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Where to Stay in Rome: First Time Visitor Guide

From hidden gems with roof-top bars, to family apartments and luxury five-star hotels, I’ve hand picked my top 20 hotels on where to stay in Rome for first time visitors.

You would want to be made of stone if Rome did not impress you. There are ancient wonders at every corner – The Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, I could go on and on. But where to stay in Rome for first time visitors? That’s where I come in, I’ve searched the top hotels in Rome to help you on your way.

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As well as marvelling at Rome’s ancient wonders, enjoying fresh pizza and pasta from countless Trattorias, and sampling the best gelato are other great reasons to visit! Rome is a feast for the senses.

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Top tips for visiting Rome:

 
There are going to be queues at the top attractions in Rome, so it is vital you plan your visit in advance. It is best to avoid the peak summer months of July and August if possible, as not only are they popular with tourists, but average temperatures are a hot and sticky 30 degrees.

Pre-book tickets or guided tours to avoid queues, and remember that Rome is equally stunning at night time.

Colosseum at night

Places like the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps will be much quieter and atmospheric at night time, so a late night stroll might be a good idea. Alternatively, set your alarm and enjoy an early breakfast in the city, while taking in the sights before the crowds arrive.

However, if you arrive at an attraction and find a long queue, or it is sold out, don’t despair! Check in with local tour guides, as many guided tours include skip-the-line entrance tickets. Must-visits in Rome are: The Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and The Vatican, so allow yourself plenty of time to see them.

We loved the Vespa tour and it is ideal if travelling with children aged five and above. Highly recommended and Irish owned, Angel Tours offer a wide selection of tours including their popular golf cart tour which is ideal if travelling with young children or an elderly parent. 

You will need to allow at least four hours to explore The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica afterwards – a guided tour is the best option but usually takes 3-4 hours. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays and many museums are closed on Mondays, so make sure you check opening times in advance.

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This may all sound a little overwhelming, but most of the sights are easily accessible and can be reached on foot – just bring comfortable shoes! Of course stopping for coffees and lunch along the way is all part of the Rome experience – there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal with a view.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

If you don’t fancy long walks, buy a Roma Pass. These offer full access to public transport in addition to admission to museums, and discounts on performance and exhibition tickets. Bikes and scooters are also readily available to hire locally. 

Remember to dress appropriately when entering churches. Women’s shoulders should be covered and skirts / shorts should be below the knee.

Italians like to eat late so if have had a long day walking the city, why not chill for a few hours and book dinner for 9 or 10pm? Don’t worry, you won’t be alone in the restaurant I can assure you! There are numerous places to dine in Rome, but make sure you take a trip to the fashionable district of Trastevere. 

dining in Rome

With cobbled- stone streets, trendy bars and restaurants, as well as a cool Boho vibe, it is one of Rome’s most popular night spots. It is located across the Tiber River – Trastevere means ‘beyond the Tiber’, but is easily accessible from the city centre.


Where to stay in Rome

I am often asked where to stay in Rome, and personally, I like to stay as close to the city centre as possible, so you can enjoy most of the attractions on foot. However, I have divided this post into 3 central neighbourhoods, to give you a better understanding of each hotels location.

This was one of my most difficult travel guides to write, as there are so many great hotels to choose from. I spent hours scouring the web, reading reviews and have found some great options for you –  all are highly rated at the time of publication, but facilities and service are subject to change.

If you look closely you will find many 3-star boutique hotels in the historical centre offering superb value. Many of these are in restored palaces, and should not be overlooked. I also found some great hotels in Rome rooftop bars, which are ideal for taking in those sunset views!

Below are my top picks for hotels in Rome, as well as some self catering apartments, to help you make the most of your next visit.

📍 Rome’s Historic Center – Best Area in Rome to Stay for First Timers

If you are looking to stay in the heart of Rome then you should consider staying in the Historic Centre. This area is home to the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon.

You will find that here the street are bustling with people all looking to catch a glimpse of the rich history that surrounds them. You will not be short of things to do, with stunning architecture, museums, and galleries just a short walking distance away.

And despite the high crowd levels, this neighbourhood still remains a charming and highly rated place to stay, somewhere where you can immerse yourself in the history, enjoy some tasty Italian cuisine, and admire the winding streets of Rome.

