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Scoring bargain accommodations in Rome can be as tricky as deciphering ancient ruins. But you're in luck: We've unearthed nine charming, affordable hotels.

HOTEL ANTICO BORGO DI TRASTEVERE
'Hood Trastevere, Rome's bohemian left bank, across the Tiber and adjacent to the Vatican. Residents consider themselves the only true Romans, and there's a colorful mix of medieval architecture, narrow alleys, and billowing laundry.
First Impression The hotel is classic Trastevere: quiet cobbled streets outside, exposed-beam ceilings inside—accompanied by the smell from wood-burning pizza ovens and the chime of church bells.
Rooms A 13th-century private residence, the 12-room hotel retains much of its original appeal thanks to hand-painted floor tiles, heavy wooden shutters, and idiosyncrasies like nooks and sloped ceilings.
Plus Staying in Trastevere has increasingly come to mean losing a night's sleep. But this hotel is safely across viale Trastevere, just far enough into the quiet part of the neighborhood to save guests from sacrificing shut-eye.
Minus Rooms are tiny, and the staff can be difficult, especially if you need to make a special request or require help arranging anything extra.
Free Wi-Fi? No.
Credit Cards Accepted Amex, MC, Visa.
Details vicolo del Buco 7, 011-39/06-588-3774, trasteverehouse.it. Double from €95 ($125), including breakfast.
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HOTEL COLORS
'Hood Vatican/Prati, within church-bell echo of Vatican City. The area's personality is split between services for religious pilgrims and the large villas of affluent Romans.
First Impression This cheery hotel is brightened by a playful color scheme and the welcoming demeanor of English-speaking husband-and-wife team Pierluigi and Fulvia.
Rooms Bedspreads and walls in the 20 simple guest rooms are splashed with vibrant blues, greens, and reds. A six-bed dorm room can be rented as a whole unit or by the bed, and two self-catering apartments sleep up to six people.
Plus Relax on the attractive rooftop terrace with tables, chairs, and potted plants. Guests who want to cook can make use of the kitchen (stock up at the nearby markets); those who don't can help themselves to the kitchen's stash of corn flakes, jam, and coffee.
Minus Most guests are young and on a budget, so there's a collegiate vibe, which can sometimes translate into a lack of privacy.
Free Wi-Fi? No. Computers with Internet access are available in the lobby for 2 Euros per hour.
Credit Cards Accepted None; cash only.
Details via Boezio 31, 011-39/06-687-4030, colorshotel.com. Dorm bed from €18 ($23), double with shared bath from €60 ($79), double with private bath from €88 ($116), and double with shower €75 ($99).
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HOTEL COPPEDÈ
'Hood Parioli, an elegant, off-the-beaten-path residential district, with a sizeable expat community and gay-friendly restaurants. Nearby Piazza Mincio's whimsical 1920s architecture is the work of the hotel's namesake, Gino Coppedè.
First Impression It's a commanding art nouveau palazzo with an air of opulence—in a part of the city that tourists rarely see.
Rooms The 12 clubby rooms have dark carpets, striped upholstery in rich shades of green and gold, plush furnishings, and sound-proof, wood-paneled walls. If this hotel were in the city center, it would easily command twice its rates.
Plus The hotel is close to modern attractions like the Parco della Musica—designed by Renzo Piano and inaugurated in 2002—which hosts a variety of cultural events, and the Foro Italico, Rome's main venue for concerts and soccer games. Each is about a 15-minute bus ride from the hotel.
Minus To get into the center of Rome, you'll have to contend with the city's public transportation system or take expensive taxis. Rent a car, though, and the hotel's location proves convenient for getting on and off major highways.
Free Wi-Fi? No; Free Internet access is available at a computer in the lobby.
Credit Cards Accepted Amex, MC, Visa.
Details via Chiana 88, 011-39/06-854-9535, hotelcoppede.net. Double with bath from €100 ($131), including breakfast.

BUONA NOTTE, ROMA

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