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.

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.

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 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).

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.

Located in the city's historical district, Fortyseven offers easy access to nearby attractions such as the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Temple of Vesta, and Roman Forum.

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