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Rome is one of those cities that everyone should see at least once in their lives. It’s a strikingly beautiful capital, with culture and history present in every square inch. 

Deciding where to stay in Rome can be difficult, especially when you have no idea which neighborhood best suits your travel plans.

That’s why I’ve put together a guide on which areas and hotels are best for budget travelers, families, and couples, as well as my overall favorite. 

Find the best hotel or hostel for your budget and style, and the perfect neighborhood for your experience of the Eternal City

Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy

Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Rome

Rome’s neighborhoods are lively and striking, with beautiful buildings and tall trees lining the streets. Whether you’re looking for wild nightlife and cute cafes or peaceful and historic spaces, there’s a perfect neighborhood for every kind of traveler.   

Overall Best Area to Stay in Rome

So much of Rome is historically rich, with monuments and buildings found in every neighborhood. But one of the best historical neighborhoods is Trastevere. 

This colorful, charming area has some of Rome’s top attractions, along with lovely cobblestone streets lined with old buildings. 

Stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere then grab a coffee and pastry at one of the cafes in Trastevere piazza. Here, musicians and artists mingle with tourists, creating a vibrant space.

Trastevere Neighborhood in Rome, Italy
A charming street in Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere also has a wild streak, with a vibrant nightlife and unique bars, along with some big personalities that call this corner of Rome home.

Staying in Trastevere can be pricey, but it’s such a fantastic, centrally located area, and there are budget options too. It’s the best area to stay in Rome for first-time visitors.

Where to Stay in Rome on a Budget

The best budget area in Rome is also one of the most central. Monti is a bohemian hub in the heart of the Old City.

You’ll find family-run restaurants and chic bars a 5-minute walk away from the iconic Colosseum. Have a drink at a street cafe and watch the activity while taking in the beauty of one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. 

Piazza della Madonna dei Monti is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can take a stroll from your hotel in the evening, and enjoy the activity without spending a cent. 

Monti is also the best neighborhood for families to stay in. It’s safe and charming, with lots to see and do, and a convenient location that anyone with kids will appreciate.

Inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Most Romantic Area to Stay in Rome

Piazza del Popolo is arguably Rome’s chicest and most beautiful little neighborhood. Here, you’ll find the famous Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, along with other striking attractions. 

This is a high-end area, with glamorous boutiques and bars. Some of the city’s most gorgeous hotels are located here, with Baroque architecture and views over the Roman skyline. It’s undoubtedly one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Rome for anyone looking for decadent luxury.

14 Best Places To Stay In Rome – Hotels, Hostels & Apartments

Now that you know which neighborhoods to stay in for the best experience of Rome, it’s time to find your perfect hotel. I’ve found the best budget, mid-range, and luxury options for every kind of traveler.

Rome’s Best Budget Hostels

If you want to save all your money for the attractions and the gelato, no problem. Rome has some excellent low-budget options for travelers. And you don’t have to stay an hour’s drive from the city center to keep it cheap. 

Whether you’re happy to share a dorm room or prefer a private space, these are my top picks.

YellowSquare Rome

YellowSquare is the best place to stay in Rome if you want to meet people. It has a fun and youthful atmosphere, with a downstairs bar that draws a crowd. 

You can get a dorm bed if you’re working with a shoestring budget or you want to meet new friends. If you prefer your own space, the private rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a safe, and a hairdryer. 

Among the other draws, YellowSquare offers fun activities like shopping tours, live gigs, and rooftop yoga. 

The RomeHello Hostel

Central and cheerful, RomeHello is the perfect place to have as a home base for your Roman holiday. It’s a short walk from the Termini, and you can reach all of Rome’s top attractions on foot.

The hostel has plenty of space both within the rooms and in shared spaces to work, with desks and computers.

There’s an outdoor courtyard and a foosball table at your disposal, as well as very friendly staff who are happy to help you plan out your trip. It’s perfect for digital nomads.

