La Casa di Amy offers budget accommodations in the Esquiline district.

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.

Hotels and B&Bs:

Le Finestre di Luz is a small and lovely B&B on the ground floor of a residential building in Prati.

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).

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.

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.

Hotel de Russie: Rome’s poshest address offers comfort, luxury and service. There’s a spa, garden and a perfect balance between classicism and modernity.

Babuino 181: Situated between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, this relative newcomer consists exclusively of luxury suites. More in the NYT here.

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.

For apartment rentals check out these locations:

Casa Aventina: My lovely friend Daniela of Daniela’s Cooking School rents her apartment in the Aventine, a quiet residential district very close to the Circus Maximus. Guests get a 10% discount on Daniela’s classes.

Palazzo Olivia: Seven self-catering apartments in a beautifully restored 17th century building near Piazza Navona.

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 Scelta di Goethe: Luxury apartments near the Spanish steps.

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  • Are there any that are more budget balanced vs location? : )

    I can’t promise but I would so love to visit Rome again this year soon. Need to pay you another visit – saving money right now, fingers crossed :D

  • This is perfect! Thanks for the list! Just this weekend we were looking at traveling to Rome either in April or May from Istanbul. Can’t wait!

  • And if you’d like something off the beaten track with pool and a little greenery try Flavor of Italy…

  • Rental in Rome is an excellent site to find self-catering apartments in all price ranges. We’ve used them for years.

  • What about us? :)

  • Thanks for this list… it’ll be very helpful for our next time there. This past vacation we stayed at Hotel Raphael’s sister hotel Hotel Raffaelo, near St.Maria Maggiore, so we had access to their roof top bar. It was perfect for our before dinner drinks & we almost moved over. We also stayed at the St. Anselmo when we returned to Rome a week later and really liked it there. A little out of the way but they had parking and were in a perfect spot for walks into Testaccio. Thanks again for this list.

  • I would def agree with S. Anselmo, Aventino and Villa San Pio. They are great if you want to stay away from the crowds and yet in a central and beautiful location!
    I would also add hotel Locarno, located next to Piazza del Popolo. A beautiful liberty style building..

  • My wife and I enjoyed a one week stay at Hotel Borghese in Prati last May. Quiet neighborhood, but metro and major bus stops are just 50 yards away.

  • I’d recommend looking at for self-catering apartments and studios. For example, their Cappellari studios are two minutes stroll from Campo de’ Fiori but (usually) undisturbed by the unfortunate aspects of life there now. Cappellari itself is still an authentic Roman neighbourhood. Second floor apartments in a mediaeval building. Not really suited to family holidays but ideal for couples. Obligatory declaration of interest: the owners are friends of mine but it’s still a really good deal for a good location.

  • Rome Cavalierie (Waldorf & Astoria by Hilton) is the best place for you if you want to experience super luxury and the best of the best customer service.
    Of course there is a price tag attached but that is well worth it. Probably the best views of the eternal city.

  • Hi Katie got your site through the Guardian’ travel section on food in Rome . Our small group is travelling to Italy in September 2015 and I was delighted to also find your app on Rome which will come in very handy. I was looking to find a hotel in the trastevere area, but of course, your Santa Maria was totally booked. Is the 3-star hotel trastevere near the plaza a good choice? It is an exceedingly difficult area to find rooms…even 8 months in advance!
    Your comments will be very helpful…thanks cc

  • Katie

    Hi Carole, thanks for your app purchase! check out these places

    Also you might want to check out AirBnB

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