There are many hotel options to stay in Rome. The properties we recommend include:
La Piccola Maison: I stayed at this small five room inn/hotel in an apartment building in a great spot located at Via del Cappuccini 30. It is two doors off the Via Veneto and a block from the Barberini Metro Station. You can walk to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and many of the sites and museums or easily take the Metro. The owner/manager, Giorgio, was most helpful in booking cabs or handling an internet issue I had. The rooms vary in size, are clean and have a contemporary feel. This place is not for everyone as there is no restaurant, so you have to go out to find a breakfast spot. I went around the corner to the Hotel Alexandra where the staff was kind to let me pay and have breakfast there. I also ate at another small hotel a block down the street.
I would consider the Alexandra, where friends stayed. They have a great front desk staff and good buffet breakfast which I tried two mornings. It is in a good location on the Via Veneto. I have also stayed at the five star Excelsior, also on the Via Veneto, in the past which is a beautiful old hotel in a perfect location and the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio near the Termini train station.
The Eden, which is part of the Dorchester Collection, is a beautiful property with great views of the city from its rooftop bar and restaurant.
Other hotel properties getting good press recently include the JK Place Roma, the Cavalieri by Waldorf Astoria, The First Luxury Art Hotel, Aleph Rome Hotel, Parco dei Principi, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, Gigli d’oro Suite, Star Hotels Michelangelo, the contemporary Relais Orso and the Stendhal. Friends also like the Hotel Manfredi at the Spanish Steps. The new G-Rough, a luxury ten-suite property, is getting rave reviews and is located near the Piazza Navona.
Chicago friends just back from Rome, loved the JB Relais Luxury, a small boutique property with great service and owners.