11 budget hotels and guest houses in Rome
Planning a trip to Rome can be overwhelming for anyone who has never been to the Eternal City. Compared to booking plane tickets, practicing a little Italian, and designing itineraries to seize the day (or week) in Rome, finding the best hotel for you or your family may feel like its own odyssey.
MEININGER Roma Termini (Termini)
Forget those ugly looking budget hotels in Rome and fall in Love with the Eternal City and the magic of cinema at MEININGER Roma Termini, a home away from home that reflects the wonder of films which used Rome as their sets. Like all its hotels, from Berlin to Bruxelles, MEININGER Roma Termini offers the best of both worlds: a mix between the best of hostels and hotels: modern rooms in a central location for reasonable prices.
MEININGER Roma Termini is everything you need on your trip for an exceptionally good price – terrific value for money! Not to mention a cool movie-inspired concept. From a 24h reception, bar, guest kitchen, laundry service and luggage room to a superbly safe location close to Castro Pretorio metro station and the main Termini train station; MEININGER Roma Termini will is the perfect base for your Roman exploration.
285 Vatican Lodge (Prati)
If beholding the glory and beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Sistine Chapel are essential experiences during your stay in Rome, the 285 Vatican Lodge provides the perfect access to these magnificent structures. Located directly on Via Cola di Rienzo, the Vatican Lodge resides among countless stores for shopping trips while keeping guests connected to historical and religious wonders.
The Ottaviano metro stop rests just three blocks behind the lodge, quickly transporting tourists to other neighborhoods in Rome such as Monti and Testaccio. Couples will particularly enjoy the Vatican Lodge’s economical double room, equipped with a private bathroom, flat screen TV, tea and coffee makers, and large wardrobe. Families are also welcome, with large triple rooms also available.
The Rome Hello (Repubblica)
Both seasoned residents and novice tourists of Rome may find that the best shops, restaurants, and accommodations dwell on tiny sidestreets squeezed between the most well-known roads. The RomeHello is one of those special discoveries. It sits among bistros, cafes, and marvellous churches on Via Torino, just minutes away from Termini train station, the Opera House, Eataly food court, and the Baths of Diocletian at the National Roman Museo.
The RomeHello’s airy courtyard, peppered with picnic tables, plants, and stashes of homegrown herbs, and vibrant lounge provide the perfect spaces for guests to relax and connect with other travelers. Guests have access to a 24-hour kitchen and The Barrel, an adjoining bar and grill where guests can munch on burgers or enjoy Italian cuisine.
Black Rooms Colosseo (Colosseum)
Originally named for the family who built it, the Flavian Amphitheater was not famously nicknamed the Colosseum until the Middle Ages. Residents eventually identified the amphitheater with the Colossus of Nero, a 98-foot-tall bronze statue of the emperor which stood outside the Flavian structure. Now, guests of Black Rooms Colosseo are just one tram stop or a five-minute walk away from the world-renowned structure.
Besides the Colosseum, Black Rooms Colosseo puts one among some of Rome’s most magnificent historical structures. The church of San Clemente, ruins of Nero’s Golden House, and an ancient gladiatorial training facility all nestle around Black Rooms Colosseo. The hotel offers both standard double rooms and small studios, all with a clean, sophisticated design. Airport shuttle transfers, daily breakfasts, parking, and tourist information are also available to guests.
Vatican Relais Rome (Prati)
Six stylish, contemporary bedrooms are available for couples and families ready to enjoy their stay in Rome just minutes from the Vatican. A breakfast room is available to all guests, and each room accommodates visitors with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, mini bar, and safety deposit box.
Numerous Italian restaurants nestle around the Vatican Relais, providing many choices for delicious lunches and dinners. The guest houses sit just three blocks from Via Cola di Rienzo, one of Rome’s most popular shopping locations. The street leads visitors across the Tiber on Ponte Regina Margherita and directly to Piazza del Popolo. From there, the Flaminio metro stop connects tourists back to St. Peter’s or can easily transport them to the Spanish Steps and Termini. Piazza del Popolo also provides an entrance to Villa Borghese and Via del Corso, another popular shopping destinations.
YHR Guesthouse Suite 51 (Trastevere)
Your Home in Rome offers many guest houses scattered throughout Trastevere, a neighborhood filled with a maze of cobblestone streets, trendy bars, and dozens of trattorias. The Suite 51 guesthouse is located on the second floor of a traditional 19th century building in the heart of Trastevere, allowing its guests to easily walk around the entire neighborhood.
