Where to stay in Rome an area by area guide

written by Kiki Deere
updated 12/2/2021
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Where to stay in Rome ? Use our area by area guide to find tucked away hotels. Discover affordable B&Bs and pick perfect hostels. Accommodation in Rome can be expensive. So here’s where to stay in the city. And how to stay on budget. 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, so it's a very well connected district.

Best for cool on a budget

YellowSquare hostel offers dorms and private rooms. There's a restaurant on-site as well as an outdoor lounge. Plus, you can look forward to nightly DJ sets and the WIFI is free.

Best for historic charm

Historic Hotel Artemide serves grand hotel looks on a budget. The rooms are comfortable, there's a rooftop bar and the atmosphere's friendly.

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, but the general vibe is laidback and charming. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is here, and both the Colosseum and the Forum are near neighbours.

Best for a boutique stay

Cool and fresh Nerva Boutique Hotel is pure Monti down to the designer furniture and art on the walls. It's family run, very friendly, serves great breakfasts and the staff are outstanding.

Best for style on a budget

The Bluehostel sits on the edge of Monti. It's known for airy rooms, and period details like wooden beams and parquet floors hint at its origin as a 17th century convent.

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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. It's well liked for pretty streets, cobbled alleyways and squares which are as historic as they are lively.

Best for peace and quiet

Hotel Santa Maria is set in 16th century cloisters close to lively Piazza Santa Maria. This haven of tranquillity has orange-tree filled courtyards and most of the rooms open on to a garden.

Best for originality on a budget

B&B Suites Trastevere is small, but original. Each of its five, sound-proofed, rooms is decorated with trompe l'oeil murals and has a spacious en-suite bathroom. Plus, you can look forward to homemade pastries for breakfast.

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 is all about smart shops, hotels and restaurants. Magnificent Villa Borghese, one of Rome's largest parks, is a breath of fresh air nearby. And the city centre's an easy walk away too, so this is an ideal sightseeing district and a good choice for families.

Best for al fresco

Hotel Modigliani is within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and has a pretty courtyard restaurant. The rooms here are spacious and if you book one with a private terrace you can city watch for hours.

Best for a style

Sleek and stylish Babuino 181 occupies two historic buildings and has the added advantage of a top floor terrace bar. Its well-designed bedrooms all come with opulent marble bathrooms and very good coffee machines.

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. Today the district's best known for its lively street market, artisan workshops and quaint shops tucked into charming side streets.

Nearby, the atmospheric Jewish Ghetto has a more intimate neighbourhood vibe. It's a great area for food. Don't miss carciofi alla giudìa, deep-fried artichokes, they're a Ghetto specialty in spring.

Best for modern history

Jb Relais Luxury sits in the Jewish Ghetto, minutes from Campo de' Fiori. The building's historic, so bedrooms mix fine period details with contemporary luxuries like chromotherapy showers and coffee machines.

Best for modern romance

Hotel Monte Cenci is close to Campo de' Fiori and the Jewish Ghetto. A good base for exploring, its bedrooms are smart and guests enjoy great views from the rooftop bar.

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

Testaccio: the district for food lovers

Testaccio sits southwest of Rome centre and it's known for edgy restaurants and new food trends. An earthy neighbourhood with an arty side, it's also where MACRO contemporary art museum makes its home. But if you want late-night drinks, Testaccio does those too.

Best for a budget

Choose Althea Inn Roof Terrace as a base for urban exploring. This cosy penthouse B&B offers comfortable and good value rooms. Breakfast is room service and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Best for comfort

Seven Suites is part of a restored former palazzo. The hotel's range of contemporary rooms are laid out on the 4th floor, and breakfast is served breakfast at its stylish ground floor café.

The Fontana delle Anfore (Fountain of the Amphorae), located in Testaccio, a quarter of Rome © rarrarorro/Shutterstock

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written by Kiki Deere
updated 12/2/2021
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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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