10 Budget Hotels That Won't Break the Bank in Rome

Traveling to Rome might have cost you a pretty penny in airfare but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank when booking your hotel in Rome. The nice thing about the Città Eterna, is that there is wide range of accommodations to meet everyone's wallet sizes. Whether you're looking for over-the-top luxury or something simple, clean and cheap, Rome has a room for everybody. 10Best has a list of low-cost hotels in Rome for travelers with budgets on their minds.

Going budget doesn't mean you have to make too many sacrifices. Take Relais Palazzo Taverna for example. This centrally located hotel is clean, comfortable and decorated in chic boutique style and doesn't charge you extra for the dashingly decorated duds. The same goes for the Daphne Inn, where personalized service is given out even at budget prices. 

In other cases, small sacrifices or no-frills amenities may have to be accepted if you wish to watch your spending. With some hotels this may simply mean, not having breakfast included in the price of your room. As breakfast may only consist of a croissant with coffee at times; some travelers may not see this as such a huge sacrifice anyway. Or in other cases, you may have a hotel without an elevator or share a bathroom with other hotel guests. 


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Just down the street from the suggestive Piazza della Repubblica, is a lovely little B&B with a lot of heart. The interior has soft cream tones and brilliant hard wood floors. Other perks are flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and DVD players. The B&B also thankfully, has a lot of natural light that comes in, making the setting warm and friendly. Another plus is this little hotel is also close by Rome's main transportation hub, Termini train station. Overall, this B&B is a nice modern change to other musty accommodations in the area. BUS: 40, 64. METRO: Repubblica, Termini.

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Finding a corner of peace and tranquility in Rome, let alone in Trastevere can be sometimes be a tough task. However surprisingly for some, one relaxing oasis can be found in the area and that is Hotel Santa Maria. What makes this hotel a tranquil retreat? For one, the hotel is set in a refurbished 16th century cloister and has rooms that face the former monastery's garden filled with orange trees, rose bushes and other gorgeous flowers. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and bikes for exploring the neighborhood. Did we mention they were free? Another perk is the wonderful staff that makes the guests feel right at home. BUS: H, 23, 44. Tram 8.

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Residenza Domizia is situated in an antique palazzo from the 700s that's thankfully been restored to give it a clean and comfortable contemporary feel. The rooms are simply furnished with shiny hard wood floors, satellite TV, air conditioning and internet connection. Did we mention the hotel is also conveniently located on the decadent Via dei Coronari amidst an influx of antique shops and lovely cafès in the area? Residenza Domizia is also strategic for moving around to sight such as Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori and the Pantheon which are all nearby. BUS: 30, 492, 87, 40, 64.

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Albergo del Sole al Biscione is one of the most historic hotels in the neighborhood and in all of Rome. It dates back to the 15th century and is situated in a 4-story building near the main piazza of Campo de' Fiori. The decor despite renovations maintains an old-fashioned sense of style: wood beamed ceilings, white washed walls, kitsch flowery bedspreads and tiled floors. Some double rooms do not come with its own bathroom meaning you may have to share one with other guests. Definitely inquire beforehand. The upside is there's a lovely rooftop terrace where one can sit and enjoy their morning cappuccino or a glass of wine at sunset. BUS: 40, 64, 46, 87, 571. TRAM: 8.

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Hotel Navona is a family affair hotel that's been run by the same family for nearly four generations. The building is situated in a 15th-century as the name suggests, near Piazza Navona. The rooms are simple but pleasant. In some of the rooms, characteristic and rustic wood beamed ceiling and terracotta floors. The rooms are pleasantly decorated with long flowing drapes and gilded mirrors. Other rooms contain stunningly exposed ancient brick work. Breakfast here is nothing to brag about. But then again, there are a slew of lovely cafès to choose from in the area. Why stay in for breakfast? BUS: 492, 30, 87.

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Hotel Smeraldo may not offer the character and style that other hotels in the centro do. But if you're looking to save and all you need is a clean, simple place to sleep at night, then this is your place. Conveniently located a few streets down from the hustle and bustle of Campo de' Fiori. The rooms are a bit on the small side. But the perks: free Wi-Fi, a buffet-style breakfast and being in the heart of the city center; definitely outweigh any disadvantages. The hotel also has a lovely rooftop terrace that overlooks characteristic Roman rooftops. BUS: 46, 40, 64. TRAM: 8.

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The Daphne Inn is a top-notch B&B in Rome. The Daphne consists of two locations: Daphne Veneto and Daphne Trevi. Both are situated just a stone's throw from the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Barberini which is a prime location for moving around the city thanks to the metro nearby. The B&B has always had a good rapport with travelers thanks to the personalized service it extends to its customers: a mobile phone to use during your stay; fresh pastries and fruit for breakfast, free internet connection and helpful hints and advice for your stay in Rome. The rooms are also warm and friendly, following earthy, clean and sleek tones. BUS: 492, 80, 52, 53. METRO: Barberini.

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Situated in a 15th-century palazzo on a tiny vicolo near Via dei Coronari, surrounded by antique shops and boutiques is a hidden gem of a hotel that often gets overlooked by travelers. What makes Relais Palazzo Taverna so special is that offering cheap prices doesn't compromise its chic boutique style. The hotel is small and intimate. The rooms are tastefully decorated with delightfully flower-decorated walls, smart and stylsih bed sheets and dark wood floors. Breakfast is also picked up fresh from the bakery every morning and delivered to your room. Not bad for budget. BUS: 40, 64, 492, 30.

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This little B&B is strategically positioned for those interested in focusing your touring around the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. It's approximately a 3-minute walk from St. Peter's Square. Not bad. The B&B is actually an apartment comprised of three bedrooms; two of which have their own bathroom inside the room and the other bathroom is down the hall. What makes this B&B work so well is the careful attention that the owner Rosa Maria Chirico gives to her guests. The rooms are super clean and the breakfast is generous and hearty. BUS: 916, 46, 571. TRAIN: Roma San Pietro.

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This budget hotel often gets snapped up quick because of its rock bottom prices in such a prime location. The Panda is more of a pensione-style accomodations in that there aren't too many frills that come with the price. But what it has working for them is that it's located on a side street just a stone's throw from the magnificent Spanish Steps and in the heart of the best shopping. The rooms are on the small side and are simply furnished. But if you get lucky, you might just snag a room with a balcony. Breakfast isn't included in the price of the room. Just think of it as another excuse to get you out of your hotel room and out trying one of the many delightful cafès that are sprinkled about the area! BUS: 116, 80, 52, 53. METRO: Spagna, Flaminio.

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