One of the things that I have learned since I started taking my kids to Europe is that finding suitable hotel accommodations is much more challenging when you are traveling as a family than as a couple. For one thing, it is very difficult to find European hotels that will allow a family of 4 (let alone any more) sleep in the same room. So families either have to pay for multiple hotel rooms, try to find the rare "quad family room" that exists in only a few hotels, or rent an apartment. We are going to be in Rome for 3 nights in August and I have been poring over hotel websites, reading hotel reviews and asking friends and acquaintances for recommendations for the past several months and still can't seem to make a decision about where to stay. I'm not usually this indecisive!
I rejected the idea of an apartment rental early on because for a stay of three nights it didn't seem worth it (most apartment owners want a commitment for at least a week or two) so I have been concentrating on hotels that are located in the central part of Rome. It's important to me that we be able to walk a fair bit to sight see as I believe that the best way to get to know a city is on foot. I've checked out a couple of hotels that were recommended to me – one I was unsure of the location and the other no longer had a family room available. Now I find myself back at square one trying to determine which of a long list of hotels will suit my family best and trying to decide if I should compromise on location in order to get a room that the four of us can sleep in. I may have to start flipping coins because I intend to have a room booked before week's end!