The Best Hotels in the Heart of Old Rome
Old Rome, the Centro Storico, or the Historic City of Rome, was the former city centre and where you’ll find many of Rome’s ancient treasures, including the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Forum. This is also a great place for old piazzas filled with small shops and centuries-old architecture, and of course where you’ll find the best hotels in the heart of Old Rome.
You’ll find the best hotels in the heart of Old Rome within the Aurelian walls, to the left of the Tiber river. There are 22 different districts to choose from, from the Campo Marzio, which is where you’ll find the Spanish Steps and the ‘Water Clock’ to the Trevi, which has a number of great fountains and palaces, to the Pigna, which is where you’ll find the Pantheon and the Piazza Venezia and the Celio which is where you’ll find the Colosseum, several basilicas and the Arch of Constantine.
Each district has its own treasures, but it’s feasible to walk between all of them. As well as finding some incredibly historic views in the best hotels in the heart of Old Rome, you’re also surrounded by a wealth of cafes and restaurants, littering the architecturally magnificent squares and piazzas.
The Best Hotels in the Heart of Old Rome
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The Portrait Suites, in the fashion district, are a collection of 11 luxurious, boutique style suites with haute couture furniture, kitchenettes, marble bathrooms and private terraces.
The Piazza di Spagna 9 is a beautifully designed mansion in the heart of Rome with just six, individually decorated rooms, a Turkish steam bath and its own contemporary art gallery.
Or you might try the Palazzo Manfredi, with just 16 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments, many of which actually have views onto the Colosseum and Forum, as well as an excellent rooftop restaurant with amazing views.
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The Capo d'Africa is a sleek, retro, mid-sized hotel with a gorgeous roof terrace overlooking the Colosseum and the bell tower, a gym, bar and a restaurant which serves great pasta.
Along the same vein is Forty Seven, a contemporary boutique hotel, also with a fantastic roof terrace restaurant, and plush bedrooms, some with private terraces.
Or you might try the Locanda Cairoli, a chic, comfortable hotel with a charming garden and the air of a private home.
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The Hotel Celio, directly opposite the Colosseum with 19 exquisite rooms, with features like mosaic floors, frescoes, trompe-l'œil paintings but also all the mod, cons..
The Most Romantic Hotels in the Heart of Old Rome
Crossing Condotti offers an oasis of privacy and luxury, with just six rooms and decor which is a happy marriage between nicely chosen Baroque antiques and a modern canvas.
Or, if you want the ultimate in romantic luxury, try La Residenza Napoleone, two incredibly opulent apartments dripping in old world romance, with huge oils, taffeta silks and beautiful antiques. They also offer an in-house cook.
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The Due Torri is surprisingly peaceful, considering its central location, and offers 26 elegant rooms and four family apartments, in a building which was once home to Cardinals, Bishops and famous noble families.
Margutta 54 is a bit different, a sleek collection of six suites with all the mod. cons. which can cater to all types of travellers.
Or you might also try Mario de Fiori 37, another slick set of four self catering suites and apartments,
or The Inn at The Roman Forum, a beautiful guesthouse with 14 charmingly decorated bedrooms, suites and family rooms and a lovely rooftop terrace, positioned right between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
The Most Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Old Rome
The Eden is a large and luxurious, five star property with traditional decor and traditional discretion in a great spot that you can really appreciate when dining in the spectacular roof terrace restaurant.
Or you might try the Hotel de Russie, which has a lovely courtyard and garden, and light, airy rooms, and a spa and pool - despite being in the centre of town.
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At around £80 per night the Locarno is in a similar price bracket, and is a 1920s era hotel with a lively bar and understated sophistication.
Or you might try the Hotel de Monti, a bright, modern B&B with seven comfortable rooms well located between the main train station and the Colosseum, with a room rate which starts from £53 per night.
If you haven’t found your ideal property on our Guru’s list of the best hotels in the heart of Old Rome, you could:
- expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Rome?
- Or you could refine your list to great hotels near the Colosseum, or the best hotels in Trastevere?
