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The 6 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.

Palazzo Manfredi

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.

For A Special Occasion

Palazzo Manfredi

  • 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

Forty Seven

  • 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 Families

Inn at the Roman Forum

  • 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.
  • The Inn at The Roman Forum is a beautiful hotel with 14 charmingly decorated bedrooms, suites and family rooms and a lovely rooftop terrace, positioned right between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Rome
  • 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?
  • Alternatively you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • Palazzo Manfredi Rome 16 rooms from £276

      Local exploring  -  Located besides the Colosseum, as a location, it doesn't get much better than this
      Families  -  Children are well looked after with a babysitting service and kids' menus
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Sights nearby  -  Next to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux, Tablet

      Five Star luxury next to the Colosseum and the Forum with exceptional views of both from an excellent roof top restaurant. Chic rooms, suites, and apartments in contemporary classic design. Fantastic food, unique views, and wellness too. Rome in style. See More

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    • Capo d'Africa Rome 65 rooms from £162

      Roof terrace  -  A roof terrace is pretty specatucualr in Rome, and this roof terrace is no exception
      Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Imperial Rome, a stone's throw from the Colosseum
      Townhouse  -  The hotel was once a school built in the early 20th-century
      Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
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      Recommended 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

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    • Forty Seven Rome 61 rooms from £148

      Romantic Break  -  The suites have a private panoramic terrace, an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of wine with your significant other
      City Style  -  With each floor dedicated to a master of twentieth-century Italian art, this is a very stylish stay
      Sights nearby  -  Located across from the Roman Forum's Temple of Vesta
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      RestaurantViews
      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

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    • Locanda Cairoli Rome 15 rooms from £95

      Great 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 Pantheon
      Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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      A chic, comfortable hotel in central Rome. Clean, crisp rooms follow blue and yellow theme, with individual details such as floral arrangements and artworks. Close to the Piazza Navona, perfect for local exploring. Classic hotel with the air of a private home. See More

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    • Due Torri Rome 26 rooms from £104

      Local 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.
      Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendly

      A charming historical hotel just a few steps from Piazza Navona and the Vatican. Surprisingly quiet for its central location, the elegant rooms offer comfortable beds and antique furniture. A true gem with plenty of traditional charm. See More

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    • The Inn at The Roman Forum Rome 14 rooms from £160

      Romantic Break  -  As the name suggests this property is just a stones throw from one of Rome's major attraction, the Roman Forum
      Hideaway  -  It may be in the heart of the city, but the quiet alley it sits on feels hidden
      Sights nearby  -  Located between the Roman forum and the Colosseum and there's many other attractions in walking distance
      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

      A beautiful guesthouse near the Colosseum. Attractively decorated bedrooms, suites and family rooms in contemporary classic style, some with mahogany four poster beds, fireplaces, and private balconies. A lovely rooftop terrace is a bonus. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 25th May 2021