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Written by Jo Linsdell   
Friday, 20 April 2012 01:04

Tips and Advice for Finding a Room in Rome

Rome is one of the top travel destinations in the world and as such hotels are often heavily booked. For the best choice of hotels and prices it's best to book in advance. 
There is a wide choice of accommodations in Rome ranging from luxury hotels to budget B&B's (bed and breakfast) so regardless of your needs you'll have plenty of options to choose from during your stay.

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Where to stay in Rome

When deciding where to stay you ought to consider what you would like to see and do during your visit. Do you want to stick to just the well-known sites of Rome or do you want to be near transport for day trips outside the city?

Central Rome is quite compact and as such most of the city's main tourist attractions can be visited on foot without too much reliance on public transport. However, there are not too many budget hotels and rooms in this part of town.

Staying outside of central Rome will save you money but will obviously be less convenient.
The area around Termini Station is one of the most popular places for tourists to stay. As Rome's main station it is ideal from a mobility point of view but the same charm and atmosphere of other areas of the city and can at times feel rather seedy.

Rome Hotels / Alberghi a Roma

As you would expect from a city that has entertained it's fair share of the worlds rich and famous, Rome has a large number of luxury 5-star hotels. It's worth bearing in mind that a historic building in the heart of an ancient city doesn't tend to lend itself to facilities like swimming pools so if you're after sports facilities, green space or car parking you're better off looking for a hotel outside the city's central district.

Rome offers an assortment of hotels with 3 and 4 stars which tend to be comfortable without being painfully expensive. These are probably you're best option.

Although Rome does offer a selection of good hotels at the lower end of the price scale you should research carefully and check customer reviews before booking as a lot of these are just dodgy cheap hotels with appalling customer service. You really do get what you pay for.
The best budget hotels are small and fully booked well in advance, so if you want a good deal you should plan ahead.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Rome, they tend to be located near Via Veneto and near the Villa Borghese.

If being near the nightlife in Rome is appealing and important for you, then you should book near the Trastevere district.

B&B's in Rome

A good alternative to a budget hotel is a B&B. Rome has a large selection of B&B's and, if you don't mind missing out on hotel facilities, often offer more comfort for your money.
B&B accommodation in Rome seems to grow each year and has become a real success story in Italy. Although you may have to make arrangements in advance for checking in and depositing your luggage as staff are not likely to be on site all the time, B&B's tend to offer a more of a "home away from home" atmosphere.

Since B&B's usually have a small number of rooms it's best to book  as early as possible in order to find availability.

Tips for students in Rome

If you are a student and looking for a room, keep in mind that in June, July and August, you will have an easier time, as most students will leave their room after the school term.  In September, when classes start again, there will be a lot of competition for the most-coveted rooms.

Final tips

If you are looking for a traditional hotel, b&b, etc., it's best to book as early as you can.  There are some great options online such as Venere.com where you can find a room in Rome and they have pictures, reviews, prices, availability, etc..  You can also look in some of the Italian classified ads if you want to book from a private party, but you should use caution.  Finally you can stop by the Fiumicino (FCO) information kiosk at the airport if you are still looking for that last-minute booking, but you will more than likely pay top Euro for that.  And if you are a backpacker, your best bet for a last-minute booking will be to stay around the Termini area (main train station).

Buon viaggio!

 


 

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Comments  

 
0 #2 Addicted2Italy 2012-05-02 02:09
Hi Maria,

Thanks for posting. Yes, the student dorms are a nice option if you are on a tight budget. Rome also has many hostels as well that would be appropriate.

Larry
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0 #1 Maria Jamella Lina 2012-05-01 10:50
Good thing there are rooms in Rome that offer a nice place to stay. For me, I would try the cheapest I guess, the students' dormitory. :-)
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