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.

Named for a type of Italian flour called double zero, this relaxed cafe and bar was once a bakery, and though it has since expanded to serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, baked goods are still a top priority.

Located near the Borghese Gardens in Paroli, the five-star Lord Byron hotel has a standard white exterior and a quieter location away from the city's noisier areas. Each of the 32 rooms and suites at the hotel have been restored in a 1930's art-deco style, but no two rooms are alike.

With its original Art Deco style rooms, a prestigious location on Via Veneto near the Spanish Steps, and suites that recall the splendor of the Dolce Vita, this Belle Époque property continues to be an popular option near many prime Rome sites.

The vivacious Lorenza, a Vespa-riding advertising exec-turned-innkeeper, presides over one of the best new B&B’s in Rome.

Reminiscent of the Belle Époque, the Boscolo Hotel Palace is housed in an Art Nouveau-influenced structure built in the 1920’s by renowned architect Marcello Piacentini.

Located just a four-minute walk from Piazza del Popolo, this Art Deco hotel consists of the original 1925 building and an annexed 1905 palazzo, connected by a garden terrace with wisteria, miniature lights, and outdoor seating.

For vinophiles, it’s hard to beat a stay at the four-room, boutique Il Palazzetto hotel — also home to the International Wine Academy of Rome (on the ground floor).

A favorite of Italian politicians, the ivy-covered Hotel Raphael is located just outside the Piazza Navona, within walking distance of the Pantheon and Spanish Steps.

Located at 20 Via Cardinale in the heart of Trastevere, Le Clarisse is a bouqie hotel with 11 comfortable guest rooms and suites.

Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, this 32-room boutique hotel, housed in a 19th century palazzo, is outfitted with tasteful antique reproductions, rich fabric in gold tones and neutrals, and marble accents.

It has perhaps the most enviable physical visage of all Roman hotels—a wood and masonry former cloister—where rooms are arranged around an orange grove in the absolute heart of Trastevere.

Built over Emperor Diocletian’s third-century baths in Piazza della Repubblica, the Hotel Exedra is housed in a white marble Neoclassical palace dating from the late 1800’s. Inside are 238 guestrooms with high ceilings, marble floors, silk wall coverings, and faux-crocodile headboards.