Italians love babies! The Italian love of family makes traveling to Rome with a baby the perfect destination for your first family vacation to Europe. Your family will feel like treasured guests everywhere you go in Rome.
It can be stressful planning a trip to Rome with a baby, so we’re here to help make your trip planning as easy as possible. Based on our experience traveling to Rome and around the world with babies and toddlers, we are happy to provide you with our list of the best baby-friendly hotels in Rome.
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Where to Stay in Rome with a Baby
The vast majority of the top things to do in Rome with a baby are found in central Rome. The challenge for families visiting Rome with a baby is that central Rome is quite large. For example, the walking distance between the Vatican and the Colosseum is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km). Given you will be doing a lot of walking around Rome with your baby (we used a carrier instead of a stroller), choosing the right neighborhood for your baby-friendly accommodations is very important.
Finding a baby-friendly hotel or vacation rental near the top Rome attractions you wish to visit is a good place to start, but there are other considerations as well. We recommend finding a family-friendly Rome hotel in a quieter neighborhood, which will help your baby sleep on vacation, which in turn, gives your family the best chance of having a great day in Rome with your baby!
Recommended Neighborhoods for Visiting Rome with a Baby
Two quieter neighborhoods with a central location to consider when looking for a baby-friendly hotel in Rome are:
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the west shores of the River Tiber, Prati is an excellent neighborhood to base your visit to Rome with a baby. Prati is just steps away from Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo. Finding a good park or playground in Rome is surprisingly difficult, so parents will be happy to know that Castel Sant’Angelo has an excellent park and playground for older babies to crawl around and enjoy.
Despite being ideally located, Prati is also known to be one of the more affordable areas to stay in Rome. It’s well connected by metro, which will make it easier to visit some of the further Roman attractions, such as the Colosseum.
Although the boulevards of Prati are home to wine bars and cocktail lounges, Prati is not renowned for its nightlife, giving you a good chance of finding a quiet baby-friendly Rome hotel.
You have likely heard of the famous Seven Hills of Rome. Given four of the seven hills of Rome are in Monti, it may not surprise you to discover that Monti means “mountains”. Blessed with an excellent location just south of the Rome Termini and north of the famous Colosseum, Monti is another comparatively quiet neighborhood to find a baby-friendly Rome hotel.
When visiting Rome with a baby, we recommend not traveling with a car seat unless you are renting a car. This, unfortunately, makes getting from the Rome airport to your hotel a bit tricky if you are uncomfortable riding in a taxi with your baby without a car seat. Staying in Monti is a good solution to this problem.
Unless you take a private transfer with a car seat from the Fiumicino Airport, your safest alternative is to take the Leonardo Express Rome Airport Train or the Terravision Airport Bus – both of which drop you off at the Rome Termini train station. From here, it’s a short walk or taxi ride to your baby-friendly Rome hotel.
Another of the best playgrounds in Rome is found in Parco Del Colle Oppio, located in Monti, just north of the Roman Colosseum.
Criteria for Our Baby-Friendly Hotels in Rome
Finding a good baby-friendly Rome hotel takes a surprising amount of time, which we know first-hand that you don’t have a lot of right now. Over our years of traveling with a baby, we have developed a very reliable system for picking best baby-friendly hotels.
To help you find a great baby-friendly hotel in Rome, we have used our system to recommend five baby-friendly Rome hotels over a variety of price ranges. You can select your family accommodation from our list confidently as each of our recommended baby-friendly Rome hotels:
- Rank in the top 15% of Rome hotels on TripAdvisor.
- Has earned a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award.
- Have a minimum guest rating of 8.8 out of 10 on Booking.com.
- Have air conditioning, complimentary cribs and free wifi.
- Have soundproofed walls, which is a huge benefit for new parents who worry about their baby crying and waking other hotel guests in the middle of the night!
The 5 Best Baby-Friendly Rome Hotels
In addition to being one of the best luxury hotels in Rome, the Hotel de Russie is also one of the most baby-friendly hotels in Rome. The Hotel de Russie is a family hotel with a staggering amount of amenities for parents.
Parents staying at this 5-star Rome hotel with a baby will love that baby meals are complementary and there is a 24-hour babysitting service available. Each room at this baby-friendly Rome hotel will be set up with baby cots (with linens), baby bath products, rubber ducks and hooded towels.
