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Albergo del Senato
Ranked #9 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 June 2009

I was afraid we wouldn't like Rome- it sounded so chaotic, dirty and crowded but we loved it and I think this hotel and its location was what made us fall in love with the city.

The weather was perfect- end of April- sunny and mild. The hotel arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport. We were surprised as we approached the historic center where the hotel is located how narrow and maize like the streets were- I can't imagine driving here on our own even with GPS.

Rome was very clean and beautiful. As all of the reviewers have said the location is superb and can't be improved upon. We walked past the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens- some good hotels also at those locations but the Pantheon location struck me as the most ideal of all.

Staff was excellent and helpful.
I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers. So just a few minor criticisms:
We loved our pantheon facing room on the 2nd floor? (the only one on floor 2 with a balcony). It was quite small but for a short stay (3 nights) it was fine and the sublime view more than made up for the size. The mattress was very comfortable, however, we got sweaty during the night and I discovered that we were sleeping on a rubber mattress pad! At the prices Albergo del Senato charges, they can afford some thick wool mattress pads which require periodic dry cleaning. Absolutely unfair to subject guests to such discomfort. The top of the pad is covered in a cotton or cloth fabric but after a few hrs the rubber/vinyl ? waterproof material makes its presence known.

Also, speaking of beds- there is a variation among rooms. Ours was comfortable but our friends in a side room had a too hard mattress (they laid on ours to compare) so when you read a comment by some TA reviewers that the bed was too hard they might be right! Also, our friends wanted to economize and although they had the advantage of a quiet room, their side room was small and dark with a claustrophobic feel- not a real window- more of a window well even though they were on the second or third floor. I wish I had a photo-the window was almost like a light shaft- the view was of other sides of the hotel- so close you could almost reach out and touch. They loved the hotel and were happy but I would not have been happy in their room.

Breakfast was pleasant, tasty, adequate but not great. The orange juice tasted like Tang and the fritatta and scrambled eggs were yucky- I recommend sticking with the hard or soft boiled eggs they offer to make for you. Fresh fruit was available and the oranges were delicious so the oj was not a real problem. The pastries were surprisingly good.

Noise: we brought along a white noise machine but it broke. Luckily, we also had ear plugs. The crowds outside on the pantheon square constituted almost a white noise sound of their own and it was fun and lively during the day. At night, when we felt relaxed and happy we had no trouble drifting off to sleep, however, one evening I was mildly annoyed to have my peace punctured by an opera singer practicing outside the pantheon steps around 1 am and other late night revelers.. however, the temp was cool enough that I could shut the balcony doors and go back to sleep.. I think if you are feeling relaxed and peaceful the noise is not a problem but if you are awake and stewing over something the noise could be an issue for some. Or you could get an unusually loud crowd so I recommend bringing both a small travel size white noise machine and ear plugs if you think you might be bothered.

I'm deducting one star from the category "room" due to its small size.

Overall,a fantastic, happy experience! Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

Located right next to The Pantheon & within 10-15 minute walk from Trevi & The Colosseum (about 45 min walk to The Vatican) & 5 minutes from the bus lines you cannot beat the location. Our room was a good size, not huge but big enough. The nice thing about the Piazza Della Rotunda is that it is large so it doesn't feel so crowded (the one at the Trevi is very small & feels very crowded). Good places to get a quick bite of pizza or gelato in the Piazza as well. Breakfast was good as well. The staff was very helpful with directions & getting us a car to the airport.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

We have been to Rome 6 times and travelled extensively throughout Europe. The service and quality standards in this hotel are hard to beat and being 15 mins walk from both the Vatican and Coloseum, it could not be better positioned. We stayed in Room 606 which has its own balcony directly overlooking the Pantheon.

An end of day night cap on the Roof ~Terrace is an absolute must and next time we visit we will consider no other hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

Located next to the Pantheon and within walking distance of most of the historic sites of Rome. The staff was very attentive and very eager to please. The room was smallish, but was well appointed. We had a second floor room overlooking the square and the Pantheon. Breakfast was included, ample and well presented.

It would be hard to beat this value in Rome.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

The Senato was the perfect first-stop on our honeymoon. The room was small, but elegant, with a proximity to the Pantheon that is not to be believed -- you feel as if you could reach out and actually touch it. We almost took as many photos off our balcony as we did on the streets of Rome. And amazingly, once we closed the windows, the life and sounds of the rotunda below nearly disappeared. The rooftop bar is also a nice touch that offers a respite from the crowds. You cannot beat the location, as it is perfect walking distance from most of Rome's infinite treasures.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jdr1637
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

The nicest staff we encountered in our stay in Italy with the perfect location. Loved it. Room was decent size and was bigger than what we expected. Everything was very clean and again the staff could not have been more helpful or courteous. I wont even consider staying elsewhere on my next visit to Rome. Rooftop bar has great view of Rome.

Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
Thank willymcbride
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Reviewed 23 May 2009

Great location, lovely bar on the top with a great view of Rome and the pantheon. Single rooms are tiny - but good value. Double room facing the Pantheon was recently redecorated and was excellent.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza della Rotonda 73, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#6 Family Hotel in Rome
#7 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £159 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo del Senato 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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