Ancient Rome Hotels

by Maureen Katemopoulos
Echoes of Rome's ancient past define the Colosseum.

Echoes of Rome's ancient past define the Colosseum.

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Ancient Rome hotels provide an archaeological cameo of a proud period of history in Italy and the Roman Empire. For example, the Imperial Fora tell us what the history books do not about Emperor Trajan. Trajan’s Forum was the most imposing in the series to be built. Trajan’s ashes repose at the base of the Column in his name. Combining Roman history with the creature comforts of nearby hotels can be an ideal vacation.

Hotel Capo d’Africa

Imperial Rome once ruled where the Hotel Capo d’Africa stands today, in the shadow of the Colosseum. The hotel building dates back to the early 20th century but its design is contemporary. Its 65 guest rooms include studio suites with warm wood tones, parquet floors and private terraces. High-speed Internet, direct-line telephones, minibars and safes are among the amenities. The hotel’s Breakfast Room is a bright and pleasant place to start the day. La Terrazza provides rooftop terrace cuisine and drinks, A la petite carte dining and drinks are offered at the Centrum Bar. Three multifunctional meeting rooms and a fitness room are at guests’ disposal.

Hotel Grifo

The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica are all within easy reach of the Hotel Grifo, located in the Monti district, which is Rome’s oldest district. This family-run hotel has comfortable, well-appointed rooms, some with three and four beds as required, which is ideal if you are traveling in a group or with children. The furnishings are functional, and the English-speaking staff make communication easy. Guests enjoy a panoramic view from the hotel’s rooftop garden. A 24/7 bar, and concierge and room service is provided. As of 2010, the room cost includes a daily buffet breakfast.

Inn at the Roman Forum

The Inn at the Roman Forum is a five-star facility that has actual Roman ruins on the premises: a stone gallery with engravings that date back 2,000 years. The history of Rome unfolds along the Via dei Fori Imperiali fronting the hotel. See the fora of Julius Caesar, Nerva, Trajan and Trajan's Column, all tributes to these emperors. Hotel rooms are modern with luxurious furnishings. The spacious Master Garden Room has a designer bathroom with Jacuzzi, a private patio, direct access to the roof garden, and amenities such as a minibar and safe deposit box. Executive rooms feature sitting areas, canopy beds, and some have decorative fireplaces. The Rooftop Terrace offers breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and all-day bar service. The elegant Lounge is an ideal venue for cocktails, drinks and snacks.

Hotel Nerva

Not only is the Hotel Nerva within the precincts of the Roman Forum of Ancient Rome, it shares its name with Emperor Nerva. The hotel offers the luxury of soundproofed single and double rooms and suites, and orthopedic beds. Amenities range from fridges and safes to satellite television. As of 2010, room rates include breakfast.

About the Author

Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in publications such as "Stanislaus Magazine," "Orientations," "The Asia Magazine" and "The Peninsula Group Magazine." She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.

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