- You might consider our Guru’s list of the best hotels near the Vatican, or our recommdendations for great hotels near the Colosseum?
- You could also review our articles recommending the Best boutique hotels in Rome or the 10 Best Family Hotels in Rome?
- Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Best Hotels in the Heart of Old Rome
Portrait Suites Rome 11 rooms from £555Local exploring - Located right beside the Spanish Steps this is a very central location for exploring the cityCity Style - Owned and designed by the Ferragamo family, this is an unsurprisingly stylish boutique stayDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Luxury boutique suites in Rome's fashion district. Like the shops below, these suites are just as fashionable and come with an equally expensive price tag, with good reason. Each suite boasts enormous space, haute couture designer furniture, marble bathrooms, kitchenettes and private terraces. See More
Piazza di Spagna 9 Rome 6 rooms from £258City Style - The hotel itself doubles up as an art and design exhibition, it doesn't get much trendier than thatRomantic Break - Unwind in the Turkish steam bath, designed for twoSights nearby - Just next to The Spanish Steps and Fontana di TreviFour poster beds - For romantics.
Located in the heart of Rome, this designer Mansion is uniquely decorated and boasts its very own contemporary art gallery. There are six individually decorated guest rooms and a Turkish steam bath for relaxing after a day's sightseeing. The perfect blend of contemporary and classic Roman elegance. See More
Palazzo Manfredi Rome 16 rooms from £276Local exploring - Located besides the Colosseum, as a location, it doesn't get much better than thisFamilies - Children are well looked after with a babysitting service and kids' menus5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Next to the Colosseum and Roman ForumRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
Capo d'Africa Rome 65 rooms from £162Roof terrace - A roof terrace is pretty specatucualr in Rome, and this roof terrace is no exceptionSights nearby - Located in the heart of Imperial Rome, a stone's throw from the ColosseumTownhouse - The hotel was once a school built in the early 20th-centuryRestrictions on children - Adults only propertyRecommended by - Tablet
Contemporary, sleek hotel in the shadow of the Colosseum in the centre of Rome. Gorgeous roof terrace over looking the city bell tower and Colosseum. Attentive staff. Bedrooms are retro and stylish. Excellent gym, cool Centrum bar and La Terrazza serves the best pasta. Near perfect urban hotel. See More
Forty Seven Rome 61 rooms from £148Romantic Break - The suites have a private panoramic terrace, an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of wine with your significant otherCity Style - With each floor dedicated to a master of twentieth-century Italian art, this is a very stylish staySights nearby - Located across from the Roman Forum's Temple of VestaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Contemporary boutique hotel with a fantastic roof terrace restaurant. Plush bedrooms and suites have parquet floors, huge comfy beds and all the modern gadgetry. Magnificent views from private terraces and the roof top. Romantic and stylish enough for the modern traveller. See More
Locanda Cairoli Rome 15 rooms from £176Great walks - Wander the streets towards the Spanish Steps and explore the rabbit warren streets.Local markets - Explore the nearby Portico d’Ottavia, the Jewish quarter of Rome.Sights nearby - Close to Piazza Navona and The PantheonLively area - In the thick of the action.
Hotel Celio Rome 19 rooms from £175Romantic Break - Sunbathe on the roof terrace, stroll through the streets of Rome, enjoying St Peter's Square, the Vatican, Trevi fountainCity Style - Hotel is seconds from the Colosseum; all of Rome's mueseums, restaurants, shops and sights on the doorstepSights nearby - Basilica di San Clemente, Colosseum, and Arch of Constantine. Also nearby are Roman Forum and Basilica di San GiovanniLocal markets - Campo dei Fiori Market, Piazza Vittorio Market, Porta Portese Flea Market
An exquisite hotel opposite the Colosseum. Individual rooms feature mosaic floors, frescoes, trompe-l'œil paintings and all the modcons. Roof terrace and children's pool, and an impressive breakfast room. An unbeatable location in the city. A luxurious and romantic choice for city exploring. See More
Crossing Condotti Rome 10 rooms from £191Local exploring - Right in the heart of the city, with easy access to numerous cultural sights as well as designer shops and restaurantsCity Style - The design perfectly merges traditional elegance and chic contemporary styleSights nearby - Steps away from the Piazza di Spagna in the centre of RomeFour poster beds - For romantics.
