can be chic and ancient at the same time and the vast
variety of hotels in the city reflect this mixture: from
the luxurious to the Spartan and from the expensive to
the extremely affordable, accommodations in Rome are often
unique and almost always interesting and pleasant.
When staying in Rome,
it's best to choose accommodations in or near the city
center so that you can spend most of your day walking
and not have to sort out the intricacies of the public
transportation system. One word of warning: guidebooks
will tell you that hotels near the Campo dei Fiori are
centrally located and good bargains. This is all true,
however lately the Campo has become a meeting place for
the young who gather in droves to drink and have middle-of-the-night
fun. If you want to be part of this action, then a hotel
in the Campo dei Fiori is just the place for you. If you
intend to spend your nights sleeping, opt for accommodations
located at least several blocks away as the noise level
is extremely high.
Another area to avoid
when looking for a hotel is that just to the north and
south of Stazione Termini, Rome's main train station,
as it is somewhat dubious during the day and ever more
so at night.
We recommend the following
hotels. They include two of Romes chicest new places to
stay and a variety of lower cost options. As well, women
(and others) can stay in any number of the convents and/or
buildings run by religious organizations within the city.
Though these accommodations tend to be sparse, they are
always clean and friendly.