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.

Situated inside the Neoclassical Palazzo Pierret in the Piazza di Spagna, the Internazionale Domus hotel overlooks the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps) as well as the Villa Borghese gardens and the shops of Via Condotti, which include Valentino, Gucci, and Prada.

A stone’s throw from both the Quirinal Hill and the Baths of Caracalla, the St. Regis Grand is a respite from the centro storico fray. A perfect merger of historic Roman splendor and white-glove American service, the former Grand Hotel has become a jewel in the St. Regis crown.

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.

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.

Opened in 2008, this restored 16th century palazzo sits on what might be most beautiful street in Italy. The 64 rooms and suites range from the most perfect single room we’ve seen to family suites measuring upwards of 600 sq ft.

This four-star hotel sits atop the city's highest hill, the Esquilino. Mario Loreti designed the 10-floor, 251-room Art Deco building in 1938. Centrally located, it’s within walking distance of the Coliseum and the Termini railway station.

Luisa Longo, the owner of Buonanotte Garibaldi, is a genuine Trastevere-dwelling artist; her three-room B&B, hidden behind a green gate in a wall of ivy on the Via Garibaldi, was her parents’ home.

One of many worldwide guest houses maintained by the sisters of the Bridgettine order, Casa di Santa Brigida offers comfortable lodgings for all travelers per the Bridgettine commitment to hospitality and ecumenism.

Situated in the centro storico (historic center), the Ariston Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of major attractions like the Plaza del Duomo and the Via Torino shopping district.

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley used to rent the top floor of what is now the Natale family's Hotel Navona. This 15th-century palazzo, built on top of the ancient baths of Agrippa, is hidden on a quiet side street, just a block from Piazza Navona and in the heart of Rome's historic center.

Upon changing its name from the Grand Hotel Palace, this classic Roman hotel wrapped up a major renovation in October of 2010, which united modern interior design with the original old décor.