Do you have a favorite hotel or bnb you like in Rome? Places you'd go back to when you can travel again? Share your top experiences -- or perhaps a memorable moment -- and help us all dream of travels to come. :)
Hotel Due Torri. It's close to everything: a short walk to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Campo di Fiori; and easy walk to the Vatican, Colosseum and ancient sites, Jewish Quarter and the Rose Garden.
Maybe it was special because it was our first hotel in Italy. Maybe it was special because the staff was friendly and helpful; every morning the breakfast server remembered I use soy milk and on the morning we checked out she gave us both hugs. Maybe it was special because it was safe and quiet on a short, no-cars road. Maybe it was special because the building is an old cardinal's palazzo with mosaic marble floors in the entry and age-worn marble stairs. Maybe it was special because we checked out a year ago yesterday before joining our RS South of Italy tour. It was just special as was our whole trip.
We've stayed at Hotel Fontanella Borghese a number of times and have always been pleased. It's very nice and the location is great. You can walk to The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Nuvona, even Vatican City. The staff is friendly and helpful. It and Hotel Due Torri are (or were) operated by the same nice folks.
We loved Hotel Smeraldo. It feels like its in a little village. Walking distance to Campo de'Fiori, Piazza Navona, and slightly longer walk to the Colosseum. The breakfast includes beautiful fresh pastries from a nearby bakery. We booked a balcony room, but the balconies are quite small and there is a rooftop bar so if you are traveling with more than two people, maybe forego the balcony and just use the rooftop. We can't wait to return.
If I recall correctly, the RS guidebook made mention of staff being distant (or something to that effect), but we found they were wonderful (especially Walter!).