With twenty-two different neighbourhoods to choose from, deciding on the best place to stay in Rome isn’t easy. Every district is filled with world-famous landmarks and each has its own distinct characteristics; there’s picturesque Monti, hip Pigneto, historical Centro Storico, gastronomic Testaccio and bohemian Trastevere. The question is, which one should you choose? Well, if it’s ivy-covered cobbled streets lined with traditional trattorias, trendy restaurants and quirky bars that you’re looking for, Trastevere is the neighbourhood for you. What’s more, it’s home to possibly the best apartment in Rome.
The best place to stay in Rome: Residenza del Cedro
Located a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Piazza di Santa Maria, Residenza del Cedro is home to a number of attractive apartments, but the crowning glory is its penthouse. Sitting atop the four-storey townhouse, the hidden gem boasts its very own rooftop terrace complete with sunbeds, a hot tub and a steam room, meaning guests can enjoy a private spa session every day of their holiday. The rooftop overlooks Trastevere’s pretty terracotta buildings and cobbled streets while Altare della Patria and Basilica Sant’Andrea della Valle can be seen peeking through in the distance. It’s the perfect spot to relax and treat weary feet after a long day of walking around Rome.
Inside, the beautiful apartment is incredibly spacious and has a modern yet classic décor with dark wood flooring, antique furniture and fittings, floor-to-ceiling balcony doors, and high ceilings with chandelier lighting. Unique touches like a stained-glass bathroom door and arch doorways further add to the stylish aesthetic while facilities such as a large, comfy bed, ample storage, a separate lounge area and a well-equipped kitchen make it an all round fantastic apartment.
Just a thirty-minute walk from many of Rome’s top attractions and ten minutes from the Janiculum Terrace – a hilltop with panoramic views of the entire city – Residenza del Cedro places guests in an ideal spot for sightseeing while enabling them to stay in one of Rome’s liveliest and most attractive neighbourhoods. Many of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants are within a five-minute walk of the apartment and hordes of locals descend on the area every weekend for late-night revelry, filling the streets and squares with beer-swigging and wine-sipping Italians. When you’re staying somewhere that’s a hit with the locals as well as the tourists, you know you’re in the right place.
The best bit about the Residenza del Cedro penthouse, however, is the price. Yes, it’s more expensive than your average holiday apartment but for a property that comes with its very own rooftop hot tub and steam room, it’s surprisingly affordable. For four nights in high season, the apartment costs around £630/€715*. That’s remarkable value for such a well-placed luxury property that’s sure to make your holiday in Rome even more special.
*Price paid in early May 2018.