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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.

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

For something special

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

For a city break

  • 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.

For history buffs

  • 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..

For romance

  • 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.

For families

  • 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.

For luxury

  • 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.

For great value

  • 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:

  1. expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Rome,
  2. refine your list to great hotels near the Colosseum,
  3. consider our Guru’s list of the best hotels near the Vatican,
  4. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Friday, 7th August 2015
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