Guests can easily reach one of Rome’s most beautiful parks, Villa Pamphili, atop the Gianicolo with several buses. The tram also connects guests to the countless restaurants and stores along Viale di Trastevere, museums such as Palazzo degli Esami, ruins like Largo Argentina, and Piazza Venezia. Double, Triple, and Family rooms are available in Suite 51, which all include a safety deposit box, minibar, desk, iron, and tea and coffee makers. The guest house also includes communal spaces such as a kitchen and breakfast room, where guests can enjoy an Italian style breakfast.
Retrome Colosseum Garden (Colosseum)
Dwelling just two minutes from the Colosseum, Retrome gives visitors a trip to remember. Retrome’s lounge, terrace, and suites create urban, vintage atmospheres with their punchy colors and retro designs. Compact rooms, apartments, and double rooms are available to guests, with the apartments including fully equipped kitchens and patio gardens.
Retrome’s website is just as aesthetically pleasing as its rooms with a clean, minimalist design and high-quality photos. A Spotify playlist featuring artists like Glen Campbell, Dusty Springfield, and Julie London contribute to the vintage world displayed on the website. The site also links guests to a blog, where they can read about other visitors’ experiences with Retrome and Rome, including private tours in a vintage Fiat 500, the Testaccio food markets, and Italian aperitivos.
Althea Inn (Testaccio)
Cushioned wicker chairs, swaying porch swings, and vining plants around latticed terraces allow couples and families to enjoy the Italian pace of life while staying well-connected to attractions. Situated behind the Pyramid of Cestius, Althea Inn feels like a quiet paradise within the bustling city. A recent guest, a New Jersey native, gushed about Althea Inn’s proximity to grocery stores, secure location, and excellence of the host, Alessandro. The inn is walking distance to the Piramide metro stop, Porta San Paolo train station (with trains running to Ostia), numerous bus stops, and the tram.
In addition to providing guests with delicious breakfasts, Alessandro directs them to the best trattorias in the area, including Flavio al Velavevodetto, Felice a Testaccio, Pizza Remo, and Trattoria Pennestri. The inn also offers museum, restaurant, and theatre reservations, bike rentals, food tours, and private airport transfers.
Hotel Villa Morgagni (Nomentana)
Hosted in a former 19th-century villa, Hotel Villa Morgagni awaits its guests behind a long, shaded driveway. Directly across the street is Piazzetta G.B. Morgagni, an urban-complex hosting cafes, wine bars, grocery stores, gastronomias, tabacchi shops, and pasticcerias.
Guests can relish in Nomentana’s tranquil neighborhood and nearby park (which surrounds Villa Torlonia), but still easily access the rest of Rome with the Policlinico metro stop. The stop, just a two-minute walk from the hotel, directly connects guests to Termini train station, the Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. Or, for a more scenic ride around the city, tourists can hop on the 3-tram running along Viale Regina Margherita.
The hotel also offers a gourmet breakfast in its roof-top garden, conference rooms for business travelers, and small bar for coffee lovers. Extensive information about current art exhibitions, tours, and other things to do in Rome greet every guest in the lobby area, which is adjoined to the hotel’s coffee bar.
Hotel Italia (Monti)
Located just off Via Nazionale, one of busiest streets connecting Piazza Venezia and Termini train station, Hotel Italia connects its guests with some of the best shopping in Rome as well as historic attractions. Visitors can easily walk to Termini train station, Palazzo delle Esposizioni exhibition center, and Teatro dell’Opera or hop on the metro at the Repubblica stop and get to the Spanish Steps, the Vatican museums, Termini, Colosseum, and Circus Maximus.
Hotel Italia accommodates both solo travelers and families, providing them with spacious rooms and convenient services. 24-hour reception, breakfast buffet, luggage deposit, bus ticket purchases, museum reservations, and airport transfers enhance every guest’s stay in the historic center.
Residenza Cola di Rienzo – Suite in Rome (Prati)
Situated directly on Via Cola di Rienzo, guests of the Suite in Rome will find their days intermixed with fabulous shopping opportunities and easy access to the Vatican. Movie theaters, gelato shops, ristorantes, and cafes line the main street, providing many options to try delicious Italian food. Castroni, a famous international food store, is also just on the main street for anyone craving some familiar snacks while they explore the land of pizza, pasta, and gelato.
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican museums, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Piazza Cavour are just minutes away by foot. As one wanders, Prati’s elegant buildings and strict grid layout may be an enjoyable contrast to other winding, cobblestone streets found in other neighborhoods of Rome. Other parts of Rome are easily accessible by either the Ottaviano or Lepanto metro stops. Suite in Rome offers a variety of rooms that accommodate one to three guests. In addition to the fantastic location and view, each room contains numerous amenities, including: a minibar, iron, refrigerator, electric kettle, and phone charger adapters.