Where to stay in Rome with kids? In this post, we share the best places to stay in Rome with family, the best family hotels in Rome and the best area to stay in Rome with children.
Rome is a busy European capital. It is the third most visited European city after London and Paris and receives over 7 million tourists each year.
It has thousands of hotels and an ever increasing number of alternative forms of accommodation such as AirB&B options and monasteries.
Being an expat from Rome and having visited the city both as a local and as a visitor, I put together the best areas in Rome for families and tried and tested hotels that will suit families travelling with kids.
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- Where to stay in Rome with kids: Rome overview
- Best hotels for families in Rome near the Pantheon
- Best family friendly hotels in Rome near Piazza Navona / Campo De Fiori
- Family-friendly hotels near Fontana di Trevi
- Where to stay in Rome with family outside the centre: Villa Borghese / Parioli
- Gianicolo / Trastevere
- Termini area
- Where to stay in Rome with kids: Other areas
Where to stay in Rome with kids: Rome overview
Rome is a vast and sprawling city with a large city centre.
Definitions of ‘Rome city centre’ vary. Rome people include the area of the Colosseum, others have a more narrow understanding of it.
I call ‘Rome city centre’ the whole area comprised between the Colosseum, The Tiber, Villa Borghese and Porta Pia.
This is the large area where most tourist attractions are and what most people and establishments would define as ‘central’.
You may notice that I did not include in this St Peter’s square. This is because St Peter’s in on the opposite side of the river and while it is not difficult to reach, many hotels described as ‘close to St Peter’s’ are on the far side of the square, which makes them far from the rest of the city.
My choice as best location to stay Rome with kids falls on the areas of the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, The Spanish steps and Parioli.
Best hotels for families in Rome near the Pantheon
Pro: At the heart of the city, this is the best area to stay in Rome for sightseeing. From here, you can walk pretty much to all the main attractions. Taxis and public transport are abundant for whenever you need to cover a longer distance. This is also an area full of restaurants and cafes.
Cons: It is worth noticing that this area is not particularly green and parks and playgrounds are limited. Prices in this area at a premium and especially hotels with gardens are highly sought after and therefore expensive.
Some of our favourite addresses:
Grand Hotel de la Minerve (luxury)
A fabulous hotel in one of the best locations in Rome for sightseeing and convenience. The hotel has been recently refurbished and has spacious rooms. Children under 3 stay free and room service is available. Please note: one of the most beautiful characteristics of this hotels are its balconies. If you are travelling with very young kids and are worried these may pose a hazard, make sure you request a room without them.
Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
This is a boutique three-star star hotel with elegant and immaculate rooms. Their family room is spacious (50 sqm) with one double bed, two single beds and a large bathroom. Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and restaurants and cafes are nearby.
Albergo del Senato
A 3-star hotel with both rooms and the option of choosing a mini apartment. Non-smoking rooms and babysitting services are available.
Pros: Beautiful, central area, perfect for sightseeing and to experience the dusty cobbled streets Rome is famous for
Cons: Not very green and very popular with tourists, which means some of the (many) food establishments charge exorbitant prices for average food
Some good addresses in the area
Hotel Indigo Rome St George (luxury)
A beautiful hotel with stylish rooms, each with a different decor inspired by masters of Italian Renaissance or modern Italian style icons. To families, they offer Family deluxe and executive suites: the interconnecting rooms with separate entrances make it an excellent chose for families looking for some extra space and privacy and babysitting service is available. The hotel is a member of the IHG group.
Hotel Martis Palace
In a quiet street off Piazza Navona this is a four-star hotel welcoming families in beautiful family rooms. They have a large breakfast room where they serve and American-style buffet breakfast.
This is a lovely guest house and apartments provider located between Campo de Fiori and the river. The ‘maison’ consists of three different building, all within few minutes from each other and has nice apartments that will allow you to settle and experience the area like a local. Please note that some of the apartments have stairs: do mention that you are travelling with your kids should steps be an issue.
A good self-catering option with an enviable location, this apartment is spacious and develops over 3 levels. Because of the specific layout of the inn, it is particularly suitable for families with older kids who have no issues negotiating the stairs
Family-friendly hotels near Fontana di Trevi
Pros: very central location, perfect for sightseeing and shopping
Cons: very crowded, not very green, can be noisy at night
This is a beautiful design hotel hosted on the first floor of a 16th-century building near the Trevi Fountain. the hotel has family rooms and stands out because of its exceptionally friendly staff. The hotel is equipped with a lift and offers sound-proof rooms.
Where to stay in Rome with family outside the centre: Villa Borghese / Parioli
Immediately outside the city centre, lies one the exclusive residential area of Parioli: green, tranquil and elegant, this is a perfect choice if you want shelter from the busy Rome city centre but still be able to reach it with ease.
This area is dominated by Villa Borghese, the large park spreading all the way to Piazza del Popolo and Via Veneto, two of Rome’s most iconic city centre locations.
Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi
Located in one of the most sought after residential areas in Rome, Parco dei Principi is a stunning hotel close to Rome city centre and just in front of Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s main parks. The hotel has a beautiful pool (open to kids over 4, parents supervision compulsory at all times) and often has family offers such as discounts on connecting rooms and free tickets to the nearby Rome zoo.
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge
Not a family hotel as such but a good address by the reliable Hilton brand. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the proximity to Villa Borghese and the zoo makes it perfect for families with young kids. The tram stops just in front of the hotel, making connections with the city centre easy.
Gianicolo / Trastevere
This area is close to the Vatican and immediately outside Rome city centre. It is a very good option for families with a little more time to spend in Rome (you will need public transport from here) but has many good self-catering options, B&Bs and hotels
Hotel Grand Melia (luxury)
This is a gorgeous hotel with one characteristic in particular that makes it excellent for families: the large outside pool and park. a fantastic choice especially for the summer months, when access to shade and water can otherwise be difficult
Hotel Santa Maria (3 stars)
A simple and charming place with a beautiful patio in one of the most atmospheric areas of Rome. The hotel caters for families with larger room and babysitting services.
The area around termini station often suffers a bad reputation because of lack of charm, traffic and run down buildings. However, it is a good place to stay in Rome with family if you need easy access to the station and it does have some good addresses.
NH Collection Cinquecento (luxury)
A large, beautiful hotel conveniently situated close to termini station. It caters for families with large family rooms, some of them interconnecting.
A good 4-star hotel with some special attentions especially for families travelling with young kids. Little guests receive a welcome gift of a colouring set and older ones will enjoy the PlayStation 2 and the Wii console. Cots, high chairs and strollers are available, as well as babysitting services and kid-friendly menu at the restaurant
Where to stay in Rome with kids: Other areas
If you have more than a couple of days in Rome, look beyond the city centre towards green, residential areas. These usually are the best place to stay in Rome with kids as they offer lower prices, easy access to parks and shops and an overall family friendly atmosphere the busy city centre sometimes lacks.
Among my favourites, there are the areas around La Sapienza University and between Porta Pia / Villa Torlonia. Staying in these areas means you will need to rely on public transport but I believe the pleasure of our surroundings will compensate the inconvenience.
A nice apartment in this area with consistent positive reviews from friends is Pia Domus The apartment has a living area, dining area and kitchen. Each bedroom has its own kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with a shower. You can check photos and latest prices here
I hope this overview of accommodation option in Rome and selection of places to stay in Rome with kids is useful to you. Have you been to a hotel or apartment in Rome you loved? Let me know about it!
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