Staying in Rome near the Spanish Steps

Could You Get Any Closer than the Scalinata di Spagna?

The entrance to the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna, near the Spanish Steps in Rome Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The entrance to the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna, near the Spanish Steps in Rome
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

With less than 24 hours to spend in Rome, the Brawny Sherpa and I would need to be strategic in selecting a hotel so that we could see those last few sights we had missed on the first leg of our trip to Italy. We had begun in Rome, saw Naples and Pompeii on a day trip, then headed north toward Florence, took another day trip to Pisa before going to Venice, and now we had one last night in Italy’s capital before returning to New York in the morning. All that we had omitted from our “must see” list for Rome was the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.

A room in the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A room in the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I liked Hotel Suisse, where I had stayed when vacationing with the Youthful Adventurer when he was just entering his teens. Close to the Spanish Steps, it is situated conveniently and budget-worthy.

A moonlit view just steps from the entrance of the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A moonlit view just steps from the entrance of the Hotel Scalinata di Spagna
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

This time, though, we were pretty much teetering over the steps in the aptly named Hotel Scalinata di Spagna. It is perfect for our short stay, right at the top of the steps and budget-friendly. We drop off our belongings and buzz out of the room, headed down those steps toward the Sunday throngs and a spot of tea at Babington’s. This place is perfect for our short stay, but its convenient location and reasonable price would make it suitable for a longer one as well.

—Lori Tripoli

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