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The principal hub in Rome is the old Centro Storico, and particularly Piazza Navona.
All around this broad rectangle are a tangle of romantic, cobbled alleys, along which hotels occupy Renaissance palazzi and converted townhouses.
Prices are high – these are city centre hotels in Rome, after all – and luxury boutiques are especially common.
Top of the tree for city centre Rome hotels are the five-star Navona Palace, boasting a spa, and five-star Hotel Raphaël, complete with its own art gallery.
Another top area in which to bag a luxury Rome hotel is Tridente, which is framed around the Spanish Steps, and a chichi kingdom of designer clothing shops and top-notch restaurants.
You should also look at the swanky section from Via Veneto up to Villa Borghese. Residences such as the Splendide Royale come with pillow menus, marble floors, spas and beautifully-dressed doormen. August is a good time to look for pampering at bargain prices.
Also in Tridente is one of the newest Rome hotels: the luxurious, seven-room Fendi Private Suites, aligned to the upscale Fendi design house. Above its marble floors and mulberry velour chairs is a branch of the restaurant Zuma.
Villa Borghese is also a good call for family hotels in Rome, while the area offers acres of parkland in which the kids can stretch their legs.
Close by, the four-star Rose Garden Palace has soundproofed rooms and babysitting services.
Cheap hotels in Rome can be found in Trastevere, a pretty, slightly alternative district located across the Tiber from Centro Storico. It’s also home to artful residences with an indie spirit.
Among its ivy-clad buildings are upmarket hotels, as well as a clutch of budget three-star Rome hotels. The area’s eastern side is snoozier.
Staying in the Vatican City is a must for pilgrims, but otherwise comes with cons – namely the lack of after-dark pizzazz and the distance from other Rome sights. Still, you will be dreamily near to St Peter’s, meaning a chance to dodge the queues.
Prati is the best area, all wide boulevards and posh cocktail bars. Its hotels are affordable, too, perhaps due to their relatively far-flung location.
Are you seeking a cheap hotel in Rome? Do you prioritise convenience over glamour? In both cases, the Termini area is your answer. It might not be the handsomest corner of Rome, but you get train-station proximity and a batch of low-cost rooms, from two-star digs to four-star Rome hotels with a few more facilities tucked behind their unassuming facade.
Does your stay in Rome need a shot of buzzy nightlife? Discover the best areas for after-dark fun on our Rome nightlife page.