Best hotels in Rome 2022: 5-star stays in downtown boutiques and hostels

I never tire of Rome. No matter how many times I visit, there’s always something new to discover – be it a museum, a fresco, a trendy bar or a mouth-watering gelateria.

The hotel scene is also changing and visitors now have far more choice than ever before, with cozy guesthouses, stylish suites and trendy boutique retreats giving traditional establishments healthy competition.

It’s not a cheap destination though, and the places that offer the best value for money tend to book up quickly. Try to book well in advance, or visit out of season – the Italian capital has wonderful weather and can be surprisingly mild, even in December.

Here is a selection of hotels, with something for every budget.

The best hotels in Rome are:

  • Ideal for fashionistas: Portrait Rome, booking.com
  • Ideal for a personal touch: JK Place, booking.com
  • Best for History: Roman Forum Inn, booking.com
  • Ideal for a peaceful refuge: Margutta 19, booking.com
  • Ideal for small budgets: Generator, booking.com
  • Best for Romance: Boutique Hotel Campo de’Fiori, booking.com
  • Ideal for foodies: The Hassler, booking.com, booking.com
  • Ideal for the atmosphere: Donna Camilla Savelli, booking.com
  • Ideal for sophistication: Russia Hotel, booking.com
  • Ideal for comfort: Buonanotte Garibaldi, booking.com
  • Ideal for industrial chic: Rome Chapter, booking.com
  • Ideal for historic luxury: Naiadi Palace, booking.com
  • Best for Durability: Rome Cavalieri, booking.com

Neighborhood: Piazza di Spagna​

The view from Portrait Roma’s impressive penthouse suite

(Portrait Rome)

More a collection of chic suites than a traditional hotel, Portrait Roma sits above the Ferragamo store on Via Condotti, the city’s most famous designer shopping street. It’s a stylish keyhole — the decor all muted neutrals enlivened with pops of color, sketches of Ferragamo’s coveted shoes on the walls, sleek kitchenettes, and all the modern tech you could want. A few steps from the Spanish Steps, it also has an exclusive rooftop bar and terrace where you can have breakfast or sip aperitifs.

Price: From €850 per suite (£755)

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Neighbourhood: Piazza di Spagna

Feed your creative mind in JK Place’s art and fashion library

(JK Square)

It’s the attention to detail that has given this townhouse a loyal following. It mixes luxurious style — all onyx, antiques, and glamorous marble bathrooms — with a relaxing, home-like atmosphere. Rooms have free mini-bars plus Bose sound systems, dining is simple with an all-day cafe serving gourmet burgers and club sandwiches, and there’s even a library where you can leaf through brilliant books. about fashion and art.

Price: From €914 per room (£773)

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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico

Traditional wooden beams and rich fabrics give the rooms of this luxury hideaway a warm atmosphere, while the rooftop terrace offers lovely views of some of central Rome’s most famous landmarks. But what really sets this hotel apart is the fact that it has a 2,000-year-old cryptoporticus (a stone gallery with carvings) in the cellar. Discovered at the end of the 19th century, it once stood between a densely populated part of Rome and the Imperial Forum, the remains of which are just a short walk away.

Price: From €305 per room (£259)

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Neighborhood: Villa Borghese

Margutta 19 belongs to the exclusive franchise Small Luxury Hotels of the World

(Small luxury hotels of the world)

It only opened last year, but this converted palace has already earned a reputation as a chic retreat. Tucked away on Via Margutta – known as the street of the artists as it was once home to names like Stravinsky, Picasso and Fellini – it has a chic, clean style. The restaurant serves Roman classics with a modern twist, the rooms are decorated in soothing neutral tones and, unusually for Rome, there’s a secluded garden that helps you feel tranquil and pleasantly sleepy.

Price: From €509 per room (£430)

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Neighbourhood: Esquilino

If you’re looking for cheap yet stylish accommodation in Rome, this hip hostel in a converted chain hotel should do the trick. It offers a mix of private en-suite rooms, all decorated in an unpretentious contemporary style, as well as shared dormitories. There’s a cozy lounge bar, as well as a cafe to stock up on espresso. It’s ideal if you’re sightseeing as the hostel has luggage storage and is about a 10 minute walk from Termini station.