Fontana di Trevi in Rome, Italy

The Beehive

This charming little hostel is ideal for those who like their budget accommodation to be more of an experience than a place to chill after a day of exploring.

Of course, there’s plenty of space to chill. But the great draws for the Beehive are its weekly cooking classes, twice-weekly communal dinners, and garden courtyard. 

It also has a lounge with board games where you can relax and enjoy some fun bonding time with new and old friends.

The downstairs cafe serves delicious organic, vegetarian breakfasts, and wine and beer are available at reception, so you don’t have to go far to get everything you need. 

Hostel Lodi

Hostel Lodi is a lovely little locally-run place, ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway.

The leafy garden is the perfect place to enjoy your breakfast or have a glass of wine in the evenings. And the common room has books and computers to help you plan out a spectacular Italian holiday if you haven’t already.

This hostel is small and central, best suited to a couple or solo traveler looking for a little quiet. The rooms are simply decorated, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful, ensuring a comfortable stay.

Inside the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

MEININGER Roma Termini

This colorful hostel feels like a cross between an old-world cinema and a Bauhaus artwork. It’s bright and airy, and there’s always something going on. 

Everything you could need is provided at this incredibly well-run hostel. Cook up a storm in the guest kitchen, grab some fuel in the breakfast room, and cap off a perfect day at the in-house bar.

You can also grab small bites from the snack machine and chill out in the lounge.

This is a really large hostel, so while you can book a private room, don’t expect to be alone in the shared spaces.

It’s also fantastically central, so you’ll have no problem making your way around, and you’ll usually find some people to join on your adventures, day or night.

Mid-range Roman Hotels & Apartments

Most of us want a little luxury and peace while traveling, but lack the ability to splurge on high-end hotels. These mid-range hotels and B&Bs are perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers in a range of styles.

Hotel Pisa

Hotel Pisa is a lovely option with beautiful rooms and little touches to make your stay comfortable and happy. It’s a short walk from Termini Station, as well as the Coliseum and Vittorio Emanuele square. 

Have an Italian-style breakfast in bed, sip coffee on the patio, and stroll through the garden. The beds are comfortable, and every room comes with a mini-bar and flat-screen TV. 

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Hotel Santa Maria

Nestled in the heart of Trastevere is this converted 16th-century convent. The lovely little boutique hotel has a garden complete with orange trees and Mediterranean foliage.

The floors of every room are terracotta, and traditional Italian touches can be found all over the hotel. 

Hotel Santa Maria has a bar where you can enjoy an aperitif before an evening out. You can also rent bicycles from the reception and explore the renowned area with a map and tips from the staff. 

Tiberim Apartment Trastevere

This is a one-bedroom apartment with all the amenities to make for a comfortable, homey stay. It’s ideal for privacy and tranquillity, with a fully-equipped kitchen and beautiful, bright rooms. 

Pets are allowed at this holiday apartment, so you can bring your pup along! It includes a dining area, a spacious bathroom, and a living room with a couch you’ll want to melt into. 

You’ll also be right in the heart of Rome, in trusty Trastevere. Enjoy views of the city from your balcony, and relax on the patio. 

Lungovere in Rome, Italy
The cafes along the Tiber River in Rome, commonly known as Lungovere – which is located next to Trastevere.

Hotel Arco Di Travertino

Another incredible mid-range hotel, this elegant garden villa is fantastic value for money. You’ll have free parking, as well as a delicious buffet breakfast. 

The rooms at Arco di Travertino are colorful and bright, with luxurious beds and a mini-bar.

This is one of the few hotels without wifi in the private rooms, making it best for those wanting a fully immersive getaway. If you want to get some work done, this is not your best option. 

The spacious terrace is a great spot to relax and soak in the sunlight. Pets are also allowed here, making it an ideal stop on an Italian road trip.

First-Class Luxury Roman Hotels

If you’re celebrating your honeymoon in Rome, or you’ve just got the money to spend on dreamy luxury, these Roman hotels will live up to all expectations. The Eternal City has some stunning luxury hotels, and these are the best.

