Where to stay in Rome?

January 22, 2012

I know a couple who are planning to go to Rome this year to celebrate their anniversary. It will be their first time in the Eternal City, and they are looking for a place to stay. The parameters are about what you would expect: a good location, clean and comfortable, and not too, too expensive. Can anyone recommend something?

5 Responses to “Where to stay in Rome?”

  1. JP Says:

    Reblogged this on What Do Guys Like and commented:
    I went to Rome in Oct 2010 and it was AMAZING! Can’t wait to go back.

  2. Grumpy Ex Pat Says:

    Wow, what a helpful response to the question!

    When I stay in Rome, I stay at the Beehive. It’s a hostel but it also has rooms for couples. It is very hospitable.


  3. cburrell Says:

    Yes, that was my thought too…

    I’ve heard of the Beehive, but never stayed there. The location is not too bad. I once stayed ‘at’ a B&B just on the other side of the Termini — I forget the name, and the ‘at’ is in quotes because when I arrived they were overbooked and had to put me up in a quiet, but characterless, private apartment down the road. The elevator was so small that I could hardly fit my bag inside.

    On another visit I stayed at Gulliver’s House, which is a decent but slightly gritty bunk-bed hostel that seemed to be catering to English-speakers. It was in the same area, near Santa Maria Maggiore. They arranged for us to have an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at a local restaurant, which was a lot of fun. (The name of the event was “Pasta No Stop”.)

    Another time I stayed at San Pietro Rooms, just north of the Vatican. It was fine, but, again, not quite what one expects from North American hotels. The bathroom was down the hall, etc.

    On our last visit (during our honeymoon), we were privileged to stay at Istituto Santa Maria Santissima Bambina, which is literally a few steps from Piazza San Pietro, directly opposite the papal apartments. There can be few better addresses in the city, but we had to have an Italian-speaking, name-dropping friend call them in order to secure a room.

  4. Sara Says:


    Il Capitello bed and breakfast is a perfect place to stay. Just a few blocks from the Vatican, good price, quiet, neighborhood churches and restaurants, simple, clean with everything you need.

  5. cburrell Says:

    Thanks for that suggestion, Sara!

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