Finding the right hotel in Rome is not always easy. Whether a luxury hotel or a campsite, a good location is particularly important in Rome. Read our tips and you will find the right solution.
In order to save you a 60-minute walk to St. Peter’s from the hotel with the lofty name, we have put together a few thoughts on where to stay in Rome.
Whether 5* hotel, guest house or private room, the location of your accommodation is crucial for your time planning and planning your activities. The traffic situation in Rome is complicated. If your accommodation is on the periphery, you may need a long time to get to the center.
From the periphery to the center you need more than an hour by public transport and there may be no connections at night. It can be pretty uncomfortable.
Only a certain number of passengers may be in the metro stations and on the trains. So sometimes you have to wait quite a long time before entering a metro station.
Station district around Termini
Many tourists choose a hotel in the station district. The hotels around the train station are reasonably priced. However, the train station is not in the center and so you need public transport, bus or metro to get to the center or the Vatican.
We recommend bus lines 40 and 64, which take you from Termini station to the center and the Vatican. You can also easily get to the Colosseum on foot.
Center – Campus Martius
The Campus Martius extends from the Capitol to the Tiber, Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and the Quirinals Hill, encompassing the city center of today.
Accommodation in the center is ideal. City life starts right on the doorstep and you can walk to most attractions at any time. Only if you come to Rome by car, it is difficult in the center because you can not enter during the day and you definitely need a garage space.
Vatican City – Prati
This area is very conveniently located for visits to St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums. To visit the city center you need public transport. If you arrive by car, you should choose a hotel with a garage.
Monti is the area between the Colosseum and Via Nazionale and around the Cavour metro station. Monti is very picturesque, being in close proximity to the Colosseum and not far from the center. Monti is not suitable for traveling by car.
In Trastevere there is always something going on in the evening. There are many bars and restaurants and many visitors come here for dinner or to enjoy the evening and night in one of the squares. If you are night owls, you are right in Trastevere. Otherwise you should assure yourself that the hotel has a quiet location.
Via Veneto is the street of the Roman “Dolce Vita” with luxury hotels, bars and restaurants. The center is relatively easy to reach on foot. From Via Veneto it is not far to the park of Villa Borghese and the Termini station is around 15 minutes on foot.
If you are thinking about choosing accommodation in another part of the city, make sure that the hotel is near metro lines A or B or near a line FL1 train station to Fiumicino Airport. This line crosses the Metro B at the stations Ostiense and Tiburtina. However, the travel times and waiting times for the metro are often very long due to the distance rules in the stations and on the trains.
Buses run quite irregularly in Rome and there is no working timetable. Hotels that can only be reached by bus are therefore less ideal. If the hotel is on a tram line, this is usually acceptable.
Hotels for travel by car
If you are traveling by car, you should choose accommodation with parking. You are not allowed to drive into the restricted traffic areas during the day. The restricted traffic areas include the city center, Trastevere and Testaccio. By car you are better looking for accommodation with parking outside the restricted traffic areas.
If you want to drive into the city by car, you can choose a hotel in the periphery. Accommodation is particularly popular in the south and west of Rome, while the traffic situation in the north, east and southeast is rather problematic.
We would therefore recommend in the west of Rome areas like Ostia, Casalpalocco, Fiumicino or the area along the highway from Fiumcino to Rome and along the Via Cristoforo Colombo. Within the ring road (Grande Raccordo Anulare) you should choose a hotel in the area between Via Aurelia, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Via Appia and Via Tuscolana.
Dramatic is the traffic situation, especially at peak times, on the other roads that lead to Rome, such as Casilina, Prenestina, Tiburtina, Nomentana, Salaria, Flaminia and Cassia, as well as on the highway that leads from Rome to Aquila.
Our hotel recommendations
There are around 1,000 hotels in Rome with around 100,000 beds. The majority of businesses are in the middle class, 3% belong to the luxury class and 13% are simple accomodations.
Hotel selection criteria
When visiting Rome, you will not be often in your hotel room. The size and comfort of the room are probably not that important to you. Pleasant are a good position of the hotel, a 24h reception, the cleanliness and a good breakfast.
Italian hotel breakfast
Italians are used to going to a bar for breakfast and having coffee and pastries there. Many simple * star and ** star hotels offer only Italian breakfast with coffee, pastries, packaged rusks and portion jams.
As the number of stars increases, so does the quality of breakfast, as many hotels have adapted to the wishes of their international guests. If you are looking for a good breakfast, you should search the hotels reviews according to this criterion.
