The best affordable hotels in Rome

Our pick of the loveliest affordable hotels in Rome, from £159 per night

This has certainly been the year for luxury hotels in Rome, with ritzy new openings like The Rome Edition, Bulgari Hotel Roma and Six Senses Rome making their splashy mark on the eternal city. Though Rome’s affordable stays have long possessed an equally beguiling quality, where reminders of the city’s ancient past are seeped in the storied patina walls and frescoed ceilings of refurbished palazzos-turned boutique hotels, or in its warren of modern stays and fashionable guesthouses. Whether you’re looking for a central stay on a cobbled street flanked by the city’s vaunted ancient landmarks or in the hip neighbourhood of Trastevere on the other side of the Tiber, we’ve rounded up the best affordable Rome hotels, all under £250.

Passepartout, Navona

Passepartout, Navona

Located a few steps from Piazza Navona, in a discrete building in the heart of Rome near the city’s best restaurants and shops, Passepartout is a modern guesthouse hotel featuring 15 rooms all enhanced by the building’s preserved architectural elements, like exposed beams and travertine floors. For guests or families looking for more space and an apartment-style accommodation, opt for one of the two large apartments that can fit up to five people and consist of a well-stocked kitchenette for a home-like feel.

Price: Rooms from around £159 per night

The Hoxton Rome, Parioli

The Hoxton Rome

The Hoxton is known for its beloved collection of affordable design hotels and open-house lobby concepts. The 192-room Hoxton Roma is situated at the base of the elegant Parioli neighbourhood, with enough distance from the crowded city centre but still within close proximity to the city’s most coveted sights, like Villa Borghese and the MACRO. The hotel’s all-day lobby restaurant, Elio, is helmed by Sarah Cicolini, the founder of Rome’s beloved Santopalato, and offers authentic Italian dishes for long, drawn-out meals with friends, while the hotel’s coffee bar and takeaway counter, Cugino, serves freshly baked pastries, breakfasts and power lunches on the sun-lit terrace.

Price: Rooms from around £182 per night

Hotel Chapter Roma, Sant’Angelo

Hotel Chapter Roma

On a quiet street in Rome’s Roman Ghetto neighboUrhood, Chapter Roma describes itself as being both “glamorous and gritty”, which is effectively articulated throughout the hotel’s public spaces, where the mix of contemporary art and graffiti befit the creative spirit of the neighbourhood. The 42 modern rooms provide the same promise of quirk – while minimalist at first glance, eclectic details are subtly on display – from the velvet, jewel-toned headboards, to the exposed brick walls and the kitschy Lush Seletti rugs. Idiosyncrasies aside, Chapter Roma provides the sort of reliable comforts you expect in any modern hotel, with the promise of friendly hotel staff and comfortable quarters in which to retreat after a long day or night out – and if you’re night isn’t quite over after you’ve returned home, head to the bustling lobby bar (or to the rooftop in the warmer months) for a night cap.

Price: Rooms from around £197 per night

Villa Laetitia, Dalla Vittoria

Villa Laetitia

Villa Laetitia has long remained one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Situated 20 minutes outside of the tourist bubble in the elegant Dalla Vittoria neighbourhood, Villa Laetitia is the favoured stay among the in-the-know fashion crowd seeking a discreet but glamorous port of call in the ancient city. The historical residence was initially designed by famed Italian architect Armando Brasini, and restored by the Fendi Venturini family when they acquired it a century later. The intimate villa was then reimagined under the discerning eye of its current owner, Anna Fendi Venturini, who wanted to host guests as she would in her private home. Each room is eclectically designed to exude its own version of Italian decadence, from the Adele room with its 1900s iron wrought bed and hand-painted boiserie, to the funkier Atelier room with a black and grey checkered bedspread that echoes its matching floor tiles.

Price: Rooms from around £231 per night

Nobildonne Relais, Spagna

Nobildonne Relais

Nobildonne Relais was conceived by two Roman architects who used the building’s history and central location in Baroque Rome to inspire the hotel’s design – from its ceiling of frescoes and mosaic floors to the period furniture punctuating its rooms and corridors. Along with its uniquely appointed suites, Nobildonne’s common salon is the heart of the residence, featuring a Chesterfield sofa and a fireplace ideal for morning reading or catching up on work. While the relais doesn’t offer breakfast onsite, they do have a partnership with the nearby Antico Caffè Vitti located in the Piazza San Lorenzo, just a three-minute walk away.

Price: Rooms from around £208 per night

Relais Le Clarisse, Trastevere

Nobildonne Relais

Relais Le Clarisse is a bucolic oasis in the heart of Trastevere, one of Rome’s most lively neighbourhoods. Located in a historic residence with 18 homey rooms featuring vaulted ceilings, travertine floors and simple wood and wrought-iron furnishings, this unassuming hotel feels like a Tuscan farmhouse in the centre of the city. The simple charms at this small boutique hotel are characterised by the attention to detail, such as the quiet courtyard garden shaded by a large, ancient olive tree, where guests can enjoy morning breakfast in a serene atmosphere before heading out into the hustle and bustle of the city.

Price: Rooms from around £148 per night

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