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Founded in 753 B.C., Rome is built upon the legends of emperors and gladiators and adorned by the finest sculptors, painters, and architects the world has ever known. Today, its rich heritage is visible through landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum - icons of the ancient world that have survived for almost 2,000 years. From its designer boutiques to its legendary culinary scene, Rome’s modern culture is just as fascinating. This diversity is reflected in its accommodation options. From backpacker hostels to five-star luxury boutiques, here’s our pick of the Eternal City’s best hotels.
Best Overall: Hotel Artemide
Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building on the bustling Via Nazionale, Hotel Artemide is a few minutes’ walk from Palazzo Barberini and the National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. It is made special by its home-away-from-home service, as well as by the comfort of its contemporary rooms and suites. Even the most basic guestrooms include a free minibar, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Choose a Junior Suite for balcony views of Via Nazionale, plus a separate lounge and a Nespresso coffee machine.
An international breakfast buffet is served each morning. In the evening, head to the Terrace Bar for sundowners overlooking the city before sitting down to hand-crafted Italian pasta at rooftop Ambrosia Restaurant. The hotel also offers a wide range of luxury treatments at Artemís Spa, including couple’s massages. The friendly concierge is on-hand to make your stay as memorable as possible by booking restaurant reservations, arranging private airport transfers or organizing Vespa rentals.
Best Budget: Hotel de Monti
The Hotel de Monti is a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum and even closer to Domus Aurea (the ruins of the monumental palace built by Emperor Nero in 68 A.D.). Its enviable central location, friendly staff and affordable rates combine to make this the best budget option in the city. The hotel is lent an air of authenticity by its 16th-century stucco and stone façade. Although the guestrooms are small, they are clean, comfortable and air-conditioned.
Enjoy added amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom complete with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. An à la carte breakfast is offered free of charge and delivered each morning to your guestroom. The hotel lacks common areas and there is no restaurant on-site, but there are plenty of budget-friendly drinking and dining options nearby. Popular gelato shop Gelateria S.M. Maggiore is a few steps down the street.
Best Boutique: Portrait Roma
At the heart of the Centro Storico, Portrait Roma is located above Salvatore Ferragamo near the city’s iconic Spanish Steps. It establishes an aura of intimacy with just 14 exquisite suites, each of which channels 50s glamor with Magnum prints and Ferragamo shoe sketches. Expect state-of-the-art amenities, ranging from Bose sound systems and marble bathrooms to personalized bars stocked with your favorite beverages.
The hotel provides a Guest Assistant tasked with catering to your in-house whims, as well as a Lifestyle Assistant whose role is to help you explore the city. You can book a range of unique experiences, including personal shopping trips and Ferrari excursions. Breakfast is served in-room or on the rooftop terrace, while a kitchenette in each suite allows you to cook for yourself. There is no restaurant on-site, but local options range from cozy trattorias to Michelin-starred celebrity hangouts.
Best for Families: Albergo del Senato
Albergo del Senato offers an iconic location opposite the Pantheon, making this hotel the perfect choice for families hoping to immerse themselves in Rome’s living history. The building is full of 19th-century charm, while guestrooms are both modern and affordable. Each one includes a private bathroom, a refrigerator and a minibar. Keeping the kids entertained is easy with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
Choose a triple room with a pull-out sofa bed or a duplex mini apartment with two separate bedrooms. If you’re traveling with a baby, you can order a cot for a small extra charge. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, then escape to the rooftop terrace for a quiet drink after the little ones have gone to sleep. The concierge can advise on the area’s family-friendly restaurants and activities.
Best for Romance: Villa Spalletti Trivelli
With just 14 rooms and suites, beautiful Villa Spalletti Trivelli embodies the intimate romance of the Eternal City. From here, you can walk to iconic Roman sights such as the Trajan Forum and the Trevi Fountain in just 10 minutes. Inside, this classical villa is decorated with the magnificent tapestries, paintings and antiques collected by its erstwhile aristocratic owners.
Romantic Double Rooms offer mesmerizing views of the Quirinal Palace gardens. Unwind together with a soak in the marble bathtub or revel in the comfort of the bed’s embroidered linens. Other amenities include a heritage-listed library, a wellness center and blissful private gardens. The villa’s highlight is the rooftop, however. Here, you can toast an anniversary with prosecco from the complimentary bar or admire stunning skyline views from the illuminated Jacuzzis.
