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Where to stay in Rome? Tips & hotel recommendations

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Are you planning a trip to the Italian capital and wondering where to stay in Rome? Captain Ulysses has listed all his advice and recommendations to help you find the ideal pied-à-terre in the “Eternal City”!

💡 The Captain’s tip 💡

🧐 Want to know more about Rome’s history? Captain Ulysses highly recommends this free guided tour of the city. It’s up to you to choose how much you wish to tip the tour guide!

🏛 Planning your trip to Rome? Be sure to check out Captain Ulysses’ complete article on what to see and do in the city: a Guide to Rome

👶 Planning a family adventure to Rome? Discover all of the Captain’s top tips in the article: Exploring Rome with the Kids: Family-Friendly Activities.

In which district to stay when visiting Rome?

Among the districts best liked by travelers in Rome, Captain Ulysses particularly recommends:

Trastevere: with its narrow streets, historic buildings and lively atmosphere, Trastevere is one of the most picturesque areas of Rome. It is located opposite the city’s historical center, on the other bank of the Tiber.

Monti: located a few steps from the Colosseum, in downtown Rome, Monti is a trendy neighborhood known for its archaeological sites, family-run trattorias and bohemian atmosphere.

Prati: bordering the Vatican City, Prati is a chic and posh district with superb Art Nouveau architecture. You’ll find here many hotels, as well as a plethora of stores, restaurants and cafes. This is also where Castel Sant’Angelo is located.

Campo de’ Fiori: this lovely district is located in the center of Rome, a few steps from Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Here you will find countless lively bars, restaurants and stores where you can feel the pulse of the capital and enjoy the Italian dolce vita.

If you prefer to stay in a less touristy (and therefore less expensive) area, Captain Ulysses recommends staying in Testaccio, located in the south of Rome, near the Tiber. Although less frequented by tourists than the ultra-center of the capital, it is a lively area where you’ll find many bars, restaurants and stores. It is also famous for its historical market, the Mercato di Testaccio.

Recommendations for hostels in Rome

Located in the district of Monti, near Piazza della Repubblica and the Opera House, the Generator Rome has won over travelers thanks to its central location, friendly atmosphere and comfortable rooms.
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10 minutes from Termini Station, YellowSquare Hostel offers welcoming and colorful rooms and dormitories. The common areas are very nice, and the restaurant offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
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Less than a 3-minute walk from the Repubblica metro station, RomeHello is a modern and welcoming hostel with excellent reviews. The staff is lovely and the common areas are very pleasant.
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2-star hotel recommendations in Rome

Hotel Capri offers simple, clean and comfortable rooms just a few steps from Termini Station, a stone’s throw from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The staff is very friendly and helpful. A very good address!
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Nestled in a historic building a stone’s throw from Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Everest Inn offers simple and very comfortable rooms. The staff is pleasant and hospitable.
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Close to Termini Station and Piazza Barberini, Hotel Astoria Golden Gate offers simple, modern and very well maintained rooms. The staff is friendly and welcoming. An excellent value for money!
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3 or 4 star hotel recommendations in Rome

Located in the district of Prati, the guesthouse Design 18 Charming Rooms offers stylish and elegant double and family rooms for a comfortable stay in the Italian capital. The value for money is excellent!
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Located 20 meters from Piazza Navona, in the heart of Rome, a few steps from the most emblematic tourist attractions of the capital, Holidays Suites Navona has earned excellent customer reviews thanks to its central location and its elegant and comfortable rooms.
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More luxurious, the Residenza Torre Colonna is located in a magnificent medieval tower in the heart of downtown Rome. The rooms and bathrooms are absolutely beautiful. The hotel also has a very nice roof terrace!
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The most emblematic hotels in Rome

Built in 1884, the Hotel de Russie is one of the most famous hotels in Rome. It offers superior service, luxurious rooms and a peaceful indoor garden. The hotel also features two renowned restaurants, Cecconi’s and La Salle à Manger, as well as a renowned spa.
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Opened in 1893, the Hassler Hotel – nestled atop the Pincio hill, near Piazza di Spagna – offers high quality service, comfortable rooms, a beautiful spa and a renowned gourmet restaurant, the Imàgo. From the hotel, the view of Rome is absolutely breathtaking!
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A few steps from Piazza della Repubblica, in the center of Rome, Hotel St. Regis Rome has been welcoming guests since 1894! The hotel is famous for its superior service, its luxurious rooms, its spa, its indoor pool and the Michelin-starred Vivendo restaurant.
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How much are hotels in Rome?

The average price of a hotel in Rome depends of course on several factors, among which the season, the location and the standing of the hotel. That said, here’s an idea of what you can expect for a hotel room in Rome based on price range:

  • Hostels: the average price of a hostel room in Rome is around 25 € per night.
  • Cheap hotels: the average price of a cheap hotel room in Rome is around €60 per night.
  • Mid-range hotels: the average price of a mid-range hotel room in Rome is around €100 per night.
  • Luxury hotels: the average price of a luxury hotel room in Rome is at least €200 per night.

When is it cheapest to travel to Rome?

No surprise: i you”re running on a tight budget, it is best to go to Rome during the low season (mainly January, February and November).

Remember to book your stay in advance and be flexible about your travel dates.

Do you want to pay less for your plane tickets? Here are all the tips & tricks from Captain Ulysses: 10 tips to pay less for your plane tickets.

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in advance!

 👉 Looking for tips and recommendations? Here are all the Captain’s suggestions!

🛏️ Accommodation : to book your accommodation in Rome, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends Booking:
the best hostels
the best affordable hotels
the best mid-range hotels
the best high-end hotels

🎟️ Activities: as for booking visits and tourist activities, Captain Ulysses recommends three websites: GetYourGuide , Tiqets and Civitatis. Guided tours, cruises, skip-the-line tickets, tourist activities… there’s plenty to choose from!

🎫 Citypass: if you are staying in Rome for several days, it may be worth investing in the Roma Pass or the Omnia Card . As well as entry to some of the capital’s most iconic sites, these passes include access to public transport.

🚐 Transfers: if you want to arrive in Rome serenely, you can book your transfer from the airport to the city centre in advance. A car will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the city. For more information: transfers in Rome.

🚌 Local transport: Rome has a comprehensive public transport system: metro, bus and tram. Access to public transport is included in the Roma Pass and the Omnia Card. If you wish, you can also opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the top tourist attractions in Rome (audio guide included).

✈️ Flights and trains: to book your flights to Rome, Captain Ulysses warmly recommends Skyscanner. You’ll be able to compare countless offers to find the best deal. If your dates are flexible, you can also compare prices over several months to find the cheapest flights possible.
For flights as well as trains and buses, the Captain recommends Omio.

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