Price: From €80 per room (£68)

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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico

The romantic ivy-covered exterior of Hotel Campo De’ Fiori

(Hotel Campo De’ Fiori)

This ivy-clad hotel is still independently owned and is a charming loveseat, with its traditional mix of antiques, coffered ceilings, and rich red fabrics. Its central location means you can soak up the bustling atmosphere of the nearby market and stroll hand-in-hand to snap some beloved selfies by the Trevi Fountain. The highlight, literally and figuratively, is the roof terrace which offers panoramic views of the Roman skyline.

Price: From €156 per room (£132)

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Neighbourhood: Piazza di Spagna

Hassler’s Michelin-starred restaurant Imagò offers great city views

(The stalker)

They’ve been caring for celebrities and (well-heeled) civilians at The Hassler for 125 years, and this luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps serves up a reliable blend of tradition, opulence, and excellent service. Its appeal to foodies lies in Imagò, its Michelin-starred restaurant. Located on the sixth floor and helmed by Chef Francesco Alpreda who puts a new spin on classic Italian dishes, it also offers stunning city views.

Price: From €757 per room (£639)

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Neighbourhood: Trastevere

The historic Donna Camilla Savelli was once a convent

(Donna Camilla Savelli)

This former convent has been transformed into a comfortable hotel, but still exudes serenity with its own church, garden courtyard and vaulted ceilings. Rooms are chic but simple and breakfast, which you can have in the garden, includes a feast of vegan treats. The building was designed by Baroque master Borromini and sits in the heart of Trastevere, a wondrous maze of cobbled streets and courtyards just across the Tiber from Rome’s main historic center.

Price: From €174 per room (£147)

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Neighbourhood: Piazza di Spagna

Hotel de Russie’s secluded garden is the perfect place to escape the busy city streets

(Hotel of Russia)

Designer Olga Polizzi gave this hotel an elegant feel, fusing traditional style with art deco flourishes. Although it’s close to the Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s tourist honeypots, the hotel feels like an oasis of calm — thanks in large part to its secluded garden. You can dine here on warm summer nights or sip a cocktail and people watch in the private square of Stravinskij Bar. There’s also a stylish spa, with a saltwater pool and Finnish sauna – well, you can’t overlook la bella figura in Rome after all.

Price: From €1169 (£988)

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Neighbourhood: Trastevere

Have your breakfast al fresco in the intimate Buonanotte Garibaldi

(Buonanotte Garibaldi)

There are just three rooms in this charming little B&B run by Luisa Longo, who lives and works here. She works with textiles, especially silks and satins, which she has used to give each piece a distinctive bohemian spirit. All the bedrooms are en-suite and you can have breakfast on the small patio, before leaving for a day of sightseeing.

Price: From €297 per room (£251)

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Neighbourhood: Regola

A double baby room at Chapter Roma

(Giulia Venanzi)

It’s only a few minutes’ walk from the Pantheon, the temple of all the gods of ancient Rome, but this new hotel is a contemporary hideaway with a distinctly earthy vibe. It stands on Via di Santa Maria de’Calderari (“Street of the Blacksmiths”) and interiors reflect the area’s industrial heritage — but with a touch of luxury. Rooms have bare brick walls, designer furniture, and Marshall Bluetooth speakers, while the lobby bar is an edgy mix of modern art and ironwork. There’s even a healthy salad and juice bar, handy if you’ve had too many pizzas.

Price: From €238 per double room (£201)

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Neighbourhood: Quirinale

There is a sumptuous freshness in the rooms of this five-star hotel. Decorated in soft neutral tones, they are a modern mix of brocades and large mirrors, plump pillows and marble bathrooms. But it’s the whisper of history that sets it apart. Part of the building was once a granary, built in the 16th century for Pope Clementine, while in the basement you can peek at the remains of the Baths of Diocletian which date back to 298 AD. The hotel completes this historic splendor with a rooftop swimming pool, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the ancient city.

Price: From €346 per double room with breakfast (£292)

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Neighbourhood: Trionfale

Rome Cavalieri swimming pool

(Rome Cavalieri)

This resort hotel is set on 15 acres of parkland and takes sustainability seriously. it was the first in Rome to obtain Green Key certification, monitor its CO2 emissions, work with associations to support disadvantaged communities and even turn leftover bread into beer to fight food waste. There’s not much left here – the restaurant, La Pergola, run by chef Heinz Beck, has three Michelin stars.

Price: From €339 per double room (£287)

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