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Planning honeymoon - Recommended neighborhoods in Rome for 5 nights?

In the process of planning our 2 week honeymoon to Europe. We will be flying into and then staying in Paris from 5/1 - 5/5, leaving for Florence on the 6th, and then staying in Rome from the 9th - 14th (5 nights in Paris / 3 in Florence / 5 in Rome). For whatever reason, we have the first two legs planned, but haven't been able to decide on a neighborhood in Rome.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations based on the following:

  • We're in our mid 20's and would like to stay in a "trendy" walkable neighborhood with interesting/authentic bars, shopping, markets, restaurants, etc...
  • Walking distance to major tourist attractions is a big plus, but we're fine taking the metro/bus.
  • We would prefer to stay in a hotel rather than an apartment.
  • Price point is flexible. I've budgeted ~$500/night, but am willing to spend more for a unique experience/great location.
  • Since we will be walking around at night, neighborhood should feel safe (understanding that safety in Rome is likely no different than any other large city).
Posted by
10838 posts

In Rome, Palazzo Navona Hotel would be perfect for you. Wonderful location in walking access of sites, modern design interior, rooftop bar with views, helpful staff. We loved it and there were honeymooners staying there who loved it too

Posted by
1926 posts

You'll get 10 comments, 10 different opinions. Let me be the first...

Geez, 500 bucks a night will get you something good. You can spend that, but in mid-May you should be able to get something palatial for $300-$350 tops.

We spent less, far less. I know you said no apartments...but we rented a 2nd-floor walkup over the Campo de' Fiori market last March for less than $100/night, 7 days & 6 nights. Simply wonderful to just 'be'. We weren't catered to but didn't need to be, as we were trying to assimilate a bit with locals. Close to the market itself, within walking distance to great restaurants and many attractions, by bus or Metro.

Don't want to script the last part of your honeymoon, but food for thought...might be fun.

Enjoy your planning!

Posted by
2047 posts

We stayed at the Palazzo Navona hotel right after it opened. It is in a wonderful location and has a rooftop bar. What a wonderful hotel overall.

Posted by
4607 posts

We have stayed at Hotel Fontanella Borghese many times and have always been pleased. While it is not "luxury", it is very nice and the location is great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. You can walk to Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Nuvona, even Vatican city. They also have a sister hotel closer to the Pantheon called Hotel Due Torri. We always send an email directly with our request for a booking and we get an answer back in 24 hours or less. Ask for a room overlooking the courtyard as rooms overlooking the side street can get noisy. The web site is www.fontanellaborghese.com.

Posted by
4105 posts

We have not stayed at these two hotels, but friends have. One a young family with a child, and another a couple close to your age.
Both have either a a terrace or balcony. Both are under your budget. Or were when they went.

Hotel Mecanate Palace. Presidential Suite. Monti neighborhood.

Hotel Damaso. Penthouse. Navona area.

Edit, hate spell correct.