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Albergo del Senato
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

You should book a stay at the Albergo del Senato hotel. Even if there were no other considerations, the location is enough. But you’ll want to know a little more than that, I expect, so here goes.
My wife and I booked four nights just after Easter in 2012, for our first holiday without children in nearly 20 years. For a reasonable fee, the hotel will arrange limousine transport from the airport and I really recommend this option. The journey from the airport was fast and comfortable, thanks to the driver’s expert local knowledge – and it really does take an expert to weave through the crowds as you approach the hotel.
Check in was entirely trouble free and the hotel staff were very welcoming. There were guests from a number of different countries and I had to admire how seamlessly the members of staff were able to swap between Italian, English, French and German. My wife, who is a linguist herself, was impressed and that’s saying something.
Our room was not large, but it was comfortable, well equipped and very clean. There are larger rooms than ours available, but you don’t go to Rome to stay in your hotel room, so it really wasn’t an issue. Our only criticism is that the air conditioning wasn’t working properly. I understand that it’s turned on during the summer. Having said that, temperatures during our visit were in the low twenties rather than mid to high thirties, so we were quite comfortable and it wouldn’t stop us visiting again. If I was coming in summer, though, I’d want to make sure the air-con was working.
None of this matters, when you open the windows and fold the shutters back and enjoy the view of the Piazza della Rotunda, overlooking the Pantheon and the busy square below. I said earlier that you don’t go to Rome to stay in your hotel room; but really, you don’t have to leave these rooms to feel as if you’re really part of it all. Noisy? Well - lively, but in a really good way. You can see a lot of life and local colour just by leaning out of these windows.
The public areas in the hotel are not huge. There’s a small bar and a seating area near reception. There is, however, a spacious terrace bar on the hotel’s roof. The terrace bar itself is closed outside high season, but you can still get your drinks at the hotel bar, hop in the elevator and take them up to the roof. It can be a little windy in the spring, but the views are worth it and I’m sure it’s lovely in the hot sun, during the summer.
Breakfast is a serve yourself affair, as is so often the case these days, but the food is good, varied to suit differing tastes, and there’s plenty of it. Although small, windowless and a little old fashioned, the breakfast room is well decorated and furnished.
As soon as you step out of the hotel, you are immediately in the centre of things; there’s no wasted time travelling from your accommodation to the sights, because you’re already there. You can visit the Pantheon earlier (or later, if you prefer) than most as it’s on your doorstep. The Piazza Navona is a few minutes away and the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill can be reached on foot in an easy twenty minutes or so. I’ll resist the temptation to go off at a tangent and write about all the things there are to do and see in Rome. It’s enough to say that the Albergo del Senato is a very good base for exploring all of them.
As a last word on sightseeing, though, I really advise you to look up a fellow named David Battaglino (david-tours@live.com – and you can find him on Google) if you want a really excellent guide to the city, both ancient and modern. We’re pretty well travelled and David is right up there with the best guides we’ve ever had to anything, anywhere. I’m not the only reviewer who thinks so, either.
When you’ve finished for the day, you can go back to the Piazza della Rotunda and relax with a drink at one of the cafes or bars; there are plenty of them. They are a bit on the pricey side, but you’re in such a fantastic location, you won’t mind. In addition, the rents are probably sky high on commercial properties and everyone has to make a living at the end of the day. I have to say, the food was a bit of a disappointment in the restaurants we went to; Romans seem to like their pasta a bit more al dente than I’m used to and the lasagne I had was rather like eating a duvet. Maybe I should stick to pizza. Oh, and make sure you ask if the restaurant you’re considering is serving fresh or frozen food. You’d be surprised at the answer you get in a lot of cases.
Anyway; to sum up, Rome is a place we’ll definitely visit again. Four days was nowhere near enough. When we do go back, we’ll definitely choose Albergo del Senato again. Its faults are few and it has, arguably, the best location in Rome. For that reason, it is a bit on the expensive side - but it certainly isn’t unreasonable.
Go ahead and book. You won’t regret it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank quidproquo
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stayed at the Albergo Del Senato for three nights the last week in July. From the moment we entered the hotel we fell in love with it. The staff were exceptional and greeted us so warmly, they were always ready for any requests we had. The location could not have been more perfect, right beside the Pantheon and in front of the piazza. Our room was on the 6th floor, a superior double and it was just perfect. The room was clean, the bed comfortable, the bathroom spotless, and the little amenities (slippers, robes). We had a balcony overlooking the piazza and we would love leaving the doors open when we slept just to hear everything going on outside. We're in Italy, and want to absorb as much as I can. There is such a diverse selection of resteraunts in the area, that we enjoyed walking and just picking one to try - we had great results with this. Shoppping was at your fingertips, from clothing to purses there were fantastic boutiques everywhere. We can't wait to come back to Italy again, and especially stay at the Albergo Del Senato.

