A boutique hotel in Rome is the way to go if you’re looking for a truly authentic Italian experience. The best place to stay in Rome is boutique hotels because they offer one of a kind designs, incredible service, and they are all centrally located making it easy to explore Rome’s top sights.
The staff will know you by name and will personally take care of your every need while you are exploring the Eternal City. In the past, the hotels in Rome were the over-the-top luxury and the prices were for the rich and famous. In recent years, however, some sleek new boutique hotels have opened in both Rome and Florence, Italy.
From rooms with a view and quiet hideaways to Baroque 17th-century palaces and 21st-century boutiques, the Rome hotel scene can satisfy all kinds of travelers, budgets, and styles.
Best Boutique Hotels In Rome
Finding the Best Place To Stay In Rome can be a bit overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. Rome has been on my bucket list for years.
After researching for months on end and reading every travel guides known to man on “what to do in Rome”, “What to see in Rome”, “where to eat in Rome” I have taken all of the guesswork out of your research and compiled a list of the best places to stay in Rome.
I rounded up six of the most luxurious and best boutique hotels in Rome so you can plan your Ultimate Roman Vacation in one of these ultra-luxurious hotels.
The enduringly glamorous Hotel de Russie is a captivating mix of old and new, blending modern design with classical architecture. Hotel de Russie is also located on Via Del Babuino, close to the Spanish Steps, the beautiful hotel has striking views over Piazza del Popolo in the center of Rome.
If you are a fashionista and shopping is your thing Hotel de Russie is not far from the famed shops of Via Condotti make it an ideal place to stay for fashion lovers, but its statue-dotted terraced garden and orange blossom courtyard make it a stunning getaway for anyone looking for a little peace in this always bustling city.
Hotel Rome G-Rough is an authentic trademark of luxury in a city where luxury is the norm. G- Rough is situated in a 16th-century townhouse near Piazza Navona. Hotel G-Rough is not your run of the mill five-star hotels, this 10-room boutique has forgone the gaudy gold and marble in favor of carefully curated grit: frescoes remain unrestored, wood beams are left exposed, plaster walls are kept unfinished.
If gold and marble are not what you consider luxury or just not your style then check out G-Rough.
D.O.M Hotel is an intimate five-star property with 18 guest rooms and suites, each with direct views over the historic Via Giulia. Originally a 17th-century Claretian monastery, D.O.M is an abbreviation of “Deo Optimo Maximo,” a Latin inscription found on the church adjacent to the property.
The boutique luxury hotel includes unique offerings like a private terrace spanning over 25 square meters with exclusive views of the rooftops and bell towers of Rome’s celebrated Regola quarter.
J.K. Place Roma is located in the former architecture department of the University of Rome— Staying in this 30-room boutique feels upscale and glamorous but not too bourgeois because of the down to earth staff and interiors, which feature wood-paneled walls, classical sculptures, custom midcentury-inspired furnishings (the canopy beds are works of art in their own right), and Italian marble baths.
If you can get a reservation here do not hesitate for one second!
The Corner Rome is fabulous for proximity to bars, restaurants, and transport links to all the major sites. A 10-minute walk from The Corner Rome is the legendary Colosseum and ten minutes more and you reach the ruins of the Roman Forum, a little more and you find the Trevi Fountain.
The Vatican City is a little farther — you can take the metro from Manzoni, a short way from the hotel. After all that sightseeing you deserve a gelato. Try Il Gelato di San Crispino for a classic Italian ice cream.
Rome Historic Centre
Location, location, location! Boutique Hotels in Rome City Center is the most desirable area to stay in because you will be centrally located to all of the historic sites including the following:
The historic center is everything you ever imagined about visiting Rome from being within steps of ancient ruins, old churches, winding medieval streets and of course the luxury storefronts.
The Rome Historic Centre holds 90% of the significant tourist sites. It is called the Historic Centre because it is the area that has been inhabited, almost without a break, for over 2000 years. Buildings and sites are generally dated between 2000 and 300 years old.
Just outside the Rome Historic Centre, is the more 20th Century Rome. This area is on the edge of the Historic Centre, is where most buildings are between 40-100 Years old.
Staying here will ensure that you are within walking distance from most of Rome’s attractions. Hotels in this area tend to be small (boutique style) and very expensive. But if you want to be within a few minutes walk to most of Rome’s major attractions, you can’t beat this location.
How To “EXPLORE” Rome
The best way to get around Rome is on foot so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Rome is not the place to try and be cute in fashionable flats. There are limited buses on the main roads which means you will probably have to walk a long distance to get to a bus stop.
The main reason walking is the best option is because there is so much to see that is not in any of the guidebooks, or on any information sheets.
You can easily go from site to site with only a short walk between historical sites.
The Rome metro is also an option, but it is not very useful because it doesn’t go through the heart of the city and only stops at the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.
The metro is excellent if you are staying in the suburbs and is a quick way to the Rome Historic Centre.
Tours In Rome
There are many options for tours in Rome. No need to book a tour in advance because there will not be a shortage of “offers” which will include walking tours, bike tours and the hop on hop off. I use Viator to book all of my tours no matter the country I am visiting.
“MUST SEE” Sights In Rome
* Castel St Angelo
* Via Giulia
* Spanish Steps
* Villa Borghese
* Trevi Fountain
* Piazza Navona
* Campo dei Fiori
* Roman Forum
WHAT TO EXPECT IN ROME
The Centre is a bustling and very noisy so if you are looking for something with a little more relaxed atmosphere I suggest skipping Rome and head over to the Amalfi Coast.
Cash Is King
It’s not uncommon for places to only accept cash, so make sure you have enough euros on hand for your day’s planned activities. Notify your bank before traveling so you don’t find yourself with frozen debit and credit cards, and pull out at least some money from an ATM once you arrive at the airport.
Bring a Water Bottle
Bring a bottle to fill because you will be thirsty from the walking and there are plenty of drinking fountains scattered throughout the city and around the Colosseum so you won’t have to buy water. Make sure it is a reusable one (I use this one) and it can easily be cleaned in your hotel room.
Coperto is a table service fee — usually 1-3 Euros or 10% of your meal — and is charged to every person who sits at the table. Restaurants do not disclose fee associated with service table so do not be surprised.
There is always a charge for bread, so if you don’t want bread or don’t want to be charged for bread please let your waiter/waitress know as soon as you sit down because they bring it out automatically.
Because Rome is a popular tourist destination, pickpockets prey on unsuspecting travelers and before you know it your wallet, cash, or electronics are gone. Beware of the iconic tourist attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum because they are notorious for pickpocketers.
Keep your purse, backpack or belongings on your body and zipped up, and never leave your phone sitting on the table while eating out. Only carry the minimal amount of cash necessary and leave your valuables in the hotel safe.
I also suggest getting travel insurance, make photocopies of your drivers license, passport, and any other important documents just in case you become a victim.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
This should go without saying, but leave your cute wedges at home because you there will be no need for them in Rome. I know you would like to believe after walking around all day you will go back to the room shower, change clothes and put on your cute shoes. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! I wore these Nike sneakers during my entire time in Rome. You will thank me later when the balls of your feet are not throbbing.
The city is a very busy year-round destination, so if you a room in the Rome Historic Center make sure you do your homework and book well ahead!
Are you also on Pinterest?
Why not save this post to your Pinterest board for later? I am also on Pinterest so feel free to followPassports and Grub boards and get the latest pin directly.