The centre of Rome is noisy and chaotic and the hotels are often fitted into old Renaissance buildings and so have small rooms, often overpriced simply because owners know that visitors will pay.
Many of the best hotels in Rome are a little way away from the centre with much bigger rooms and owners who put in a lot of effort to keep guests happy.
Unlike most major cities there are few modern, purpose built business hotels but there are many smaller boutique hotels and hotels in old palaces with original Venetian or Renaissance features.
Where to Stay in Rome
A relatively new hotel, opened in 1999, but within a beautiful 19th century merchant’s palace. An astral theme along with Venetian style can be found from the moment you step into the lobby which features a night sky ceiling fresco.
Few hotels in Rome seem to have many extra facilities but the Empire does have a Gym for the guests in its 113 rooms, many of the guests tend to be business travellers and it is a little way from many of Rome’s sites, meaning that it is quieter, yet close to the Spanish Steps and the surrounding area has plenty of good restaurants though the hotel has a restaurant as well. Rooms are clean, comfortable and an average size if not anything spectacular.
The three star hotel Villa del Parco offers real tranquillity in what is a noisy and chaotic city, a little way out of the city centre you can get a bus right outside to reach the centre in about twenty minutes. Being outside of the city centre though means you get a quiet hotel in large grounds with large rooms and pay much less than you would in the centre. Rooms are a little dated but clean and the garden and terrace offer a perfect place to relax after a day’s sight seeing.
No one seems to have told the owners or staff at the majestic that the 19th century is over the original features from the 1880s when this hotel was built remain, right down to the staff uniforms.
This truly is an old world hotel with silver service in the formal restaurant, though meals are also available in the more relaxed brassiere where live jazz plays late into the night every night.
The lift in the Majestic is original with a classic wrought iron cage to take you up to your floor, in your room you will find it a little smaller than in a modern hotel but the bathroom is a good size with marble everywhere. If you want more space choose a suite there is a wide choice but all have sumptuous sitting areas and writing desks.
Rome’s oldest Pensionne so it is claimed, the building itself and the antique furniture inside are certainly attractions but the Pantheon opposite is what means this hotel sells out fast.
Don’t think the owners use their position as an excuse to not worry about service, facilities or cleanliness though. Some of the rooms are just fantastic, some have wooden beams while others have antique beds or exquisite tiled ceilings. Suites are available with one offering a sitting area and then stairs up to a sleeping area on a mezzanine floor. There is a small restaurant and a good breakfast is offered with a wide range of options.
Rome is a chaotic and noisy city and if you don’t want to stay in the city itself how about doing what the Ancient Romans did and the Venetians after them and stay out at Tivoli. The Adriano is right next to the remains of Hadrian’s Villa where the emperor himself would get away from it all a short ride from the city itself, though today a train is going to be your best option so no need to face the Roman traffic.
Rooms out at the Adriano are much bigger than the often small Roman hotel rooms and also while many hotels in Rome opt for plain bare rooms the Adriano , which has a modern feel throughout, has well decorated bedrooms too.
Despite the name this Pension is very well run with great service and is very popular with backpackers and younger visitors looking for great value. As with many hostels and hotels popular with backpackers it is a great place to meet others, out on the terrace, it is also very close to the main station in Rome so great if you arrive late.
As well as dorms there are small single and double rooms and if you are on a budget the use of the small kitchen can save you the cost of eating out every night.
One of Rome’s go to boutique hotels currently, the hotel is beautifully appointed throughout and the furnishings and modern art in rooms really brightens them up.
Close to the Villa Borghese the location is good as well, though this is reflected in the prices as is the fact they only have six rooms which fill up fast.
Palm Gallery – Just outside the city centre and down a side street this is the place to come if you want to be guaranteed a good night’s sleep.
A small hotel the service is very personal with attentive staff, who are more than happy to give you advice on what to see and do in Rome and where to eat locally. Breakfast is included as are drinks and snacks throughout the day making the hotel really great value.
The rooms are clean and well kept in a traditional Italian style with shutters on the windows to keep out the early morning sunlight.
Only a three star hotel but everything points to an ambition to become a four star, though until then prices remain that of a three star meaning you get great value.
Rooms are modern with deluxe comfortable beds and recently installed air conditioning units that are well worth having in summer, many rooms also have small balconies overlooking a quiet cobbled street close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps yet surprisingly quiet.
Close to bus stops and the Metro the Relais 6 is a four star hotel but costing a little less than those located in the city centre close to the sites. Rooms are quite small and en-suites a squeeze to get into but this isn’t too much of an issue and if cleanliness is important you should be happy here. This hotel unlike many in the city centre goes for a traditional Italian country feel instead of trying to be modern and trendy.
These hotels all offer great service with friendly staff, while a lot of Rome’s hotels don’t seem to, Rome is a fantastic city with so much to see it is easy to miss some of the less well known sites so ask hotel staff what they would recommend.