Hotels in Rome, Hostels in Rome, Camping in Rome. Whether luxury hotel or campsite, here you will find the right solution. Here you will find my expert tips for your hotel reservation in Rome.
In order to save you a 60-minute walk to St. Peter’s from the hotel with the lofty name, I have put together a few thoughts on where to stay in Rome.
Whether 5* hotel, guest house or private room, the location of your accommodation is crucial for your time planning and planning your activities. The traffic situation in Rome is complicated. If your accommodation is on the periphery, you may need a long time to get to the center.
From the periphery to the center you need public transport for up to an hour and at night there may not be any connections. That can be pretty uncomfortable.
The Campus Martius extends from the Capitol to the Tiber, Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and the Quirinals Hill, encompassing the city center of today.
If you are thinking about choosing accommodation in another part of the city, make sure that the hotel is near metro lines A or B or near a line FL1 train station to Fiumicino Airport. This line crosses the Metro B at the stations Ostiense and Tiburtina.
Buses run quite irregularly in Rome and there is no working timetable. Hotels that can only be reached by bus are therefore less ideal. If the hotel is on a tram line, this is usually acceptable.
If you are traveling by car, you should choose accommodation with parking. You must not drive into the restricted traffic zones during the day. The low-traffic zones include the city center, Trastevere and Testaccio. By car, you are better looking for accommodations in the outskirts of the city, preferably near one of the major access roads and near a train or metro station. Accommodation in the south and west of Rome is particularly suitable, while the traffic situation in the north, east and south-east is rather problematic.
I would therefore recommend in the west of Rome areas like Ostia, Casalpalocco, Fiumicino or the area along the highway from Fiumcino to Rome and along the Via Cristoforo Colombo. Within the ring road (Grande Raccordo Anulare) you should choose a hotel in the area between Via Aurelia, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Via Appia and Via Tuscolana.
Dramatic is the traffic situation, especially at peak times, on the other roads that lead to Rome, such as Casilina, Prenestina, Tiburtina, Nomentana, Salaria, Flaminia and Cassia, as well as on the highway that leads from Rome to Aquila.
There are around 1,000 hotels in Rome with around 100,000 beds. The majority of businesses are in the middle class, 3% belong to the luxury class and 13% are simple accomodations.
Hotel selection criteria
When visiting Rome, you will not be often in your hotel room. The size and comfort of the room are probably not that important to you. Pleasant are a good position of the hotel, a 24h reception, the cleanliness and a good breakfast.
Italian hotel breakfast
Italians are used to going to a bar for breakfast and having coffee and pastries there. Many simple * star and ** star hotels offer only Italian breakfast with coffee, pastries, packaged rusks and portion jams.
As the number of stars increases, so does the quality of breakfast, as many hotels have adapted to the wishes of their international guests. If you are looking for a good breakfast, you should search the hotels reviews according to this criterion.
Italian breakfast coffee
In many hotels you will find the coffee still in the thermos. It is called American coffee, a deep black brew. This coffee does not turn brown by the addition of milk, but dark gray.
In addition, in many hotels are coffee machines, with which you can prepare yourself cappuccino and other hot drinks or you can order a coffee on request as you like.
Here I have put together a few hotels of various categories, which I find particularly interesting.
Hotel Raphael ***** is an organic hotel just behind Piazza Navona. From here you can easily walk to the Vatican and the city center.
For the drive from the airport to the hotel it is advisable to take a taxi or a rental car with driver. By public transport from Fiumicino take the train FL1 to Ostiense and from there take bus 30 to Piazza Navona.
The rooms are rather small, but they offer the necessary comfort. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Highlight is the very good breakfast, which is served on the 5th floor, with a beautiful view over the city and the Villa Borghese.
In my opinion, the Hotel Eliseo is a secret! Depending on the booking situation you can sometimes find very cheap offers under 100 Euro per night including breakfast.
Location: The hotel is located on the downhill street Via di Porta Pinciana N. 30. Further downhill from Hotel Eliseo on Via di Porta Pinciana, you will reach the city center and the Spanish Steps. From the hotel 200m uphill you are at the Porta Pinciana, where the Via Veneto begins. A pedestrian tunnel will take you directly to the Spanish Steps, the Spagna metro station and the parking garage of Villa Borghese, which is on the other side of the gate.
From Termini station, take bus line 85 to the Veneto-Sardegna stop and walk 280m. An alternative is the metro line A to Spagna and from there by the pedestrian tunnel to Via Veneto. If you are traveling with luggage, this is rather difficult.
The hotel’s rather small rooms are well appointed and have a view of the Pantheon. The hotel offers good service and a very good breakfast. On the back, in Via degli Orfani, there is the associated Residence al Pantheon.
Location: The Hotel Sole al Pantheon is located right on the square in front of the Pantheon in the pedestrian area, making it an ideal base for your city trip.
Close to the Circus Maximus, close to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, this modern hotel is set in a 16th-century building. The hotel is named after Father Kolbe, who lived there for a time when the building was still used as a monastery. The building, with its medieval vaults, has kept a little of its monastic atmosphere and at the same time the hotel offers a high level of comfort.
Location Hotel Kolbe is located in Via di San Teodoro, with view to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. The Circus Maximus is within walking distance, as well as the Capitol, Piazza Venezia and the Ghetto.
