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 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.
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.
Design diehards will love the five individually decorated rooms in the B&B creation of Hotel de Russie architect Tommaso Ziffer.
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 olive-oil maker Armando Manni’s one-bedroom Casa Manni Roma is an Adam Tihany–designed space overlooking the Piazza Colonna.
With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906.
At Hotel Aleph in central Rome, renowned American architect Adam D. Tihany takes on the role of Dante’s Virgil leading his guests through heaven and hell, each represented by a boudoir-style interior of reds, blacks, metal, and crystal.
Large apartments for up to eight people from $850 per night; small apartments for two people from $190 per night; three-night minimum. Book through Roman Reference agency. Agents placing out-of-town VIP’s in short- or long-term apartment rentals have this property well marked in their Rolodexes.
Inspired by Anna Fendi Venturini’s desire to fare casa (make a home) whenever traveling the globe, this enchanted jewel of a guesthouse is the most exciting new hotel to open in Rome in the past decade.