The Eternal City is one of the few European capitals that truly offers something for everyone. The city recently topped US News expert rankings of the Best Places to Visit on Earth, while it also regularly tops the rankings of the most romantic, most historical, and most luxurious travel destinations.
Perhaps surprisingly for a wealthy, international European capital, it is also regularly described as one of the best cities for young students, at least according to the American University of Rome. This is because while the city is big on fine dining and high fashion, it also excels in cheap nightlife, cheap food, and plenty of adventure.
Whatever your reasons for visiting, you can be sure that Roma will satisfy, whether you’re looking for a weekend of opulence or an entire summer of partying and gambling. You’ll need somewhere to lay your head during your stay, so here are the very best hotels for every budget, be it small, mid-range, or luxury.
Budget: The Beehive
If you want a resort experience while paying dorm-room prices, try charming eco-hostel The Beehive, located just a stone’s throw away from Rome’s central Termini Railway Station. It’s a boutique hostel in the heart of the busiest part of town, yet once you step through the heaving oak doors you’ll feel like you’re in a crumbling palazzo in a quiet Tuscan village.
The decor is decidedly minimal. Think bare walls, straight lines, and sparse furnishing. The tasteful splashes of pastel which adorn the interiors are made extra vivid by the intentionally Spartan decor. The real draw is the intimate, wisteria-covered courtyard, the perfect place for you and your fellow budget travelers to kick back with a few bottles of market-bought limoncello for the evening.
What makes this stand out from the likes of the rowdy and impersonal Generator-esque mega hostels that proliferate in this part of town? It’s the owners, Steve and Linda, a couple who moved to Rome 20 years ago and haven’t left since. Their personal touches have made this a lifestyle destination as much as it is a hostel. All of the furnishings are eco-friendly, while the fare served up for breakfast is all about the vegan, the gluten-free, and the ethically-sourced.
This is the place to go if you’re pinching pennies but still want accommodation that feels like a destination in its own right. Beds start from $18 a night.
Mid-Range: Villa Mercede
If you’re looking for a break that combines the beauty of the Italian countryside with the excitement of the capital city, the check yourself into the sleek and stylish Hotel Villa Mercede. This sprawling complex is nestled into the lush hills and vineyards of south-east Rome, a place that feels like a lush oasis and an ideal evening escape after a day spent in the chaos of the city. Transport links into central Rome are decent, but that doesn’t matter when you can get a taxi to the Vatican in less than 20 minutes.
More importantly, this resort hotel is a destination in itself. As well as the sumptuous rooms and suites, travellers will find a luxury spa and a fine-dining restaurant.
Luxury: Hotel Hassler
Rome does opulence like nowhere else on the planet, so if you’re looking for the royal treatment, you’re in luck. Of all of the truly outrageous, show-stopping hotels in the Italian capital, the Hassler stands above them all. This is not just a hotel, it’s an institution, a place where the whos-who of the European elite have slept, wined, dined, and danced for decades.
Perched in the grand city’s prestigious Prati neighbourhood like an ornate cherry atop a designer wedding cake, the Hassler is a place where your every wish and desire can be anticipated by their staff before you’ve even thought of it yourself. The Wirth family, a European dynasty that has owned the hotel for 125 years, still micromanage every aspect of the day-to-day running of the Hassler, with the intention of ensuring the guest is always satisfied.
They have a Michelin-starred restaurant, a jaw-dropping rooftop pool, and one of the most acclaimed bartenders in all of Italy at the helm of 1940s-style Hassler Bar. Don’t leave without ordering a bellini, we beg you.
If you have the cash to burn, this is the only place in town to do it right. Doubles start from $600 a night.
The true charm of Rome is that everyone is made to feel welcome in this most ancient of places. Choose from one of the hotels above to guarantee an unforgettable stay.