If you arrive by public transport, you can take bus 170 from Termini Station to the Bocca della Verità stop. From Ostiense train station take bus 715 or 716 direction Teatro Marcello to the Bocca della Verità stop. The Circo Massimo stop of metro line B is around 800m away.
Despite the location in a busy area, the rooms are relatively quiet. The decor is modern and the hotel offers a gym. In the morning you find a carefully maintained breakfast buffet. If you would like to have breakfast at the hotel, you should include the breakfast buffet in your room reservation in order to avoid high extra costs.
Location: The hotel is located on the edge of the picturesque Quartier Monti in Via Milano on the corner with Via Nazionale. Bus 64 connects to Termini Station, and in the other direction, it goes to Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona and St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Quirinal are within walking distance. Through the tunnel under the Quirinal, it is not far to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
With a little luck and timely booking, you can find interesting rates for this hotel.
The hotel extends in a complex of buildings to Vicolo del Polverone and features a courtyard garden and rooftop terraces with beautiful views over the city and the Gianicolo. Depending on the weather, you can enjoy a very good breakfast buffet indoors or in the garden. The hotel offers good service and very nice rooms.
Location: The hotel is located in Via dei Pettinari, between Ghetto and Campo De’ Fiori. It is only a few minutes to Trastevere via the pedestrian bridge Ponte Sisto.
It is located on the edge of the medieval city center and you can explore the entire city center on foot. Good bus connections can be found on Corso Vittorio Emanuele between Piazza Navona and Largo di Torre Argentina at a distance of 500 – 600 meters. The yellow hop on hop off bus from Roma Cristiana also stops there.
The hotel has its own garage, which must be reserved in advance.
The hotel is characterized by monastic simplicity and tranquility, but offers all the necessary comfort and handicapped accessible rooms. The complex offers a beautiful courtyard. The Italian-style breakfast consists of pastries and fruit.
The Hotel Domus Nova Bethlem is 550m from Termini Station. From Termini this is one stop by bus. At the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a stop of all hop on hop off buses. Take the number 75 bus to Fori Imperiali, the Colosseum, Maximus Circus, the Pyramid, Porta Portese and then Trastevere Gianicolo up to Villa Pamphili. Buses that go down Via Merulana will take you to the Basilica of San Giovanni. The Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, the Quirinal and the Trevi Fountain are all within 1,500 meters of walking distance.
The hotel is very easy to reach by car. There are good bus connections to the center and the main train station. The hotel offers nice clean roomsand a good breakfast. The reception is open from 6:30 am to midnight.
The Kolping Hotel Casa Domitilla belongs to the Order of the Brothers of Charity of Maria Hilf and is run by them together with Kolping International, Kolping Switzerland and the Kolping Family Innsbruck.
Location: The hotel is located in a quiet location in the south of the city, on the edge of the park of the Appia Antica and next to the catacombs of Domitilla. The Piazza Navigatori bus stop on Via Cristoforo Colombo is around 750m away. The main connections from there are the line 714 to Termini station, the line 160 to Piazza Venezia and the park of Villa Borghese and the line 30 (holiday 130F) to Piazza Navona. The N9 night service operates the hotel every half hour from Termini Station via Piazza Venezia, getting off at the Odescalchi / Bompiani stop.
It is very easy to reach by car and offers a shuttle service to the city center.
The EcoHotel Roma is highly praised for the facilities, the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness and the good breakfast. The hotel offers free use of bicycles and scooters for rent.
Location: The EcoHotel Roma is well suited for those arriving by car and has its own parking.
The hotel is located on Via di Bravetta 91 in western Rome, near the German School of Rome, on Via Aurelia Antica. The hotel offers a shuttle service to Cornelia Metro Station on line A. 200m to the right of the hotel you can take bus n. 98 or 881 at Bravetta / Gonzaga stop, passing by St. Peter’s Basilica (Cavalleggeri / San Pietro stop) to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, or bus line 889 (on public holidays 98F) to Cornelia metro station, 200m to the left of the hotel, from the terminus dei Capasso, take the H line to Trastevere train station and continue via Piazza Venezia to Termini station.
Hostels are similar to hotels. They are aimed at backpackers and guests for all ages. They offer en suite rooms and dormitories, as well as communication-facilitating common areas.
It can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from Termini Central Station, some Embassies are just around the corner. The nearest metro station is Castro Pretorio line B.
The equipment is hotel-like. The hotel is an 8-minute walk from Termini Station.
It is located 11 minutes walk from Termini central station. Opposite the Generator is the international food market Esquilino. In the area are mainly Asian and Arab food shops and small restaurants. The nearest metro station is Vittorio Emanuele line A.
In statistics, about 1,500 providers with around 18,000 beds emerge. In addition there are not registered sharing offers, such as on Airbnb.
If you are evaluating such offers, you shall carefully check the location, because many places are offered to be in a well known district and in reality they are somewhere else.
For breakfast with coffee and croissants you will find usually a bar just around the corner. If you want to self-cater, you will read the information for your purchases.
There are 9 campsites in Rome with just under 9,000 beds. The campsites are all a bit out of the way and are not easily accessible by public transport.
There is a public transport bus service to the city. There is a train station at a distance of 1.5 km offering scheduled connections to the city.
Camping Village offers bungalows, chalets and a beautiful swimming pool.