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The 9 Best Budget Hotels in Rome of 2019

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In some cities, budget hotels are synonymous with soulless chains and basic motels, but the Eternal City is an exception, with some of the top-rated and most atmospheric accommodation options under € 100 (roughly $ 115) a night. From renovated 16th-century monasteries to turn-of-the-century palaces, historic buildings throughout the city combine affordable rooms with a more genuine insight into Roman culture than many luxury brands can offer. Pick one of these and spend the money you’ll save on entrance tickets to the Colosseum, delicious meals at Campo de Fiori, or a shopping spree at the bohemian boutiques of Monti.

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Best Overall: Hotel Santa Maria

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On TripAdvisor, Hotel Santa Maria ranks 7th out of more than 1,200 hotels in Rome, an incredible achievement justified by its idyllic setting and exceptional service. The hotel is located across the river from the historic city center in lively Trastevere, in a renovated 16th century cloister that gives you an authentic Italian experience without spending a lot of money. Expect red-tile roofs and ocher-colored walls around a courtyard garden and conservatory. With only 19 rooms, the hotel has a wonderful boutique feel.

All rooms face the patio and combine floral motifs and oak furnishings with modern amenities such as air conditioning, satellite TV and orthopedic mattresses. The choice of two-bedroom suites also makes the Hotel Santa María ideal for families. Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the price. Start the day in the orangery or on the tangled rooftop solarium. Ask the friendly staff for recommendations or help book taxis, tours, and restaurants, then ride the courtesy bikes to get out and explore Rome’s most famous landmarks.

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Best for romance: Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori

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It is difficult to imagine a more seductive location than that offered by the Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori. The historic market is a short walk away, and you are within walking distance of Centro Storico attractions such as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. From the moment you enter the hotel’s glorious vine-covered facade, the setting is set for romance. There are only 23 rooms, all of them unique sanctuaries with original tapestries and antique furniture, plus free Wi-Fi and an LCD TV.

For a honeymoon or anniversary, consider spending a little more to stay in a luxurious top-floor superior room with a four-poster four-poster bed, frescoed ceilings, and a private terrace with panoramic city views. If these rooms are out of your budget, don’t worry: the multi-level terrace and solarium offer the same breathtaking views and are the ideal place to toast each other during sunsets. Rates include a generous buffet breakfast served under arched ceilings and chandeliers in the breakfast room.

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Best for families: Hotel Golden

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Housed in a late 19th century palace, Hotel Golden is a home away from home with soft yellow walls and cherry wood furniture. Located a short distance from Plaza de España, it is also next to Villa Borghese, the perfect place for the kids to unwind after a day of museum visits. Run by the same family for over 20 years, TripAdvisor reviewers love that they feel like a part of that family for the duration of their stay. The friendly reception is also open 24 hours a day.

Rooms are simple but comfortable, with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. Various floor plans are made to accommodate families, including the spacious family rooms and the two-bedroom family suite. The latter even has its own private breakfast room. For everyone else, breakfast is served in the dining room or on the terrace and features kid-friendly favorites such as French toast and pancakes. Other useful amenities include a coin-operated laundry facility and an optional airport pick-up service.

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Best views: Residenza Maritti

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The Residenza Maritti is located steps from the ancient forums of Trajan, Augustus and Nerva, and is as deep within the historic heart of the city as possible. The history of the residence dates back some 300 years and is reflected in the uniquely styled rooms. Classic rooms offer period furnishings and glimpses of family history; while Contemporary Suites feature all-white décor and works by emerging artists. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and an LED TV. To make the most of the hotel’s location, request one with views of the Forum of Augustus.

However, the best views of the house are from the terra-cotta terrace. From here, you can admire magnificent 360-degree panoramas of Rome’s most iconic landmarks, including the Temple of Mars Ultore, the Colosseum, and Altare della Patria. Come watch the sunset or book an al fresco dinner. Breakfast is served buffet-style in the brick-walled, vaulted Lupigiada Bistro. Alternatively, you can save money by cooking in the kitchens located on each floor.