Upon request, parents staying at this baby-friendly Rome hotel can request a wide variety of complimentary amenities such as high chairs, bibs, baby crockery, bottle warmers, sterilizers, night lamps, playmats, motion mobiles, diapers, diaper changing mats, diaper cream, baby wipes, anti-slip bath mats and temperature testers.
The Hotel de Russie even offers a Froggy Teddy turndown service for your baby, where the hotel will leave a stuffed frog on your baby’s pillow (the hotel’s mascot is a frog named Gian Lorenzo).
Being in central Rome, the Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie is also located within easy walking distance of many top Rome attractions with Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo and Piazza Navona being all less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away. In addition, you will love going for long strolls with your baby in the beautiful and relaxing Villa Borghese Gardens, which are just a short walk away.
While our top baby-friendly hotel in Rome is quite an expensive luxury hotel, our #2 pick is a much more affordable 4-star family hotel in Rome. Featuring spacious Family Rooms or Suites, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of baby-friendly amenities at the Starhotels Michelangelo.
The Starhotels Family Program makes it super easy for parents to visit Rome with a baby. Guests staying at this Rome hotel with a baby can enjoy (upon request) a complementary crib (or cradle), a playpen, a stroller, bath-time accessories, a bottle warmer, a high-chair, a changing table with cover, a potty seat and a bathroom stool. Parents looking to reconnect on a night out in Rome without a baby will love the available babysitting service.
Located in Prati, one of our recommended neighborhoods for parents visiting Rome with a baby, the Starhotels Michelangelo is just minutes away from the main Vatican City attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums. In addition, Starhotels Michelangelo is within easy walking distance of many top Rome attractions with Castel Sant’Angelo, Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona all being less than one mile (1.6 km) away.
Hotel Artemide is one of the very best hotels in Rome, ranking as the #2 hotel in Rome on TripAdvisor earning a Best of the Best 2021 Travelers’ Choice award. This 4-star Rome hotel is located one block north of Monti (one of our recommended Rome neighborhoods) in Via Nazionale, one of the most vibrant streets in Rome.
The Hotel Artemide has an excellent location to base your trip to Rome with a baby as many of the Eternal City’s top attractions are within easy walking distance. You’ll enjoy a walk of less than a mile to the Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Coliseum, Piazza Navona and the Roma Termini train station.
With such an impressive location and pedigree, you may be wondering why the Hotel Artemide is ranked as our third best baby-friendly hotel in Rome. Despite having some really amazing amenities such as a spa, and a complimentary minibar (stocked daily with little snacks and beverages), the Hotel Artemide lacks the long list of baby-friendly amenities found in our top two baby-friendly hotels in Rome.
That said, the Hotel Artemide is still a great baby-friendly Rome hotel. Families staying at this top Rome hotel with a baby will enjoy use of a complimentary crib while staying in soundproofed rooms.
Given the Hotel Artemide is one of Rome’s best hotels with an excellent central location, it’s surprisingly affordable to stay here for your family trip to Rome.
This baby-friendly hotel in Rome joins the Hotel Artemide in the top 0.5% of all Rome hotels on TripAdvisor.
Recently renovated in 2019, this multiple award-winning hotel is within easy walking distance of most of Rome’s top attractions including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Rome Termini Train Station, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Coliseum and Campo de’ Fiori.
As with the Hotel Artemide, despite being rated as one of the absolute best hotels in Rome, the Hotel Barocco fell down our list of baby-friendly hotels in Rome due to its standard offering for babies. The Hotel Barocco is an excellent baby-friendly Rome hotel which offers complimentary cribs and soundproofed walls.
Parents traveling to Rome with a baby will love a stay in a Junior Suite “Light & Sight“, which not only has ample room for a crib, but has a balcony overlooking Barberini Square. When staying at a hotel with a baby, we loved having a balcony to escape to while our baby slept. A balcony allows you to have a normal conversation without fear of waking your baby.
Our final pick for our list of the best baby-friendly hotels in Rome, is the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo Rome. This 4-star TripAdvisor Travelers Choice award winner offers parents a great location and a wide variety of baby-friendly amenities.