Pros and Cons of Staying in the Historic Centre

Pros of Staying in the Historic Centre

Cons of Staying in the Historic Centre

  1. Walking distance to most of Rome’s main attractions.
  2. Surrounded by history, its like walking through an open air museum.
  3. There are plenty of food options to choose from.
  1. Its busier than area’s further from main attractions.
  2. Hotels can be a little more expensive in this area.
  3. More restaurants cater towards tourists rather than locals.

Hotels in Rome’s Historic Centre

As I previously mentioned, I think staying as close to the centre as possible is the best option when visiting Rome. So, you may notice that this part of the post has a high volume of hotels to choose from, there is really something for all tastes and budgets.

rooftop bar at Hotel Colosseum, Rome

1. Hotel Colosseum (3-Star Hotel)

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The Hotel Colosseum is located in one of the oldest and most picturesque parts of Rome. Situated on the top of Esquilino Hill, this area is full of bars, restaurants and craft shops. Its magnificent furnished terrace is an Instagrammer’s dream and offers panoramic views of Rome. Breakfast is often included in the rate here too.

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hotels in Rome with best views

2. Albergo del Senato (3-Star Hotel) – Best Location to Stay in Rome

The Albergo del Senato is a fantastic choice for several reasons. First, it boasts an unbeatable location overlooking the Pantheon, putting you right in the heart of Rome. The hotel provides easy access to numerous major attractions including the Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, both only a 5 minute walk away.

Second, the hotel is home to generous sized rooms, with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. And breakfast is included in the room rate!

The combination of excellent location and comfortable rooms makes Albergo del Senato a great base for exploring Rome. In fact, it is one of the top rated hotels in Rome on TripAdvisor.

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hotels in Rome with rooftop terrace

3. Hotel Smeraldo (3-Star Hotel)

The Hotel Smeraldo offers superb value for a central stay in Rome. Located just 200 metres from Campo de’ Fiori, and five minutes walk from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, this area is packed with lively bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. A buffet breakfast is often included in the rate and  you can enjoy a cocktail on its popular rooftop terrace.

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modern 3 star hotel in Rome - Damaso

4. Hotel Damaso (3-Star Hotel)

Opened in 2017, the stylish Damaso Hotel is housed in a restored 19th century palace, just steps away from the Piazza Navona. Its panoramic terrace and lounge bar are firm favourites with guests, as are the free bathrobes and slippers in your room. Breakfast is often included in the room rate. 

Its central location means The Vatican is reached on foot in 20 minutes, while the Trevi Fountain and Via Condotti are just 15 minutes walk away. It is hard to believe that this hotel has only been given a 3-star rating, check out the hotel website and you will see what I mean.

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Room at Hotel Barrett, Rome

5. Hotel Barrett (3-Star)

This delightful boutique hotel offers old-world charm and beautiful views of historical Rome. Its free breakfast is popular with guests as are the free snacks, drinks and coffee pods that are refilled daily in your room.

The Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona are all reached within minutes on foot, and the Trevi Fountain is 900 metres away.

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Luxury Palm Suites are ideal for a family stay in Rome

6. Palm Family Suites (4-Star Hotel)

The stylish Palm Suites are a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and are a superb choice for a family holiday in Rome due to the large room sizes. However, with the unique boutique style decor, the hotel is also a fantastic option for a romantic getaway with a loved one.

Two-bedroom suites have a separate living and dining area, minibar, and coffee machine, and breakfast is also available if required.

Now, these rooms do come at a rather high price tag, but with major attractions such as the Colosseum (just 1200 meters away) and the Trevi Fountain right on your doorstep, it’s easy to justify.

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family apartments in Rome

7. Casa Minerva Al Pantheon (4-Star Apartments) – One of the Best Family Friendly Hotels in Rome

These centrally located one, two- and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for a family or group stay in Rome. Apartments are equipped with a kitchen, flat-screen TV, and a seating area with sofa. Free toiletries are provided in the bathrooms. Situated close to the Pantheon, with the Trevi Fountain just 800 metres away, its location is ideal for exploring Rome.

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View from rooftop at Nh Collection Hotel, Rome

8. NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali  (5-Star Hotel)

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The NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali is another top-class hotel located in the centre of Rome providing guests with instant access to the cities most popular attractions such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

The rooms boast a modern design with wall paper showing villas from Rome, the rooms are equipt with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and private bathroom.

One of the hotels most notable features is the roof-terrace bar and restaurant that overlooks the Roman Forum, not many people can say they had the opportunity to dine with such an iconic view.

The shopping street of Via del Corso is on your doorstep, and the Trevi Fountain is just 600 metres away. It is the ideal place to stay for those looking to immerse themselves in all the action of the city.

