Recommended Family-Friendly Hotels in Rome


My friend Amie O’Shaughnessy is back with another article to help those of you traveling to Italy with kids find the best options as far as accommodation goes – and this time she’s here to help with Rome. It’s a big city, and it can be exhausting, so finding a place to stay that’s not only in a good location but that can serve as a place of refuge when you need a break is important – whether you’re traveling with kids or not! Here are Amie’s recommendations for where to stay in Rome from her Ciao Bambino website (each property listed has a link where you’ll find more details about it).

rome3Location is everything in Rome. The city is massive and where you stay in critical for ease-of-use with kids. Although public transportation is abundant, walking and exploring the neighborhoods is a big part of the tourist experience.

Once you figure out where you want to stay, the next challenge is finding accommodations that can accommodate 3 or more people. Like many cities in Europe, hotel rooms in the historic center are small and they do not have the American “standard” set-up of a room with two double beds. This means that families must find properties with connecting rooms or suites, and these larger configurations are expensive.

Noting that hotels in Rome are notoriously pricey (like New York and London), even a moderate property will run $300-600 per night during peak travel months for a configuration that supports a family. Apartments are available, but I’ve found that options of decent quality in appealing locations are rare (or at least I have yet to find many of them).

Outside of Tuscany, Rome is Ciao Bambino’s most popular destination and we have significant experience booking families at the properties in our portfolio. Here’s our list of tried and tested accommodation options.

Recommended Family-Friendly Hotels in Rome

  • pontesistoHotel Ponte Sisto
    The Hotel Ponte Sisto is a typical Italian 4-star hotel situated between Piazza Navona and the Trastevere neighborhood. It’s clean and comfortable and has the amenities you want, but don’t expect anything too stylish here. Hotel staff are helpful and friendly, and the overall atmosphere is warm. The hotel’s 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. Also note that some of the units face a busy road, so if someone in your group is sensitive to noise be sure to request a quiet room.
    >> Ciao Bambino Age Rating: baby ready, toddler fun, school age action, cool for teens
    >> Price: Rooms for 2-3 people start at 200€ per night

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  • intdomusInternazionale Domus
    When researching hotels in Rome, you may notice how many of them claim close proximity to the Spanish Steps. Internazionale Domus is one of those hotels, but they can actually back up the claim – the hotel is right on the Piazza di Spagna, and some of the units even have one of the coveted views of the steps themselves. One thing I like about this property for families is that they offer apartment-style units with kitchenette facilities and separate sleeping areas – which is ideal when you’re traveling with young children! Families do need to consider that this is not a traditional hotel, so amenities are limited (no lobby, room service, 24-hour front desk staff, or onsite restaurant). The trade-off is the fantastic location and space for the money.
    >> Ciao Bambino Age Rating: baby ready, toddler fun, cool for teens
    >> Price: Rooms for 2-3 people start at 205€ per night

  • barberiniResidence Barberini
    The Residence Barberini isn’t a typical hotel, but it is fairly standard for a European apart-hotel. The available apartments have kitchenettes, and a few of them will even work for groups of 4-5 people (although these are still one bedroom units with sofa beds). The neighborhood around the hotel isn’t particularly appealing in and of itself, as it’s a bit more commercial and less touristy, but it’s well-positioned for public transportation and easy to get to Rome’s major sights. Decor in the apartments is modern and sparse, and it’s important to note that the owner is an avid art collector – there are, for instance, nude photographs in public areas and hallways. Families also need to remember that because it’s not a traditional hotel, onsite amenities are limited (small lobby, no onsite restaurant).
    >> Ciao Bambino Age Rating: baby ready, school age action, cool for teens
    >> Price: Rooms for 2-3 people start at 230€ per night

  • santachiaraAlbergo Santa Chiara
    The recommendation for Albergo Santa Chiara came from one of our community members as an excellent choice for families. The hotel enjoys a fantastic location behind the Pantheon in the center of historic Rome, and the surrounding area is ideal for exploring on foot. Rooms in the hotel are clean and comfortable (although for famlies who need lots of space the number of large rooms is limited), and there’s a buffet breakfast included. If you need a crib, remember to request it when you book your room.
    >> Ciao Bambino Age Rating: baby ready, toddler fun, school age action, cool for teens
    >> Price: Rooms for 2-3 people start at 310€ per night

