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.

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.

With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906.

This 12-room, ivy-draped hotel sits in the crook of a tiny lane between the busy Via Nazionale and the Forum. Ignore the cramped reception area and peek into the cavernous, 2,000-year-old crypt behind the concierge desk, on which the 17th-century building stands.

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.

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.