5 Best Hotels in Side Trips from Rome, Italy

Hotel Castelgandolfo

$$ | Via De' Zecchini 27, Castel Gandolfo, 00073, Italy

Overlooking the volcanic crater of Lake Albano and a minute's walk from the Apostolic Palace, this intimate hotel in the heart of Castel Gandolfo is a romantic retreat. Rooms are basic, bright, uncluttered, and soundproofed, and they're equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and minibars. Bathrooms have either a whirlpool tub or hydromassage showers.  Ask for a room with a view of the lake and the Castelli hills beyond.

Pros

  • Convenient location
  • Ideal for romantics
  • Full breakfast buffet

Cons

  • Some rooms only have street views
  • Small, narrow balconies
  • Stunning terrace sometimes closed for private events
Via De' Zecchini 27, Castel Gandolfo, 00073, Italy
06-9360521
hotel Details
18 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Niccolò V

$$ | Strada Bagni 12, Viterbo, 01100, Italy

The relaxed country-house elegance and comfortable rooms at this spa hotel are a sharp contrast to the brisk and clinical atmosphere of the Terme dei Papi spa itself, which bustles with doctors, bathers in bathrobes, and uniformed staff. Breakfast, a sumptuous buffet, is taken in a wood-beam gallery overlooking a small garden. Hotel guests have free access to the pool, as well as a 15% discount on all spa treatments.

Pros

  • <PRO>friendly staff</PRO>
  • <PRO>comfortable rooms</PRO>
  • <PRO>relaxing atmosphere</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>guests lounging in the lobby in bathrobes</CON>
  • <CON>several miles out of town</CON>
  • <CON>pervading sulfur smell from pool outside</CON>
Strada Bagni 12, Viterbo, 01100, Italy
0761-350555
hotel Details
23 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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La Terrazza Medioevale

$ | Via S. Pellegrino 1, Viterbo, 01100, Italy

The historic Palazzo Perotti in the center of old Viterbo's San Pellegrino district is the setting for three stylish double rooms. In good weather, breakfast is served outside on the adjoining roof garden, where you can admire the sweeping view over the rooftops of the old town.

Pros

  • <PRO>comfortable rooms in the heart of the historic quarter</PRO>
  • <PRO>great value</PRO>
  • <PRO>pretty terrace overlooking city</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>no credit cards accepted</CON>
  • <CON>accessible only by flight of stairs</CON>
  • <CON>no nearby parking</CON>
Via S. Pellegrino 1, Viterbo, 01100, Italy
0761-307034
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Aug., Free breakfast, No credit cards

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Park Hotel Villa Grazioli

$ | Via Umberto Pavoni 19, Grottaferrata, 00046, Italy Fodor's Choice

One of the region's most famous residences, this patrician villa halfway between Frascati and Grottaferrata is now a first-class hotel, though the standard-issue guest rooms are a bit of a letdown amid the impressive frescoed salons of the main building. Modeled after Rome's Villa Farnesina, the house, built in 1580, was owned over the centuries by the regal Borghese and Odelscalchi families, and was nearly destroyed by bombs in World War II. Luckily, the vast reception rooms on the main floor—covered with frescoes of landscapes, mythological figures, and garden scenes by eminent 17th-century painters—survived mostly unscathed. The showpiece remains the South Gallery, frescoed by Giovanni Paolo Pannini in a swirl of trompe-l'oeil scenes, a masterpiece of baroque decorative art. By contrast, the guest rooms tend to be plain, with white walls and traditional furniture; but you can opt to stay in the less formal Garden Rooms in the former Limonaia, which is just a short distance across the lawn. The elegant Acquaviva restaurant transforms into an alfresco dining venue in summer, with tables laid out on the terrace overlooking the Roman countryside and the pool is a welcome treat on sunny days. The hotel can also provide a shuttle to and from the Frascati train station.

Pros

  • Incredible frescoes in the main building
  • Elegant atmosphere
  • Wonderful views of the countryside

Cons

  • Situated at the end of a long, narrow lane
  • Not all rooms are in the main building
  • Wi-Fi connection can be poor
Via Umberto Pavoni 19, Grottaferrata, 00046, Italy
06-945400
hotel Details
62 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Torre Sant'Antonio

$ | Vicolo Sant’Antonio 35, Tivoli, 00019, Italy

Set inside a tower that dates from the 1300s, this small but cozy hotel offers two private rooms on the edge of the historic center. Each room takes up an entire floor of the medieval building and has been outfitted with an irresistible mix of antique furniture and modern fixtures, all curated by the husband and wife owners who happen to be studied architects.

Pros

  • Historic setting
  • Modern interior design
  • Easy walk to most major sites

Cons

  • Limited parking nearby
  • Old windowpanes let in some street noise
  • No 24-hour front desk
Vicolo Sant’Antonio 35, Tivoli, 00019, Italy
347-8037983
hotel Details
2 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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