The 12 Best Hotels In Rome [2020]

Indulge in a dose of la dolce vita with a stay at one of Rome's best hotels across all price points.

By Jacqueline Parisi

24 January 2020

When it comes to important travel decisions, deciding where to stay is a close second behind the fundamental question of where to go. When Journy trip designers are providing hotel recommendations for travelers, they think holistically, with considerations for for neighborhood, type of accommodation, budget, services/features, and design/aesthetic.

  • Neighborhood
    Are you okay hopping on the metro to go from one end of the city to the other for sightseeing? Do you want to be within walking distance of restaurants? Or neighborhoods such as Trastevere and Campo de' fiori? And what about shopping on storied streets like Via Veneto? If this is just a stopover from one city to the next, do you want to be near a transit hub? Geographical proximity is an important factor to consider when thinking about what neighborhood best aligns with your tastes, preferences, and priorities.
  • Type of accommodation
    Are you traveling with kids and looking for an adjoining room? Do you want two rooms on the same floor? Would you mind dozing off in a Queen bed or are you a stickler about a King? When it comes to European hotels—especially small boutique or historic properties—you can't expect the same type of accommodations as traditional American hotels, so it's important to do your research.
  • Budget
    How much you want to spend per night (or per person, per night) is arguably the most important considering when deciding where to stay.
  • Services/features
    What are your non-negotiables when it comes to hospitality services and features? Non-smoking? Free breakfast? Parking? Rooftop bar? 24/7 room service?
  • Design/aesthetic
    In your mind, is a hotel just a spot to catch some Zzzs, shower, scarf down breakfast, and head back out again? If so, the design and overall aesthetic of the property may not be as important of a consideration. But if you have plans to spend time around the hotel, maybe perch yourself in a corner to read or answer some emails, or head up to the rooftop restaurant for a pre-dinner drink, you may want to consider the vibe of the space—from minimalist decor with natural light streaming through large windows, to a cozy, more intimate art deco feel. Are you craving elaborate, old world frescoes or ornate chandeliers?

With these five considerations in mind, we've narrowed down a list of 12 preferred Rome hotels to help you indulge in la dolce vita in The Eternal City, Rome. But remember, travel is personal. That's why Journy builds every itinerary (complete with hotels, restaurants, activities, and transportation) from scratch, every time.

Luxury Hotels

Average price: $500+/night

1. D.O.M. Hotel Rome

Private terrace at D.O.M Hotel | @domhotelroma

D.O.M hotel is located in the heart of Papal Rome in a 17th century aristocratic palazzo on one of the city’s oldest and most iconic streets (Via Giulia). With just 18 rooms, this 5-star hotel exudes a supremely intimate feel, with large stately mirrors and oversized decorative headboards contributing to the Venetian style. The romantic rooftop terrace offers guests spectacular views of the city center, along with an exclusive view of the Tiber River and Giancolo’s verdant green hills. The restaurant on premises, VERVE, boasts two acclaimed chefs, Adriano Magnoli and Antonella Mascolo, at the helm.

Neighborhood: Piazza Navona/Pantheon

2. Hotel Vilòn

Hotel Vilòn | @hotelvilon

Of the many adjectives Hotel Vilòn uses in their Instagram bio to describe their property are...elegant, chic, stylish, contemporary, unusual, aristocratic, cozy, and precious. We’d be inclined to agree with all of the above. Set in the heart of Rome in a former 16th-century building, Hotel Vilòn is the epitome of charm and one of the best luxury hotels in the city. Whether you opt for an intimate bedroom or sprawling suite, you’ll be treated with private terraces and exclusive views of the Borghese Palace Gardens. And for all family travelers out there, take note. The hotel offers babysitting services, extra beds and cribs, laundry, and free breakfast for the whole family. It’s also an entirely smoke-free property.

Neighborhood: City Center

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3. Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Villa Spalletti Trivelli | @villaspallettitrivelli

This 14-room boutique hotel is the perfect home base with which to explore Rome’s top attractions, including the nearby shopping districts of Via del Corso and Via Condotti, the Piazza del Quirinale, and the Trevi Fountain. The refined yet intimate “drawing rooms” are outfitted in dark mahogany wood and furnished with genuine antiques and floor-to-ceiling bookcases, with rooms ranging from standard doubles to apartments and garden luxury suites. The Rooftop Terrace—with hot tubs, light bites, and drinks—is the perfect pre-dinner, golden hour spot to indulge in a dose of opulence on your vacation.

Neighborhood: Monti

4. Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie | @hotelderussie

The crown jewel of the Rocco Forte hotel empire, Hotel de Russie sits between two of Rome’s most revered piazzas—Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps—on Via del Babuino.

It has attracted a host of famous and influential guests over the years due to its stylish interiors, paradisiacal gardens, and fine dining—in fact, the French poet Jean Cocteau dubbed it "paradise on earth" in 1917. Indulge in an expertly crafted martini, an aperitivo in the Secret Garden, or an all-day spa session.

