Hotel near Termini in Rome

In June, we will be flying into Rome and spending just one night with plan to take the train to Florence the next day. Can you recommend a hotel convenient (ideally walkable with bags) to Termini, but in safe,nice area for walking around in the evening? Is there such a thing? We are willing to pay up to 300 euros for a triple.
Thank you!

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12679 posts

Is there such a thing??? Of course there is! Where do you think you are going? For our one or two night quick stays we use Hotel Contilla. Just a block south of the side doors of Termini. Our preference is Hotel Sonya, about four blocks away with a couple of nice restaurants. A little further away around 6, 8 blocks is Aberdeen. My wife prefers Sonya because she thinks they make better lattes for breakfast than Aberdeen. Contilla's breakfast is so so. But it is very convenient and the rooms are nice.

Posted by Frances
San Diego
768 posts

I have stayed at both the Hotel Sonya and the Contilla. Both are great and the location is ideal.
Sonya is just a bit more expensive - but I would recommend either one.
I would recommend going directly to the hotel website to book and not thru a booking company
such as booking.com, tripadvisor, and the like.
They do add on an additional fee and you will pay a bit less booking directly.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21467 posts

jane,

I'd also recommend Hotel Sonya or Hotel Aberdeen, as both are near Termini. Of the two, Sonya is a bit easier to get to while walking and I've done that with luggage several times (although that's much easier once you've learned the route). I'd suggest getting reservations as EARLY as possible as they tend to book up well in advance.

FWIW, you might consider going directly to Florence as it's only a 90 minute trip via Freccia high speed train (which travels at up to 300 kmH). That would save a one night hotel stay in Rome.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12679 posts

Come on Ken, don't discourage staying in Rome. We never pass through Rome without staying at least one night. And if only one night we have a ritual of a certain restaurant and certain gelato.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21467 posts

@Frank,

It wasn't my intention to discourage staying in Rome, however depending on what time the flights arrive the reality could be that the OP doesn't see much.

My flights typically arrive in the mid-morning and it's usually afternoon before I get to the hotel. I usually have enough time to get cleaned up and organized and have a bit of a walkabout, but it doesn't take long to for jet lag to take hold and I usually end up "crashing" fairly soon after dinner. The reality is that I don't get much chance to actually "see" much of anything. My preference is usually to get to my end destination so that when I wake up the next morning, I can start touring right away. That's the method I used when going to Assisi last year after a LONG travel day that included a series of long flights that ended in Florence and a rail trip.

Posted by Katia
3 posts

@Ken,

I've just seen Aberdeen's site and got really impressed. It seems to be real good value. And I've learned Rick Steve's readers have a discount. :-)

They do not provide much information about their rooms, though.

I'll be with my husband, my 17-year-old son and my 7-year-old son. Do you know if the quadruple room is a comfortable one? Or does it look like, say, a double bedroom with a double bed with an uncomfortable sofa bed? They do not describe this specific room. Of course, I can ask the hotel staff about that, but a guest's perspective is always welcome. ;-)

Finally, do you if know if reception works 24h/24h? They do not mention it in the hotel site.

Posted by jane
Boston
20 posts

Thank you all so much for the suggestions....I will check these hotels out.
Ken, your comments make me want to rethink our plan for one night in Rome. We are landing at FCO at 12:45 pm and I am concerned that we will be too jet lagged to get into Rome and then take the train to Florence. What do you think? I assume that if we land at 12:45 we wouldn't be getting to the Termini until 2:30 or 3, given customs and waiting for luggage.

Posted by Karen
Santa Rosa, CA
757 posts

We also stayed for Residenza Cellini for two nights and would highly recommend. Quick walk from Termini and felt safe. Walked to a restaurant mentioned in RS book and it was very good.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21467 posts

@Katia,

Unfortunately, I can't answer your questions regarding the quad rooms at Hotel Aberdeen, as I only had a single (it was very comfortable). One thing I remember about Aberdeen is that they had a great scoff for breakfast, served in an elegant room that resembled a ballroom from a Palace (I'll check my photos tomorrow when I have my other computer fired up to confirm that). You might send an E-mail to the hotel as they'll be able to provide the details. BE SURE to book early!

One additional comment regarding Hotel Aberdeen. It's located in an old Villa and through a gate where the horses & wagons used to arrive. The door into the courtyard is usually open in the daytime, but locked at night. When you enter the courtyard, use the door on the right for Aberdeen as I believe there's another hotel on the left. The front desk is just inside the door.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21467 posts

jane,

If your flight lands at 12:45, the time frame you mentioned sounds realistic and you likely won't get to the hotel until 14:30 or 15:00. Whether or not to press on to Florence will depend to some extent on your energy level after a long international flight. If you'd rather get a good night's sleep before going to Florence, then you could certainly stop for one night in Rome. You likely won't see much in Rome but at least you'll be well rested on the short trip to Florence.

I typically prefer to get to my ultimate destination as quickly as possible, even though I might be feeling like a zombie when I arrive. That's the method I used last year on the trip that started in Assisi, even though I arrived at the hotel at about 23:00. My flight landed at about 19:00 in Florence and I had to sit on a train for a couple of hours and try to keep my eyes open on the way to Assisi. When I woke up the next morning, I was exactly where I wanted to be and had a nice relaxing breakfast before getting up to "touring speed". I used that same method on a trip a few years ago, landing in Frankfurt and then taking several trains to Rothenburg ODT. I was a shift worker for many years, so maybe that helped?

Posted by Emily
Fairview, NC, USA
13 posts

We loved The Beehive!! A short walk from Termini, inexpensive, clean, and wonderful. Rick Steves had recommended it and we were NOT let down! Message me if you need more information!

Posted by greg
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
43 posts

jane,

We just spent 2 nights at the Hotel Selene Rome. It was very good and the breakfast was as well. It is just down the road a block from the Sonya and only 3 blocks from Termini we would recommend this hotel.