Where to stay in Rome, Italy – a full guide to the best area, location and places to stay in Rome.
Choosing where to stay in Rome can be overwhelming, especially when it’s your first time to the city. What is the best location to stay in Rome? Should you choose a place near to Colosseum or Spanish Steps or Termini station?
In this article, I cover the most preferable places to stay, plus the most booked Rome hotels in these areas.
Where is Rome located in Italy
Rome is located in the central part of the Italian peninsula. Initially built on seven hills, the city has spread during its 3000 years of existence.
River Tiber divides the city into two halves. On the east side, you’ll find most of the tourist attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. The west part is dominated by the Vatican City and Trastevere, the most picturesque neighbourhood.
Rome was the heart of the ancient Roman Empire and today it’s the capital city of Italy. Also, the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. It has always been a centre of power, religion and culture. No wonder why it’s called the Eternal City.
I spent 4 days in Rome in the late autumn. For me, 4 days is the perfect amount of time to explore the city at a peaceful pace.
My flight back home was a really early one. So I had to take the shuttle bus to Fiumicino Airport before the working hours of the public transport. There are two stops of the shuttle bus – Termini Station and Piazza Cavour. Therefore I had two options – to stay near the Termini Station or Vatican City.
Finally, I decided that Vatican City was the better option. In this way, I was able to get up early and avoid the crowds for St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, I managed to take some beautiful late night photos of the church.
It’s a lovely 4-star hotel, located only 300m away from St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, there are a lot of restaurants nearby and a metro station in a few minutes walk.
The best area to stay in Rome for a first-time visitor
What is the best area to stay in Rome? If you look for the most central place, choose the area around Piazza Navona and Pantheon. It’s the perfect location for first-time visitors because you’ll be within a few minutes walk to most of the major attractions.
This area, overload of beauty, is the heart of the Historic Centre. Tiny cobblestone streets lead to quaint piazzas and picturesque fountains. Ancient ruins, Baroque churches, Renaissance palaces, you’ll find it all here. Just walk out of your door and you’ll find yourself surrounded by centuries-old history.
It’s a wonderful place to wander both day and night. Moreover what could be more magical than looking out of your hotel window to the incredible sights of the Eternal City.
Choose the area near the Piazza Navona and Pantheon
If you want to experience the real Rome and to walk everywhere.
- a great number of good restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops
- it’s great to be able to walk everywhere. You’ll be at a walking distance from the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trastevere and Castel Sant’Angelo
- Campo De’ Fiori, a lovely area for aperitivo, is just around the corner
The best hotels near Piazza Navona and Pantheon
The best family hotels near Piazza Navona
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Hotel Martis Palace is one of the best-rated hotels near Piazza Navona. The location is fantastic – only 50 away from the piazza. Most of the attractions are easily walkable from here. The hotel boasts a rooftop bar with 360° panoramic views of the historical city centre. The rooftop bar is a perfect place to enjoy sunset views and a drink before dinner.
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Lunetta is a 4-star spa hotel only 200m away from Piazza Navona. The air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms feature an elegant design. The spa area boasts an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. Plus, the rooftop bar is great for some coffee or cocktails.
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If you look for a luxury stay just right next to Piazza Navona, then Hotel Raphael is your place. The location is ideal both for sightseeing and going out at night. Good-sized rooms with excellent amenities, comfy beds and huge bathrooms with Bvlgari toiletries.
An amazing rooftop restaurant and a delicious organic breakfast. It’s all you need for the perfect Roman holiday.
The best couple hotels near Piazza Navona
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The hotel has an unbeatable location – right next to Piazza Navona. Housed in a historical 17th-century palace, the hotel features unique rooms. A rooftop bar gives you the chance to enjoy a fabulous 360 degrees view over the city.
The rooms are spacious with every modern facility available. It’s the perfect place for your Roman vacation.
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It’s a stylish 4-star hotel less than 100m away from Piazza Navona. A great, convenient location to explore the highlights of the city. Modern and tastefully decorated rooms. In addition, the hotel provides a smartphone so you can easily navigate your way around the city. Don’t miss the happy hour at the rooftop bar.
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The 5-star hotel is located just a few steps away from the Pantheon. It’s the best place to stay in Rome if you’re looking for a luxury vacation.