Italian breakfast coffee
In many hotels you will find the coffee still in the thermos. It is called American coffee, a deep black brew. This coffee does not turn brown by the addition of milk, but dark gray.
In addition, in many hotels are coffee machines, with which you can prepare yourself cappuccino and other hot drinks or you can order a coffee on request as you like.
Here we have put together a few hotels of various categories, which we find particularly interesting.
5 star hotels
Bio Hotel Raphael
Hotel Raphael ***** is an organic hotel just behind Piazza Navona. From here you can easily walk to the Vatican and the city center.
For the drive from the airport to the hotel it is advisable to take a taxi or a rental car with driver. By public transport from Fiumicino take the train FL1 to Ostiense and from there take bus 30 to Piazza Navona. From Ciampino take the shuttle bus to Termini and from there take lines 40 or 64.
4 star hotels
The Hotel Eliseo Rome is a small **** hotel, which is very popular with our friends. The hotel has many regulars.
The rooms are rather small, but they offer the necessary comfort. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Highlight is the very good breakfast, which is served on the 5th floor, with a beautiful view over the city and the Villa Borghese.
In our opinion, the Hotel Eliseo is a secret! Depending on the booking situation you can sometimes find very cheap offers under 100 Euro per night including breakfast.
Location: The hotel is located on the downhill street Via di Porta Pinciana N. 30. Further downhill from Hotel Eliseo on Via di Porta Pinciana, you will reach the city center and the Spanish Steps. From the hotel 200m uphill you are at the Porta Pinciana, where the Via Veneto begins. A pedestrian tunnel will take you directly to the Spanish Steps, the Spagna metro station and the parking garage of Villa Borghese, which is on the other side of the gate.
From Termini station, take bus line 85 to the Veneto-Sardegna stop and walk 280m. An alternative is the metro line A to Spagna and from there by the pedestrian tunnel to Via Veneto. If you are traveling with luggage, this is rather difficult.
Hotel Sole Al Pantheon****
Albergo del Sole al Pantheon is the oldest hotel in Rome. Its tradition dates back to the 15th century.
The hotel’s rather small rooms are well appointed and have a view of the Pantheon. The hotel offers good service and a very good breakfast. On the back, in Via degli Orfani, there is the associated Residence al Pantheon.
Location: The Hotel Sole al Pantheon is located right on the square in front of the Pantheon in the pedestrian area, making it an ideal base for your city trip.
Close to the Circus Maximus, close to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, this modern hotel is set in a 16th-century building. The hotel is named after Father Kolbe, who lived there for a time when the building was still used as a monastery. The building, with its medieval vaults, has kept a little of its monastic atmosphere and at the same time the hotel offers a high level of comfort. In addition to a good breakfast, the hotel restaurant offers good food in the dining room and in an indoor garden.
Location Hotel Kolbe is located in Via di San Teodoro, with view to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. The Circus Maximus is within walking distance, as well as the Capitol, Piazza Venezia and the Ghetto.
If you arrive by public transport, you can take bus 170 from Termini Station to the Bocca della Verità stop. From Ostiense train station take bus 715 or 716 direction Teatro Marcello to the Bocca della Verità stop. The Circo Massimo stop of metro line B is around 800m away.
Rome Times Hotel****
The Rome Times Hotel **** is a high quality city hotel with good value for money.
Despite the location in a busy area, the rooms are relatively quiet. The decor is modern and the hotel offers a gym. In the morning you find a carefully maintained breakfast buffet. If you would like to have breakfast at the hotel, you should include the breakfast buffet in your room reservation in order to avoid high extra costs.
Location: The hotel is located on the edge of the picturesque Quartier Monti in Via Milano on the corner with Via Nazionale. Bus 64 connects to Termini Station, and in the other direction, it goes to Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona and St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Quirinal are within walking distance. Through the tunnel under the Quirinal, it is not far to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Hotel Ponte Sisto****
With a little luck and timely booking, you can find interesting rates for this hotel.
The hotel extends in a complex of buildings to Vicolo del Polverone and features a courtyard garden and rooftop terraces with beautiful views over the city and the Gianicolo. Depending on the weather, you can enjoy a very good breakfast buffet indoors or in the garden. The hotel offers good service and very nice rooms.
Location: The hotel is located in Via dei Pettinari, between Ghetto and Campo De’ Fiori. It is only a few minutes to Trastevere via the pedestrian bridge Ponte Sisto.
