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.
This is my selection of the best hotels in Rome for families with children. I hope it will help you choose where to stay in Rome with kids during your next Roman holiday.
Please note. I chose hotels I believe will give you the best Rome experience and received no compensation or incentive for their inclusion. The links in this post are affiliate links and clicking on them will allow you to check prices and availability of the hotels mentioned on our partner sites.
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.
For this overview of where to stay in Rome with kids, 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.
Therefore this is where most of the best hotels in Rome for families in this list are located. You can learn more about Rome neighborhoods and the best areas to stay here (Rome neighborhood overview)
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Best hotels for families near the Roman Forum / Colosseum
The area near the forum and the Colosseum is right in the centre of Rome and makes an excellent base to explore the city on foot.
Pro: fantastic location to stay right in the centre of the action. Good if you want to avoid public transportation
Cons: this is quite a wide area and not all equally pleasant. The hotels we recommend here are selected for being in the most pleasant and convenient location
Hotel Kolbe (4 star hotel)
Lovely family hotel in excellent location close to the Palatine and the heart of ancient Rome. The hotel has rooms for up to 4 guests, a nice internal yard and garden restaurant.
This is a great address and one of our favourite hotels in Rome for families with kids. You can check prices and availability here
Best hotels for families in Rome near the Pantheon
The area near the Pantheon has some of the best family hotels in Rome city centre.
Pro: At the heart of the city, this is the best area to stay in Rome with family and going 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 family friendly hotels in Rome historical centre:
Grand Hotel de la Minerve (5 star hotel)
A fabulous hotel in one of the best locations in Rome for sightseeing and convenience. This family 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 (3 star hotel)
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. The staff is lovely too and this is why I consider this one of the very best family hotels in Rome city centre.
Albergo del Senato (3 star hotel)
A 3-star hotel with both rooms and the option of choosing a mini apartment. Non-smoking rooms and babysitting services are available. Good family friendly hotel in Rome Pantheon area, for families who want all Rome attractions at their doorstep and like the buzz of the city centre.
Pros: Family friendly hotels in this area have the advantage of being in a beautiful, central location, 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 family friendly hotels in the area:
Hotel Indigo Rome St George (5 star hotel)
A beautiful family friendly hotel in Rome centre 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 member of the IHG group.
Hotel Martis Palace (5 star hotel)
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 family friendly guest house and apartments provider located between Campo de Fiori and the river, in one of Rome’s most charming streets.
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 family friendly apartment in Rome city centre 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.
Best family hotels in Rome near Fontana di Trevi
Pros:family friendly hotels in this Rome area enjoy a very central location, perfect for sightseeing and shopping
Cons: very crowded, not very green, can be noisy at night
Harry’s Bar hotel and restaurant (5 star hotel)
Beautiful 5 star hotel in a stellar location. This family friendly hotels near the Trevi Fountain offers a selection of rooms including the option of an independent apartment with double bed and sofa bed. baby sitting is available on request.
Palazzo Scanderbeg is a beautiful esidence offering gorgeous apartments with 24/7 guest services in the heart of Rome, a stone through from the Trevi fountain.
The residence is in a fantastic location and is well priced for the level of elegance and service you receive. Families are welcome and kids stay for free: the residence offer family rooms, small present for kids on arrival and residence ‘treasure hunt’ for the children.
Where to stay in Rome with family: Villa Borghese / Parioli area
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 (5 star hotel)
Located in one of the most sought after residential areas in Rome, family friendly hotel 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 (4 star hotel)
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.
Where to stay in Rome with kids near the Vatican
This area of the Vatican and immediately outside Rome city centre but is a very good option for families with a little more time to spend in Rome. You you will need public transport if based here but you will also find hotels with more space and even green areas, something hard to find in the more space-poor old town centre.
Hotel Grand Melia (5 star hotel)
This is a gorgeous kid-friendly 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.
Best Western hotel Springhouse Rome (4 stars)
A good 4 star option is the Best Western Plus Hotel Springhouse which has special attention for families with babies and toddlers such as changing stations, food warming options and a restaurant on site with child menu.
Best family hotels in Rome Trastevere
Trastevere is better known for nightlife rather than family friendliness but it is actually a lovely area if you are visiting Rome with a toddler. It has a wonderful local feel, lots of places to eat and smaller streets that keep fast traffic in check.
Hotel Ripa Roma Trastevere (4 stars)
Good 4 star hotel in Trastevere with family friendliness at the core of its vision. They have good sized family rooms and restaurant on site with child friendly menu.
Hotel Santa Maria (3 stars)
A simple and charming kid friendly hotel in Rome with a beautiful patio in one of the most atmospheric areas of Rome. The hotel caters for families with larger room and babysitting services.
Best hotels in Rome for families in the Termini area
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 (5 star hotel)
A large, beautiful family friendly hotel in Rome Termini area, conveniently situated just in front of the Termini station. It caters for families with large family rooms, some of them interconnecting.
Hotel Mascagni (4 star hotel)
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 on a budget: 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.
Some budget friendly, family friendly hotels in Rome to consider when choosing where to stay in Rome with your kids:
Best Western hotel Globus: family friendly Rome hotel, close to the university, close to shops and tram line
Casa tua Vaticano, not far from Vatican city, close to the metro.
San Peter Rome B&B, family friendly B&B option close to the Vatican
Grand hotel Tiberio, family friendly hotels not far from the Vatican, with pool
Grand hotel Gianicolo, family friendly hotel in the Gianicolo area, with pool
I hope this overview of the best area to stay in Rome with kids and best family hotels in Rome helped you pick the best place to stay in Rome with your children. Safe travels!
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