Where to stay in Rome: Our budget choice

For our Roman Holiday, I searched a lot for where to stay in Rome. Eventually, I booked a room in I Pini di Roma. It is in the San Giovanni neighborhood, within walking distance of Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. We were also very close to the Re di Roma and Lodi Metro Stations. So we had connections to all the rest of the Eternal City.

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Where to stay in Rome: I Pini di Roma

Our room looked very cozy. In addition, it was very handy that it was air-conditioned because even spring can be really hot in Rome.

I absolutely loved the mattress of the bed, it was one of the best I’ve ever slept on. After our long days of visiting and walking, I was going to bed with my body a bit sore. Therefore, it was incredible how well-rested and energetic I woke up the next day.

And it was a double bed mattress! You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find an affordable place to stay in Rome without twin beds or a double bed with two single mattresses!

It’s also hard to find affordable accommodation in Rome with a private bathroom. Or a place where the shower or the bathtub is actually in the bathroom, not inside the bedroom. We had a nice private bathroom, with a shower with hot water and good pressure. 

Every morning we went to the small kitchenette in the hallway and found free coffee or cappuccino, tea, cold flat and sparkling bottled water, and sweet pastry snacks. These came in very handy in those mornings when we were in a hurry to catch the popular places without the crowds and we’d have a large breakfast later.

We also had reliable free Wi-Fi and maps with all the touristic sites. There was also a very useful poster explaining the best public transport connections from I Pini di Roma to the must-see places in Rome. And, another thing we found useful: the umbrellas for rainy days. It’s a nice touch to find while looking for where to stay in Rome.

We also had a TV in our room, but we rarely watch TV when we travel.

It was a really nice place to stay and we both felt very comfortable. We also felt welcome and cared for by their nice staff.

So if you’re wondering where to stay in Rome on a budget, you should