It is located on the edge of the medieval city center and you can explore the entire city center on foot. Good bus connections can be found on Corso Vittorio Emanuele between Piazza Navona and Largo di Torre Argentina at a distance of 500 – 600 meters. The yellow hop on hop off bus from Roma Cristiana also stops there.
The hotel has its own garage, which must be reserved in advance.
3 star hotels
Domus Nova Bethlem***
A hotel with monastic tranquility in the heart of the city next to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
The hotel is characterized by monastic simplicity and tranquility, but offers all the necessary comfort and handicapped accessible rooms. The complex offers a beautiful courtyard. The Italian-style breakfast consists of pastries and fruit.
The Hotel Domus Nova Bethlem is 550m from Termini Station. From Termini this is one stop by bus. At the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a stop of all hop on hop off buses. Take the number 75 bus to Fori Imperiali, the Colosseum, Maximus Circus, the Pyramid, Porta Portese and then Trastevere Gianicolo up to Villa Pamphili. Buses that go down Via Merulana will take you to the Basilica of San Giovanni. The Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, the Quirinal and the Trevi Fountain are all within 1,500 meters of walking distance.
Kolping Hotel Casa Domitilla***
A high quality hotel for pilgrims and families right next to the catacombs of Domitilla, on the edge of the park of Appia Antica.
The hotel is very easy to reach by car. There are good bus connections to the center and the main train station. The hotel offers nice clean rooms and a good breakfast. The reception is open from 6:30 am to midnight.
The Kolping Hotel Casa Domitilla belongs to the Order of the Brothers of Charity of Maria Hilf and is run by them together with Kolping International, Kolping Switzerland and the Kolping Family Innsbruck.
Location: The hotel is located in a quiet location in the south of the city, on the edge of the park of the Appia Antica and next to the catacombs of Domitilla. The Piazza Navigatori bus stop on Via Cristoforo Colombo is around 750m away. The main connections from there are the line 714 to Termini station, the line 160 to Piazza Venezia and the park of Villa Borghese and the line 30 to Piazza Navona. The N716 night service operates the hotel every half hour from Termini Station via Piazza Venezia, getting off at the Odescalchi / Bompiani stop.
Relais Vatican View***
The Relais Vatican View is very close to St. Peter’s Basilica.
Despite the central location, the house is outside the restricted traffic area and can be reached directly by car.
The hotel impresses with its roof terrace and good facilities. It offers spacious suites and an elevator. The roof terrace can be reached via a designer staircase.
Location: The Relais Vatican View is located in Borgo Pio next to the Passetto, just a few steps from St. Peter’s Square.
Thanks to its central location near St. Peter’s Basilica, the hotel can be reached by numerous public transport.
Hostels are similar to hotels. They are aimed at backpackers and guests for all ages. They offer en suite rooms and dormitories, as well as communication-facilitating common areas.
The Yellow offers pleasant accommodation with rooms and dormitories, a good restaurant and DJ entertainment in the evening.
It can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from Termini Central Station, some Embassies are just around the corner. The nearest metro station is Castro Pretorio line B.
Ostello Des Artistes
Hostel Des Artistes offers accommodation in rooms and dormitories.
The equipment is hotel-like. The hotel is an 8-minute walk from Termini Station.
Generator Hostel Rom
Generator Hostel offers accommodation in rooms and dormitories.
It is located 11 minutes walk from Termini central station. Opposite the Generator is the international food market Esquilino. In the area are mainly Asian and Arab food shops and small restaurants. The nearest metro station is Vittorio Emanuele line A.
Hostel New Generation offers accommodation in rooms and dormitories.
It is located between Termini Central Station and the Colosseum, each 12 minutes walk distance.
Apartments and private accommodation
In statistics, about 1,500 providers with around 18,000 beds emerge. In addition there are not registered sharing offers, such as on Airbnb.
If you are evaluating such offers, you shall carefully check the location, because many places are offered to be in a well known district and in reality they are somewhere else.
For breakfast with coffee and croissants you will find usually a bar just around the corner. If you want to self-cater, you will read the information for your purchases.
There are 9 campsites in Rome with just under 9,000 beds. The campsites are all a bit out of the way and are not easily accessible by public transport.
Camping in town
Camping Village Rome on Via Aurelia is opposite the well-equipped Panorama supermarket.
There is a public transport bus service to the city. There is a train station at a distance of 1.5 km offering scheduled connections to the city.
Camping Village offers bungalows, chalets and a beautiful swimming pool.