The area encompassing the Trevi Fountain and Termini Train Station in Rome offers a large range of accommodations, from uber-chic and classically opulent to more sedate and less costly. All are located within walking distance to many of Rome's famous attractions including Piazza di Spagna, Via Condotti, Villa Borghesse and the Spanish Steps. These conveniently located hotels fall into four categories: luxury, mid-range, budget and backpacker.
From Michelin-rated restaurants to the designer boutiques that line Via Condotti, Rome has always exemplified the finer things in life -- so, when in Rome....The area near Trevi Fountain and the Termini Train Station is rife with luxury properties, ranging from designer boutique hotels to international brands starting at around $300 a night. The Hassler Roma, perched atop the Spanish Steps, has been a mainstay of Rome's upscale hotel scene for more than a century. Hotel d'Inghilterra is a fashionable small hotel along Via Condotti, rated the best hotel in Rome by Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotels 2010. Regina Hotel Baglioni is on the lower end of the price scale for luxury in Rome.
Almost every corner in Rome greets you with a statue; nearly every vista is filled with a Doric column; and almost every street around the Trevi Fountain and Termini Train Station has a hotel catering to the mid-range traveler. Properties in the mid-priced range, usually over $150, are often housed in classical buildings or laden with amenities. Hotel Cosmopolita, located two blocks from the Trevi Fountain and housed in a historic Roman building, is on the lower end of mid-range. The Glass Bar & Restaurant, Cosmopolita's signature dining outlet, provides Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. On the higher-end is Hotel Bernini Bristol, located between the Trevi Fountain and Termini. Built in the 1800s, the Bernini Bristol offers dining on its rooftop terrace eight stories above Rome.
Budget does not necessarily mean sacrifice in Rome. You may not be greeted with white gloves, but you can have spas and regional cuisine and other amenities associated with high-end hotels for less than $150 night. Boutique Hotel Trevi, steps from its namesake fountain, offers contemporary rooms with flat-screen televisions and spacious baths in a classical building that exudes the ambiance of historic Rome. Hotel Mondial, a Best Western propety, brings its international standards blocks from the Termini Station. It provides 24-hour concierge service, and its complimentary breakfast helps budget travelers keep costs down.
It wouldn't be Rome without backpackers saddled with 60-pound rucksacks searching for cheap accommodations. Rome is one of the major stops on Europe's backpacker circuit, and so provides plenty of hostels. Most of these dormitory-style accommodations are centered around Termini Station, giving backpackers a central location from which to explore Rome without having to schlep heavy packs across town. Hostels Alessandro offers two locations, both within blocks of the train station. Alessandro Palace and Alessandro Downtown offer backpackers accommodations that have been vetted by Hosteling International. Most hostels provide Wi-Fi access, computers, fully equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas. For backpackers looking for a budget hotel, Cristina Rooms offers single, double, triple and quad rooms with televisions and air-conditioning. Rates include breakfast.
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