You might check out this website:
It is Venere.com website and the link is for Rome. You can pick the area you want to stay and it will give you lots of hotels in the area. You can read reviews of those that have stayed in the hotels and see photos of the rooms also. We booked our stay at Crowne Plaza St. Peter's through them. You might want to look in the Trevi area as they have lots of nice hotels and that would be a central location for you.
I am sure others will have some great suggestions also.
I see that some posters are worried about the location of the hotel in Rome and how they will be able to get to the different locations. My wife and I went to Rome a couple of years back and we stayed near Termini and that was not a problem at all. I have a couple of links that might be of some help First of all I have made a Google map of Rome that shows you where some of the attractions are located and you can find this map here: http://gardkarlsen.com/rome_italy_map.htm
Another useful link is http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ . This is a Google map tool where you can measure distances. With this you can zoom in on Rome (or any other place) and measure distances from one attraction to another.
Another useful page is http://mapfrappe.com/ . On this page there are two maps...first indicate a know area on the top map (e.g. an area of NYC or another city that you are familiar with )...and then zoom in on Rome on the lower map. Now you will get an outline of NYC on Rome and that should give you an idea when it comes to size.
Here is the trip report with pictures and links that I made after the Rome trip: http://gardkarlsen.com/rome_italy.htm
Hope this helps
We stayed at Visconti Palace Hotel, which was a fifteen minute walk to the Vatican in one direction, and the same to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona the other way. The Colosseum and Forum was the furthest away, and that took about thirty five minutes. We didn't need to take public transport at all during our week in Rome. We would definitely stay at Visconti Palace again. Nice quiet area too, away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, but with plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
The most centrally located area for the all the sites (Vatican, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Colloseum is the Pantheon/Piazza Navona area. Someone posted earlier that it is a 20 min. walk from the Spanish Steps to the Vatican. Well, we stayed in the Pantheon area and found that the Spanish Steps were about a 15-20 min. walk from that area, and the Vatican and Colloseum was about 30 min. Depending on where you stay there are metro, bus, and taxis available. Keep doing research on this forum, there is a lot of valuable information. Enjoy!
Personally, I have to recommend staying in the area around Piazza Navona (north or south of the Corso E. V. II) because it is within walking distance of everything in the historic center, the Vatican, and the Spanish steps, and Campo Fiori and Trastevere. You can get to the Colosseum and St. John Lateran's by bus from this area easily & taxis are abundant too.
You can always take the #64 from a stop on the corso to Termini Station and ASK which bus goes to your destination. THere is a full time clerk by the bus ramps that does nothing but answer those type of questions all day.
The first couple of times we stayed with the American nuns at Istituto S. Guiliana Falconeri and felt very safe and comfortable. Luxury costs in Rome, and convents are not noted for luxury, but there are others that are more upscale near the Spanish steps and in the Campo Fiori.
Google convent accomodations Rome and see if there's anything that strikes your fancy.
Are you going to the Papal Mass for Easter at St. Peter's?
Tickets are free for the asking. Pick up at S. Susanna or the North American College on Via Umilta.
Hope you have a great time. Rome is bellissima!
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