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Essential Guide: Where to Stay in Rome for First-Time Travelers - Top Hotel Picks & Neighborhoods

Updated: Feb 27


Where to Stay in Rome for First-Time Travelers?

In the previous post, I talked about the must-see landmarks of Rome. Now, let's delve into where to stay in Rome! Here, I'll be sharing some of my top hotel picks & safest neighborhoods for those venturing to Rome for the first-time. Be sure to give them a look! Rome, as you may know, is huge, with lots of different neighborhoods to choose from when you're looking for an accommodation. If you're in town for a short visit, your best options are hotels and B&Bs. In this article, I'll only be talking about my hotel and neighborhood recommendations.


So, Where's the Best Place to Stay in Rome? Let's check out some of the best and safest neighborhoods for tourists in Rome.



 

 Fontana di Trevi - Piazza di Spagna - Pantheon - Piazza Navona


This area is perfect for first-time travelers. It's also one of the safest neighborhood for tourists in Rome. Fontana di Trevi - Piazza di Spagna - Pantheon - Piazza Navona are all close to each other, so you can easily walk between them. It has a great vibe and it's safe too. Just remember, places with the most popular attractions, and lots of tourists, tend to be the safest, especially if you're alone and out late at night.


After doing some research on the places I wanted to see, I decided to find a hotel near the Trevi Fountain because I planned to visit there early in the morning. The hotel I stayed at was:

Giuturna Boutique Hotel rome, in central area, close to trevi fountain, piazza di spagna
Giuturna Boutique Hotel

Address: Largo del Tritone 153, Roma, Lazio, 00187, Italy

Location: 4 minutes away from Trevi Fountain; 7 minutes away from Piazza di Spagna by foot

Closest Metro: Barberini - Fontana di Trevi; Piazza di Spagna (500 m away)

Prices: $100-200 per night

What I liked: The hotel's central location made it incredibly easy to find it. Situated in the perfect area, it was close to all the places I wanted to visit, with many attractions, cafes, and restaurants within walking distance. Plus, it was cheaper compared to the other options I came across. The hotel staff were nice and friendly. The room itself was spacious, comfortable and very clean. I would definitely book it again for my next trip to Rome!


Others - Best hotels near the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, Pantheon:

 AccademiaHotel Accademia in Rome, in central area near trevi fountain and piazza di spagna
Hotel Accademia

Address: Piazza Accademia di San Luca 75, Trevi, 00187, Roma, Italy

Location: 50 meters away from Trevi Fountain

Closest Metro: Barberini - Fontana di Trevi and Piazza di Spagna (600 m away)

Prices: $100-200 per night




9 Hotel Cesari, hotel in central area near pantheon, trevi fountain, piazza i spagna, piazza navona
9 Hotel Cesari

Address: Via di Pietra, 89/a, 00186, Roma, Italy

Location: 4 minutes away from Trevi Fountain; 5 minutes away from Pantheon

Closest Metro: Barberini - Fontana di Trevi and Piazza di Spagna (1 km away)

Prices: $200-300 per night




Trastevere Neighborhood


Trastevere is another fantastic location to consider for your stay. This neighborhood is quite big, with its charming alleys and vibrant atmosphere. You'll find plenty of cafes, bars, and local restaurants where you can experience the authentic Roman atmosphere.


Trastevere accommodations:

Hotel Ponte Sisto Roma, central area, pantheon, trastevere
Hotel Ponte Sisto Roma

Address: Via dei Pettinari, 64, Piazza Navona, Roma, Lazio, 00186, Italy

Location: 3 minutes away from Piazza Trilussa; 9 minutes away from Piazza Navona

Closest Metro: Circo Massimo; Colosseo (2km away)

Prices: $150-350 per night




Address: Piazza Giuditta Tavani Arquati, 113, Roma, Lazio, 00153, Italy

Location: 5 minutes away from Piazza Trilussa

Closest Metro: Circo Massimo (1.7km away)

Prices: $110-250 per night


Address: Via Luciano Manara, 24a, Roma, Lazio, 00153, Italy

Location: 4 minutes away from Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Closest Metro: Circo Massimo (2.9 km away)

Prices: $150-200 per night



Monti Neighborhood


Located close to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Piazza Venezia. Monti is a charming neighborhood in Rome. Here, you'll find many cafes, bars, and pubs to explore.


Top hotels in Monti:

Address: Largo Corrado Ricci, 32, Roma, Lazio, 00184, Italy

Location: 7 minutes away from Colosseum

Closest Metro: Colosseo (400 m away)

Prices: $200-250 per night


Address: Via Cavour, 237, Roma, Lazio, 00185, Italy

Location: 8 minutes away from Colosseum

Closest Metro: Cavour (190 m away), Colosseo (400 m away)

Prices: $200-300 per night


The prices of hotels listed are approximate and may vary depending on the season!


Areas to Avoid


Generally, avoiding booking hotels outside the central areas is a good idea. Tourist locations are the safest because there are always people around, cafes, bars, and restaurants nearby. I would personally stay away from areas that are quieter, isolated, and far away from tourist spots, particularly when traveling alone. Additionally, avoid areas such as Termini, as they're not safe, especially when walking during the night.


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