Rome is expensive and busy; book ahead to secure the best deal. Accommodation ranges from palatial five-star hotels to hostels, B&Bs, pensioni and private rooms. Hostels are the cheapest, with dorm beds and private rooms: around Stazione Termini several budget hotels also offer 'dorm beds', meaning you can book a bed in a shared double, triple or quad hotel room. B&Bs and hotels cover every style and price range.

Pensions & Hotels

The bulk of Rome's accommodation consists of pensioni (pensions) and alberghi (hotels).

A pensione is a small, family-run hotel, often in a converted apartment. Rooms are usually fairly simple though most come with a private bathroom.

Hotels are rated from one to five stars. Most hotels in Rome's historic centre tend to be three-star and up. As a rule, a three-star room will come with a hairdryer, a minibar (or fridge), a safe, air-con and wi-fi. Some have satellite TV.

Roman hotel rooms tend to be small, especially in the centro storico and Trastevere, where hotels are often housed in centuries-old palazzi.

B&Bs & Guesthouses

Alongside traditional B&Bs, Rome has many boutique-style guesthouses offering chic, upmarket accommodation at mid-level to top-end prices.

Breakfast in a Roman B&B usually consists of bread rolls, croissants, yoghurt, ham and cheese. Some B&Bs offer breakfast (coffee, pastry, bread or toast, fresh fruit) in a nearby cafe; check when you make your booking.

Hostels

Rome's hostels cater to everyone from backpackers to budget-minded families. Many offer hotel-style rooms alongside traditional dorms.

Some hostels don’t accept reservations for dorm beds, so it’s first come, first served.

The city's new breed of hostels are chic, designer pads with trendy bar-restaurants, bike rental, the occasional stunning rooftop garden and a fantastic array of organised tours and activities on offer.

Religious Institutions

Many of Rome's religious institutions offer cheap(ish) rooms. These often impose strict curfews and are fairly short on frills. Book well ahead.

Rental Accommodation

For longer stays, renting an apartment will generally work out cheaper than an extended hotel sojourn. Bank on about €900 per month for a studio apartment or one-bedroom flat. For longer stays, you'll probably have to pay bills plus a building maintenance charge.

Seasons & Rates

Rome doesn’t have a low season as such but rates are at their lowest from November to March (excluding Christmas and New Year) and from mid-July through August. Expect to pay top whack in spring (April to June) and autumn (September and October) and over the main holiday periods (Christmas, New Year and Easter).

Most midrange and top-end hotels accept credit cards. Budget places might, but it’s always best to check in advance.

Need to Know

Accommodation Tax

Everyone overnighting in Rome must pay a room-occupancy tax on top of their bill:

  • €3 per person per night in one- and two-star hotels
  • €3.50 in B&Bs and room rentals
  • €4/6/7 in three-/four-/five-star hotels

The tax is applicable for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. Prices in reviews do not include the tax.

Reservations

  • Always try to book ahead, especially in high season (Easter to September) and during major religious festivals.
  • Ask for a camera matrimoniale for a room with a double bed; a camera doppia has twin beds.

Checking In & Out

  • When you check in you'll need to present your passport or ID card.
  • Checkout is usually between 10am and noon. In hostels it’s around 9am.
  • Most guesthouses and B&Bs require you to arrange, in advance, a time to check in.