Rome

Hotels in Rome

The selection of hotels in Rome has, in the past, tended toward extremes: over-the-top luxury and cringe-worthy budget options. In the past several years, however, the less expensive choices (say, around the Termini station) have gotten spruced up. If you come during the summer be sure to ask if your room will be air-conditioned (you’ll want it, and it’s not always a given in smaller hotels). Find the perfect stay at some of the best hotels in Rome.

Hassler Roma is an elegant grande dame Rome hotel. Grace Kelly honeymooned here, and it’s still the hotel of choice for many of today’s celebs. The 96 stately rooms in at this 1930s palace on top of the Spanish Steps embody good taste, with the gilded furniture, antiques, and lots of marble. And the concierges can accommodate just about any request—say, mapping out routes through the Villa Borghese gardens. The Babuino 181 is a contemporary boutique hotel near the Spanish Steps and has lovely original details—a cast-iron railing and Italian marble staircase—as well as a new and marvelous rooftop bar. The D'Inghilterra, a Rome hotel that opened in the 19th century, has a rep that spans the centuries: it has counted as guests both Elizabeth Taylor and Ernest Hemingway.

Small and luxurious, with Neoclassical overtones, this early-20th-century villa—on a side street on patrician Quirinal Hill—is also refined and subtle: a small brass plaque and bell are all that distinguish it from its neighbors.

Sepia-toned photographic murals of iconic Roman monuments set the tone. This palazzo near the Spanish Steps retains original details—a cast-iron railing and Italian marble staircase—and, come this spring, will have a marvelous rooftop bar for aperitivos.

The Residenza Napoleone III, located on bustling Via Condotti, has been fully restored to its 1830's splendor. The hotel offers two apartment options: the Napoleone Suite and the Roof Garden Suite.

The only hotel directly linked to the airport (via pedestrian walkway), the Hilton is a popular option for those with an especially long layover. The hotel offers day-use rates on rooms (starting at about $105), which give travelers space to shower and nap.

Design diehards will love the five individually decorated rooms in the B&B creation of Hotel de Russie architect Tommaso Ziffer.

Three miles outside the city center, this sprawling 1960 urban hotel with a 15-acre private park sits atop the highest hill in Rome, offering sweeping city views.

It may be a 20-minute walk to the Spanish Steps, but the Parco dei Principi setting, tucked away beside Rome’s biggest park, Villa Borghese, means fewer tourists and less traffic for arriving travelers who prefer quieter hotels in residential neighborhoods to the city’s more typical hotel cluster

The olive-oil maker Armando Manni’s one-bedroom Casa Manni Roma is an Adam Tihany–designed space overlooking the Piazza Colonna.

Hotel Eden is a classic, grand European hotel. Since its opening in 1889, the Eden has played host to European royalty and regular travelers alike.

The 10 exceptionally tranquil rooms at this year-old boutique hotel offer outstanding value for the amenities and location: a vine-covered alley off antiques thoroughfare Via dei Coronari.

When it comes to glamorous hotels in Rome, few exceed the Hotel Majestic on fashionable Via Veneto. Built in 1889 by renowned architect Gaetano Koch, the Neoclassical property catered to generations of glitterati and served as a backdrop for Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita.

Situated on the outskirts of the Villa Borghese gardens, the Aldrovandi hotel has a quiet location within walking distance of Via Veneto and the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps).

Ideal for visitors seeking a more intimate stay in Rome, this largely unknown bed-and-breakfast provides accommodations for small groups in a 16th-century palazzo built for the noble Alibrandi family.