Best Luxury: J.K. Place Roma
Five-star J.K. Place Roma enjoys a tranquil location near the banks of the River Tiber and the Mausoleum of Augustus. Leather, marble and polished wood combine to create an atmosphere of timeless sophistication, reminiscent of an exclusive gentleman’s club. Decorated in dove gray or deep green, all rooms include a private furnished balcony, satellite TV and a complimentary minibar.
For the last word in luxury, choose a JKMaster Room with a spacious separate living room. An Italian marble bathroom, a fireplace and a rosewood canopy bed add to the feeling of opulence. Room rates include Wi-Fi and a sumptuous breakfast buffet, while JKCafe serves market-fresh Italian and international cuisine throughout the day. Bring your day to the perfect close with a signature cocktail at the bar.
Best for Nightlife: The First Luxury Art Hotel
The First Luxury Art Hotel is conveniently located near the bars of Piazza del Popolo. It’s also a 10-minute walk from The Highlander Pub, the starting point of the famous Spanish Steps Pub Crawl. With its 19th-century façade and incredible collection of contemporary art, the hotel itself offers a more refined nightlife experience. Start with cocktails and historic views at the Rooftop Garden or enjoy fine wines and music at the Lounge Bar. In between parties, fill up on Mediterranean cuisine at the Signature Restaurant or relax in your spacious suite. All rooms include a separate seating area, a fully stocked minibar, an LED TV and an iPod docking station. Free Wi-Fi and a fitness area complete the hotel’s list of amenities.
Best for Business: iQ Hotel Roma
Four-star iQ Hotel Roma is a 15-minute walk from Termini Station and a half hour drive from EUR, the business district to the south of the city center. It’s also surrounded by historic landmarks, making it ideal for post-meeting sightseeing. There’s a fully equipped business center on-site and all rooms include free high-speed Internet and satellite TV. After a busy day, unwind in the gym or with a drink in the lobby bar. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served on the terrace, while vending machines provide coffee and sandwiches for round-the-clock sustenance. Other useful amenities include a laundry and nearby garage parking.
Best View: Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux
Having the Coliseum outside your Roman hotel room is a bit like having the Eiffel Tower in view from your Parisian quarters — and it’s even more magical here, given just how ancient the old gladiator grounds are. The best place to take it all in? Head up to the rooftop restaurant, where the food and cocktails are excellent and the landmark seems to be almost within arm’s reach from your table — or, book a room with a Coliseum view for a truly postcard-perfect backdrop.
Even putting views aside, a stay at this hotel is sure to be memorable, with super-friendly staff and a location that couldn’t be more central — there’s sure to be other sights you’ll want to check out in what’s rightly referred to as an “outdoor museum of a city,” and plenty are within walking distance. Well-designed modern rooms are stocked with plenty of amenities (the soaking tubs are particularly nice, especially with the included Acqua di Parma toiletries) and are an oasis to come back to after a day of strolling and taking in Rome’s magnificent landmarks.
Best B&B: QuodLibet
This bed and breakfast ticks all the right boxes: excellent location; clean, comfortable rooms; friendly owners (Gianluca and Connie) —and, to top it all off, it’s just above a 24-hour bakery. QuodLibet, which in Latin translates to “whatever you wish,” is about a 10-minute walk to the Vatican but is also quite central within Rome itself — a metro stop is just one block away from the property.
There are just four rooms here, meaning that a stay here feels more like visiting a friend's apartment — a vibe that Gianluca and Connie go out of their way to facilitate with a warm greeting and great recommendations for planning days in Rome, including suggestions on personalized maps for excellent restaurants and gelaterias. Rooms are modern and have plenty of space — as well as air conditioning, which is necessary if you're visiting in summer. Upstairs, there’s also a gorgeous rooftop terrace where guests can have breakfast or some wine in the evenings.
Best Hostel: Alessandro Downtown Hostel
Located steps from the nearest metro and Termini Station, Alessandro Downtown Hostel is the ideal choice for backpackers arriving by public transport. Save money on an air-conditioned dorm room with lockers, fresh linens and access to a shared bathroom. There’s a self-catering kitchen on-site and breakfast is available for a small charge. Useful amenities include free Wi-Fi, a laundry, a computer room and a lounge area with a TV. Weekly events ranging from unlimited pizza nights to free happy hours cement the hostel’s fun-loving reputation, while a 24-hour reception means you don’t have to worry about curfew.