Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (VIII)

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (VIII)

Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Residenza Napoleone III – Private Suite in Historic Palace


Want to live like a principessa? In your own suite of royal rooms? The Residenza Napoleone III allows you to indulge in this fantasy. Located in the sixteenth century Palazzo Ruspoli, it may be Rome’s tiniest – only two suites – yet most luxurious hotel option.


The Ruspoli family had the grand idea of opening two of their historic apartments, and running them as luxury hotel suites. The Napoleone Suite is the most dramatic. Silk-draped canopy bed, antique paintings and furniture, and brocade-covered walls all lend an aristocratic feel. 


The Roof Top Garden Suite is more staid and classic, but with an amazing view from the roof top terrace.The Palace, which has been in the Ruspoli family since 1713, is located just down the street from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti. Breakfast is served each morning and Princess Ruspoli (yes, she’s a princess!) can arrange anything from a candlelit dinner for two to dinner for twenty in the grand salon.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Rome Sweet Home – Short Term Rentals


If there is one thing a traveling foodie misses while on the road is having a kitchen. The chance to bring home bounty from markets and transform it is a dream. So, if you’re coming to Rome, and want to call it home, Rome Sweet Home has the biggest selection of short-term rentals in the city.


The site is divided by neighborhood, so familiarize yourself with where you want to be before you start searching. A big trend in rentals these days seems to be ground floor studios, so look carefully before you rent. Some of these can be quite nice, but they certainly won’t have a view.


The range of apartments is huge, going from studio flats to multi room palazzi. 



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: The Inn at the Roman Forum – Luxury Boutique Hotel in Monti


This small 5-star luxury hotel is located in Monti and includes only a handful of rooms, strung out over a four-floor townhouse. Each is decorated differently, with rich fabrics and custom made furnishing. Two of the best rooms are located at the very top floor, and look out into a private garden in the back. 


The common area, also located on the top floor, includes a cozy living room with fireplace and a small terrace with amazing views out over the Roman Forum. Make sure you visit the ancient cryptoporticus in the basement.

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Lancelot – Small family hotel, Great location


This family-owned hotel is just down the street from the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. The rooms are spacious and each one decorated differently, and some have terraces and views of the Coliseum. But what truly sets this hotel apart is the extraordinary cheerfulness and graciousness of the staff, who seemingly speak just about every language. The location is near enough to walk to many sites, and right near both the metro and many bus lines. Set on a small side street, the rooms are very quite at night.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Monti Home – Cool Little Apartment in Monti


This elegant flat is located in the Monti neighborhood in Rome, one the best places to stay while you are visiting. The apartment is within walking distance of most of Rome’s major monuments, and the Coliseum and Roman Forum are just down the street.


The apartment is located on a very quiet street and enjoys bright sunshine. There are restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance.


The apartment is made up of one double bedroom, entrance hall, living room, kitchen and bathroom. The living rooms are furnished with a convertible sofa, which sleeps two comfortably. Both bedroom and living room have doors, which makes this the perfect apartment for a couple, two couples, or a family.


There is a small balcony off the kitchen. Tenants can use the roof top terrace on the 6th floor. 


Please note: The apartment is located on the second floor (1st floor European) and there is no elevator.


The apartment enjoys the following amenities: Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Broadband Internet, Wi-Fi, Television, Telephone, Full bathroom with shower, Washing Machine, Fully equipped kitchen, iPod Speaker Dock, iPod connection to TV, Hair dryer.


Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Relais Palazzo Taverna – Stylish B&B near Antique Shops


This is actually two small townhouse B&B;s, located near each other and right off Via dei Coronari, known for its antiques shops. Both hotels are little gems. Rooms are spacious and stylish. Piazza Navona is only a short walk away, as is the area of Campo de’ Fiori. But since the hotel is on a small side street, all the rooms are quite. Breakfast is served in the room and there is always someone on staff.

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Santa Maria – Great hotel for families


The Hotel Santa Maria feels like a country hotel, but is located in the heart of Trastevere. Located in a converted 16th century cloister, the rooms focus on a cobble stoned courtyard, planted with orange trees and dotted with tables. 


