The Albergo del Senato is an attractive and atmospheric hotel that seems the ideal choice for travelers making their first trip to the Eternal City. Its proximity to the Pantheon (right next door), the marvelous Piazza Navona (Bernini's can't-miss fountain), and numerous art-filled churches (starring the likes of Michelangelo and Caravaggio) underscore the hotel's noteworthy location, and the Senato, at about 135 euros per night for a double room, provides very good value for money.
From the street, the Senato may cause many tourists to view it as a four-star, and indeed there are many top-level aspects on offer. First and foremost is the well-dressed and highly personable front-desk staff. Talk about helpful and enthusiastic! Kudos to this group. In addition, the hotel's attractively designed and well-lit ground level, featuring a lovely winding staircase, is another charming aspect of the Senato. Another plus is the hotel's top-level outdoor lounge which provides stirring views of Rome. This is the ideal way to cap a day's worth of sightseeing.
While these hints of four-star lodging are appealing, the Senato's standard double rooms, however, is where confusion with the star system ends. The hotel's standard rooms are just that - standard. While a window view out to the Pantheon is a special treat, along with much-needed double-pane windows (piazza noise becomes non-existent), the room that my wife and I inhabited was rather small with precious little space beyond the bed. The bathroom, moreover, was small, though the plumbing was satisfactory. The Senato features satellite TV, a minibar, and effective air-conditioning. Also, note that a "tuck in" service is also provided (candy and a turn down of bed covers) - a nice personal touch from this well run hotel.
The Senato offers daily international newspapers to its guests, including the Herald Tribune, and a fine and very diverse buffet breakfast in a bland dining area.
In closing, the Albergo del Senato, while not without its shortcomings, offers solid value in a sensational location. Its personalized, helpful staff make this a must-stay location while in Rome.
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Del Senato Hotel Rome
- Rome Senato Hotel
- Albergo Del Senato Rome