Looking for cheap accommodation Rome?
We ran a B&B in Rome for 17 years. We know the market. We know the business. And we know what people are looking for when they want somewhere cheap to stay in Rome.
When you search online for cheap accommodation Rome, you'll often see articles with lists of places with "low rates, starting from . . ." which are their rates for the cheapest room type, in low season.
And lately, there's barely a low season in Rome!
Plus, you can almost never get those rates. Want a private bathroom? A bigger room? Free cancellation? The rates start climbing.
So this page is not about finding "low" in "low season."
It's about telling you where you can get quality, cheap accommodation Rome, most of the year.
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Having worked in this business for several decades, we are familiar with some of the best cheap places to stay in Rome.
Some of them are run by friends or colleagues of ours. Some have been used by friends and family over the years. And some we can judge by noting the characteristics, location, photos, and other consistent information we glean online.
Here are our picks for the best cheap accommodation Rome in the historic center.
Unless otherwise noted, all price ranges are for 2-person occupancy per night for a double room.
I once would have told you it would be difficult to find cheap accommodation Rome near the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) as it's considered a fairly posh and upscale neighborhood.
Today you can find a few really good options for budget accommodation, even in this exclusive part of Rome's center, which also includes the nearby Trevi neighborhood.
Location: 5-minute walk from Piazza Barberini and Piazza di Spagna.
Location: Conveniently-located near the Barberini Metro Stop, this 4-star hotel is 5-minute walk from Piazza di Spagna and Fontana di Trevi.
Style: Contemporary mediterranean design with parquet floors
Special Features: Guests can enjoy free mini-bar for the first night of stay. Wellness area with sauna, indoor hot tub, sensory shower, and thalassotherapy tub. A bar is also available on the terrace and you can enjoy an aperitif there.
Location: Set in Rome’s unofficial “garment” district, this 3-star hotel is a 5-minute walk from Piazza di Spagna and Fontana di Trevi.
Style: Elegant and fashionable
Special Features: The common areas are a bit cramped but the rooms spacious. There is a small but delightful spa.
The Beehive is hands down my number one pick for cheap accommodation Rome.
American owners (and friends of ours) Linda and Steve adhere to the best philosophy you can have in this business - making customer service the number one priority.
Located on an easy-to-find corner not far from Termini train station, the Beehive offers several options from shared dorm rooms to rooms with en-suite bathroom, in a clean, safe, welcoming environment.
The rooms are simple but comfortable, and you'll enjoy fantastic (vegetarian and organic) breakfast options, cozy, friendly gathering spaces and all the help you could ask for.
If the Beehive had been around when I was backpacking through Rome ages ago, this is where I would have wanted to stay.
Address: Via Marghera, 8
Phone: +39 0644704553
How to book: Your best bet is to contact them directly via their website. Their rooms are not listed on Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking or other large OTAs and only sparingly on Hostelworld.
This lovely vacation apartment rental is located in the quiet part of the wonderfully charming Trastevere neighborhood.
It's run by a real "Trasteverino", Massimo. With lots of comforts and space, this is a great option for cheap accommodation in Rome.
On this map you can see where to find all our recommendations for cheap accommodation Rome.
For more about these areas, visit my page about Neighborhoods in Rome.