All of the rooms are at ground level and open out into the courtyard. Many of the rooms sleep 3-4 people and are perfect for couples traveling with children (especially since they can run around the courtyard!) It really is like having your own private park. 


Added bonus: Free bicycle use for guests.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel St. George – Luxury Hotel on Via Giulia


The St. George is the only 5 star luxury hotel in this part of town. Located on the romantic and mostly pedestrian Via Giulia, it’s a short walk to Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Vatican. Its small size and boutique feel sets it apart from the rest of its 5 star colleagues near the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. The hotel has 65 rooms, all elegantly designed, as are the common areas. Very cozy wine bar and lounge, a library and a roof top bar open during the summer.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Teatro Pace – Charming small hotel in Baroque Palace


Everyone loves the Teatro Pace. It’s small, charming and located just down the street from Piazza Navona. It’s located in an ancient palace, down a small alley. But since it is a historic Baroque building, which means no elevator. So if you feel you can’t climb the four flights of stairs then you may want to reconsider. (That said, the 17th century curving staircase is pretty spectacular to climb)


The rooms are furnished with rich wood pieces, and some of them have small balconies or terraces. No breakfast room, so a tray with cappuccino and breakfast pastries is brought to the room.


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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Locarno – Art Nouveau charm


The Hotel Locarno has been in business since the 1920’s and still retains its old world, fashionable charm. Fabric covered walls, marble floors, oriental carpets and antiques make each room unique. The quirky style makes it a favorite with the film and fashion world. The hotel is made up of two buildings, connected by a central courtyard that is a cocktail bar during the summer. In addition to the usual luxury amenities, the hotel offers a fleet of bicycles for guests’ use.


The location is very central, just off the majestic Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of the shopping district around The Spanish Steps.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Portoghesi – Small 3-star Hotel. Great location


The days when the Hotel Portoghesi used to be a well-guarded secret are long gone. You have to book months in advance to get a room at this small hotel located a block away from Piazza Navona. With only 27 rooms, the family-run hotel feels very old world. But the recent renovation has made the rooms (and bathrooms) all the more comfortable. 


The location is excellent: a few blocks to both the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, yet on a narrow side street that is quite and romantic. Some of the standard rooms are on the small side, but for Rome this is fairly common. For a bigger room, book a junior suite. The rooftop terrace is used for breakfast and open to guests all day long. Staff is helpful and friendly.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Sant'Anselmo – Secluded Romantic Hotel


The Sant’Anselmo is located on the Aventine Hill, tucked between Circo Massimo and the Testaccio neighborhood. In other words: this is not your typical tourist area. In fact, the Sant’Anselmo is the only hotel in this area. That said, it’s a short walk down the hill to Testaccio, where 

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Dona Camilla Savelli – Converted convent by Borromini


It’s not every day you can stay in a convent designed by Borromini. The Dona Camilla Savelli was designed in the 17th century for an order of nuns by the famous architect. It has recently been restored and converted into a luxurious four-star 78-room hotel in the heart of Trastevere.


Since this is four-star, it’s decidedly less expensive that it’s five-star colleagues located nearer to the Spanish Steps. The location, in a quite corner of Trastevere, makes it walking distance from nearby sites like Piazza Navona and Castel San Angelo. During warm weather breakfast is served in the romantic courtyard.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Duca D'Alba – 4 Star Hotel in Monti


This small four-star hotel is located in the trendy Monti neighborhood. This is a fantastic location, near many restaurants, small boutiques and enoteche, without the craziness of more touristy zones like Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps. Walking distance to the Colosseum and the Forum and almost everything else. 


Even though the rooms are on the small side (especially the singles), they are beautifully furnished. The staff is extremely professional and helpful. A great choice for a four-star in Monti. (The only four-star in Monti as a matter of fact).



Best Place sto Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Forum Bar – Cocktails with view of Forum


Call me a romantic, but I like my cocktails with a view. Even if it’s nothing much more exotic than a gin & tonic, if I’m looking at the sun set over the Roman Forum, I’m happy. 