Room Tip: try to book a room on the 6th floor....
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at this hotel (5- 8 August) and loved it although we had two completely different experiences. When initially booked we could only secure a standard room for the first night but were able to book a deluxe room for the following two. Whilst our standard room did overlook the Pantheon it was so tiny we had to go outside to change our minds. It was un-renovated, one little wardrobe and the bed was so rock hard it felt like we were lying on a bed of nails. The bathroom could only accommodate one person at a time. The shower/bath was so narrow we couldn't stand straight. However all that changed after we relocated to the deluxe room. WOW! It completely changed our whole feel about the place. It was absolutely fantastic and we loved it. Room was renovated and so much bigger, it had a walk in robe and a big bathroom and the bed was comfortable! We also had a similar experience with the rooftop bar. First night we visited around 6.00 pm for a drink. Don't bother venturing up during daylight as the pigeons dominant. They are extremely aggressive and spoil the surrounds. We only had a drink however one couple had to get through a whole bottle of champagne. The only time to visit is when the sun goes down, pigeons have flown the coup and it is just breathtaking. You can enjoy the evening ambience of Rome with panoramic gorgeous views. It's a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and crowds. The hotel has a breakfast room located on the ground floor. It was fine. The staff worked very hard to make sure everything was topped up. There was scrambled eggs, bacon as well as yoghurt, cereal, juices, pastries, cheeses, rolls etc. Internet connection in room was fine didn't have any problems and you could also log on in the business centre if you wanted to book tours and print off tickets etc. which was very handy. The hotel location was probably the best in Rome. We were told it was a 60 min walk to the Vatican however if you use the map wisely you can get there in about 20 minutes and then another 10-15 to walk to the museum around the back of the Basilica. Colosseum was about the same (maybe a 20-25 minutes). Trevi Fountain about 5 minutes as is Piazza Navona. Spanish steps maybe 10 minutes. The hotel staff were the friendliest in Italy. Very pleasant, always up for a chat and very helpful with directions etc. There is a supermarket diagonally across from the Piazza on the right and up a road and the hotel is surround by plenty of restaurants - you are spoilt for choice. I can understand why this hotel consistently rates well because the hotel was very clean, welcoming and the staff work hard at making it a memorable visit for their guests. I would highly recommend this hotel however book a deluxe room - it's the only way to go.

Room Tip: The deluxe room was located on the 3rd floor, corner room (304 I think). Windows are double glazed so there was absolutely no noise from the Piazza below.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was our first time in Italy and we couldn't have asked for a nicer hotel! The staff was awesome. It is in a great location right next to the Pantheon. We had a room with a view of the Pantheon and it was like being in an apartment. When you walk in, there is a very nice small separate room with a bed for our teenage daughter, and then you walk down a hall and there is a beautiful bathroom, 2 large closets, and then ending at another bedroom. The room was very clean and quiet. You would think it would be noisy being right next to the Pantheon, but it wasn't. You open the shutters and the window and you are staring at the Pantheon. It was AMAZING. There are several nice restaurants (ask the staff and they will give you the best recommendations). Breakfast was more than we could have asked for, eggs and bacon, pastries, meats and cheeses, breads, croissants, fruit, juice, coffee and more. There is also a very nice rooftop terrace bar. ENJOY!

Room Tip: Face the Pantheon, it is worth it! Our room was a corner room on the fourth floor.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Toni F
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a wonderful hotel, perfect location overlooking the Pantheon,and within strolling distance of all the other great Roman attractions.The rooms are very good with some having an exceptional view over the Pantheon and piazza Rotunda.Add onto this the very friendly and helpful staff and the exceptional breakfast and you end up with the perfect hotel.Very highly recommended.

Room Tip: Some rooms on the 6th floor have a small balcony,with a great view of the piazza and Pantheon
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank jimbo486
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