Bio Hotel Raphael – Relais & Châteaux

This leafy château is a dream. The beautiful old building is overrun with ivy, making for the perfect photo opportunity, and a striking scene to come ‘home’ to.

Bio Hotel has cheerful, cozy rooms with stylish furnishings and a comfortable atmosphere.

The rooftop terrace has phenomenal views over the city, where you can enjoy breakfast or an evening drink. It’s romantic and perfectly located, with so many special little touches, including a bathrobe set from Bulgari.

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

Singer Palace Hotel

Looking for a home away from home, only one that’s perfectly decorated and set in one of the world’s most beautiful places? Singer Palace is idyllic, with large rooms that include a lounge space and desk. 

Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast before you head off to explore Rome.

You also won’t want to miss an evening meal at the rooftop restaurant, where you can watch the sunset over Rome with an aperitif and an Italian specialty. 

Solo travelers and families will enjoy this elegant hotel, but it’s mostly ideal for couples. 

Chapter Roma

Are you looking for luxury without the price tag of a 5-star hotel? Chapter Roma is a magnificent option, with a uniquely classy and laid-back style and wonderful staff. 

Exposed brick walls, contemporary local art, and bespoke designer decor elevate it beyond just a place to stay. It feels like a real experience, hidden on a small side street near Campo de Fiori.

The 4-star hotel’s luxurious finishings are complemented by a gritty, creative energy that matches the surroundings.

Hotel Isa

We really are spoilt for choice in Rome. Hotel Isa is another charming 4-star hotel. It offers a panoramic rooftop terrace where you can relax after a long day, as well as large airy rooms, each with unique decor and fresh style. 

Hotel Isa is just across the river from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The staff can help you with whatever you need, and the breakfast buffet is decadent.

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Fendi Private Suites

Luxurious modern decor contrasts with historic class at this one-of-a-kind accommodation. If you or your partner love the luxury clothing brand Fendi, you’ll adore this incredible hotel.

It’s the first of its kind, allowing guests to stay in the striking Palazzo Fendi fashion house. 

After a refreshing night of perfect sleep on the gorgeously comfortable bed, relax on your balcony overlooking the Piazza di Spagna.

You can shop at Fendi Boutique below and indulge in a modern Asian-fusion meal at Zuma restaurant on the top floor. 

Last Thoughts on Best Areas to Stay in Rome

Rome is a phenomenal holiday destination in every season. Whether you’re visiting for the history and culture, the contemporary art scene, or the vibrant nightlife, there’s so much to enjoy. 

This guide should have you planning out all the fun details of your trip. Where to stay in Rome is ticked off the list! Now, how about checking out a few day trips from Rome to add to your trip?

Where to Stay in Rome: Guide to the Best Areas and Accommodation
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  1. We have stayed at the Residencia Marinetti(sorry my ipad is giving me bad vibes) you couldn’t wish for a better hotel. History – there is always a guide book in the hallway. There is a lift to all floors. Bedrooms are large and always nicely displayed. There is a kitchen if you prefer or if it’s raining
    . But on the roof the view is straight through to the colliseum. The breakfast is absolutely beautifully presented and if we are lucky there is always a touch of music either from the kitchen or from the owners Dad. A really nice place to be. It takes 10 minutes to get to the Trevi Fountain, but there are lots of Roman ruins with 5 minutes. Eating places, well there are lots in the area but three visits and the last night we discovered the Jewish area. The meal was fantastic, only a few minutes from the hotel Nd we found new artichoke recipes that have followed us home. Actually even the Vatican is walkable. Try it, i think you will enjoy your trip. I think you have to have a guide book to work out where u want to go, but a week in Rome is perfect but remember you may be walking on cobbled streets so take sensible shoes.

  2. The entire area in central Rome is so walkable. We stayed at boutique centrale relais, in-between the Vatican and the coliseum. We just walked everywhere and it was great.