In the past, accommodation options in Rome were incredibly limited: you could either stay in an expensive luxury hotel or stay in an inexpensive pensione with dubious cleaning standards. Fortunately, this is no longer a problem as many of Rome’s hotels have recently undergone dramatic renovations and more mid-range hotels and bed and breakfasts have opened up throughout the city.
Unfortunately, as Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities, accommodation prices are universally high. In addition, all hotels in Italy impose IVA or value added tax. This tax is designed to better streamline the country’s tax structure, but unfortunately it results in a higher bill for visitors. Most hotels charge 10% IVA. However, some luxury hotels impose up to 13% IVA. While most hotels will give you a rate that includes IVA, some hotels prefer to add it on when you go to pay the bill. In order to avoid any nasty surprises, always check with the hotel staff that rates include IVA when you check in.
As Rome is such an expensive destination, price conscious travellers should take advantage of the low seasons between mid-July to August and November to March, where hotel rates are more affordable. Be sure to book your accommodation well in advance to secure the best deal and avoid disappointment as it is very difficult to find accommodation in Rome at the last minute, especially during high season.
As accommodation in Rome is generally expensive, luxury accommodation can be very pricy indeed. Nevertheless, if you have your heart set on staying in luxury accommodation, you are certainly in the right place as Rome is home to some of the most sumptuous accommodation in all of Europe. You will find that the greater part of Rome’s high-end accommodation is situated in the immediate area around the Spanish Steps and the Via Veneto area.
If you are looking for somewhere a bit different to stay, you may wish to stay in one of the small, boutique hotels that are appearing all over Rome, especially in the centro storico (historic centre).
On the other hand, if you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay, you will find that there are a number of cheap hotels and pensioni located by Stazione Termini. While the views from your window may not be as inspiring as those from a window in one of Rome’s high-end neighbourhoods, you can save yourself a lot of money.
If you have a particularly tight budget you may wish to consider staying in one of Rome’s hostels or convents. The latter is the supreme budget option, but you need to remember that convents impose strict curfews which make them a bad choice if you plan on staying out late!