The dollar to euro rate could be better, but it is enjoying a relatively favorable exchange recently, so why not book a trip to Rome? There are thousands of accommodations to choose from, ranging from dingy hostels to overblown 5-star luxury hotels. Narrowing down the options can seem daunting, so here are some recommendations, from self catering apartments to five-star digs.
Nicholas Inn: An amazing location near the Forum, comfortable and elegant rooms and a super nice and accommodating staff make the Nicholas Inn Rome’s leading B&B.
The Beehive: Americans Steve and Linda offer friendly, eco-conscious accommodations of varying types in the Esquilino neighborhood. Private rooms (from €70), dorm beds (from €20), and self-catering apartments (from €180 per apartment).
Palazzo Olivia: Seven self-catering apartments in a beautifully restored 17th century building near Piazza Navona.
Albergo Santa Chiara: A labyrinthine three-star just one block from the Pantheon. If you want to be in the heart of the historic center with restaurants, wine bars, and shops at your fingertips, this is the place.
Spanish Steps Apartment: This gorgeous apartment rental on Via della Mercede near the Spanish Steps is available for five day minimum stays.
Romit Apartments: Beautifully restored apartments on Via del Governo Vecchio.
La Regola 67: Gorgeous suites in a stunning palatial apartment near Campo de’ Fiori.
Hotel Ponte Sisto: A four-star hotel near the pedestrian bridge leading to Trastevere with friendly staff, well appointed rooms, and lovely internal courtyard. Ask for a room with a view.
Hotel Raphael: A five-star hotel and veritable art museum located just steps from Piazza Navona. The roof-top bar and restaurant has amazing views and is a lovely place to grab a drink whether you are a guest or not.
Grand Hotel de la Minerve: Just 100 yards from the Pantheon, this hotel may lack the sleek modernity of the Hotel de Russie or the impecable design of the Ferragamo Portrait Suites, but the location in the heart of the centro storico is far superior to its 5-star counterparts.
Fortyseven Hotel: This stylish contemporary hotel in the former cattle market is has a fabulous roof terrace and well appointed rooms.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli: Elegantly decorated rooms and suites, a spa and a private garden make this luxurious villa on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill a unique destination. Proximity to Monti is a bonus.
Here are a few other budget accommodations that I inspected and wrote about for Budget Travel and have excellent guest feedback on travel forums: Hotel Grifo in Monti, La Casa di Amy in the Esquiline district, Hotel Paba in Monti and Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere.
I have also had great stays with Airbnb in other cities (though have never used the service in Rome) and several properties in town have great guest feedback.