As with the top two picks on our baby-friendly Rome hotel list, this Best Western hotel has a lengthy list of complimentary amenities for parents visiting Rome with a baby. The Kids Package includes a crib, strollers, a baby bath, soft changing table, baby dishes and a bottle warmer.
If you are traveling to Rome with a baby, but without a car seat, the central location of the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo Rome makes it is a very convenient family hotel for getting around Rome. While you can easily walk to the Trevi Fountain, Coliseum and the Roman Forum, it’s also just a couple of blocks from the Roma Termini train station, which also has a metro station for easily getting around Rome.
Baby-Friendly Rome Vacation Home Rentals
On our first several trips with our baby, we simply did as we always do on vacation – we rented a hotel room. Everything went great with these baby-friendly hotel rooms in Barcelona and Sedona, but it was on our trip to Paris and London with a toddler we discovered there are some advantages of staying in vacation home rentals (like Airbnb and VRBO).
Airbnb and VRBO rentals have many family-friendly features, especially for parents traveling with a baby. The biggest advantage is having separate bedrooms, which allows you to keep your bedroom lights on while your baby gets to sleep in a separate, quiet, dark room. Other baby-friendly features of vacation home rentals include a full kitchen and in-suite laundry facilities.
If you are considering a baby-friendly vacation rental in Rome, watch out for rentals on high floors, as many of these ancient buildings have no elevators!
When we visited Rome, we rented a top floor 2-bedroom vacation home apartment near Piazza Navona. Our apartment building did not have an elevator, but we carried our toddler around Rome in a backpack carrier, so it wasn’t too bad climbing four flights of stairs.
We enjoyed getting to explore the narrow, winding streets around our vacation home rental and were close enough to walk to all of Rome’s top attractions. If we weren’t up for walking, it was easy to catch a bus. As a bonus, our rental apartment just happened to be around the corner from La Gelateria Frigidarium – one of the best gelato places in Rome!
Baby-Friendly Rome Vacation Rentals
- This 3-bedroom baby-friendly Rome apartment rental is located in Monti, just a stone’s throw from the Rome Colosseum. This baby-friendly Rome apartment has an elevator, a baby cot, high chair and stroller available for guests.
- This 1-bedroom baby-friendly Rome apartment rental is very near where we rented our Rome apartment. The hosts provide a crib and high chair for your baby.
The above two vacation rentals are good examples of the family-friendly accommodation in Rome, but the selection doesn’t stop there. You can browse many baby-friendly Rome apartment rentals to find a place which is perfect for your family.
Essential Baby Gear for Hotel Stays
As you plan your trip to Rome with a baby, take a moment to consider the gear you need to travel with a baby. To help make your stay at your baby-friendly Rome hotel as successful as possible, you may wish to consider the following:
SlumberPod Privacy Pod
One of the hardest things about staying in a hotel room with a baby is sharing a room. When it’s time for your baby to nap or go to sleep for the night, most parents will need to sit silently in the dark until it’s safe to turn on a light. If your baby can see or hear you, it makes it significantly harder for your baby to get a good sleep (and good sleep is essential to a happy, cooperative baby on your family trip).
The SlumberPod Privacy Pod is the perfect solution to this challenge. The SlumberPod is a large, bottomless canopy that fits over your baby’s travel crib or your toddlers travel cot. It’s made of a stretchy, black fabric that is breathable while still creating a dark blackout baby sleep pod. Your baby will sleep significantly better with a SlumberPod Privacy Pod, even if you are in the same room.
A Travel White Noise Machine
The SlumberPod solves the problem of making it dark enough for your baby to sleep in the same hotel room as you. A travel-friendly white noise machine or app will help solve the issue of your baby not being familiar with all the noises in your hotel room.
If you use your white noise machine at home prior to your family trip, bringing it with you will mimic your baby’s at home sleep environment. Check out our list of the best white noise machines for travel.
Baby Travel Essentials
When staying in a Rome hotel with a baby, the combination of a SlumberPod and a white noise machine is an effective combination for a well-rested baby. To help make your family trip to Rome as successful as possible, you should consider looking at your other baby travel gear needs. Our list of must-have baby travel essentials covers the best baby travel gear for sleeping, for getting around, for eating and the all-important baby airplane travel gear.
We hope this list of the best baby-friendly hotels in Rome helps you have the best-ever family vacation to Italy!
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Celine is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's been helping new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade.
Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.