Neighborhood: Piazza del Popolo

5. Hotel de la Ville

Hotel de la Ville | @hoteldelavillerome

Sitting atop the iconic Spanish Steps, Hotel de la Ville is a taste of contemporary, Roman luxury, overlooking centuries of history.

With rooms designed by Olga Polizzi and Tommaso Ziffer, this hotel offers the best in comfort and Italian glamour. Sit with a drink in the elegant vermouth bar with panoramas of Rome to keep you company.

Neighborhood: Trevi / Ludovisi

High-End Hotels

Average price: $300 - $500/night

6. Crossing Condotti

Crossing Condotti | @crossing_condotti

This traditionally elegant property within walking distance of the Spanish Steps feels more like a chic, residential townhouse than a hotel. You’ll become fast friends with their two concierges, Davide and Francesco. You’ll marvel at the work of featured Italian artists in the rooms and throughout the corridors, and you won’t mind that there’s just a stairwell and no elevator—indeed an indelible part of the small luxury hotel’s historic charm.

Neighborhood: City Center/Central Rome

7. The First Roma Arte

The First Roma Arte | @thefirstroma

An art-lover’s hideout in the heart of Rome, rooms at The First Roma Arte feel like a traveler’s personal gallery and are outfitted with works by acclaimed local Italian artists such as Alessandra Amici, Fabrizio Campanella, and Giacinto Occhionero. The roof of this 200-year-old, former 19th-century nobleman’s palace, Acquaroof, offers sweeping, panoramic views of the city. For dinner, don’t miss the refined Mediterranean cuisine at Michelin-starred Acquolina (the Scampi Linguine with Raspberry Vinegar, Black Garlic, and Artichoke caught our eye, as did the Red Mullet with Cherry and Hibiscus).

Neighborhood: Piazza del Popolo

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Mid-Range Hotels

Average price: $180 - $300/night

8. Relais Orso

Relais Orso | @relaisorso

Location-wise, it doesn’t get much better than the Piazza Navona/Pantheon area where Relais Orso is located. What’s more, it’s just a short walk (about eight minutes) from Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna, Rome’s exclusive shopping district. And with a comfortable, modern room design and rooftop garden, the property offers a welcome respite after a long day out and about in Rome.

Neighborhood: Piazza Navona/Pantheon

9. Hotel Capo D'Africa

Hotel Capo D'Africa | @hotelcapodafrica

Nestled on a quiet side street just five minutes from the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Hotel Capo D’Africa is the ideal home base from which to explore historic Rome. Guest rooms are bright and spacious and, in addition to all the bells and whistles modern travelers have come to expect (24-hour reception, free WiFi, gym), there’s a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy breakfast with a not-too-shabby view of the Colosseum. For families, there’s babysitting services and cribs available upon request, connection rooms, and a large playground (Piazza Celimontana) not too far away.

Neighborhood: Ancient Rome

10. CasaCau

CasaCau | @casacau

For well-designed, boutique, apartment-style residents in Rome, CasaCau is a safe bet. The former 17th-century residential building just a few minutes from the Trevi Fountain is now home to six spacious apartments comfortably outfitted with kitchenettes and dining spaces (although free breakfast is offered). The design channels 70s vintage—in the best way—with select rooms offering small outdoor terraces that overlook the market square. Note that there isn’t an elevator on premises.

Neighborhood: Spanish Steps/Trevi Fountain

Standard Hotels

Average price: $100 - $180/night

11. Casa Montani

Casa Montani | @cnjohansens

This design-forward hotel is housed in a 19th-century palace within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Vatican City, and Villa Borghese. Rooms are rendered exceedingly charming and refined with hardwood floors, linen, silk, and marble—and work from the Sicilian artist Beppe Buttera can be found on walls throughout. Every room is non-smoking.

Neighborhood: Piazza del Popolo

12. Salotto Monti

Salotto Monti | @salottomonti

Salotto Monti is located in a quaint but trendy neighborhood known for its artisan boutiques, street food, cobblestone lanes, and sprawling piazzas. It’s close to the Colosseum, Imperial Roman Forums, and National Opera House—in addition to Rome’s main train station and public transport hub, Termini. And for all the history buffs out there, take note: the neighborhood happens to encircle the ancient Roman quarter of Suburra, where Julias Caesar was born. There are just 12 rooms in this boutique property that range from double to superior apartment, with the unique option to select your room at check-in based on availability (with the understanding, of course, that they’ll always make sure there’s at least one room for your party size set aside).

Neighborhood: Monti

For a complete guide to Rome's must-see sights, must-eat food and drink, and must-visit neighborhoods, look no further than our complete guide.

Interested in weighing the benefits and trade-offs of other Rome hotels not on this list (Waldorf Astoria, The St. Regis Rome, Portrait Roma, Hotel Eden, J.K. Place Roma, Palazzo Manfredi, Hassler Roma)? That's what your personal trip designer is here for. Journy's got you covered.

Hotel Vilòn | @hotelvilon