The air-conditioned rooms come with a Nespresso coffee machine and Acqua di Parma toiletries. Also, a free smartphone with internet access and unlimited calls is provided. The continental breakfast features seasonal and local products.
Apartments near Pantheon
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Sant’Ivo Apartments are perfectly located, 200 away from the Pantheon. Quiet, bright and airy apartments, close to grocery stores and restaurants. Beside the apartment’s private balcony, there is a wonderful shared rooftop terrace.
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Eve Luxury Apartments are only 50m away from the Pantheon. Well equipped, modern and tastefully decorated, it’s a great base to explore the city. It’s close to a grocery store, a 24-hour taxi stand and countless restaurants.
Where to stay in Rome for one night
If you’re in the city for a night, choose accommodation near Termini Railway station. The area is very convenient for transport links and travelling to the rest of Italy. Getting to both airports is also easy – just take the Leonardo Express train or any of the numerous shuttle buses.
Both metro lines intersect here at Termini station. The blue one takes you to the Colosseum, while the red one to Spanish Steps and Vatican City. Plus, a lot of the tourist attractions are within walking distance. The Historic Centre is about 1km away.
Choose the area near Termini
If look for a convenient area and want to be close to all public transport.
- numerous shuttle buses to Ciampino and Fiumicino Airports (plus an express train to Fiumicino)
- the two metro lines give easy access to the city
- Termini station is a starting point of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours
Hotels near Termini station
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iQ Hotel Roma is in a safe area, only 300m away from the Termini Station. Comfy, well-equipped rooms with memory foam beds and blackout curtains. The breakfast is excellent and has plenty of vegan options available. It’s a great place to stay in Rome for families and couples.
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Artemide is set in a 19th-century building, 500m away from the Termini Station. It has a great location, near restaurants, bars and shops. In addition, you can enjoy an excellent rooftop restaurant and a spa centre with a sauna and a Turkish bath.
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Palazzo Naiadi is one of the closest 5-star hotels to Termini Station. Plus, it’s just a few steps from the Repubblica metro station. The hotel features a wellness spa area and a rooftop bar with amazing views of the city.
The best area to stay in Rome for shopping
If shopping is your main interest, then the area around the Spanish Steps is the ideal choice for you. It’s a fancy and cosmopolitan place, home to many high-end boutiques, chic restaurants and gorgeous Neoclassical buildings. Plus, most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance.
Choose the area near the Spanish Steps
Stay here if you’re planning some serious shopping
- the subway provides quick access to other parts of the city
- Via Condotti hosts some of the best haute-couture boutiques
- Villa Borghese gardens are just around the corner
Mid-range hotels near Spanish Steps
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The location is one of the best in Rome, only 400m away both from Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Rooms are spacious and modern with an artistic touch. Plus, they are equipped with a big screen TV and a free mobile phone with an internet connection.
And if you need more reasons to choose this hotel, there is a huge shopping mall just across the street.
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This 4-star boutique hotel is just a few steps from Trevi Fountain and 500m away from Spanish Steps. It’s a fantastic central location for shopping and sightseeing. Rooms come with a super cheap mini bar and a free mobile phone with an internet connection.
Luxury hotels near Spanish Steps
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If you look for a 5-star treatment with an ideal location, then Hassler is all you need. The hotel is located on top of the Spanish Steps and a few minutes from the main shopping street. In addition, Hassler boasts a wellness spa and a rooftop restaurant with stunning views.
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Portrait Roma is a new 5-star hotel only 300m away from Spanish Steps. It offers luxury studios equipped with kitchenette, an iPod docking station and a free iPad to use. The marble bathrooms include soft bathrobes and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.
Where to stay in Rome for nightlife
The best places to stay in Rome for nightlife are Trastevere and Campo de’ Fiori.
Trastevere is situated across the Tiber within a short walk from the Historic Centre. It’s a picturesque district with winding cobbled streets and vibrant piazzas. Filled with hundreds of little trattorias, restaurants and bars, it boasts some of the best nightlife in Rome. It’s the ideal spot for a nighttime aperitivo.
The only drawback is that there is no metro nearby. The closest metro station is Circo Massimo, about 1.5km away. Yet, if nightlife is what you’re looking for, there is no better place to be.
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This 4-star boutique hotel is perfectly situated for exploring Trastevere. A lot of local trattorias, bars and shops within reach. You’d feel like stepping back in time as the hotel is housed a 16th-century historic building.
