Where to stay in Rome an area by area guide

written by Kiki Deere
updated 10/12/2021
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Where to stay in Rome? Use our area by area guide. Find tucked away hotels. Discover affordable B&Bs. 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 in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.

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

Termini works a budget. If you know where to look.

It's a relatively run down area. But the city centre's a walk away. It's good for the Metro. And Termini Station is Rome's main rail hub.

Best for cool on a budget

YellowSquare hostel offers dorms and private rooms.

  • Restaurant on-site.
  • Outdoor lounge.
  • Nightly DJ sets.
  • Free WIFI.

Best for historic charm

Hotel Artemide serves grand hotel looks on a budget.

  • Rooftop bar.
  • Comfortable rooms.
  • Historic building.
  • Friendly atmosphere.

Monti: the area for smart bohemian charm

Where is the best place to stay in Rome for boho chic? Monti.

The area's vibe is laidback. Shops, bars and restaurants are smart.

The Colosseum and Forum sit nearby. And Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore's in Monti itself.

Monti's where to stay in Rome for the Colosseum © Shutterstock

Best for a boutique stay

Nerva Boutique Hotel is Monti to the core.

  • Family run and friendly.
  • Cool, fresh aesthetic.
  • Art and designer furniture.
  • Outstanding staff and great breakfasts.

Best for style on a budget

The Bluehostel was a 17th century convent.

  • On the edge of Monti
  • Airy, charming rooms.
  • Parquet floors, wooden beams.
  • Short walk from major sites.

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Trastevere: the authentic west bank neighbourhood

Trastevere sits on the Tiber's west bank.

Cobbled alleys buzz with restaurants and bars. The streets are pretty. And it feels authentic.

Dining in style in Trastevere © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

Best for peace and quiet

Hotel Santa Maria is set in 16th century cloisters.

  • Minutes from lively Piazza Santa Maria.
  • Two orange-tree filled courtyards.
  • Haven of tranquillity.
  • Most rooms open on to garden.

Best for originality on a budget

B&B Suites Trastevere is small, but original.

  • Five rooms with trompe l'oeil murals.
  • Sound proofing
  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms.
  • Homemade breakfast pastries.

Spanish Steps: one of Rome's smartest district

Spanish Steps is all smart shops, hotels and restaurants.

Villa Borghese is nearby. And the city centre's an easy walk. So it's an ideal sightseeing base. And a good choice for families.

Villa Borghese © Shutterstock

Best for al fresco

Hotel Modigliani features pretty outdoor space.

  • Spacious, comfortable rooms.
  • Rooms with private terraces.
  • Courtyard restaurant.
  • Short walk to Spanish Steps.

Best for a style

Babuino 181 occupies two historic buildings.

  • Sleek and stylish hotel.
  • Well designed rooms.
  • Marble bathrooms. Coffee machines.
  • Top floor terrace bar.

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

Campo de’ Fiori was medieval Rome's heart. Now it's known for a lively market. You'll find quaint shops up side streets. And look for artisan workshops.

The nearby Jewish Ghetto's more atmospheric. The vibe's intimate neighbourhood.

It's also a great area for food. Try carciofi alla giudìa. They're deep-fried artichokes. And a Ghetto specialty in spring.

Find Rome hotels near Campo de' Fiori Market © Oliver Rees/Shutterstock

Best for modern history

Jb Relais Luxury sits in the Jewish Ghetto.

  • Minutes walk from Campo de' Fiori.
  • Historic building.
  • Contemporary rooms with period details.
  • Chromotherapy showers, coffee machines.

Best for modern romance

Hotel Monte Cenci is a short walk from Campo de' Fiori.

  • Good base for exploring.
  • Smart contemporary rooms.
  • Pretty rooftop bar.
  • Walking distance from the Ghetto.

Testaccio: the district for food lovers

Testaccio sits southwest of the centre. Visit for edgy restaurants and new food trends.

It's an earthy neighbourhood. MACRO is here. And it's a good place for late night drinks.

Layers of broken pottery at Monte dei Cocci © Alvaro German Vilela/Shutterstock

Best for a budget

Althea Inn Roof Terrace. Good for urban exploring.

  • Cosy penthouse B&B.
  • Comfortable, good value rooms.
  • Room service breakfast.
  • Friendly, helpful staff.

Best for comfort

Seven Suites is set in an historic palazzo.

  • Restored former palazzo.
  • Hotel on 4th floor.
  • Sleep, contemporary rooms.
  • Breakfast café on ground floor.

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written by Kiki Deere
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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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