When choosing the right place to stay on a budget in expensive cities like Rome, location sometimes takes a back seat to price. This isn’t always a great strategy, however. While a far-flung hotel may be initially inexpensive, if its location is inconvenient, you may end up spending too much money (or time) on transportation. (And we won’t even mention those late-night cab rides.)
In our guide to cheap hotels in Rome, most of our hotel picks are located right in the center of the city. Here are some of our favorite budget hotels in Rome with impressive locations:
Albergo del Sole
Campo de’ Fiori
Doubles: From €98
Claiming to be the oldest hotel in Rome, the two-star Albergo del Sole sports a five-star location in the city’s historic center. The property is one block from the Campo de’ Fiori, a popular restaurant-lined square hosting a lively morning market. The spot puts you near many of the city’s most famous monuments, museums, fountains and squares. The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Forum, Trastevere, and Jewish ghetto are all within a 15-minute walk.
Although simple, the Albergo del Sole is clean, and offers comfortable beds, a beautiful flowering courtyard and several rooms with views. In the evening, nightlife is right at your doorstep, as you can head straight to the bars and restaurants lining Campo de’ Fiori.
Campo de’ Fiori
Doubles: From €78
Another pick in the historic center near the Campo de’ Fiori, the three-star Hotel Smeraldo offers bright and cheerful rooms, free Wi-Fi, spacious bathrooms and a peaceful roof terrace with views of Rome’s historical architecture.
Cheapos take note: The Smeraldo includes an expansive Italian continental breakfast (fruits, meats, cheeses, breads, croissants, juices and coffee) in the room rate.
Doubles: From €69
The one-star Hotel Mimosa may be a simple place, but it offers budget travelers a clean home base steps from some of Rome’s most famous squares. The Mimosa places you one block south of the Pantheon, just minutes from Piazza Navona, five minutes from Campo de’ Fiori, and a 15 minute-walk to the Spanish Steps.
While rooms don’t offer TV, the Mimosa does provide free Wi-Fi, a basic breakfast and air conditioning.
Hotel San Francesco
Doubles: from €67
Located across the river in the hopping Trastevere neighborhood, the Hotel San Francesco is a comfortable and reasonably priced three-star hotel. While the San Francesco is located near some of Rome’s best bars and restaurants, it’s still a couple of blocks removed from the “main scene,” which keeps things quiet. The hotel may be across the river from most of the city’s most famous sights, but it’s still a surprisingly quick walk over to the Campo de’ Fiori, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Piazza Navona — even the Vatican is only about a 30-minute walk (and what a walk!).
The hotel itself, once a seminary, now sports a Mediterranean vibe, and offers comfortable and clean rooms, a picturesque courtyard and a rooftop terrace. Wi-Fi and an expansive breakfast are included in the room rate.
Guest House Trastevere
Doubles: From €77
Also located in Trastevere, the Guest House Trastevere is a budget-friendly bed and breakfast with a cheerful, make-yourself-at-home atmosphere. From here its a short walk to major sights like Saint Peter’s Basilica, Santa Mara in Trastevere Church, Campo de’ Fiori and many other central spots.
The Guest House Trastevere features only four rooms, which allows guests to get to know the owners and learn about local life in Rome. Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the room rate.
More hotel suggestions: Looking for more hotel suggestions? Stop by our Rome guide for a complete list of our editor’s picks.