The best hotels in Rome
How to find, and reserve, the best hotels in Rome in every price range and neighborhood
Reid's top 10 Hotels in Rome
1) Hotel Villa San Pio [€€€€]
2) Hotel Smeraldo [€€€]
3) Hotel Raphael [€€€€€]
4) Hotel Navona [€€]
5) Hotel Mimosa [€€]
6) Albergo Abruzzi [€€€€]
7) Casa Kolbe Hotel [€€€]
8) Hotel Art by The Spanish Steps [€€€€€]
9) Hotel Pensione Papa Germano [€]
10) Hotel Des Artistes [€€]
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Rome Tours & Activities
• ResidencesRome has hundreds of hotels. Half of them are overpriced, another third of them are slung into the streets around Termini train station—nothing wrong with the area (anymore; used to be dicey), but it's a good half hour by bus or Metro, and 45 to 60 minutes on foot, from the historic center that you came all this way to see.
If I had a choice, I'd stay in the center.
The Eternal City is a layer cake tracing 2,500 years of history, from ancient Roman ruins and medieval artisan quarters to the papal city planning and elegant palaces of the Renaissance, a slew of fabulous baroque churches, and some bombastic Fascist architecture to top it all off.
Finding a reasonably priced place to stay in the throbbing, living heart of it all takes a bit of work:The new Rome hotel tax
In January, 2011, Rome began charging a hotel bed tax. This is the city's doing, and sadly it is not a scam. The following tax rates are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10 an can be charged for stays of up to 10 days:
• 1–3 star hotels: €2
• 4–5 star hotels: €3
• B&Bs: €2
• Apartments: €2
• Rental rooms: €2
• Agriturismi: €2
• Campsites: €1(up to 5 days)
So a couple staying three nights in a four-star room would pay an extra €18.
Some hotels have begun folding this tax into their quoted rates; others tack it on when you go to check out.
There are three ways to find hotels in Rome:
- Reid Recommends: My list of 26 personal favorite Rome hotels, in all price ranges. When friends or family ask for my advice on where to stay, this is the list I give them. » more
- Book online: This is the route I usually go these days. There are several booking engines that have not only excellent collections of hotels in all price ranges (plus non-hotel alternatives, like B&Bs and apartments), but also user reviews, loads of photos, and—amazingly—often lower prices than the hotel itself is charging. ReidsItaly.com has partnered with five of the best of these: Venere.com, Booking.com, GetARoom.com, Hotelscombined.com, and Hostelworld.com (which actually lists more inexpensive hotels than it does hostels)
- The Rome tourist office: The official tourism website has a great database of all lodgings in Rome. But it is just that: a database. More than 4,500 entries you have to plow through, and each only contains the bare facts (number of rooms, price range, address, basic amenities offered, contact info). Useful if you have tons of time to research, but not so easy to get a quick overview of the best place available for your needs. » more
Hotels in Rome from Booking.comnote
I've inserted the Booking.com results for Florence in a frame below, but you may want to open it in a separate window instead, to make things like using your browser's "Back" button easier. If you stay on this page, right click to get a browser functions menu for "back" and such.
(I just returned from a trip to Sardegna and, though I scoured guidebooks and other online resources, I found five of the six places I ended up staying by using Booking.com.)
- Reid's recommended hotels in Rome
- Alternative accommodations in Rome (B&Bs, apartments, hostels, campgrounds, residence hotels)
- How Italian hotels work
- Saving money on hotels in Italy
- Other lodging options in Italy
- Rome homepage
This material was last updated February 2011. All information was accurate at the time.
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