Cheap Accommodation Rome

By Elyssa Bernard and Alessandro Bisceglie

Looking for cheap accommodation Rome? 

twin room at the beehive hostelSweet and simple rooms at the cozy Beehive Hostel - one of the best cheap places to stay in 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.

Truly Cheap Accommodation Rome
Even in High Season!

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.

Want to skip this part and see our picks for truly cheap accommodation Rome?

Jump down here.

For a map of our favorite cheap Rome accommodation, click here.

On this page, we’ll cover:

  • How to evaluate accommodation in Rome on factors other than price
  • Why accommodation rates in Rome have become more affordable in recent years
  • Different types of accommodation you will find in Rome
  • Our picks for cheap accommodation in central Rome, by neighborhood

Finding cheap accommodation Rome - what to look for

There is now so much competition in Rome for your accommodation Dollar/Euro/Pound, that you can usually find a cheap place to stay even in high season . . . but where is it and what's it like?

Some of the most frequent research details you may want to consider before booking a room include:

  • Is the bathroom private/inside the room? (Read the fine print! If you want a private bathroom make sure your room has it!)
  • Is breakfast included (and on the flip-side, can you book without breakfast and pay less?)
  • Is the booking refundable/cancel-able?
  • Is the property far from public transportation?
  • Is there a minimum of daily housekeeping?

If these more luxurious extras matter to you, check before you book:

  • Is there parking?
  • Is a quiet room available?
  • Is a room with a view available?

Cheap accommodation Rome - our picks

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.

Spanish Steps/Trevi Fountain

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.

Rome Art Hotel - Gruppo Trevi Hotels ****hotel

Location: 5-minute walk from Piazza Barberini and Piazza di Spagna. 

Price: 50-100€

Hotel 87 Eighty-seven ****HOTEL

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.

Price: 50-100€

Relais De La Poste ***hotel

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.

Price: 60-110€

The Beehive

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. 

single room beehive romeSimple and cozy single room at the Beehive in Rome

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. 

double room with balcony at the beehive in romeRelaxing in one of the double rooms with balcony at the Beehive in Rome

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.

breakfast at the beehiveOwner Steve Brenner checking on guests at breakfast at the Beehive

If the Beehive had been around when I was backpacking through Rome ages ago, this is where I would have wanted to stay.

hanging around outside the BeehiveThe outdoor communal area at the Beehive is one of THE reasons to stay here


At the Beehive, you can get a 10% discount for stays from November - February (except December 31 and January 1), for any year.

Use code romewiseWIR for your discount.

Address: Via Marghera, 8

Phone: +39 0644704553

Website: www.the-beehive.com

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. 

Cottage poeriO

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.

a bedroom in the cottage poerio vacation rental in romeTry an apartment stay in Rome at Cottage Poerio in the sweet and charming Trastevere neighborhood

Cheap accommodation Rome - a map

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.

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