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Where to stay: Rome

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Where to stay: Rome

It's our first time in Rome and we want to see and do the usual tourist stuff - Vatican, Colosseum, etc. - but also like to poke around the fun shopping/eating districts & neighborhoods where the locals like to hang (if you're familiar with San Francisco, think Mission, Hayes Valley, Cow Hollow). Where would you recommend we stay in order to maximize both of these experiences? Or should we find the closest hotel to the tourist stuff, since we only have a few days and then we're off to Umbria and Tuscany? We prefer boutique hotels with good customer service, but a decent chain with a skilled concierge is fine, too. We'd like to keep the cost under $250 US if possible. Grazie.

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1. Re: Where to stay: Rome

You might like Campo de'fiori or Trastevere -

I stay at Hotel Campo de'Fiori - it is a boutique. Terrific staff, and beautiful roof deck with great views of Rome. Not sure when you are going as you don't say and rates change by season so I'm not sure if it will be in your budget for when you visit. $250 is now about 195 euros (with today's exchange rate).

http://www.hotelcampodefiori.com/

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187791-d208552…

I don't have a personal recommendation for Trastevere but others might - and perhaps some other areas in Rome as well.

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2. Re: Where to stay: Rome

Oops, we are going the last week in Sept./first week in Oct. this year. Is it relatively easy to get from these areas via bus or subway to the touristy areas? Thanks!

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3. Re: Where to stay: Rome

Campo de fiori is a good suggestion. You might also consider the Pantheon or Piazza Navona areas, which are central to the entire historical area of Rome, and within walking distance to virtually everything.

Walking through Rome is part of the experience of being there.

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4. Re: Where to stay: Rome

The Hotel Ponte Sisto is lovely hotel within easy walking distance to the Campo, Pantheon and Navona areas. Lovely vibe with a kind and helpful concierge. Try and walk as much as you can, it really is the best way to discover all the little streets and piazzas in the city. There are loads of places to stop and rest as you make your way around.

To get a local feel, explore the Monti, Pigneto and Lateran districts.The Trastevere is good too of course, but it is popular with tourists but not so much that you can't appreciate it's authentic feel. Testaccio is still good for food and the little laneways around Piazza Navona are packed with cool little wine bars etc.

Have fun.

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5. Re: Where to stay: Rome

You've picked the city's busiest time - and, surprise surprise, probably the most expensive....

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/126202609

At the lovely Ponte Sisto, add a third to your budget for an ordinary room - more like half for a nice one - with the Campo de' Fiori now about the same!

So perhaps you'll have to compromise on either facilities or location?

For somewhere only a few streets away - a little simpler but very welcoming, and much much more pleasant than its exterior may suggest - try:

http://www.hotelteatrodipompeo.it/

Reviews here:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g187791-d2087…

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6. Re: Where to stay: Rome

Can recommend a boutique guesthouse called Beehive that is out near Termini. There is a Metro line at the nearby station, allowing you relatively quick access to the historic city centre area attractions. Lots of excellent churches and a national museum in the Termini area as well.

Here is the link (w/pictures) to Beehive.

tripadvisor.com/…UR125881307

tripadvisor.com/…UR125910455

Hope this is helpful.

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7. Re: Where to stay: Rome

Trastevere is supposed to be a wonderful neighbourhood and great food and restaurants. We are staying in Rome for only 4 days then moving onto Assisi as well. We have rented an apartment in Rome for $80 euro per night. It may seem like more then some places but then you have a full kitchen and can cut down costs on restaurant eating. Check the places out on homeaway.com. Good luck.

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Funny - everyone I've talked to said fall is the best time to go due to weather and because it's NOT as crowded! The chart shows otherwise. But that's OK; we'd rather pay a bit more and have good weather. We're flying on reward tix, so that is saving some $$.

Partypple, that sounds quite reasonable for an apartment, but we really prefer someplace with a concierge or other staff to help us out, and we definitely will not be eating in our room to save money - trying the local restaurants is one of the top activities we have planned.

As for walking, that's another one of our favorite things to do! Just wasn't sure how large the city is and how far it is from place to place. For instance, if you're in NY, you want to explore neighborhoods, but you wouldn't want to walk from say, Greenwich Village to Harlem. Love the hotel recs and will check out all of them. This is all great advice; thanks, everyone!

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9. Re: Where to stay: Rome

I would hardly describe Trastevere or Campo dei Fiori areas like the ones mentioned in San Francisco -- they are more like Greenwich village full of revellers at night. Maybe you would enjoy the areas of Pigneto or San Lorenzo more, but they are not that central.

As far as to give you an idea of distances, it is definitely more walkable than NYC, the center is smaller and self contained, where as in NYC there are many centers and hubs.

Colosseum and the Vatican I would say are at opposite ends of the historical center and according to google maps it takes 50 minutes to walk from one to the other. Of course with everything there is to see in between it could very well take a whole day to walk between these!!!

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