Deciding where to stay in Rome can be a difficult choice. The 35 districts of Rome have completely different characteristics and you could choose to stay in an area that does not meet your needs in the least.
Do you want to wake up and have the Colosseum outside your window? Or would you prefer to stay in an apartment in the historic center? I was born and raised in the capital and I will analyze for you the best areas to stay in Rome.
I have seen many tourists let themselves be duped by neighborhoods described as the center of Roman life then turning out to be a real scam. My guide will examine the main neighborhoods of Rome, so that you can decide for yourself which one is the best for you.
At the end of this guide you will find a list of the best hotels in Rome divided by category (luxury hotels, budget hotels, hostels and boutique hotels).
The best areas to stay in Rome:
Most of Rome’s main attractions are concentrated in the area between Termini station and the Vatican. The latter is one of the most evocative areas of Rome with two highlights: St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
To the south of the historic center, the Colosseum is the symbol of Rome and one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, while to the north, Villa Borghese is a vast city park, ideal for recharging the batteries.
On the way you will come across some of the most famous monuments in the world such as the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Here is an overview of the best areas to stay in Rome:
- The best area to stay in Rome: Termini and Esquilino
- The quietest neighborhood in Rome: Aventino
- The cultural district of Rome: Rione Monti
- Where to stay in Rome for nightlife: Piazza di Spagna
- Where to stay in Rome for a gastronomic journey: Jewish Ghetto
Termini and Esquilino
Termini is the central hub of the city’s public transport. Here you will find the widest choice of accommodation, from hostels to luxury hotels frequented by businessmen and celebrities.
The proximity to Termini Station makes this district ideal both for visiting the city and for trips out of town. It is from here that the trains connecting Rome to the main Italian cities and to the small gems located outside the capital depart.
Furthermore, Termini Station is the only point in Rome where both the A (red) and B (blue) metro lines stop. If it’s your first time in the city and you plan a lot of sightseeing, this area is definitely ideal.
The Aventino district is one of the quietest areas of the capital. At this point you will have already noticed that many districts of Rome have the name of the seven hills: Aventino, Campidoglio, Celio, Esquilino, Palatino, Quirinale and Viminale (but this is just one of the many curiosities concerning the eternal city).
The Aventino area is located a few steps from the famous Baths of Caracalla and about 15 minutes from the historic center. At the same time, the green spaces and its hidden gems make it one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Rome. Try asking about the Rose Garden and the famous Keyhole and you won’t regret it.
Its small size and location mean few hotels to choose from, but it’s an area that I highly recommend if you want to get away from the classic tourist trails.
Rione Monti (or simply Monti, as the Romans call it) has recently risen to the limelight for its lively nightlife. Former red light district of the capital, today this area is full of trattorias, clothing shops and trendy bars.
But the real gem of Rione Monti is the high concentration of artistic beauties. Within a few steps you will have the opportunity to visit the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Trajan’s Forum with its market.
If you are looking for a convenient location, nightlife and cultural activities, the Rione Monti is the perfect choice for your stay in Rome.
Piazza di Spagna
Second only to the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps are the symbol of the capital. However, not everyone knows that the area of Piazza di Spagna is also the one with the highest level of nightlife. Easily accessible by public transport, including the metro, this area is the beating heart of the city.
Via Condotti and Via del Corso are the two most famous streets for luxury shopping and dining in starred restaurants. Don’t forget to throw three coins into the Trevi Fountain each of which equates to a wish.
If you want to be in the center of the social life of Rome, this is the place to stay. However, it’s an extremely expensive area and not for all budgets; so if you are thinking of a budget holiday, you will have to look elsewhere.
Winding streets and an atmosphere faithful to ancient roots, the Jewish Ghetto extends from Piazza Venezia to the banks of the Tiber. You will be a short distance from the center and close to attractions such as Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori market, the Great Synagogue and the Mouth of Truth which, according to the legend, will bite the hand of anyone who lies!
What not everyone knows is that the Jewish Ghetto has a fundamental importance for the Roman gastronomic tradition (have you ever heard of artichokes alla giudia?) You will be surrounded by taverns and restaurants that blend together different culinary traditions.
The old Jewish Ghetto is one of the culinary gems of Europe and a great choice for a gastronomic journey.
Recommended Hotels in Rome
In conclusion, to complete our guide on where to stay in Rome, here is a list of the best hotels in Rome, rated on the basis of their location, cleanliness and guest reviews.
- Best budget hotel in Rome: Hotel Mirti
- Best family hotel in Rome: Sunrise in Rome Holidays
- Best B&B in Rome: B&B Domus Aurea
- Best luxury hotel in Rome: Trianon Borgo Pio Aparthotel
- Best hostel in Rome: Hostel Trastevere
Luxury hotels in Rome
- In The Center – Spanish Steps (highly recommended)
- The Republic
- The Liberty Boutique Hotel
- iQ Hotel Rome