Top 10 Affordable stays in Rome on a shoestring budget

Logan Ly | Live the World

March 10, 2023

Who says staying in European capital cities is expensive? Not with these recommendations.

Welcome to Rome, the city of history, art, and...expensive hotels? Errr, not necessarily! Don't let your budget hold you back from experiencing all that this capital city of Italy has to offer. Now, I know that finding affordable accommodation in Rome can be a daunting task - after all, there are just so many options and high-end hotels are dotted in between every corner of the city. But fear not! After my backpacking days, friends weekend and plenty of on a shoestring-budget trips to Rome, I have you covered with these top picks for cheap and cheerful stays that won't break your bank!

From trendy hostels to cosy apartments, my friends and I have scoured the streets of Rome to bring you the best budget-friendly options that won't compromise on comfort or convenience. No need to sacrifice style or location for affordability – these recommendations have got it all. So say goodbye to overpriced hotels and hello to authentic and affordable experiences.

Alessandro Palace & Bar

1. Alessandro Palace & Bar

Most people arrive to Rome either by the airport or by train at the Termini Station. Now, if you have tons of luggage and don’t want to carry that throughout the Eternal City in search of your place to say, Alessandro Palace & Bar makes that super convenient. All you have to do is exit the train station and simply walk five minutes to check-in! Viola, bags dropped off, and then you’re ready to explore any part of the city since Rome’s mass public transportation is all within reach too. Not only is this place clean, safe, and well-managed but there’s a friendly atmosphere that welcomes you when you’ve arrived in such a big city like Rome.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at Alessandro Palace & Bar.

B&B Isolatiberina

2. B&B Isolatiberina

This pick is for an affordable stay in Rome are for those who want a bit more privacy and quietness than a hostel would have to offer. If you’re travelling as two pairs or more, and want to share a room, that’s the best way to keep your accommodation affordable. At B&B Isolatiberinayou'll have air-conditioned rooms (hey, super important for Rome's notoriously hot summers) and the rooms are actually well equipped with things like a microwave, kettle for you to use whenever! Every booking comes with a traditional Italian breakfast - so you’ll have something extra and yummy to look forward to when waking up here.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at B&B Isolatiberina.

YellowSquare Rome

3. YellowSquare Rome

If you’re looking for an affordable stay that has everything you could ever want in just one place - then YellowSquare Rome should be your de facto go-to stay. Not only does this cheap stay in Rome includes a gourmet restaurant in the building, but there’s a shared patio that you can hang out in, and for those who love the dancefloor… You’re in like. There’s live DJ entertainment every single night - so whenever you want to vibe, you don’t even have to leave the building. The restaurant of this youth hostel is also open for both lunch and dinner - and in theme with the stay, a meal here won’t break the bank for Mediterranean cuisine.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at YellowSquare Rome.

Budget Rooms Des Artistes

4. Budget Rooms Des Artistes

This accommodation isn’t even playing around - they straight up named their place what it is: budget rooms. I love when people are direct and cut to the chase, but I love it even more when it lives up to the name. Here, there are different dorm-style rooms that are no bigger than 6 people, so you won’t have to worry about feeling claustrophobic. Bonus: the beds at Budget Rooms Des Artistes aren’t bunk beds that can be found in typical hostels either! They’re all single beds in the room, no matter which dorm you get. This adds such an ultimate comfort since you don’t have to worry about climbing up or down any bunk, and no noise will get in the way of a good night’s rest.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at Budget Rooms Des Artistes.

B&B Hotel Roma Trastevere

5. B&B Hotel Roma Trastevere

This budget-friendly hotel is located in the lively and well-loved local’s neighbourhood of Trastevere. If you haven’t been yet, Trastevere is known for its excellent restaurants (wide-range of budget, including very cheap yet high-quality Italian ones!) and nightlife. Trust me, this is an awesome neighbourhood to not only go out in, but to stay in. Here’s the kick about B&B Hotel Roma Trastevere: if you are a couple, or two people who’s alright with sharing a room - it would then be cheaper to stay here than to individually book two beds in one hostel room. This way you get the privacy, private bathroom, and really great area of Rome, for the same price.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at B&B Hotel Roma Trastevere.

Generator Rome

6. Generator Rome

The Generator is one of Europe’s iconic brands for top-quality stays, funky design and above all else, affordability. The Generator Rome lives up to its brand, with the modern hostel being located strategically near Termini Station and offering a wide range of affordable room options, including private rooms and shared dorms. Like other Generator hostels, the staff works hard to create a lively atmosphere that any guests can feel amongst checking in. The bar and restaurant on site helps adds to the building’s social environment. There’s also a 24-hour reception so if you need any help, ask away! Oh, for those who looking to do a wash, there’s the very much blessed laundry facilities on site too.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at Generator Rome.

Hotel Mosaic Central Rome

7. Hotel Mosaic Central Rome

This budget-friendly hotel is located in the beating heart of the Eternal City, literally just a few steps away from the Colosseum. So if you want to switch it up from staying near the Termini Station, this is a great spot to just walk out the door and have the whole city right in front of you! Now, Hotel Mosaic Central Rome is quite budget-friendly if you are travelling as two to three people who can share a room (that includes single beds in one room). As with this tactic, the price comes out to the same as booking a hostel bed individually for two people (and way cheaper than staying in a private room in a hostel).

Check out more photos and book your stay here at Hotel Mosaic Central Rome.

hu Roma Camping In Town

8. hu Roma Camping In Town

If you have a car, and you’re on a road trip around Italy, parking at hu Roma Camping In Town and staying at this campsite is a creative way to save on a lot of money and amenities. Then it's easy for you to drive right into town, as it's only a 15-minute drive to Vatican City from here. Families love staying here as there's a seasonal outdoor pool, hotel and poolside bar for the parents. You don’t have to worry about the parking as it’s free with your stay! If you don't want to take the car into the city, then the Cornelia Metro Station on line A is just a short bus ride away, giving you more options to explore Rome.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at hu Roma Camping In Town.

The Beehive

9. The Beehive

It's all about location, location, location, and when you're the Beehive, being set close to Vittorio Emanuele Metro Station, Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera Metro Station and Santa Maria Maggiore make it absolutely easy to explore the city. Each room is fitted with a microwave, fridge, kettle and desk, so even if you're sharing a dormitory, you'll be able to have these amenities at your disposal. While some hostels ask guests to pay for their own bedding and linens, you don’t have to worry about that here as it’s all included with your stay.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at The Beehive.

New Generation Hostel Rome Center

10. New Generation Hostel Rome Center

New Generation Hostel Rome Center is set in a building that’s only 300 metres walking from Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, so you know you’re already in good hands with being in a prime spot of the Eternal city. The staff here are attentive and kind, so you can feel free to ask them anything about the city like recommendations on where to eat, where to go out, what to see - and they’ll be happy to help! There's a sunny inner-courtyard garden where you can have your meals and socialize with other travellers in. Also as a bonus, your stay will include a locker so you can safely store your luggage away without worrying about it.

Check out more photos and book your stay here at New Generation Hostel Rome Center.

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