There aren’t a lot of places you can do this, so the terrace atop the Hotel Forum is a gem. Located just at the edge of the Monti neighborhood, the Forum Hotel rises up just where Via Cavour ends at Fori Imperiali. The smallish cocktail terrace is reached by taking the elevator up to the top floor, walking through the restaurant, and up a narrow flight of stairs. Once reached, the pocket-sized bar looks out over the Forum, and towards the Palatine and Campidoglio hills. As swallows swing by, order a Negroni or a Bellini – or even a Gin & Tonic – before you head on for dinner.


Location: Via Tor de' Conti


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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Barocco – Friendly small hotel


The Hotel Barocco is located just off Piazza Barberini, not far from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, at the foot of Via Veneto. Many of the 41 rooms have views out over Rome, and some even have small terraces. It features classic decoration, travertine bathrooms and good-sized rooms. Several luxury suites have just been added, including one with it’s own terrace and Jacuzzi. 


The hotel is known for it’s friendly service, and staff is gracious and willing to help with anything you need. Wi-Fi throughout. It also has a wonderful breakfast buffet.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Campo dei Fiori – Great location for dining at night


This small hotel is in a fantastic location, right off Campo de’ Fiori and it’s daily market. Very old-world in feeling, with each room decorated with antiques, heavy curtains and brocade fabrics. 


The common spaces include a cozy living room, complete with working fireplace and a rooftop terrace with great views. Since the hotel has no bar, grab a drink or a bottle from the bar across the street, and head up to the hotel’s roof. 


This is a great place to stay to be near all the great restaurants in this neighborhood (Campo de’ Fiori) as well as the Ghetto and Trastevere, all within walking distance. Sites are nearby as well, including Piazza Navona, The Vatican and Castel Saint Angelo.


Extremely friendly staff, helpful and speak English. 



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel de Russie – Luxury Hotel near Piazza del Popolo


Hotel de Russie opened several years ago to immediate raves. The building was completely redesigned, and the large, modern rooms display an understated luxury that is hard to find in this history-laden town. The garden, with a romantic restaurant and bar is one of the best places to enjoy an appetitive and climbs up the hill in the back of the hotel, making the place unique, and providing a tranquil oasis within the hustle and bustle of Rome.


This is a full service luxury hotel, with gym, spa, restaurant and bar. Rooms are spacious and some of the suites are the preferred home away from home for traveling movie stars. 

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Daphne Inn – Budget B&B near Veneto and Trevi


Daphne Inn’s two locations, near the Trevi Fountain and Via Veneto, are both stylish small B&B’s that are affordable and friendly. Cheerfully decorated rooms are each designed with individual touches, and are warm and cozy. There is free Wi-Fi and laptops available for use and guests receive pay-as-you-go mobile phones if they need them. Even though this is a budget hotel, the breakfast is pretty good, with fresh fruit, cold cuts, yogurt and muesli. A great choice for a budget hotel in the center of Rome. Friendly service, and most of the staff (and the owners) speak English.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Forty Seven – Modern Hotel near Circo Massimo


Modernity is juxtaposed with antiquity at Hotel Forty Seven. Forty Seven’s location—adjacent to the Forum and far from the chaos of the shopping district—and more affordable rates make this a good choice. Near the quaint neighborhoods of Trastevere and The Ghetto, which are filled with restaurants, wine bars and bakeries, just a block from Campidoglio Hill, the hotel has sixty-one rooms, including some suites with private balconies. There’s also a rooftop terrace that overlooks the piazza below, with the Temple of Vesta. And while guests have access to the hotel’s gym, the nearby Circo Massimo is perfect for a morning run.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Apollo – Affordable family-run hotel, great location 


I’m hesitant to include The Apollo in this guide, since I consider it my little secret. This small, clean, affordable hotel in one of Rome’s best neighborhoods is where I put my friends and family when there is overflow from my own home. 


