A Hotel in the Center of it All
“In the highest spirits we entered Rome, Robert and Penini singing actually; for the child was radiant and flushed with the continual change of air and scene, and he had an excellent scheme about ‘tissing the Pope’s foot,’ to prevent his taking away ‘mine gun,’ somebody having told him that such dangerous weapons were not allowed by the Roman police.”
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) from a letter she wrote to a friend, Miss Mary Russell Mitford, about her husband and son in 1854
When you book a room at the Albergo del Senato you are in the heart of Rome. The Eternal City is compact and from the front door of this hotel you can walk everywhere.
Facing Piazza della Rotonda (see photo #3), with antiquity’s most well-preserved building, the Pantheon (see photo #2), as its dominant feature, this three-star hotel is housed in a late 19th-century palazzo designed by Gaetano Koch (1849-1910), the architect responsible for Palazzo Margherita, now the American Embassy, in the Via Veneto.
Although our room, #304, was small, because it faced the open piazza we had a sense of space. Cleanliness is a top priority at the del Senato, even the façade (see photo #1) is the cleanest and brightest of any on the square! The bed’s mattress was firm for a good night’s rest. The gold-colored damask fabric that covers walls help lend a note of elegance, as did the crown molding in the main room and the bathroom.
The hot water instantly flows from the faucets in the black and white marble tiled bathroom. The terrycloth robes are plush and, oh so comfortable. The towels are generously sized; but as with many European hotels washcloths are not provided, so bring your own as we do when we travel.
The staff is sincerely friendly and helpful; all of them speak English quite well. Mariano (photo #5), the hotel’s daytime front desk attendant; is the very definition of a handsome Italian man. He was charming, helpful and polite as well as good-looking: what a combination! I acknowledge that in our t-shirt-and-jeans society, hotel laundry service is of little use to most guests. At the del Senato this service is pricey but very good; the two white dress shirts I that had asked to have pressed were expertly, and efficiently, ironed.
The complementary buffet breakfast is simple but satisfying. In mild weather take time for a drink on the rooftop terrace, with funnyman bartender Michele serving refreshments. The view from here is magical: all of the domes of the Eternal City are at eye-level.
Whenever we go to Rome, we will stop again at this charming albergo.
Unique Quality: It is neighbor to the glorious Pantheon, on the delightful Piazza della Rotonda. Rooms facing the piazza will have a view of the Pantheon too.