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Hotel Locations?

I am considering the following 2 hotels for a stay in Rome and am wondering which would offer the most central location for walking to most of the main sights.

One is the Splendide Royal located near the Spanish Steps and the Via Veneto area and the other is Santa Maria in the Trastevere area.

Any other suggestions for good hotels would also be appreciated. Thanks.

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I was just in Rome for my first time and stayed in 2 different but similar locations.

I like to walk and find that both of your choices are more towards the edge of where you may want to be. I feel that the Piazza Navona is by far the best location as you can walk in all directions and there is something you'd probably want to see.

It is my understanding that many people like Trastevere for the bars and restaurants - and from Piazza Navona it is a fairly easy walk.

I think the Spanish Steps area is known for the better stores and that also is an easy walk from Piazza Navona...but in opposite directions.

If you walk to the Spanish Steps from Piazza Navona you can also see the Parthenon and the Trevi Fountain...it is a very well traveled route.

Also from Piazza Navona you can walk to the Vatican and the Tiber River...

Anyway that is how I found it....there are many other sites you can walk to (or I did anyway)

When I first decided to make this trip, many friends advised me to stay in Trastevere and I made and kept reservations until I started to explore this Rome Forum

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I would say the distance to attractions is about the same for both of your choices or at least close enough that you could make your choice based on other qualities each has to offer: price, amenities, ambiance etc. The Splendide is much more lush and the Spanish Steps/Veneto area is very elegant, if you prefer shops and, more tourists than "neighborhood" feel.

The Santa Maria is very simple by comparison, more rustic than polished. Many people prefer this type of accomodation for its homey feel, and the neighborhood is charming, but less polished than the via veneto, to be sure.

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Thank you both for your comments and recommendations. I will definitely take a look at suitable hotels in the Piazza Navona area as well before making a decision.

I am aware of the differences between the hotels I have mentioned but didn't know much about the neighborhoods they were in. Thanks again for your help.

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