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Best for nightlife: Hotel San Francesco

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In a previous life, the Hotel San Francesco served as a seminary for missionary apprentices, but today the hotel is the ideal base for exploring Rome’s eclectic nightlife. The boutique is located in Trastevere, the epicenter of the capital for drinking and eating. It is a short walk from the busiest squares, although the hotel itself is on a quiet street that guarantees a good night’s rest between parties. In summer, there is no better place to start the festivities than at the Hotel San Francesco’s rooftop bar, where you can enjoy Italian wines and handcrafted cocktails while taking in magical views of the city.

The 24 rooms are equipped for a comfortable stay with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, minibar and flat-screen TV. Although there is no restaurant on-site, you have plenty of options in terms of affordable and authentic trattoria within a few minutes’ walk. The hotel also offers bike rental (perfect for exploring beyond Trastevere) and airport pickup.

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Best Hostel: The RomeHello

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The quirky RomeHello hostel is a 10-minute walk from Roma Termini Train Station and very close to the Centro Storico such as Piazza Barberini and the Trevi Fountain, saving you money on transportation. With street art-inspired decor and friendly staff, it’s a modern pick for young backpackers and budget travelers. Stay in a mixed four-, eight-, or 10-bed dorm or opt for a girls-only room. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, individual lamps, and closets.

Couples will appreciate the private rooms, which come with added luxuries like cable TV and a mini fridge. Cook for yourself in the new guest kitchen or head to The Barrel Bar & Grill for tasty pizza, pasta and cocktails. At night, the vibrant inner courtyard is a social space with regular live music. You can also mingle with your fellow travelers on the foosball and ping-pong tables, while other helpful amenities include on-site laundry facilities and an optional breakfast buffet.

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Quieter: Oriani Suite

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Suite Oriani is an elegant red brick villa decorated in the Art Nouveau style, with original hardwood floors and stucco ceilings, 1930s watercolors and Biedermeier furniture. Located in the exclusive residential neighborhood of Parioli, it offers a quiet escape from the tourist bustle of the Centro Storico; although the famous monuments of Rome are only two metro stops away. Reviewers appreciate the opportunity to experience life in “real” Rome, in an area historically associated with artists and diplomats. In fact, the village itself was once the South African Embassy.

All suites feature elegant, sunlit interiors and some have their own balcony. You can enjoy the hotel’s à la carte breakfast in your room or in the lush garden. There is no on-site restaurant, but a cluster of authentic local restaurants serve delicious Italian seafood, pizza, and ice cream. Suite Oriani’s attentive staff is available to help you organize every aspect of your stay, from guided city tours and laundry services to limousine transfers for those with a little extra space on the budget.

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Best for business: Hotel Dei Congressi

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Located in the EUR business district, Hotel Dei Congressi is the obvious choice for conference attendees at Rome’s The Cloud Convention Center. You can also organize your own corporate events in the hotel’s congress center, which has six separate rooms with audiovisual equipment and a maximum capacity of 400 people. Although it is too far from the historic center to be convenient for regular tourists, it only takes 20 minutes to get to the Colosseum area on the metro.

Though a bit dated, rooms are clean and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi, a fridge, TV, and a safe. Soundproof windows and light-blocking curtains ensure that you get a good night’s sleep before an important meeting. The on-site La Glorietta restaurant offers a buffet lunch Monday through Friday and has à la carte menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also organize event meals and enjoy cookouts in the garden in season. If you enjoy a workout between work sessions, the 7th floor gym inspires with views of the Alban Hills.

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Best City: Each

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If exploring the treasures of the Vatican, such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, is at the top of your Roman bucket list, it makes sense to stay as close as possible. There are no hotels in the city-state, but QuodLibet B&B is just an eight-minute walk from the Vatican Museums. It is also ranked on TripAdvisor as the best B&B in Rome, ahead of almost 4,000 competitors. Reviewers love the exceptional attention to detail displayed by your welcoming hosts. There are four bedrooms, all with fourth-floor views, tile floors, and colorful artwork.

Soundproof windows and orthopedic mattresses provide a good night’s rest, while the Nespresso machine, 32-inch TV, and free Wi-Fi take care of the comforts. The included continental breakfast is a particular highlight; served on the rooftop terrace, it is likely to be one of your best travel memories. The terrace is open all year round and is a picturesque place for a pre-dinner drink at one of the many local restaurants.

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