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Richwah Jun 18th, 2009 11:41 PM

In Rome where to stay in Trestevere, Campo dei Fiore or Piazza Navona
My wife and I want to be in an area that is fun,filled with activity and very walkabie to sites including Vatican. Please send your hotel suggestions soon so we can book for July 15 arrival, we only have 3 days in Rome and want to make the most of our time. Also there convenience to trains. Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

bellastarr Jun 19th, 2009 12:14 AM

In order for you to get reasonable responses, it is wise to include your budget range in your query. How much are you prepared to spend?

Richwah Jun 19th, 2009 04:16 AM

thank you, up to 150 e per night if necessary

Vttraveler Jun 19th, 2009 04:44 AM

In addition to the suggestions on your other thread, this thread has lots of ideas
You can find other threads by searching in the forum with the names of the areas you are considering. For this purpose, the correct spelling is Trastevere, not Trestevere. the Piazza della Rotunda/Pantheon area is very near the Piazza Navona

I would not worry too much about convenience to the train. You would be reasonably close if you stay in the central historic area.

Viajero2 Jun 19th, 2009 05:38 AM

Rich- Based on your likes you need to stay in Centro Storico. However, based on your budget I think you will have a hard time finding a 3-5 Star hotel within that budget. Hotels in Old Rome (Centro Storico) are notorious for high prices and poor quality. Have you consider an apartment stay? Min number of nights for most is three (3) which you are planning on. I have done hotels and apartments in Rome and it is apartments from now on, a no brainer. I used, there are literally hundreds of venues for apartment renatls. Try for recommendations from other independent travelers. Good luck, whatever you do, do not get a place without A/C!

As far as the link above, I read Franco's post a while back and have been to Rome since. While he somewhat dismisses the Vatican Area, I rented an apartment a couple of blocks from the entrance to the Vatican Museums and absolutely LOVED it; can't wait to go back. The one thing you need to make sure is that, other than the Centro Storico, wherever you stay make sure you are close to a Metro and/or bus station. Metro train travel in Rome is a breeze (two lines!) so don't sweat too much having to stay a bit off the Centro Storico if a great lodging option is available. I would definitely trade distance from Centro Storico for a great and comfortable apartment/hotel room if transport is easily accesible. Just a thought.

Mimar Jun 19th, 2009 07:08 AM

And I'm just the opposite of Viajero. I'd trade a smaller hotel room for being central in any city. Certainly the first time in Rome. Even Trastevere is a little far for the first time.

I've never ridden the subway in Rome and the buses infrequently. We just walk, there's so much to see en route. We did take the bus to the Stazione Termini.

As for hotel recommendations, look at and Lots of traveler reviews there. And the hotels are shown on a map of the city.

Lexma90 Jun 19th, 2009 08:28 AM

You might want to check out Residenza Canali ai Coronari, which is on a quiet street 1-2 blocks from Piazza Navonna. We're paying 210 E (190E if we pay cash) for a triple, so their regular doubles must be less than that. It's the equivalent of a 3-star hotel, but does not have an elevator. The location is great!

As you might guess, having a central location is a big factor for us. While I love Trastevere, it's not as centrally located, and especially for first-time visitors, you want to be close.

bardo1 Jun 19th, 2009 09:01 AM


Here are six (the last one is a B&B) that fit your needs for Centro Storico location (do it - it's where you want to be) and under €150 total (some well under). You may need to contact ALL of them (NOW!) - as it's only about 3 weeks away. Some may be booked solid.

bardo1 Jun 19th, 2009 09:02 AM

One more:

LowCountryIslander Jun 19th, 2009 09:10 AM

I've stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo which has a great location between Campo dei Fiori and Largo Argentina. Rates are reasonable, but it is a basic, "no frills" hotel. At Christmas I paid 100 Euro per night.

I've also stayed at the Hosianium Palace Hotel between Piazza Venezia and Largo Argentina. More expensive then the Smeraldo and a bit more charming. They will sometimes run website specials on their room rates, worth checking out.

basingstoke2 Jun 19th, 2009 09:23 AM

In Trastevere we were very pleased with the Hotel San Francesco ( I checked rates and availibility for your dates and it is well within your price range. The hotel is very convenient to both the buses and trams and there is a laundermat and 2 supermarkets nearby as well as lots of restaurants. The buffet breakfast is excellent. They also have a rooftop bar/terrace with great views.

If you do book there, be sure to specify a room facing the garden rather than the street. Also the corner rooms are the largest - corner room numbers end in "6."

You can find pictures of the hotel, rooms and view from the rooftop terrace at my photo site:

cruiseluv Jun 19th, 2009 10:24 AM

In Rome July 15 is the start of the Summer low season, which runs typically through end of August. Some hotels that usually are over your budget might be below during that time frame.

Check Hotel Dei Mellini. Although on the same side of the Tiber as Vatican, it is a short walk (10-15 mins) To Piazza Navona, etc. Around 15-20 mins to Vatican. It is also close to Piazza del Popolo.

jetsetj Jun 19th, 2009 11:08 AM

My sister and I stayed at this apartment at Campo di Fiore and loved it.

