Whether it be tossing coins in the Trevi Fountain, looking up at the Sistine Chapel, or eating plates full of pasta, there are ample family-friendly activities to do in Rome. If you are traveling to the historic capital with teenagers or children in tow, there are a few things to keep in mind before booking a hotel, including the spaciousness of the rooms and kid-friendly amenities. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, to see which are the best for vacationing families. So if you’re planning a family trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Rome, and get inspired!
The Ibis Styles Roma Art Noba is a contemporary three-pearl hotel with an artistic flair and stylish interiors. Located outside of the city center, it's far from Rome's top sights and thus best for travelers who are comfortable using public transportation and appreciate being in a local neighborhood. The hotel has a cafe and bar that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails. Kid-friendly amenities include a Nintendo/PS3, plus check-in gifts and a kids' menu at the restaurant. The hotel's 62 rooms are just as stylish as the common areas and include minibars and flat-screen TVs, plus some have private balconies.
The St. Regis Rome is a grand five-pearl hotel of the Belle Epoque era, with modern amenities. Most guests rave about the helpful concierge and butler service, and the property features include an Asian-themed spa, a fine dining restaurant with kids' menu, and formal afternoon tea service. Elegant rooms blend several historic decor styles and are adorned with lovely antiques. Cribs, diapers, and baby wipes are all available upon request. The hotel also has a list of reputable babysitters.
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.
The luxury Baglioni Hotel Regina is primarily geared toward couples looking to be within walking distance to some of Rome’s greatest attractions like the Spanish Steps. But, as children up to 16 years of age stay free, it's a great family pick as well. A fitness center, spa, restaurant, and meeting spaces are all features of this hotel that used to be the residence of Queen Margherita of Savoy. Each room has a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, and the option of a separate living room or terrace for Suites. But the flashy Art Deco decor doesn't appeal to all, and travelers should note there have been complaints about maintenance issues in the rooms.
The 10-room, family-friendly Hotel Petra is a somewhat dated hotel that's located in Tor Vergata, about 25 minutes away from Rome's city center. Large guest rooms have furnished private balconies, flat-screen TVs, and minibars, and some rooms also have living rooms and scenic views from the terraces, though the overall decor is boring and bland. A free shuttle is provided to the local metro station and malls, and there is free Wi-Fi and parking. A basic in-room breakfast is included, as well. Outside, there's a sprawling garden filled with olive trees, as well as a tennis court/soccer field with a seating area.
The four-room, lower-middle-range Capricci Romani B&B is a charming bed-and-breakfast for couples looking to be within easy walking distance of Vatican City. The friendly, knowledgeable owner and nice details like free continental breakfast plus games and guidebooks for guests' use give this place a homey vibe. Rooms, though small, have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and safes, and unlike some bed-and-breakfasts, have their own private bathrooms. This property costs less than other hotels in its class that are closer to central Rome, which makes it a good value for guests who want to spend most of their time exploring the Vatican.
The mid-range Aurelia Residence San Pietro offers a good value and spacious, residence-style accommodations near the Vatican and a bus stop, which provides transportation to other major attractions. The sunny, green rooftop terrace gives a pleasant perch to enjoy the hotel's free breakfast. But the busy street outside is noisy and leaves little room for strolling pedestrians. The Aurelia's apartment-like rooms with extra sofa beds make them a good choice for families, although the rooms, while spacious and well-equipped, are somewhat old-fashioned in their classic decor.
The 65-room Rose Palace Hotel is on one of only a few quiet streets in Rome -- where Via Boncompagni branches off Via Veneto at the corner of the American Embassy. The upscale boutique property is within walking distance of some of Rome's best shopping and dining, as well as the Spanish Steps and Borghese Gallery. There's no extra fee for pets and the soundproofed rooms are elegant and spacious. Babysitting or childcare is also available.
Living up to its name, the upscale Hotel Splendide Royal emanates elegance from the moment guests step inside and walk through the marble and mosaic hallway, below vaulted archways lit by many chandeliers. Ideally located in a quiet area across from Villa Borghese park, and within easy walking distance of popular sights, the 69-room Royal is ideal for tourists and families with ample means. Business travelers looking to host on-site meetings and dine at the delicious rooftop restaurant will also find the property appealing. Guest rooms have Baroque-style decor and marble bathrooms; many have terraces, as well. Wi-Fi and breakfast are included.
Travelers who want to save money on lodgings but still be within walking distance of many of Rome's most prominent attractions, like the Teatro dell' Opera Di Roma, should consider the Hotel Selene Roma. The pleasant three-pearl hotel offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi. The 40 renovated guest rooms have street or courtyard views spread over three floors. But some of the rooms could do with a better cleaning, and their bathrooms need better ventilation. There's a gray-papered breakfast room and a lounge with a few upholstered pieces of furniture, but not much else. Baby-proofing of rooms and Nintendos are available upon request.
The 56-room Hotel Mozart is an upper-middle-range, antique-style property with a warm, cozy atmosphere and two fantastic roof terraces. Pleasant, if basic, rooms are classically styled with wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, minibars, air-conditioning, and marble bathrooms while some have jetted tubs and balconies or terraces with fantastic city views. However, some rooms lack square footage and only have showers. The rooftop garden with a bar offers wonderful city views while the terrace has lounge seating and pretty greenery. The included breakfast buffet receives good reviews, as does the roof garden bar and Bar Jupiter.
Camping Fabulous is a campsite in a pine forest with 100 bungalows and mobile homes about an hour's drive from Rome. Guests can bring their own tent or choose one of the bungalows or mobile homes with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and lovely shaded patios. There are two huge pools and mini-golf, a playground, and tennis to keep the kids entertained. The on-site restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlor offer good value, but the campsite can have the chaotic atmosphere of an all-kids summer camp.