Campo de’ Fiori
However, if you look for a more central area with a vibrant nightlife, then Campo de’ Fiori is the place for you. It’s a popular aperitivo area right in the heart of the city. The best part is that it’s on a walking distance from the major attractions. However, it misses the charm of Trastevere.
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Hotel Smeraldo is the most booked hotel in Campo de’ Fiori area. It’s perfect for travellers interested in nightlife and sightseeing. The hotel features modern comfy rooms and a rooftop terrace.
More places to stay in Rome
Still wondering where to stay in Rome? If you look for a location close to the major attractions with convenient public transport, then look no further. The perfect choice for you is Colosseum or Vatican City.
Near the Colosseum
The area around the Colosseum is the oldest one in the Eternal City. It’s a charming place, filled with ancient ruins and centuries-old history. Plus, you’ll find also a lot of traditional trattorias, wine bars and great aperitivo spots.
Moreover, the area is very convenient, as there is a metro station right opposite the Colosseum. It’s easy to get to Termini Station, Spanish Steps and Vatican City. As for the Historic Centre, it’s only a 15min walk from here.
Mid-range hotels near Colosseum
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Hotel Capo d’Africa is one of the closest 4-star hotels to the Colosseum. Although located in a very touristy area, the hotel is down a quiet side street. Breakfast is served on a rooftop terrace overlooking to the Colosseum. It’s a great way to start your day.
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Although situated 600m away from the Colosseum, the location is more than convenient. The metro station Cavour is right next to the hotel. Modern and stylish rooms with a contemporary touch.
Luxury hotels near Colosseum
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Roma Luxus Hotel is only 300m away from the Roman Forum and 600m from the Colosseum. Housed in a historical 18th-century palace, it’s a very chic place. The breakfast is good and features plenty of choices and a great coffee.
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For a view to Colosseum right from your hotel window, stay in Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. It’s a 5-star luxury hotel less than 100m away from the Colosseum.
Near the Vatican City
If you look for a quieter area close to public transport and attractions, then the Prati neighbourhood is the best choice.
The location is great, especially if you plan to visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and attend the Papal Audience. It’s a huge plus, as you can get there early and avoid the crowds. You’ll also be close to Castel Sant’Angelo, which is a lovely sight at night.
The area is well connected to the rest of Rome, as the red metro line A has two stops near the Vatican.
Mid-range hotels near the Vatican
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Della Conciliazione is located on a cobblestone street with many restaurants, cafes and shops. It’s right in the middle between Vatican Museums and Castel Sant’Angelo. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with an excellent air-conditioning.
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Vespasiano is a boutique 4-star hotel housed in a typical Roman building. It’s one of the closest hotels to the Vatican City. Also, the hotel is just a short walk from the metro station Ottaviano. A perfect base to explore Vatican and rest of the city.
Luxury hotels near the Vatican
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Gran Melia is one of the best places to stay in Rome, near the Vatican. The location is more than ideal – 300m away from the St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, Trastevere and the Historic Centre are within a walking distance. This 5-star hotel features a beautiful garden and a wellness spa centre with swimming pool and a Turkish bath.
Apartments near the Vatican
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The aparthotel offers comfy and modern apartments with a fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast is served on the top floor with some amazing views of St. Peter’s Basilica. In addition, a big grocery store is available just around the corner. A great place for a family stay.
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Le Cupoline is just a few steps away from the Vatican City and metro station Ottaviano. The apartments are air-conditioned with a fully equipped kitchenette with all necessary amenities.
Take a food tour of Testaccio, the neighbourhood where the original Roman cuisine was born.
Get a fast-track entry to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and tour the places on your own pace.
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How to get from the Rome airports to the city centre
There are two main airports – Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Ciampino Airport (CIA). If you have a very early or late flight, City Center Luggage Storage is a great option to leave your luggage.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport is located south-west of the city. It is the main international airport. There are several ways to get to the city centre:
- book a private transfer directly to your hotel for a worry-free arrival
- book a shared transfer directly to your hotel
- take a shuttle bus (there are 2 stops – Termini Station and Piazza Cavour for the Vatican City)
- take the Leonardo Express train to Termini Train Station (trains every 15 minutes)
Ciampino Airport is located next to Ciampino city, south-east of Rome. It is the city’s low-cost airline airport. The most convenient ways to get to the city from there are:
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