In the picturesque heart of Rome, the Del Senato stands just to the side of Rome’s most intact ancient temple, the [node:168824], overlooking a pretty square lined with pavement cafés.
The 57 pristine rooms are elegantly old-fashioned with their polished parquet floors, silk brocade wall-coverings and antique writing desks. For the best views, book a superior double – or splash out on one of the top-floor Penthouse Suites, each of which has a small terrace overlooking the piazza.
Suffused with antique grace, the Del Senato’s lounge, bar and breakfast room feel like something out of Room With a View: perfect letter-writing or (if you must) postcard-writing venues for present-day Grand Tourists.
Eating and drinking
A filling buffet breakfast is served in the elegant downstairs breakfast room. In summer, guests can order drinks on the roof terrace – one of the best in Rome, and believe me, I’ve seen plenty.
Friendly and helpful even at the busiest times.
Who stays there
Tourists who want to be at the heart of the centro storico action, plus a few clued-in, value-oriented business travellers.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Old-world charm
- Perhaps the best location of any hotel in Rome
- Romantic rooftop terrace
- Free internet access (WiFi in the lobby and on the sixth floor, via cable elsewhere)
- It’s popular, so discounted prices can be difficult to find at short notice
- The café-lined piazza down below stays busy till late, especially in summer