This 3-star hotel has been run by the Pontecorvi family since 1935, with great warmth and charm. All of the rooms have been refurbished and are clean, elegant and comfortable. They aren’t huge, but did I mention how affordable they are? Breakfast is served on the top floor, with a view out over Rome’s rooftops. Step out of the front door and you are in the Monti neighborhood, with a wealth of restaurants and a view of the Coliseum. There are only 24 rooms, so it is often booked solid.

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Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Arco del Lauro B&B – Cozy B&B in the heart of Trastevere


This charming B&B is located in the quite part of Trastevere, far from the chaos of the bars and clubs, but close enough to cafes and restaurants to make it the perfect location. All four rooms are located on the ground floor of a 18th-century palazzo and are sleek, modern and clean. A common area has a wifi point. The hostess, Lorenza, is always happy to help with suggestions. 


Breakfast is served in the form a voucher which you cash in at the lovely café around the corner. The perfect place to sip your cappuccino as your plan your day. 



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Casa Howard – Boutique Design Hotel


This small boutique B&B is as heavy on style as service. Each room has a different theme which can play out in anything from plaid to zebra. You’re as likely to find antiques as satin covered modernity.


The hotel actually has two locations, both near the Spanish steps. Each take up floors of historic palaces, and each has five rooms. Some rooms are small, some are quite large. The feel is more akin to being in a private apartment than a hotel. Although most rooms have their own bath, not all do (so make sure which you are getting). But it’s not a youth hostel situation: you’ll get a kimono and slippers to make your way around. Breakfast is served in room, and there is always a maid on duty.



Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Caesar House – Boutique luxury hotel


This small boutique hotel feels like a private home. Located on a top floor of a palazzo on Via Cavour, it’s right near the Colliseum, the Roman Forum and the trendy Monti neighbourhood.


Each room is spacious and individually decorated. There is always someone on staff willing to help with anything from museum tickets to dry cleaning.

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Dining in Rome, Italy: Angolo DiVino – Hours will go by in a flash as you drink wine in this enoteca


In Italian, "Angolo diVino" is a play on words: it can mean "Corner of Wine" or "Divine Corner".


This tiny enoteca (wine bar and wine shop) between Piazza Farnese & Campo dé Fiori will make you feel like you've left the bustling metropolis of Rome, and have entered into a sleepy village. Opened in 1946, the same family still owns it. Good wine runs in their blood.


Angolo diVino is lined with wooden shelves that are stacked with wine bottles from floor to ceiling. Fans circle overhead as clusters of people sit, chat, and drink the fabulous wine that Massimo, the owner, has sourced from all over the country.


Massimo, a third-generation sommelier, has an incredible wine selection and he does not stock a single wine that he himself has not tasted and liked. He won’t sell a wine because it has a famous name, label or producer. He only stocks quality.


Angolo diVino is not just an enoteca. While the restaurant menu is short, every item is superb: the Danish filet, the marinated salmon, and the chocolate torte (paired with a sweet red wine like recioto, of course).


I often go here for a glass of wine (or a bottle or two!) with friends before dinner and Massimo will usually bring out a small plate of cheeses. He will help you choose a wine and I have never had a wine here that I didn't enjoy.


You also can buy a bottle to go or get some shipped back home.


Nearby, you can shop at DaDaDa and David Mayer, or visit Palazzo Spada.



Dining in Rome, Italy: Armando al Pantheon – Traditional Roman food with great prices


It's hard to find good traditional Roman food right in the center by all the touristy sites. Armando hits the mark, though. They've been around since 1961, so they know what they're doing: tasty Roman dishes in a casual environment without breaking the bank.


Daily specials rotate, and I especially love the spaghettini alla cernia (thin spaghetti with a simple sea bass sauce) on Tuesdays (12€). On Wednesday they serve ossobuco with peas and mushrooms (18€). If you're tired of eating carbonara, they even have dishes like duck with plums (19€).


Waiters are courteous, which is rare in Rome.


Be sure to book if you want to eat here: they don't have that many tables.


This place is easy to find: stand right in front of the Pantheon, facing the Pantheon, and make a right down that alley. You should see Armando's sign right away.