When in Rome, stay where MeFites have stayed!
August 29, 2017 6:04 AM   Subscribe

Travelling to Rome at the end of January and looking for accommodation recommendations. I'm looking for something that's away from the most touristic areas, but still within a 5-10 minute walk of public transportation. Open to hotels, guest houses, or apartment rentals. I welcome your recommendations of places you've stayed in the last 2-3 years.
posted by bkpiano to Travel & Transportation around Rome, Italy (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I stayed at Little Rhome Suites this past summer - a small B&B in the Trastevere neighborhood - and loved it. The rooms were spacious, bright, and clean, the neighborhood was fantastic, and it's about a 30 second walk to the Tiber River - which made it easy to walk to most things (I didn't really take public transportation in Rome, but I know there are trains close by). A simple breakfast (coffee/tee/fruit/breads/jams/cheeses/etc) was included every morning.

I also stayed at an airbnb in the center of Rome near Termini, on my outbound from a trip to Abruzzo - I preferred staying in Trastevere way, way, way more. It's a beautiful neighborhood, and though most of Rome is pretty touristy, it's much less so than the center. I absolutely loved it.
posted by raztaj at 6:19 AM on August 29, 2017

I stayed in an airBnB apartment in Trastevere near Piazza Trilussa about three years ago, and I also really loved staying in that neighborhood. Plenty of tourist interest and conveniently located but it didn't feel aggressively touristy. The apartment itself was fine, though nothing particularly special.

We also didn't really take public transport while we were in Rome (except from the airport to the apartment), just walked most places, but it was about a five minute walk to the Belli tram stop, and most of the center was within a 30 minute walk.
posted by mskyle at 6:46 AM on August 29, 2017

Another +1 for Trastevere, it's off the main drags whilst still being central.
posted by socksister at 6:54 AM on August 29, 2017

We stayed here (also in Trastevere) a few years ago. Really nice apartment and neighbourhood.
posted by crocomancer at 7:34 AM on August 29, 2017

We stayed in Ostiense at the Hotel Pulitzer - about a 5 minute walk from a train station and a 10 minute train from the core of Rome. The neighborhood was quiet at night (except for the more industrial parts which had a party scene) and parts were gritty, but we really enjoyed wandering the local streets and had two of our best meals on random walks in the local neighborhood. They have a small rooftop hot tub (more like a warm tub) that overlooked the surrounding area which was lovely.
posted by notorious medium at 7:37 AM on August 29, 2017

We stayed in a B&B tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood on the Aventine Hill, Aventino Orange Garden Suites. It was about a 10-minute walk from the subway and restaurants, which was occasionally a bit far, but the lovely proprietor sharing her home with us more than made up for it. Delicious homemade baked goods for breakfast. The location was great for exploring the antique sites and central city. We walked a lot.
posted by libraryhead at 10:10 AM on August 29, 2017

We stayed at Al Viminale Hill Inn & Hotel, right across from the Opera. It was extremely centrally located -- we walked everywhere but to the Vatican and the Galleria Borghese. It was also extremely clean and CHEAP, for reasons I still don't entirely understand. The area is spoken of as though it's charmless, but we had a view of the Opera and were three minutes' walk from the artsy neighborhood of Monti, so I had no complaints.

It was less than $50 a night. I'd really feared we'd booked a hovel, but no, it was one of the best surprises in a trip full of lovely surprises. Free coffee, personal fridge, great shower, lovely view... I can't recommend it highly enough.
posted by mylittlepoppet at 10:47 AM on August 29, 2017

I stayed at the Viminale Hotel in Rome, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps. It was on a small cobblestone street off the main road, so very quiet. The room itself was old, but the place was clean and comfortable, and the bathroom was large and very clean as well. This worked for me because I spent most of the day away, with the exception of a long nap I took in the very comfortable bed to escape the 98-degree heat.

Previously, I've also stayed at the Generator Hostel in Rome, and elsewhere in Europe. I find this chain to be far superior to other hostel chains.
posted by Everydayville at 11:50 AM on August 29, 2017

I had a great stay at Residenza di Ripetta near the Piazza del Popolo. It's a former convent where they serve breakfast in the beautiful courtyard, and it's walkable to all the downtown sites like the Pantheon but it is a little north of the main action so it is quieter while still being in the city itself. I would definitely stay there again.
posted by rmless at 2:10 PM on August 29, 2017

In 2014, we (family of 4) stayed here, a self-catering basement flat which is pretty central but was on a quiet, mostly residential/hotels side street. Were able to walk everywhere, but the Barberini metro station is just a couple blocks away
posted by basalganglia at 5:47 PM on August 29, 2017

I stayed at HT6, an elegant little boutique hotel, in the Jewish Ghetto this past March. Just a few blocks from a few bus stops, and a quick walk across the Tiber to Trastevere and its many good restaurants. Or try one of the kosher restaurants practically right outside the hotel door.

I just walked most places, and the major tourist attractions were typically between 15 and 40 minutes' walk from the hotel.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:35 PM on August 29, 2017

I'd avoid having to need public transportation; so - excluding the most touristic central core - here are the neighborhoods where you want to be staying, in order of closest to furthest from the heart of things:

- the Ghetto

- the sleepier parts of Trastevere: either near the Giardino Botanico, or at the very back (vicolo del Cedro) or the southern side, by S. Cecilia

- behind the Fori Imperiali, via S. Teodoro / Via dei Fienili

- borgo Pio

- riverfront Prati

- the lower end of via Flaminia (just north of piazzale Flaminio / piazza del Popolo)

Anything further out than that (like Ostiense or Aventino, mentioned above), you'll likely need transportation.
posted by progosk at 8:27 AM on August 30, 2017 [1 favorite]

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