Where to stay in Rome an area by area guide

written by Kiki Deere
updated 9/1/2022
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Where to stay in Rome ? Florence might top our list of most beautiful places in Italy , but Rome is without compare. However, accommodation in the city can be expensive, so use our area by area guide to find tucked away hotels, affordable B&Bs and great value hostels. The information below is based on The Rough Guide to Italy , your travel guide for Italy .

Termini & Esquilino: where to stay in Rome on a budget

Termini really can work a budget, if you know where to look. It may be one of Rome's relatively run down districts, but the city centre's is only a walk away and Termini Station is Rome's main rail hub.

Thanks to the railways station the Termini district is well connected to the rest of the city, and to the rest of Italy. Should you want something more secret, then discover Rome off the beaten track or, if you need some sea air, a few of the 20 best beaches in Italy are just a train journey from Rome.

Where to stay in Termini & Esquilino

  • For budget stays: YellowSquare hostel offers dorms and private rooms, it also has a restaurant as well as an outdoor lounge, and you can look forward to nightly DJ sets and free WIFI.
  • For charming stays: The Beehive is cheery, friendly, eco and economical. It offers doubles and dorms and features a cosy lounge as well as a peaceful garden, all close to Termini.
  • For convenient stays: Alpi is one of the more peaceful yet convenient hotels close to Termini, with small and pleasant en-suite rooms and a flower-filled terrace.

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Rome, Italy - aerial view of famous Termini station © Tupungato/Shutterstock

Monti: the area for smart bohemian charm

Monti is the district to choose for boho chic. Local shops, bars and restaurants exude cool here, but the general vibe is laidback and charming. You'll find Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Monti, and both the Colosseum and the Forum are near neighbours.

Where to stay in Monti

  • For boutique stays: cool and fresh Nerva Boutique Hotel is pure Monti down to the designer furniture and art on the walls. It's family run, friendly and serves great breakfasts.
  • For budget stays: The Bluehostel sits on the edge of Monti. Known for airy rooms, period details like wooden beams and parquet floors hint at its origin as a 17th century convent.
  • For luxury stays: Hotel Artemide combines an old-world feel with excellent service. The rooftop bar-restaurant is lovely and there's a swish spa too.

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Rione Monti - cityscape of Monti district in Rome © Tupungato/Shutterstock

Trastevere: the authentic west bank neighbourhood

Trastevere sits on the Tiber's west bank and is one of Rome's most authentic areas, yet still buzzes with restaurants and bars, in fact it's one of the districts where you'll find the best pizza in Rome .

Trastevere is well liked for pretty streets, cobbled alleyways and squares which are as historic as they are lively. If you want to explore more authentic Italian history take a look at the 24 best things to do in Italy .

Where to stay in Trastevere

  • For peaceful stays: Hotel Santa Maria is set in 16th century cloisters close to lively Piazza Santa Maria, it features orange-tree filled courtyards and most rooms open on to a garden.
  • For budget stays: B&B Suites Trastevere is small, but original. All rooms are sound-proofed, feature trompe l'oeil murals and you can also look forward to homemade pastries for breakfast.
  • For boutique stays: Hotel Farnese is an aristocratic residence turned into a comfortable hotel. Rooms feature balconies, handmade furniture and great views of the Vatican.

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Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

Spanish Steps: one of Rome's smartest district

Spanish Steps might be known for smart shops, hotels and restaurants, but it's also home to magnificent Villa Borghese, one of Rome's largest parks. Right in Centro Storico, this is also an ideal district from which to explore the most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you .

Where to stay in Spanish Steps

  • For boutique stays: Hotel Modigliani is close to Spanish Steps and has a pretty courtyard restaurant. The rooms are spacious and some come with private terraces.
  • For stylish stays: Babuino 181 occupies two historic buildings and features a top floor terrace bar. All rooms offer opulent marble bathrooms and very good coffee machines.
  • For luxury stays: Portrait Roma townhouse is owned by Salvatore Ferragamo fashion house and a bastion of luxury. There's a lovely rooftop bar and the service is unstuffy and friendly.

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View of the houses on the Spanish Steps © Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock

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Campo de’ Fiori & the Ghetto: the heart of medieval Rome

Campo de’ Fiori was medieval Rome's heart but today the district is best known for its lively street market, artisan workshops and quaint shops tucked into charming side streets. For more ancient history, take a look at which are the best Roman ruins: what to see and what to miss in Rome .

Nearby, the atmospheric Jewish Ghetto has a more intimate neighbourhood vibe and it's a great area for food. Don't miss carciofi alla giudìa, deep-fried artichokes, they're a Ghetto specialty in spring. For more inspiration, you might like 20 things to do in Rome year round .

Where to stay in Campo de' Fiori

  • For luxury stays: Jb Relais Luxury is minutes from Campo de' Fiori and features bedrooms with a mix of period details and contemporary luxuries like chromotherapy showers.
  • For romantic stays: Hotel Monte Cenci is close to Campo de' Fiori and the Jewish Ghetto, its bedrooms are smart and guests enjoy great views from the rooftop bar.
  • For boutique stays: Argentina Residenza is a six-room hotel in a former noble carriage-house. An elegant affair it features antique ceilings combined with modern amenities.

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View of Jewish Ghetto quarter and Rome ruins © Boris-B/Shutterstock

Testaccio: the district for food lovers

Testaccio sits southwest of Rome centre and is the district known for edgy restaurants and pioneering new food trends. It is an earthy neighbourhood but it also a wealth of ancient history and a distinctly arty side.

MACRO contemporary art museum makes its home in Testaccio and if you want late-night drinks this is the place for those too. For more family-friendly treats, here's where to discover the best gelato in Rome .

Where to stay in Testaccio

  • For cosy stays: Althea Inn Roof Terrace is a cosy penthouse B&B offering comfortable and good value rooms, breakfast is room service and the staff are friendly and helpful.
  • For comfortable stays: Seven Suites is part of a restored former palazzo with contemporary rooms laid out on the 4th floor and breakfast served at its stylish ground floor café.
  • For budget stays: great value Hotel Major Aventinus just across the Tiber from Trastevere and offers rooms with views of the garden or street.

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Fontana delle Anfore in Testaccio, Rome © rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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written by Kiki Deere
updated 9/1/2022
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Raised bilingually in London and Turin, Kiki Deere is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has seen her work published in a number of magazines and UK broadsheets, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Lonely Planet online. She has completed numerous guidebook writing assignments for Rough Guides that have taken her to far-flung corners of the globe, from the Brazilian Amazon to the remotest province of the Philippines. Follow her @kikideere on Instagram and Twitter.

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