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5 star hotels in Rome - Singer Palace rooftop

9. Singer Palace Hotel (5-Star Hotel)

Located right on the famous Via del Corso shopping Street, and just steps away from Trevi Fountain, the landmark Singer Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Rome. Originally owned by Mr. Singer (of sewing machines fame) this historical building was converted into a contemporary boutique hotel in 2018.

The Singer Palace Hotel also boasts a rooftop restaurant, and is the number one place to stay in Rome according to TripAdvisor. However, there are only 30 rooms in this luxury hotel, so get availability is not always easy!

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Speakeasy style bar at Dom Roma Hotel

10. Dom Hotel Roma (5-Star Hotel)

Located at the Piazza Navona, with a chic vintage-style decor, and a panoramic terrace, the DOM Hotel Roma is often described as one of Rome’s hidden gems. It has original Andy Wharhol art in its restaurant, and a cocktail lounge that resembles a speakeasy bar.

It set in a 17th Century palace, and just a little off the beaten track to feel away from the hustle and bustle of centre, yet only 20 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. This is one of the best value five-star hotels in Rome.

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📍 Termini – Best Part of Rome to Stay for Day Trip Enthusiasts

Not too far from the Historic District is a neighbourhood known as Termini. It is a rather practical and convenient area to stay for those looking to make use of Italy’s rail system.

Don’t get me wrong, you can easily spend a week in Rome and still not run out of things to do, but it also serves as a gateway to many of the countries iconic locations, such as Pompeii and Florence.

And while Termini acts as a busy transportation hub, it only takes twenty to twenty five minutes to walk to major attractions such a the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.

Pros of Staying in Termini

Cons of Staying in Termini

  1. Great option for those looking to take day trips.
  2. Accommodation is more affordable in this area.
  3. There are plenty of food options to choose from.
  1. This area tends to be a little busy due to the transportation links.
  2. Lacks typical Rome architecture, has more of a downtown feel to it.
  3. A little outside the heart of the city, but still in walking distance to most attractions.
Hotel Artemide, Rome

1. Hotel Artemide (4-Star Hotel)

The Hotel Artemide is one of the best 4 star hotels in Rome. As well as a superb location, within walking distance to the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps, it boasts a fully-equipped gym, Artemís Spa, and the Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, with views over the Rome’ skyline.

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view from Liberty Boutique Hotel, Rome

2. The Liberty Boutique Hotel (4-Star Hotel) – One of the Best Hotels in Rome for Families

The family-friendly Liberty Boutique Hotel boasts a home from home atmosphere, and is one of the top rated hotels in Rome on TripAdvisor. The Liberty Boutique Hotel is located close to the Termini Train station and just over 20 minutes from the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. A restaurant and rooftop bar are due to open shortly and will surely enhance a great experience.

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interior of Hilton Hotel, Rome

3. Double Tree by Hilton Rome Monti Hotel (4-Start Hotel)

The DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti has been completely renovated, and boasts an all-day Cafè, Rooftop Bar, and restaurant. It is located just 1km from the Trevi Fountain and the Colloseum and just 500 metres from the Termini Train Station. Family rooms are available, some of which sleep up to five.

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hotels in Rome with swimming pools

4. Anantara Palazzo Naiadi (5-Star Hotel) – Best Rome Hotel with a Swimming Pool

This impressive white marble building will wow you from the outset. Its panoramic rooftop terrace with seasonal plunge pool, and wellness centre, will continue to impress. The Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel is centrally located, and offers good value for a 5-star hotel of this stature in Rome.

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Speakeasy style bar at Dom Roma Hotel

5. Dom Hotel Roma (5-Star Hotel)

Located at the Piazza Navona, with a chic vintage-style decor, and a panoramic terrace, the DOM Hotel Roma is often described as one of Rome’s hidden gems. It has original Andy Wharhol art in its restaurant, and a cocktail lounge that resembles a speakeasy bar.

It set in a 17th Century palace, and just a little off the beaten track to feel away from the hustle and bustle of centre, yet only 20 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. This is one of the best value five-star hotels in Rome.

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📍 Via Condotti – Best Part of Rome to Stay in for Shopping and Luxury Travellers

If you are looking to do some shopping when visiting Rome, then the area around Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps should do the trick. It tends to be on the upscale side of things with gardens at Villa Borghese nearby, as well as elegant shopping streets, and beautiful architecture. Therefore, it is the ideal choice for those seeking some luxury, with high end hotels and restaurants jotted around the neighbourhood.

