Hotels in Rome

Lodgings in Rome

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A room at the Hotel Art
Hotels
Rome

The classic Rome lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A room at the Hotel Mimosa al Pantheon in Rome (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Mimosa Pantheon
Rome: Tiber Bend

Comfy rooms at rock-bottom rates in a fab location halfway between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona

 
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A room at the Hotel San Anselmo (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Anselmo
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A stylish villa in the quiet residential heart of Rome on the Aventine Hill

 
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A room at the Hotel Nardizzi Americana (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Nardizzi Americana
Rome: Termini train station

Style and class hidden in plain sight

 
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A room at the Hotel Aventino (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Aventino
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A garden villa retreat on the Aventine Hill

 
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A room at the Hotel Albergo Abruzzi (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Albergo Abruzzi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A room with a view...of the Pantheon

 
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A room at the Hotel Villa San Pio (Photo )
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Villa San Pio
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A tranquil country oasis in the heart of ancient Rome on Aventine Hill

 
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A room at the Hotel Raphael (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Raphael
Rome: Tiber Bend

Five-star, ivy-clad luxury just off Piazza Navona

 
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A room at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Grand Hotel de Minerve
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Grand Hotel della Minerva offers five-star luxury just behind the Pantheon

 
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A room at the Hotel Art (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Hotel Art
Rome: Tridente

Avant-garde lodgings by the stylish Spanish Steps

 
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A room at the Hotel Smeraldo (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Smeraldo
Rome: Tiber Bend

Loads of amenities on a quiet street in the heart of Rome

 
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A double room at the Hotel Pensione Papa Germano (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Papa Germano
Rome: Termini train station

It's like staying with your own, helpful Italian uncle near the train station

 
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A room at the 939 Hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
939 Hotel
Rome: Tridente

An inexpensive inn offering 18th century class at 17th century prices in Rome

 
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A room at Hotel Panda (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Panda
Rome: Tridente

Cheap lodgings a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps

 
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A room at the Hotel Des Artistes (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Des Artistes
Rome: Termini train station

A high-class yet inexpensive hotel near Termini train station

 
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A room at the Hotel Astoria Garden (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Astoria Garden
Rome: Termini train station

A touch of class and superior service (at low rates) near the train station

 
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A room at the Hotel Campo de' Fiori (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Campo de' Fiori
Rome: Tiber Bend

Comfy (if cramped) digs near party central

 
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A room at the Hotel Pensione Parlamento (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Pensione Parlamento
Rome: Tridente

Professional service, perfect location, priced to please

 
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A room at the Hotel Navona (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Navona
Rome

Aussie service in a prime location near Piazza Navona

 
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A room at the Kolbe Hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Kolbe
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A classy hotel in a former monastery at the Forum's back door

 
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A brightly colored room at Hotel Colors near the Vatican (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Colors
Rome: Vatican

Cheerful and cheap digs near the Vatican and St. Peter's

 
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A room at the Hotel Villa delle Rose (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Villa delle Rose
Rome: Termini train station

A touch of faded grandeur and class near the train station

 
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A room at the Hotel Fenicia (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Hotel Fenicia
Rome: Termini train station

Three-star comforts at one-star rates near Termini train station

 
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A room at the Hotel Sole al Biscione (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Hotel Sole
Rome: Tiber Bend

One of the most ancient hotels in Rome (with the beds to prove it) in a terrific location

 

Lodgings in Italy

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This inexpensive room at the Hotel Galleria in Venice overlooks the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

The classic lodging option—How Italian hotels work and how to book the best hotels at the lowest rates

 

From hotel savings to better booking engines, alternative accommodations to lodging rip-offs, here is the best lodging advice around

 

Don't use the most famous booking engines; use the ones with the largest selection and lowest rates

 
This Italian hotel is officially five stars deluxe (the "lusso" part). Sounds great, but that doesn't mean it's the best place in town—or the right one for you. (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Hotels' official star ratings have nothing to do with how clean, central, comfortable, or charming a hotel is—just how many (often pointless) amenities it offers

 
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Comparison-shop dozens of booking engines at once

 
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All about how I select hotels and other lodgings for this site

 
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How far in advance do you need to reserve a hotel room in Italy?

 
Many hotels will guarantee the lowest rate if you book directly with them, or an advance-booking discount (Photo )

Hotel sites often feature special sales and promotions you won't find on the booking engines and aggregators

 
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Shop around, ask lots of questions, even haggle, and you can often get a room for much less

 
The Lista di Spagna, the main street leading from the train station towards the heart of Venice, is lined with cheap hotels

A dozen ways to lower your hotel costs in Italy

 
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User review sites are handy, but take their advice with a grain (make that a shaker) of salt

 
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All the steps you can take to find the lowest price on the perfect place to stay in Italy

 
A basic continental breakfast is not worth the added expense (Photo by Karen Bryan)

I don't mean don't eat breakfast—just try to avoid overpaying the hotel for it

 
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A room with "external facilities" (shared bath down the hall) always costs less for this minor inconvenience

 
A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

 
Staying in a nearby, smaller city—lovely Prato is just a 20-train ride from Florence—can be cheaper (and more interesting) than in the big city (Photo courtesy of Trivago.com)

Get a hotel in the suburbs or next town over to save money

 
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Opaque rates can save you up to 60% if you book a bit blindly

 
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Offer euros rather than Visa, and sometimes you can get a slight discount

 

A quick guide to Italian hotels and what to expect from them

 
The room might be... cozy... but it really is just a place to sleep between long days of sightseeing and dining, so as long as it's comfy, who cares? (Photo by Patrick Stahl)

How Italian hotels differ from American ones

 
A typical European hotel bathroom (Photo Public Domain)

A few notes on bathrooms in Italian hotels

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Those peanuts in the minibar don't cost just peanuts—they cost €7! And since when was a bottle of water worth €4.25? (Photo by Rick)

Scams and rip-offs at the hotel—many of them perfectly legal. Avoid the minibar, phone, laundry service, and parking garage

 
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).