Rome is a giant city, and your decision about where to stay will have a huge impact on your enjoyment of everything there is to see and do there.
There are a few major districts in Rome, each with their own character.
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Staying in Rome’s Modern Center
The “modern center” of Rome is defined by Roma Termini, the main train station. The Modern Center is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and hotels – it’s a great place to stay, especially if it’s your first visit to Rome. It’s convenient to many of the attractions, and it’s convenient to transportation. Roma Termini is a connector both to the airport and to the other areas of Italy you’re likely to visit – trains to Naples, Florence, Venice, and more leave frequently.
Hotels in Rome’s Modern Center
Smooth Hotel is well-appointed and is close to the main train station in Rome – it’s also easy walking distance from about 3 metro stops. And, with rates starting at about $150 US/night, it’s a great deal for Rome!
Small-ish rooms, but clean and well-done. This hotel is very close to Roma Termini, and has the added bonus of a rooftop deck for relaxing. It starts at about $140 US/night, so it’s another great value option.
Staying in Trastevere
Trastavere is on the opposite side of the Tiber from many ancient sites like the Pantheon and Colosseum. It’s known as the heart of Rome’s art scene. One of the big benefits of staying in Trastevere is that it’s known for being more “authentic” than other parts of Rome.
Hotels in Trastevere, Rome
Staying in Old Rome
Old Rome is where the Pantheon and Piazza Navona are – it’s another great option for good food. If we’re being honest, Rome doesn’t really have options for bad food! (Except for the restaurants where you order by pointing at a picture on a laminated menu. Those are always bad. This fact is true the world over.) Old Rome is central to just about everything. The Vatican, the Colosseo district, the Modern Center. Everything is an easy walk or cab ride from here.
Hotels in Old Rome
This boutique hotel has a great location and rooms that are adorable! They start at about $120/night, so the combination of location and price is exceptional. And to get better? It’s about a two-block walk to the Pantheon.
Staying near the Vatican
The Vatican is a bit of an island in Rome – it’s set apart from the main tourist attractions. If you’re coming to Rome to spend lots of time in St Peter’s and the Vatican Museums, this is a great place to stay. It’s also more residential, so you’ll get less of a touristy feeling. The neighborhood restaurants are less likely to have English translated menus, and are always likely to have fantastic food!
Hotels Near the Vatican
This cute and modern hotel even boasts a wonderful rooftop to relax and enjoy the views (and breeze!). It’s about at 10 – 15 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, and the Pantheon, so it’s right in the middle of everything. Starting around $100/night, it’s also a great value!
Staying in the North Center of Rome
The North Center has the Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps, so you’ll be close to some of the tourist sites. The North Center is conveniently located near the train station (though it is one of the bigger districts of the city). In the North Center, you’ll find lots of residential areas and some more reasonably-priced hotels.
Hotels in the North Center of Rome
If you are looking for the perfect splurge in Rome, look no further. This hotel is gorgeous, has a pool for those hot summer days, and is close to the Spanish Steps, shopping and the Villa Borghese. It starts around $400/night, and is worth every cent!
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