This area is also an excellent choice for families. There are loads of green spaces for children to run around near Villa Borghese, and it is still only a short walk from leading attractions such as the Trevi Fountain.

Pros of Staying near Via Condotti

Cons of Staying near Via Condotti

  1. Best place for luxury shopping in Rome.
  2. Plenty of green spaces nearby to escape the bustle of the city.
  3. A number of luxury accommodations to choose from.
  1. It is further from some attractions such as the Colosseum (30 minute walk).
  2. Not much nightlife in the area.
  3. Hotels & accommodations tend to be more expensive here.

rooftop at Hotel Condotti, Rome

1. Condotti Boutique hotel (4-Star Hotel)

This delightful boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, and the famous designer shopping street – Via Condotti. Elegant styling with marble floors and antiques as well as a choice of room types, including family rooms and apartments, have made this one of the most sought after four star hotels in Rome.

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hotels in Rome with rooftop restaurants

2. Hotel Savoy (4-Star Hotel)

The Hotel Savoy is superbly located, beside the fashionable Via Veneto and a few minutes walk to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. It is housed in a historical building and its style is a mix of traditional elegance with contemporary touches. Make sure you take advantage of the popular rooftop restaurant, which offers panoramic city views.  

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Baglioni Hotel Rome

3. Baglioni Hotel Regina (5-Star Hotel)

The Baglioni Hotel Regina is located on the fashionable Via Veneto, in the heart of Rome’s shopping and tourist centre. The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are just ten minutes walk way.

Rooms are Art Deco style and the Brunello Lounge and Restaurant combines traditional Italian and contemporary style. A gym and a wellness centre with sauna, hammam and hot tub complete the experience. The Baglioni Hotel Regina is one of the Leading Hotels of the World.

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Restaurant at Splendide Hotel Royal, Rome

4. Hotel Splendide Royale (5-Star Hotel)

Recently restored, this converted monastery dates back to 1890. A luxury five-star hotel, it offers surprisingly good value for such an excellent stay in Rome. It is located between the main shopping area at Via Veneto and the gardens at Villa Borghese, and its Michelin Star restaurant offers magnificent views of Rome’s rooftops.

Hotel Splendide Royal is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of World, and you can expect super service from one of the best hotels in Rome.

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rooftop terrace at De la Ville Hotel, Rome

5. Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville (5-Star Hotel)

The iconic Hotel de la Villa boasts one of Rome’s best settings – just above the Spanish Steps. As you might expect from the Fortes, its stylish design attracts socialites and celebrities, and its rooftop bar is the place to be seen in Rome. The hotel boasts three restaurants – with a celebrity chef of course, as well as 17th-century elegant rooms with marble bathrooms and handmade terracotta tiles.

After some designer shopping on the nearby Via Condotti, you can also unwind in its two-floor wellness centre. Expect the price-tag to correspond with this hotel’s elite stature.

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📍 Trastevere – Best place to stay in Rome for those looking for a local experience

If you are looking to experience Rome through a local lens, then consider booking your accommodation in Trastevere. It is one of the most charming neighbourhoods, known for it’s traditional and picturesque streets, where you will find local shops, boutiques, and local Italian restaurants.

This is also the ideal location for nightlife lovers, as Trastevere is known for it’s bustling late night atmosphere with plenty of bars and pubs to choose from.

It is important to note that Trastevere is a little further away from the main attractions than other neighbourhoods mentioned in this post – although it is still walkable to most attractions.

Pros of Staying in Trastevere

Cons of Staying in Trastevere

  1. Authentic Rome experience with Locals.
  2. Vibrant Nightlife Scene.
  3. Plenty of food options.
  1. Can be quite noisy at night.
  2. Hotel prices tend to be high here.
  3. A little further away from major attractions.
best 3 star hotels in Rome - Santa Maria Hotel

1. Hotel Santa Maria (3-Star Hotel)

Located in Rome’s chic and lively Trastevere district, this superior 3-star hotel is one of the top 10 hotels in Rome according to TripAdvisor. A renovated 16th century building with 19 rooms, you may need to act fast to secure a booking here. Its rooftop garden offers the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine in the summer, and some of Rome’s best restaurants and bars are right on your doorstep.

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Note these hotels and apartments have been researched independently. At the time of issue all have been highly rated from previous guests, but facilities and service are subject to change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  

 
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