As has been said many times, this is the best location in Rome. The real purpose of this review is to give you the information you need to decide “Is this the right hotel for you?”
The building is very old and has all the charm you would expect from an old building. To maintain such an old building requires some extraordinary service. Fortunately, the Senato staff is up to the challenge. We stayed in the Junior Apartment Suite. It consisted of a bedroom, bathroom, hallway (really more of a sitting room with couch/table/two chairs) and a living room. We could have easily fit 5 or 6 people, with all the couches. We had a small balcony overlooking the roof tops. It seems that only the fifth floor does not overlook the Pantheon. No worries, as the view was quaint and the room was exactly what we needed.
The furnishings were not your usual hotel items, but typical for Rome décor and in excellent condition. The various room photos are accurate and there are no unpleasant surprises. They could easily be referred to as boutique décor. The amenities were all comparable to a boutique type setting, other than very poor wifi. As with many European tub/showers, no curtain and merely a little glass wall. Don’t expect a USA hotel type interior. Instead, be prepared for a high quality unique experience that gives you the feeling of Rome.
The complimentary breakfast is eggs, bacon, pastries, juices, fruit, etc. Since the hotel is small, the breakfast room is intimate with servers at your immediate call. No lunch or breakfast served, but you can get an afternoon tea. They could have served lunch, but we were gone every day and did not notice.
The item that makes this hotel outstanding is the service. The bellman, the front desk, waiters, etc. were friendly, quick to respond and did everything you asked. Most knew us by name and were always happy to greet us. My wife celebrated a birthday and the staff made special arrangements for a surprise in our room. I will not elaborate, in case you want the surprise. The roof top terrace was Romantic and gave an exclusivity to the hotel, as it overlooked the Pantheon. The intimate attention to detail made the Senato service beyond duplication in a chain of any level. I could not find a flaw with the service and the hotel was immaculate as a result.
At first I was going to give the Senato a 4 star rating, because it has no gym, parking, dinner or food room service. Then I was walking the streets our last night and said to myself “you have got to be kidding me.” It is not a Conrad Hilton, JW Marriott, Peninsula, etc…. it is better. After walking the cobble stone streets of Rome, eating under an umbrella and visiting the Trevi Fountain at night, I could not have imaged walking into a chain, even a Peninsula or Four Seasons. The only place worth ending an evening in Rome is the Senato. The Senato is the definition of Rome. To stay anywhere else would take away from the Roman experience. Yet, it is luxury, merely a different type of luxury.
The old saying “When in Rome… do as the Romans”…can only be accomplished by staying at the Senato.” Thank you for a wonderful experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Del Senato Hotel Rome
- Rome Senato Hotel
- Albergo Del Senato Rome