How to choose the best hotel in Rome for your trip? The Centro Storico is the historical center of Rome, where you will find most of the main points of interest. In addition, however, there are 22 different rioni, or districts, of the Eternal City. Several of them can be considered as an amazing choice where to stay during your Roman holiday.
The historical center of Rome and the geographical one are entirely different places. Rome is a huge metropolis, the largest city in Italy, with about 4 million people. Since 5-6 story buildings prevail in Rome, the area of the city is huge. The ring road has a diameter of about 20 km. And due to the many narrow streets and relaxed Italians, transport and just everyday chaos reign in us.
Losses of time in Rome for travel are huge, so it is essential to immediately choose the right strategic location of the hotel to enjoy and fall in love with the Eternal City, walk only on foot, and not waste time and money in taxis and public transport.
Before every trip, every traveler needs to study a city map so he doesn’t find himself at the city’s back when he leaves the hotel. Google maps give the city’s geographical center near our “beloved” Termini station. But it does not coincide with the historical center.
I included the main attractions on the map below that immediately come to mind. Even if you’ve never been to Rome, you’ve heard about them in history classes or films – the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, and other points of interest.
It is worth to mention that most attractions are located in the area of the Pantheon
Using the map below you can choose one of the hotels in the Historical Center:
Fix price transfer from the Fiumicino Airport to Rome
Speaking of the subway. The closest stations to the historic center are Barberini (10 minutes walk to the Trevi Fountain), Spagna (Spanish Steps), Colosseo (Colosseum), and Ottaviano (Vatican Museums). Unfortunately, inside the most exciting part of the city, which is enormous – there is no metro.
If you decide to stay in the historic center, you will reach most of the main attractions in 10-30 minutes and spend your holidays as efficiently as possible. I recommend you to read our ratings of the best 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star hotels in Rome. For budget travelers, there are also many excellent options of hostels in the historical center of Rome.
The most important conclusion for you is that the center of Rome is the Pantheon. When choosing a hotel by yourself, compare the distance from your address to the Pantheon. Let’s highlight three levels of remoteness:
Tip: if you are travelling to Rome in the heat of its summer climate it’s difficult to find a hotel with air conditioning- pay attention to this detail when you choose a hotel. Same rule works with winter period, where you always have to pay attention if your hotel has heating
Many travelers try to find a hotel with a swimming pool. Of course, there are such options in the Eternal City (usually much more expensive than other hotels), but don’t forget that the closest beach is only 30 minutes from Rome. There are hundreds of amazing beaches in Italy. Moreover, Rome is about its rich history, food, shopping, and culture. Therefore, you should better choose another destination if you want to spend your trip lying on the sunbed.
Another peculiar thing is the Internet! Even if we live in the 21st century, you should pay attention to free wifi in the hotel or hostel you choose. Otherwise, there will be an extra charge per day, which is usually not that small.
If you are looking for the best bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, Trastevere and Testaccio areas are for you! However, even if you are not interested in bars or nightclubs, you should definitely visit Trastevere, as the best restaurants are there. In addition, it is one of the most historically rich districts of Rome. On the other hand, if you are looking for a romantic weekend, you should consider staying in the area of Aventine hill since it is hushed, tranquil, and simply beautiful.
If it is your first trip to Rome, choose a hotel in the Centro Storico. So you will be able to access all the main monuments and museums on foot.
The peak season for hotel room rates in Rome starts in late May, June, early July, September, and October. At this time, room rates can be double or more than in the winter months. Trying to find a family room at peak times is not easy unless you book well in advance. The months of May and April (outside Easter) can be an excellent time to visit with reasonable room rates and comfortable temperatures. Moreover, Rome celebrates its birthday on the 21st of April. You should visit the Eternal City during this period to see beautiful shows and events held every year!
Book a hotel at least 3-6 months prior to your trip as close to the historical center as possible. So you won’t need to use public transport at all. Wish you to save time, nerves and enjoy the city from the first minutes!
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Author: Kate Zusmann
For the last 10 years, I live in the Eternal City. Traveling, exploring new things, writing blogs, and shooting vlogs are my main hobbies, but the thing that I like even more is sharing my experience and thoughts with you! Explore Rome with Us :)
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