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Where is the the best area to stay in Rome?

Old Aug 9th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Where is the the best area to stay in Rome?

Hi, all! Any thoughts as to the best area to stay in Rome? My husband and I are traveling to Rome end-September and are thinking of staying near the Spanish Steps (at the Portrait Suites...if anyone has any reviews of that hotel, I'd appreciate it!). We usually prefer walking to transit and also want an area that is lively and fun. I've heard mixed reviews about Spanish Steps v. Trastevere v. Colosseum areas...anyone wish to weigh in? Many thanks, and happy travels!

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I assume you've read the dozend of posts about this already? There are many positive comments about Trastevere, Pantheon or Campo dei Fiori areas.
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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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I personally prefer Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiore and Pantheon area to the Spanish Steps. The area is fine but filled with people and expensive shopping and restaurants. I find Piazza Navona and that area to be very lively and centrally located and there are some great restaurants and cafes nearby.

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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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I've stayed near Spanish Steps and near Pantheon and much prefer Pantheon. Check out hotels on tripadvisor too. I liked Albergo Del Senato.
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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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Portrait Suites got a very favorable review in the Luxury Hotels section of FlyerTalk.

My opinion, which may be a minority one, is to find a hotel at a price and quality you like in a reasonably central area, without worrying too much about the exact pinpoint location. In any such location, you will be at most a few blocks from a lively and fun area, and you like walking anyway.
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Old Aug 10th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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Many thanks for the advice! I'll be sure to post a trip report upon return.

Cheers,

Melissa
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I stayed right by the Spanish Steps area in July and would not stay in that area again - it was okay but I prefered the Campo dei Fiori area myself.
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I wouldn't prefer the Sp Steps area. For the budget you're considering, you'll find lots of nice choices closer to the center: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, or Campo areas.
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