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Rooms under £100: Rome

Smart, culturally savvy and darkly romantic — Rome is all these things and more, plus a hotbed of budget roomsFriday, July 18, 2014

By Jo Boissevain
Garden at the Hotel Modigliani, Rome.

01 Daphne Trevi
The Trevi is split into two locations, both close to the famous fountain on quiet side streets. It's run by friendly staff who know how to make a great latte; the hands-on owners are Italian-American. Expect wi-fi and air con in the simple and tasteful rooms, as well as guidebooks and a library in the sitting room. Doubles from £74. www.daphne-rome.com

02 Hotel Modigliani
Cheery staff welcome you to this 24-room gem, positioned close to elegant, expensive Via Veneto. Bedrooms are spotless if a little dated and the best come with balconies. There's a light, bright room for breakfast and lunch, and a relaxing lounge with a bar and free wi-fi, plus a garden to escape the bustle. Includes two apartments— one ideal for families, the other, for honeymooners. Doubles from £53. hotelmodigliani.com

Double room at The Beehive, Rome.

03 The Beehive
You'd struggle to find a friendlier sanctuary than this, two streets from Roma Termini station. The 'Sweets' rooms are well designed and equipped with organic soaps, air-con and free wi-fi. The quietest overlook a courtyard garden — a great place to chill out with antipasti and wine. Splash out on a cooked breakfast — pancakes, omelettes, maple syrup — or a vegan buffet, three nights a week. Doubles from £66. the-beehive.com

Bedroom at B&B Cristiana, Rome.

04 B&B Cristiana
This cosy, friendly two-bedroom B&B is a five-minute tram ride from Trastevere in a stately block overlooking a courtyard of mosaics and magnolias. Breakfast comes complete with delicious home-baked pastries and a wide range of herbal teas. Boredom will be kept at bay: cookery classes and city tours are available to book, while the surrounding area is abuzz with pizzerias and bars. Doubles from £62. bbcristiana.com

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Published in the June 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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