Luxurious recently refurbished oasis near the Spanish Steps that marries modern décor with well-chosen antiques. Intimate rooms, suites and one apartment with original beamed ceilings, polished wooden floors, enormous beds and tasteful artworks. Elegant and chic, with very personal service. See More
La Residenza Napoleone Rome 2 rooms from £633LuxuryOpulentRomantic BreakRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
Incredibly opulent apartment suites drenched in old world Italian romance. Huge oil paintings, taffeta silks, lavish beds, Baroque furniture, antique lighting and romantic pastels covering the walls. Each suite has a kitchenette, private terrace, in-house cook and access to a concierge service. See More
Due Torri Rome 26 rooms from £104Local exploring - Location is perfect for those wishing to emerce themsevles in Rome and explore like a local.Historic - Previously the building housed Cardinals, Bishops, and famous noble Roman famillies.Families - Four small apartments are ideal for accommodating families.Great walks - Right in the historic heart of Rome, wander the streets and get a feel for the Eternal City.
Margutta 54 Rome 6 rooms from £217Local exploring - With a very central address and a very knowledgeable host (Alberto Moncada) who can give you endless local tipsFamilies - Well suited to families with the option of using the sofabed or otherwise booking interconnected roomsSights nearby - A stone's throw from the Spanish StepsLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Mario de Fiori 37 Rome 4 rooms from £246Families - Extra beds can be arranged in your room for children and there's a babysitting service tooLocal exploring - Located just a stroll from the Spanish StepsSights nearby - Within spitting distance of the Spanish StepsLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
The Inn at The Roman Forum Rome 14 rooms from £160Romantic Break - As the name suggests this property is just a stones throw from one of Rome's major attraction, the Roman ForumHideaway - It may be in the heart of the city, but the quiet alley it sits on feels hiddenSights nearby - Located between the Roman forum and the Colosseum and there's many other attractions in walking distanceRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
Eden Rome 121 rooms from £321Romantic Break - The opulent and enourmous suites are ideal for a couples hideaway, not to mention the romantic rooftop resturant.Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploing the sights of Rome, close enough to travel by foot or bicycle.Great walks - Visit nearby Borghese Gardens for lovely walking gardens, museums and historic buildings.Sights nearby - Close to the Spanish Steps, one of Rome's most famous sights.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
A five-star luxury hotel in one of Rome's most exclusive areas. Traditionally furnished rooms exude opulence and old world style with bold fabrics, antique furnishings and spectacular views of the city. Unwind in the Piano bar or soak up the skyline in the fine dining rooftop restaurant. Spoiling. See More
Hotel de Russie Rome 122 rooms from £350Local exploring - With it's central location and range of guided walking and biking tours, this is the perfect launching spot to explore the cityGarden - Stunning terraced gardens where you can dine during the summer monthsRestaurant - Recommended.Spa - Featuring hydropool and Turkish steam bathRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
Locarno, Rome Rome 83 rooms from £200Romantic Break - Chic decor, central location and romantic rooftop bar make this an ideal getaway for two!Local exploring - Use the free hotel bikes to explore the historic city centre like a local.Great walks - Just five minutes away you'll find Villa Borghese, the third largest public park in Rome.Sights nearby - Check out the iconic Piazza del Popolo, located just a few minutes from the hotel.
Hotel de Monti Rome 7 rooms from £64Local exploring - In the heart of the city this bolthole has a concierge service which will book tickets to events and monuments for youValue chic - Located in the central Monti district this chic little hotel comes with very attractive ratesSights nearby - Central location between Rome train station and the ColosseumLocal markets - Sample local produce at Trajan’s Market