[ROMA] — There are fancier places to stay in Rome, but one of my favorites is the Albergo del Senato, directly across from my favorite building in the world, The Pantheon. It is small, Old School, but delightful. You can’t beat the location, smack in the heart of everything good. And right around the corner from the best gelato in Rome, Giolitti.

If you can’t get a guarantee from the hotel for a Pantheon view or don’t want to by extra, then there are other hotels I’d choose. (I once had a broom closet of a room once that wasn’t and it looked out onto a blind alley.)  But if you can secure a room that overlooks the Pantheon, there is no place better to stay in Rome.

Pantheon people in front

Here’s the outside, looking in. That’s the Albergo del Senato on the left. You can pick your floor from here. 2nd or 4th floor is what you want – remember, in Europe they start the 1st floor one floor above Ground Floor — just make sure you get one with big windows.

If you can secure a room that overlooks the Pantheon, there is no better view in Rome.

You want to stay in one of the upper rooms that have floor to length windows, request that, otherwise you might get just a square window. ( My sister Janet always seems to have great luck with that.) There’s an awesome rooftop bar that overlooks the Pantheon and a rare view of the rooftops of Rome. Nobody knows it’s up there, so if you’re not staying at the hotel, at least sneak up to the hotel bar on the roof and enjoy sunset cocktails… one of my favorite secrets in Rome.

Here’s their website

Albergo del Senato Room View Pantheon
Certainly, there are some very nice hotels in Roma, but few can compare to the I-woke-up-like-this view from your bed at the Albergo del Senato. I mean, The Pantheon, smack on the lips when you wake up… even with Morning Breath. My favorite building in the world.
Contrary to most hotels, the lower floors actually have a better view, I believe this is 4th floor, corner.
You get right up close to read A G R I P P A .
Albergo del Senato Pantheon view
One of the great secrets about this hotel is that it has its own private rooftop terrace bar, overlooking all of Rome. All that rainbow of faded orange, yellow and ochre hues spread out before you and your cocktail. A kind man in a starched white jacket bringing endless vino, crisps and olives.
But what’s also cool is you get right up close to the 🔝 of the Pantheon and its unblinking, one-eyed oculus.🔘 I must admit, being up here, there is a completely overwhelming urge to want to throw an olive into the hole on top. But I thought better of it… and gently placed it back into my martini. 
Pantheon exterior shape
View from Albergo del Senato
The view from the terrace on top of Albergo del Senato
Pantheon Oculus
Here’s the inside of the potential olive-capturing device. I love me some oculus. I’ve been in the Pantheon probably fifty times and it never gets old…although, technically it’s very old.

Piazza della Rotonda is Right Outside Your Front Door

— Last Visited June 2004, May 2006 — 

Here’s a link to another post I made about the Borghese Gardens. And if you really want to splash out, here’s a post I made about an amazing hotel with its own private gardens.

Here are other places I’d suggest staying in Rome.

For upscale, if I wasn’t at the Senator or Hotel de Russie, I would stay at the famous Locarno, everyone cool stays there. “The grand dame of boutique hotels” says The Telegraph. Or just stop in for an apero. Just look at this place (photos from their website):

Or the other Rocco Forte amazing hotel that recently opened, the Hotel de la Ville. And one of my other longtime favorites — and the first fancy boutique hotel I stayed in and changed my life, the Hotel d’Inghilterra. It’s so cute and every room has a personality. Great little bar and one on the roof. Try to get a room with a terrace.

(From their website)

Cool places that have been legends for years are the Hotel Raphael, the Lord Byron, which is right next to Villa Borghese Gardens.

For affordable but cool, check out Citizen M. Or Mama Shelter or the Hoxton, try the Hoxton first.

Here are the top Rome hotels from Conde Nast Traveler. Here’s a list of the best hotels in Rome from The Telegraph. I would always trust any hotel list by Mr & Mrs Smith.

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