Viajero2 Jun 19th, 2009 12:58 PM

Mimar-- you got me completely wrong: it is not small that I have a problem with at all; it is expensive low quality. Let me explain: in Nov 2003 I stayed at Hotel Genio because it was two blocks from Piazza Navona. At $180/double, it was one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in my life (for the price....). I have been to Rome many times after that and stayed farther from Piazza Navona, but been FAR happier. Again, metro train transport in Rome is a breeze; do no get too caught up with HAVING TO STAY Centro Storico or else....

Richwah Jun 20th, 2009 03:02 PM

Trastevere looks and sound good for a train access comming into from the airport and leaving to go to the port.The hotel arco del Lauro did not have a room, they were however very nice . Do you have another recomennded Hotel for the 2 nights and would we be better staying in the Piazza Navona or Campo del Fiore area, if so a holtel name would be great. It looks like we can walk everywhere from those areas.
Thank you agaain and assistance

Aussiegirl68 Jun 20th, 2009 06:11 PM

Hi Richwah,

I think the Pantheon area is the best area in Rome. It is within easy walking distance of all the major sites.

There is a fantastic B&B that I like to stay at when in Rome, the B&B Baldassini. As a long time member of Tripadvisor (Im only relatively new to Fodor's) I found this B&B on the TA website over 2 years ago, and I'm returning to stay there again in March.

As an ex-Qantas Flight Attendant I have stayed in thousands of hotels (and I'm very picky) but it is the B&B's that have so much more charm with a personal touch!

Here you can read all the wonderful reviews it gets:

As a past guest I have a discount code (BBB777) that you are most welcome to use - any Fodorites or TA members are allowed to use it to obtain a small discount of their accommodation - it's not a huge discount but it will buy you a nice meal!!

Also, if you do decide to book, the owner will give you your own discount code for a further discount!

The owners, Francesco & Isabella, are lovely people and make your stay very comfortable. They are only too happy to help with planning your day in Rome and restaurant recommendations.

Some weeks ago I compiled this information which gives a lot of information on the B&B and restaurants, cafes, bars, etc in the vicinity of the B&B Baldassini:

I hope this will help you with your trip planning.

Melissa :o)

Richwah Jun 20th, 2009 06:50 PM

Melissa, Thank you very much, I will be reviewing your suggestions

Richwah Jun 20th, 2009 07:05 PM

Melissa, Your recommendation for the baldissenbe looked great but is fully booked. Thanks again

travelfan1 Jun 20th, 2009 07:36 PM


I'm highjacking to ask you a question. I noticed in Trip Advisor you recommended Armando al Pantheon restaurant. I have this on my list and was wondering what the average price for a meal is, excluding alcohol? Thank you. By the way..I'm also planning on staying at Baldissini!

Sorry Rich. I was going to recommend a few but they've already been listed. Have a wonderful trip.

russwuf Jun 20th, 2009 07:44 PM

Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere is the ticket. Large rooms and large grove in the courtyard....separate breakfast room...with free internet....they have bikes for guests to use also.
It is on a quiet street but close to the restaurants and street life of the neighborhood. It is just a short walk across the bridge to the Piazza Navona area.
Our group walked also to the Vatican from the hotel in a leisure pace of 15 minutes along a tree-lined drive..nice. The hotel also gives a discount for paying in cash.

cmstraf Jun 20th, 2009 09:40 PM

We like the hotel Due Torri--between the Piazza Navona and the Tiber River, on a quiet street with good airconditioning, small but charming rooms and large terraces off the rooms on the 5th floor.

Buon viaggio!

Aussiegirl68 Jun 20th, 2009 10:28 PM


Armando al Pantheon is closed Saturday night and all day Sunday. It depends on what you wish to order but I would budget for 35 euros.

I always find the house wine to be good and inexpensive.

Have a great time at Baldassini.

Melissa :o)

Vttraveler Jun 21st, 2009 05:16 AM

If you are taking a train from the airport to trastevere you would want the local F1 line to the Trastevere stop. From there you can take the #8 tram or a cab. We also used this train when we wanted to get to the ghetto area across the Tiber from Trastevere. Hotel Arenula mentioned by several of us is right off the same tram line and is near Campo de'Fiori

bardo1 Jun 21st, 2009 09:48 AM

<i>better staying in the Piazza Navona or Campo dei Fiori area, if so a hotel name would be great. It looks like we can walk everywhere from those areas. Thank you again and assistance</i>

Richwah, I gave you 7 hotel names in that area all within your budget. Did none of them have rooms available??

adrienne Jun 21st, 2009 10:49 AM

<< Trastevere looks and sound good...hotel arco del Lauro did not have a room...Do you have another recomennded Hotel for the 2 nights >>

Rich - I have you a recommendation for Trastevere on your other thread - Hotel Trastevere - are they booked?

basingstoke2 Jun 21st, 2009 11:51 AM

Look about 15 posts up - about Hotel San Francesco. The Garden view rooms, recommended, are the ones with an even number.

Richwah Jun 22nd, 2009 06:18 PM

Thank you all very much for your wonderful advice and information, with your help we have been able to find and book a room at the hotel La Maison dell'Orologia near the Piazza Navona. As a firt time user of Fodor's for travel information I must say that I have been overwhelmed by the helpfulness and consideration of everyone who has responded to my questions. Without a doubt our trip is off to a great start as a result of you all.
Thanks again.

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