  • raphaelRaphael Hotel
    One of my favorite places to hang out with kids in Rome is Piazza Navona, where there is an enormous car-free space for kids to run around – so I love that the Raphael Hotel is on a quiet street adjacent to the piazza. As is the case with the Albergo Santa Chiara, this hotel is in a perfect neighborhood for walking and exploring. The hotel is covered in ivy and boasts a rooftop terrace from which you can see many of Rome’s landmark sights. The bad news is that only a handful of the hotel’s suites are big enough to accommodate families, and those rooms do not come cheap. If you have room in your budget for it, this is a Ciao Bambino favorite!
    >> Ciao Bambino Age Rating: baby ready, toddler fun, school age action, cool for teens
    >> Price: Rooms for 2-3 people start at 280€ per night

  • poolHotels with Swimming Pools
    Visiting Rome during the hot summer months can be brutal, so it’s not surprising that many families want to stay in a hotel with a swimming pool to help the kids (and the parents!) cool off. Two hotels which have been recommended to me by clients over the years as good options are the Aldrovandi Palace (in a residential area near the Borghese Gardens) and the Rome Cavalieri Hilton (near the Vatican). I’m not crazy about the location of either hotel for overall sightseeing in Rome, and both are expensive, but if a swimming pool is a must then they’re worth looking into.

To review our complete list of recommended accommodations in Rome, use our Extended Search feature to quickly narrow down a list of the best options. See the Ciao Bambino Blog for my recent post on creating the best family-friendly itinerary in Italy.


amie_smlAmie O’Shaughnessy is the Editor of Ciao Bambino, a family travel blog and guide to the best accommodations for families.


photo at top by Nancy Solomon and may not be used without permission, jumping into pool picture by Andy Hay, the rest were provided by Amie of Ciao Bambino and may not be used without permission


6 thoughts on “Recommended Family-Friendly Hotels in Rome

  • Mary Jo Collins

    I am planning a summer 2011 trip to Italy for my family of 6 (2 adults and kids 18, 16, 13, 10). My husband and I would like to give them a taste of the Italian lifestyle and visit the historical sites as well. We love Siena and would love to rent a villa nearby but not sure a week there w/4 kids would be convenient to the sites we want to see throughout Italy. I’m thinking of looking into villas in Umbria- which may allow us a good base to visit Rome and Siena by car- but I don’t know much about Umbria and I’m wondering if day trips to Rome and Siena from there are realistic. I do love the idea of coming home to a quiet villa with a pool and relaxing and taking in the italian countryside when the kids have had enough of sightseeing.
    Does a week long rental in Umbria sound like a good idea for 6 people- including 3 teenagers?

  • Jessica Post author

    Hi, Mary Jo:

    It depends where in Umbria you’re talking about. If I were you, I’d start looking at some villas that would suit your needs & then seeing where they are in relation to the day trips you want to take. Then you can look up train times or drive times to see how long it would take to get back and forth. Here are some resources to help:

    Vacation rentals in Italy: http://www.italylogue.com/vacation-rentals
    Italian train schedules: http://www.italylogue.com/train-schedule
    Drive time estimates: http://www.viamichelin.com/

    Ciao,
    Jessica

  • mickey

    Hi Jessica,
    My husband and I and our three children (15,12,&10)will be coming into Rome in August for 13 days. We will also be going to Naples, Pompei and Capri. Could you point me to a easy way to get there. We are so confused on how things are done there. Do we have to carry our passports while we sightsee or just a copy? Should we find and do tours? Any bit of advice you can give us would be helpful. Yes, this is our first trip and we don't speak a bit of Italian.
    Thanks,
    Mickey

    • Jessica Post author

      Mickey, I also noticed your question about whether trains run on Ferragosto (15 August) – I’m having problems with the comments section on that page, so I hope it’s okay if I answer that one here, too.

      The answer is that yes, trains and buses run on Ferragosto – but they’re on a “holiday” schedule, which means stops are less frequent. If you’re planning a big trip that day, either transferring from one city to another or a day-trip, check the train/bus schedule a day or two before the 15th so you’ll know when to get your train/bus. Otherwise you’ll be waiting longer than you normally would.

      Ciao,
      Jessica

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