5 Family-Friendly Hotels in Rome

My guest-post today is from Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino, who shares her tips for finding family-friendly accommodation in Rome.

The accomodation challenge for families in Rome

The biggest challenge in finding a family-friendly hotel is Rome is figuring out which properties accommodate 3 or more people in a single configuration given that rooms in the historic center are small. In addition, families with young children who want separate sleeping areas need to find hotels with connecting rooms or multi-room suites.

Apartments are available, but excellent options seem to be particularly difficult to find in Rome—I have yet to identify a reliable, high-quality rental agency with many apartments in desirable locations for families.

That said, if you want at least limited services and no minimum-stay requirements, a hotel is the best choice anyway. We’ve uncovered a number of reliable hotels with configurations that work well for families at “reasonable” price points. Reasonable is in quotation marks because Rome is like London and accommodations are very expensive, especially when you need to book the larger room categories.

An important factor is location. Rome is massive. Although public transportation is plentiful, this can be a hassle with kids and part of the joy of visiting Rome is walking. You don’t want to spend all your time getting from place-to-place underground or stuck in traffic on a crowded bus.

5 reliable hotels for families in Rome

Hotel Ponte Sisto

Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome

Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome

Located between Piazza Navona and Trastevere, Hotel Ponte Sisto is located in the heart of historic Rome. A typical Italian 4 star, the hotel is clean, well-appointed, and comfortable (not stylish). The atmosphere and service is warm and friendly. Family Suites work well for groups of 4 and 5 people. A few rooms have a private terrace—it’s worth asking if one is available. Note, some units face a busy road and families with noise sensitivity should request quiet rooms accordingly. Rooms for 2-3 people start at 200€ per night.

Internazionale Domus

Hotel Internazionale Domus in Rome

Hotel Internazionale Domus in Rome

There are few tourist attractions more coveted in Rome than the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps). Internazionale Domus is literally in the piazza and a few of the units have terrific views of the steps and all the action. One thing I like about this property for families is that they offer apartment-style units with kitchenette facilities and separate sleeping areas—ideal with young children! Families need to consider that this is not a traditional hotel and amenities are limited (no lobby, room service, 24-hour front desk staff, onsite restaurant). The trade-off is the fantastic location and space for the money. Rooms for 2-3 people start at 205€ per night.

Residence Barberini

Residence Barberini in Rome

Residence Barberini in Rome

Residence Barberini is a typical European apart-hotel. The décor is very modern and units are sparsely furnished. Apartments have kitchenette facilities and a few can accommodate families of 4 and 5 people in one-bedroom units with sofa beds. Although the immediate area around the hotel is quite commercial and not as appealing as other neighborhoods—the trade-off is easy access to public transportation and tourist attractions. Families need to consider that onsite amenities are limited (small lobby, no onsite restaurant) and that the owner is an avid art collector—there are nude photographs in public areas and hallways. Rooms for 2-3 people start at 230€ per night.

Albergo Santa Chiara

Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara in Rome

Hotel Albergo Santa Chiara in Rome

One of our community members recommended Albergo Santa Chiara as an excellent option for families. The location is fantastic behind the Pantheon and the surrounding area is wonderful for walking and exploring. Guest rooms are clean and comfortable. Note, there are a limited number of room options with larger capacity and cribs need to be requested at the time of booking. Rooms for 2-3 people start at 310€ per night.

Raphael Hotel

Raphael Hotel in Rome

Raphael Hotel in Rome

The Raphael Hotel is located on a quiet street adjacent to one of my favorite places to loiter with kids in Rome—Piazza Navona, where there is an enormous car-free space for kids to run around. Like Albergo Santa Chiara , the surrounding area is wonderful for walking and exploring. The ivy-covered hotel has a lovely rooftop terrace with views of Rome’s landmarks. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of suites that can accommodate families here and these rooms are more expensive. If you have a flexible budget, this is a Ciao Bambino favorite! Rooms for 2-3 people start at 280€ per night.

Family-friendly hotels with swimming-pools

Many families want to find a hotel with a swimming pool during the hot summer months. I haven’t had personal experience with these hotels, but clients over the years have recommended two properties as good options: 1) Aldrovandi Palace located in a residential area near the Borghese Gardens and 2) Rome Cavalieri Hilton located near the Vatican. Note, I’m not crazy about the location of either hotel for overall sightseeing and both options are high-end accommodations and quite expensive.

My thanks for this guest post to Amie O’Shaughnessy is the Editor of Ciao Bambino, a family travel blog and guide to the best accommodations for families.

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  • Reply
    jen laceda
    September 28, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Thanks for the tips, once again. Will definitely bookmark this page for when we return to Rome.

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    Mrugesh Thaker
    September 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Really cool. I’d love to live in Rome it’s my dream destination. I think it is one of the beautiful and cool countries of the world.

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    September 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the post. I’ve visited Rome in the past. It stands out in my mind as full of slightly crooked people (everyone from the taxi drivers to the waiters in the restaurants seemed to invent all kinds of previously unmentioned fees and surcharges for our benefit). But it is also full of beautiful architecture, historical and cultural treasures, as well as great food and more. I’d like to take my children to Rome one day so I’ll definitely keep your recommendation in mind.

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    Rob Hill
    October 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    cool post! Me and my family is planing to visit rome. Your article definitely going to help me. thanks for posting 🙂

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    November 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Finding a good family-friendly hotel that too at cheap rates is a bit difficult while in Rome. However, there are a few good accommodation options that one may choose for stay while in this beautiful city.

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    Cecil Lee
    April 6, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Oh my, I should have read this before I booked my hotel for 5 persons in Rome for this coming May! They are all rightly priced and in strategic historic center of Rome! The environment are also fantastic if compared to what I’ve booked recently! How I wish I could drop my booking and go for these…. 🙂

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    Alyssa @ Femita
    September 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I stayed at Residence Barberini once with a couple of friends. Not really cheap for what you get, but I love the minimalist approach and modern interior.
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    September 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    @ Alyssa glad Residence Barberini made the design grade – thatks for the feedback

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