico:
Affittacamere Tiburstation 2
Rome City Hostel
Heart Of San Lorenzo
Youth Station Hostel

Budget Hotels near Centro Storico:
Hotel Bella Vita
Holiday and Rome
Guesthouse 2012
Dreamsrome Suites

Mid range Hotels near Centro Storico:
Best Western Blu Hotel Roma
Caos Calmo Bed&Breakfast
Suites Roma Tiburtina
Tiburtina Garden

Family Friendly Hotels near Centro Storico:
Tiburtina Garden
Vibel Hotel
B&B Foscari House
Hotel Laurentia

Affordable Luxury Hotels near Centro Storico:
SuiteRhome
Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection Hotel
San Giovanni Gallery
NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento

View onto rooftops of Rome skyline with domes of 16th-century church Santa Maria di Loreto across from the Trajan's Column near the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele at Piazza Venezia in Rome Italy

Testaccio neighbourhood – Best neighborhoods to stay in Rome

For a unique place to stay in Rome, or for budget Rome accommodations, consider the working class neighborhood of Testaccio. A defining feature of this area is the Monte dei Cocci, an ancient mound of over 50 million Roman clay vessels. As gentrification moves through Testaccio, more travelers begin to discover this Rome district. The Mercato Testaccio has been open for over 100 years, and offers everything from shoes to fresh produce. The market is a great spot to grab some takeaway, too. The neighborhood is full of cafes and coffee bars, bakeries and butchers. If you have visited Rome before, and prefer to have a more local, authentic experience, then Testaccio is a great place to stay in Rome.

Best places to stay near Testaccio

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near Testaccio:
Backpackers Piramide
Hostel Trustever
Sepulveda
Ciak Rooms

Budget Hotels near Testaccio:
Crossroad Hotel
Il Colibri Bed & Breakfast in Rome
I-Sleep B&B
B&B AcasadiBarbara

Mid range Hotels near Testaccio:
Abitart Hotel
B&B AcasadiBarbara
Testaccio Village Guesthouse
A Casa A Testaccio B&B

Family Friendly Hotels near Testaccio:
Sweet Home Piramide
Hotel Villa San Pio
MyApARTsuite
Trilussa Palace Congress & Spa

Affordable Luxury Hotels near Testaccio:
Pepoli9 – Charming Guest House
Hotel San Giovanni
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux

Rome Italy Pyramid of Caius Cestius and San Paolo Gate in Rome Italy

Piazza del Popolo – Where to stay in Rome for shopping

Just north of Centro Historico is the area of Piazza del Popolo, named for the nearby church of Santa Maria del Popolo. During the Roman Empire, this plaza was how most visitors entered Rome, and it remains one of Rome’s most popular plazas today. Shoppers will enjoy Rome’s high street, Via del Corso, which radiates out from Piazza del Popolo. Given the proximity to Centro Storico, and easy access to Rome’s sites, Piazza del Popolo is a great place to stay in Rome for anyone wanting to be near the city center, with a bit more breathing room or budget-friendly hotel options.

Best places to stay near Piazza del Popolo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near Piazza del Popolo:
Villa Aurora Residence – Hostel

Budget Hotels near Piazza del Popolo:
Hotel Romulus
Villa Teresa
Flaminio Village Bungalow Park
Eurogarden

Mid range Hotels near Piazza del Popolo:
York Hotel
Hotel La Pergola
Hotel La Giocca
Hotel Castle

Family Friendly Hotels near Piazza del Popolo:
Residenza Niccodemi
ARS Hotel
Movie Home B&B
Hotel delle Muse

Affordable Luxury Hotels near Piazza del Popolo:
The First Roma

Rome/Italy -Fountains around the Egyptian Obelisk and Churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesantom in Piazza del Popolo on a cloudy day

Villa Borghese – Best location to stay in Rome

Adjacent to the Piazza del Popolo is Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s largest public parks. The English gardens are home to a number of museums and attractions, including the Borghese gallery. Commissioned in the 17th century by the Borghese family, the park also hosts horse races and festivals at the race course. The Galleria Borghese is a 17th century villa of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, which now houses artwork that includes sculptures by Bernini, and the building itself is a piece of art to be admired.

The Villa Medici is a Renaissance Palace which houses the French Academy. If you are visiting Rome with children, the Bioparco di Roma is a great place to spend an afternoon, with a zoo that includes over 200 types of animals. Many of Rome’s best hotels are situated just outside of Villa Borghese, making this a great place to stay in Rome!

Best places to stay near Villa Borghese

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels near Villa Borghese:
Discovery Hostel 247
Mosaic Hostel
Two Ducks Hostel
Zidan Guest House

Budget Hotels near Villa Borghese:
Via Veneto Luxury Suites
Villa Borghese Guest House
Suite in Rome Veneto
La Casa di Maurizio Bed & Breakfast

Mid range Hotels near Villa Borghese:
Via Veneto Suites
Borghese Executive Suite
NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto
Clarion Collection Hotel Principessa Isabella

Family Friendly Hotels near Villa Borghese:
The Tribune Hotel
Hotel Victoria
LaHouse Luxury Accommodations
Hotel Savoy

Affordable Luxury Hotels near Villa Borghese:
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA
Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora
Grand Hotel Via Veneto
The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Hotel Splendide Royal

Siena square inside the Villa Borghese gardens Villa Borghese gardens is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome.

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Where to stay in Rome

Where to Stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions

Where to Stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions

Where to Stay in Rome – Close to Famous Attractions

 

 

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