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Photo: Hotel Locarno
Photo: Hotel Locarno


Top Rome hotel picks

Rome’s hotel terrain is diverse – this selection covers the whole spectrum, from luxe to budget.

Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon


Since opening its decorative doors in 1925, Hotel Locarno has featured in many a film thanks to its inspiring Belle Epoque interior. Each of this 4-star establishment's 44 rooms are individually decorated with antiques. The '60s lounge bar on the ground floor is a favorite with local creatives – though you'll want to venture out since the Locarno is right in the heart of the historic center, a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Hotel Locarno

Via della Penna 22

Private balcony comes with the Picasso suit at Hotel de Russie. Photo: Hotel de Russie

Starry stay

Located in a grand, historic building on the fancy Via del Babuino – a hop and a skip away from The Spanish Steps and even closer to Piazza del Popolo – Hotel de Russie is one of Rome's most sough-after 5-star hotels. Guests can hide away in the "secret garden" or opt for a spot of alfresco dining at Le Jardin de Russie. The Stravinskij Bar is a destination even for non-guests.

Hotel de Russie

Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon

Local living

Grand Tour Roma is classic Roman guesthouse set within an imposing historic building a few blocks away from St. Peter’s Square. This budget option will give your stay an authentic Roman flavor – breakfast comes in the form of vouchers to be redeemed in a nearby café frequented by locals. The guesthouse has six neutrally designed rooms. Ask to stay at the back of the building if the noise of the occasional passing Vespa is likely to wake you.

Grand Tour Roma

Via Germanico, 109

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Photo: Grand Hotel Gianicolo

Up on the hill

Housed in a converted Vatican convent, this 4-star option has 40 rooms decorated to appeal to the traditionalist. There's an external swimming pool and a nice front garden, but the hotel's biggest assets are its hilltop position and breakfast room with panoramic views. Those who don't mind travelling on foot will find a very pleasant walk down the hill to the Vatican and, in the other direction, the buzzy Trastevere district.

Grand Hotel Gianicolo

Via delle Mura Gianicolensi

Fendi’s abode

Spread across the third floor of the glittering Palazzo Fendi above the luxury brand’s flagship store, Fendi Private Suites is located in the heart of historic Rome. The collection of seven suites has been meticulously designed to convey the sense of exclusivity associated with this Italian powerhouse – but choose carefully if your idea of luxury includes lots of space and a beautiful view. You’ll find a branch of Japanese restaurant Zuma on the rooftop.

Fendi Private Suites

Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48

Photo: Orange Suites Roma

Be my guest

Many of the classic attractions are within a fifteen-minute walk of thismodestly sized guesthouse, which is situated in a quiet residential street. Rooms are simple but nicely decorated in an elegantly neutral fashion. Breakfast is served in the room and staff have earned a reputation for being particularly helpful. This is a popular mid-price choice – early booking is recommended.

Orange Suites Roma

Photo: NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento

Central saga

Those wanting convenient access to the main train station (Roma Termini) for onward travel within Italy should consider the newly opened NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento. This 177-room hotel is within walking distance of several major sites including the Forum, the Colosseum, and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. If you prefer to stay put, there’s a large rooftop terrace, boasting 360° views of the city.

NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento

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