Stylish Room Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This nine-room boutique is awkwardly located on the second floor of a historic building. But once you get past having to climb the stairs to the front desk, the hotel offers great value: Rooms are large with up-to-date bathrooms and free Wi-Fi, there is free breakfast, and even pets stay for no extra fee. The room decor is contemporary, with wood floors, colorful artwork, bright accent walls, and bedding in shades of white, brown, and gray. Plus, the location is great for sightseeing; the Villa Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish steps are all within walking distance. If you're looking for lots of amenities, however, you may want to consider staying elsewhere (the hotel has no fitness center and no full restaurant -- just a breakfast room), but the Stylish Room is a top-notch choice for value. Though the
Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Radisson Blu may be one of the city's top luxury hotels, but it's also one of its top values -- prices are much lower than they would be for a comparable hotel in the city center. Amenities are impressive, especially for Rome, and include a large outdoor pool, two decent dining options, a spa, and a fitness center. Rooms are sleek and modern. The tradeoff, of course, is location; the hotel is located in the neighborhood around Termini station, which is a bit gritty and far from tourist sights.
Hotel Turner Rome Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 19th century style of this 63-room hotel is opulent (some might say over-the-top), but it feels fitting in this grand, historic city. The rooms have details such as rich wallpaper, crown moldings, chandeliers, and gilded headboards, though some are quite small. Amenities are few, but the hotel does offer a free daily breakfast, rooftop terrace with views of the city walls and Porta Pia gate, and impressive meeting spaces. It's a more luxurious option than the Stylish Room, but its location in a residential area outside of the city center is less ideal for seeing the sights.
Hotel Rinascimento Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hotel Rinascimento is an inviting boutique option near Piazza Navona, and has fair prices for this expensive, central location. (They're not typically as cheap as the hotels higher on this list, though.) The chic, modern lobby has lots of seating and a computer for guest use. Rooms are equally as stylish, and bathrooms are spacious and contemporary; most have walk-in showers and rainforest showerheads. The size of rooms can be inconsistent -- rooms with a lovely private patio are tiny, while larger rooms don't offer a patio. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. A big breakfast spread is included in the daily rate and room service is available. This hotel is a good value pick for its style, fresh look, and location in a neighborhood full of charming cobblestone streets.
Hotel Fontana Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Hotel Fontana has an unbeatable loction, right on Piazza di Trevi and facing the Trevi Fountain. Considering the prime real estate, prices are quite reasonable. 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.
Condotti Palace Rating: 3.5 Pearls
On a cobblestone street lined by restaurants and shops, the 22-room Condotti Palace has a great central Rome location, within walking distance of numerous iconic sights -- the Spanish Steps are just two blocks away. Rooms are well-kept and have up-to-date extras such as small flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but the standard rooms are a bit small. Guests should book a junior suite for more space. It's a great value most of the year, but prices can skyrocket during big weekends and peak season, so be sure to double check the rates. Still, its location can't be beat and its prices are often lower than its competitors (though they're still significantly higher than hotels outside of the city).