Just got back from a three night stay at the Pantheon Royal Suite (who thought of that name?) - and apart from what other travelers have said (no lift, but apparently coming this month, so keep checking with them, and still a building site in places i.e. around the stairwell) it was a very good place to stay.
We did not notice any of the building works in terms of noise and the builders kept the stairs very clean while working on the sidelines and the stairs as such were save.
Reception is on third floor and they were always very friendly and helpful and even arranged for a very late checkout on the Sunday.
On arrival, they immediately apologized for the stairs/absence of lift and were quite astounded to hear that I knew about it. Lift is being installed sometime November apparently.
All further questions regarding Rome or the room where dealt with immediately and a free water bottle was replaced straight away as the seal seemed to be broken.
Room 304 is with Pantheon view, a deluxe double room, not huge per se but big bed with a firm mattress, but all very clean and new and enough space for two, clear design nothing to annoy the tastebuds. Bathroom not huge, particularly the showertray is tiny, so might feel a squeeze for some. Plenty of towels and good water pressure and lots of hot water. No plug for handbasin, so not sure what people do if wet shave. Good hair dryer and very nice Mila Schoen toiletries (plenty, including two toothbrushes).
Safe in warddrobe worked and the fridge was stocked minimally (which means you can stock up yourself) but all clean and new. Could have done with more hangers but forgot to ask. The bedlinen is very nice but if it is getting cooler the bed throw will not be enough to keep you warm. Air con in room but did not use. The pictures on the website show the room as it is.
Sensational view which really is quite breathtaking at all times of the day. A full moon over the Pantheon is quite something!
Good double glazed windows but if you like to leave them open at night, bring ear plugs as the piazza is very busy and therefore noisy until the early hours of the morning and at about 5-6am the street cleaners come to empty the bins. All fine with windwos closed though!
Adding to the streetnoise is the running water noise of the beautiful fountain outside the window! Next time I bring ear plugs.
Good Samsung flat screen TV and Sky channels.
One negative point: The hotel needs to do sth about the badly insulated wall to our neighbours and the keycard buzzer to our neighbours door. It is quite loud and you can hear most of the conversation in the other room which was the annoying part (one night out of three). Again, ear plugs would have solved the problem.
Breakfast is in the bar/coffee shop/restaurant downstairs (does not belong to hotel) and has improved somewhat from previous reports: super coffee, hot chocolate or any hot drink, buffet with different baked good (rolls, croissants, cake) one variety of cheese and ham, cereals, milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit basket. You can eat inside or out. If you return to eat another meal during the day there you will get a 20% discount in this place.
Location: you cannot top the location, that is for sure. Everything is in walking distance from there: Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori round the corner, shopping district/Corso, even the Vatican or the Castle St Angelo is very close 10-20min.
We did two guided tours with Angel Tours (one of which was the tour on a golf cart/buggy) and both were sensational and very informative but fun. (see Angel Tours Rome recommended on TripAdvisor). Shame we did not have time for their Vatican tour.
We also use the red open top bus company (which was good for a general overview on the first day) and they were good and not as bad as some reviews on this site. If you have kids and want to show them a lot, Eur15 well spent for 24h.
We will definitely stay again at the hotel, next time in one of their family appartments which have kitchenette and sleep 4. The lift will be a massive improvement. More rooms are being done in different styles - one apparently with a jaccuzzi. If the management keeps up the cleanliness and friendlyness and the general basic concept of a good unfussy hotel in a superb location with all the right basics, then this is a place I am happy to return to time and time again.
Around the corner is a very well stocked Spar supermarket (next door to it is the best ice cream shop - and cheaper than most of the big name ones! Try the Lemoncello variety) with a good deli counter, so ideal to self-cater for some of the stay. They even had glutenfree produce/breads/ snacks which was fab.
They also sell earplugs I noticed on my last trip. ;-).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The combination of an eighteenth century historical building together with contemporary design is what gives Pantheon Royal Suite its reputation for a charming design accommodation in the center of Rome. Wake up to the view of the historical landmark, Pantheon, and feel the atmosphere of 'The Eternal City' on your stay with us at Pantheon Royal Suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pantheon Royal Hotel Rome