Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa has both an indoor and outdoor pool, making it our top family pick. It is located right by the beautiful Villa Borghese park, and though it's a bit far from some attractions, it's more conveniently located than the Radisson Blu (which also has a pool). Rooms are traditional in style with crisp white bedding and modern amenities, and luckily for families, they are spacious. Cribs are available at the hotel, and the front desk can arrange babysitting services; connecting rooms are also on offer and are necessary for families of four. Note that children must be at least four years old to use the indoor pool, and bathing caps are required, while the outdoor pool is open seasonally. The on-site restaurant may be a bit formal for younger kids, but there are other restaurants and cafes within a 10-minute walk.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Both cribs and rollaway beds are available at this intimate luxury boutique, and larger families can rent one of the apartments in the building adjacent to Villa Spalletti Trivelli (apartment guests get full access to the hotel's amenities.) Garden Suites come with a separate bedroom, sofa bed, and kitchen, and Apartments come with two two bedrooms and a kitchen. Despite its small size, the hotel goes above and beyond with the amenities, offering a gym, spa, lovely outdoor garden, excellent free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms blend elegant decor (antique furniture and artwork, patterned bedspreads, crown moldings) with modern technology (iPod docks, flat-screen TVs). The luxurious, large marble bathrooms are the highlight -- all have separate showers and tubs. Many of the rooms overlook the hotel's private courtyard.
Palazzo Manfredi Rating: 4.5 Pearls
It can be difficult to find a room in Rome that can easily accommodate a family of four, but the lxurious Palazzo Manfredi has several room types that fit the bill. On-site, the Suite has a separate bedroom, pull-out couch, and option for a rollaway bed; in addition, several apartments near the hotel have multiple bedrooms and pull-out couches. Cribs and rollaway beds are available for most room types. Rooms have beautiful modern decor, and the rooftop restaurant offers fine dining and spectacular views of the adjacent Colosseum. Babysitting service can be arranged upon request.
Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Rocco Forte is one of Rome's top luxury hotels, and it's a premier choice for families. Cribs are available, and though only two adults and one child can be accommodated in a single room, connecting rooms are offered (Superior Deluxe Rooms connect to Junior Suites). A big Jacuzzi pool is offered in the Wellness Zone and can be used by children over 12. Bright rooms feature tasteful, modern decor and marble bathrooms, and the location near the Spanish Steps is convenient for sightseeing. Babysitting service can be arranged upon request. Though Rocco Forte has more amenities than the Palazzo Manfredi, it gets a lower spot on this list because of its slightly less flexible sleeping accommodations.
Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Radisson Blu not only has an outdoor pool (a rarity in Rome), it has a separate kiddy pool as well -- a standout amenity that makes this an attractive family pick. It also boasts two sleek dining options that are kid-friendly. Rooms are modern and attractive (if small) with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi, and they are decorated with funky furniture and pops of color. Cribs are available in all room types, rollaway beds are available in some, and the hotel can arrange babysitting services. However, a few drawbacks keep this property from being higher on our list: The frosted glass bathroom walls aren't particularly kid-friendly, the neighborhood is a bit gritty, and sleeping arrangements aren't super flexible for larger families. (Parents with two children can book the Presidential Suite or a Standard Queen Room connected to a suite.)
Albergo Del Senato Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Albergo Del Senato has one of the best locations in Rome, facing the Pantheon, and is an excellent pick for families in search of a mid-range hotel option. Triple Rooms couple with a double bed and a sofa bed, and Apartment Junior Suites have a separate bedroom and a sofa bed. Cribs and babysitting services are available. Though the hotel does not have the amenities of a larger hotel (such as a spa or fitness center), it does have a cheery breakfast room, where free breakfasts of hot and cold items are served in the mornings, as well as a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the city. Rooms have thin comforters and gaudy wallpaper, but wood floors, crown moldings, and wall sconces add charm.
Hotel Fontana Rating: 3.0 Pearls
A prime location on the Piazza di Trevi and several room types with flexible sleeping arrangements make this one of the city's best mid-range family picks. The Triple Room comes with a double bed and a twin, and a suite we viewed had two bedrooms with queen beds. Cribs and babysitting services are available. A former monastery, this property offers 25 rooms with basic, traditional Italian decor that feels reminiscent of its former monastic days. Guests can choose between rooms facing the fountain, or one of the quieter rooms in the back of the building. Though they are compact, rooms are clean and have hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, and private en-suite bathrooms. Perks here include the rooftop terrace and lounge along with a free breakfast buffet. Many guests rise early to get the best seats in front of the fountain.