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Where to Stay in Rome
If there’s one thing Rome knows how to do, it’s setting an ambiance. Each part of the city has a distinct feel that is suited for a different type of traveler. Couples looking for a romantic setting should stay in the Centro Storico area of town. Here, within the neighborhood’s medieval streets, you’ll find Piazzo Novano, a square that features three elaborate Baroque fountains. The area is also home to romantic restaurants, outdoor cafes and lots of live entertainment. Or explore Rome’s rich history by booking a hotel near the site of Ancient Rome. With such landmarks as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this is the most popular area of the city. Those looking for the finest in Italian design should search for rooms near the posh Piazza di Spagna. Not only is this city square home to such retailers as Prada, Valentino and Gucci, it is also the location of the gorgeous Spanish Steps, a monument that allows visitors access to a historic 500-year-old French church.
Rome Hotel Tips
Because of its Mediterranean location, Rome can get pretty steamy during the summer months. If you’re not used to the heat, you will want to search for flights to Rome during the spring and fall. However, these seasons are also the peak times for tourists, so be sure to make your hotel reservations far in advance. Also, in the Italian culture many people take the month of August to go on vacation. Because of this, many stores close their doors during the city’s warmest month.
You can often find the best hotel deals during the months of January, February and March. However, avoid visiting during Christian holidays. The influx of religious visitors to the city can make getting around and sightseeing a chore.
Rome Hotel Recommendations
If you’re looking for a cheap hotel near many of Rome’s top attractions, check into the Hotel San Pietrino. This affordable small-chain hotel near Vatican City is a mere five-minute walk from St. Peter’s Square, home of the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, it’s only two Metro stops away from Rome’s historical center. Rooms are small, but comfortable and include air conditioning, which is a luxury in the city.
On the other end of the spectrum is the five-star luxury Aleph Hotel. This swank hotel was designed with the theme of Dante’s Divine Comedy in mind. To reach paradise, spoil yourself in the hotel’s lavish onsite spa. Or tempt yourself within the Sin restaurant and Angelo Bar. Rooms are outfitted in 1930s and 1940s Italian designs with a minimalist touch.
Another great spot for the budget traveler is Rome’s The Beehive. This hotel and café combination gives tourists a stylish and contemporary lodging option that won’t break the bank. The hotel is owned by an American couple, who provide guests with free Internet, board games, a reading lounge and a quaint outdoor garden. Dorm beds, private rooms and private group apartments are available.
Rome is a maze of twisting and turning streets, so getting around can be pretty confusing. Walking is always an option, granted you’re planning on covering short distances. You can also rent a moped, though this requires you to have an impeccable sense of direction. Instead, many tourists rely on the city’s Metropolitina, or Metro, system. This subway system provides easy access to many of the city’s top attractions. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try riding one of Rome’s buses. However, routes can be confusing and the vehicles are often overcrowded during peak hours.