Can anyone offer any suggestions on hotels in Rome near the Spanish Steps that are not too pricey. I realize most hotels in Rome will be more expensive; just as other major cities but I'm hoping someone has had a personal experience at a reasonable one in that location. Thanks!
The problem is that pricey goes hand in hand with Spanish Steps. How far are you willing to be away from the Spanish Steps? And define "not too pricey." Remember we all have different pricey standards
We were hoping around $150 a night.
$150 US is about 113 euros. Unless you're going in the true offseason (November to March), I would be amazed if you found anything that cheap near the Spanish Steps. May I ask why you're focused on that specific area?
I'm personally not focused upon that area but, my friend who is traveling w/me is stuck on staying near the area because she wants to be near the Spanish Steps/ Barbarini?? train stops. Does this make sense to you because it doesn't mean much to me!
Do you have the RS Rome book? It would be able to help you out. But your friend needs to know that central Rome is pretty compact and there are lots of less expensive neighborhoods within easy walking distance of the Spanish Steps. The RS book can give you more info.
It doesn't make any sense to me and that is a subway stop and not a train stop. You would have a hard time finding a hotel for that price in just about any area reasonably close to the core city. Maybe need a little more information as to why that stop is important.
I've only been to Rome once for a day. So, I'm not familiar w/ any area. This time we will be there for 4 days. She's spent more time there and has expressed to me that the subway stop is easy access for day trips and getting around the city??
Yes Michael I just purchased Ricks' 2010 book. I will be reading it! Also, you mentioned less expensive areas near the "Steps". Can you share them w/ me. Thanks!
I personally stay away from that area in that it is chaos around there at the best of times.
Suggest you look at santasuasanna.org, click on "coming to Rome," and you will get a list of convents, ect that will meet your price. Then, map them against the Metro and your in business.
Around Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori you'll find lots of options, but I'm suggesting the RS book because he gives suggestions for lodgings in lots of neighborhoods with wide price ranges. And he describes the various neighborhoods really well to help you decide what sounds interesting.
Also, the buses and trams in Rome work really well and cabs are pretty reasonable, so you could save a chunk of change by staying near the train station in the Termini neighborhood. Great access to all public transportation.
While your friend may have had some experience withy Rome, I think it is somewhat limited. First, if you want a location for day trips, as previously mentioned, the Termini area is the best. It is at the hub of the transportation system. Second, the metro is not a very good way to get around Rome because it really doesn't go anywhere. Buses and trams are far better, more convenient, and more direct. Over the past few years we have spent a total of about four weeks in Rome. I think we have ridden the subway once in that time frame. We always stay within a few blocks of Termini -- more convenient, more reasonable price wise with nice restaurants. It is on the edge of the main sightseeing areas so you might have to walk and extra ten minutes or hop a bus.
I agree with Frank and other posters...I feel that the Spanish Steps area is one of the least enjoyable areas of Roma. It is always filled with tourists and for the most part, the area is loaded with expensive shops and restaurants. It is fun to window shop but that's about it. Although I go to Roma each year, I also avoid the Metro. Roma is a very walkable city and much more enjoyable on foot. If needed, you can grab a bus anywhere in the city and 86 and 92 both begin and end at the Termini and they are easy to find.
Read up on RS...you won't go wrong.