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Pantheon: Hotel Pantheon

Via dei Pastini 131, Phone: 06.6787746; Fax: 06.6787755

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Reviewed by: sharonzuk from NJ, review #1269

When: October 2005

You can't beat the location ... and if you try, you might be able to beat the noise.

The Hotel Pantheon is in an unbeatable location, just footsteps away from the Pantheon. I stayed there three nights - and had two different rooms (more later). The staff was wonderful; gracious and calling a car to take me to the airport, even though I didn't ask for one, but just to be sure I was taken care of.

When I got to Rome, it was very warm. I went to my room (on the second floor) and opened the window. The noise from the street below was very loud. Knowing it would be too noisy to sleep, I closed the window and turned on the air conditoner, thinking it would cool the room off enough to sleep. I went about for the day and when I returned after dinner, the room was still stuffy.

I called the desk and they told me the air conditioner had been turned off and that the noise would end "after 1am." I asked for another room and they told me it was impossible. I went down to the desk to talk about it and was told they'd move me to a new room the next day.

The next day, I went out early and when I came back, I found they had moved me to a junior suite on the top floor of the hotel! It had a king-sized bed and a twin bed. The skylights in the roof let in air--and not much noise. I was thrilled! It you go to their website you can see a photo of the room.

Prices range from 200 for a single to 540 for a Suite.

Would I stay there again? Absolutely.

Reviewed by: Amelia2004 from IL, review #650

When: June 2004

Small, pleasant hotel in historic building with antique furnishings and very friendly staff. Fabulous location steps away from the Pantheon. {4 stars}

If you like small, personal hotels that are nice without being luxurious, consider the Hotel Pantheon. The location is perfect, the staff are very helpful, the rooms are comfortable, and the price (while not cheap) is reasonable considering where you are and what you get.

Rooms are pleasant, clean and comfortable. The 20-room hotel is in a building that dates from the 1700s. It has a beautiful lobby furnished with lovely antiques. Our double room was nice-sized, and while the furniture wasn't antique, it was well-suited to the ambience of the hotel.

However, because our room was along the street, leaving the window open was not an option. Even though the hotel is on a small side street, the Piazza della Rotonda (where the Pantheon is) is only steps away and there are many restaurants in the area so the noise level (even for a big city person like me) can be high well into the early morning hours. My mother's double room was smaller than ours but was charming as it had a small staircase that led up to the bedroom.

Bathrooms were nice-sized and functional. For an American, Italian bathrooms often present challenges and surprises. That wasn't the case here. The Hotel Pantheon's bathrooms were reasonably spacious and modern.

Breakfast offerings were very nice. In addition to the typical Italian breakfast buffet of breads, yogurts, cheeses, and canned fruit, Hotel Pantheon offered cereal, pastries, meats, juice and (my favorite) fresh fruit. The breakfast room was pleasantly furnished. Although it was on a lower level, it was cheerful and light.

Location could not be better. For those interested in visiting Rome's main sights, Hotel Pantheon is perfectly situated. It is steps away from the Pantheon and a 3 minute walk from Piazza Navona. A short walk in the opposite direction puts you on Corso Vittorio Emanuele (a main street) which, if you turn right, takes you to Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum and, if you turn left, takes you to the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti. We love to walk and so the Vatican, Castel Sant'Angelo, Trastevere, Trevi Fountain, and even the Baths of Caracalla and Basilica di San Giovanni al Laterano were all accessible on foot for us. If that's too much walking, you can access numerous city bus routes from the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza Venezia.

One last point on location: if (like me) you love Italian coffee (espresso) and ice cream (gelato), the Hotel Pantheon is REALLY for you. It is across the street from Tazza d'Oro and 3 minutes from Il Caffe' Sant'Eustachio (Piazza Sant'Eustachio) which offer some of the best espresso in all of Rome. Also, it is a 4 minute walk to Giolitti which is one of the best gelateria in all of Italy (just my opinion, of course, but I've been to Italy over a dozen times and have tried many, many a gelateria).

Pleasant staff are very helpful and friendly. We stayed at the hotel for four nights and were very impressed with all the staff we met. They arranged a car to pick us up at the airport and were very responsive to our concerns about air conditioning (not working one day). We didn't need a lot of help with directions or sites, but other guests we met seemed quite appreciative of the staff's input. English was not a problem but the staff were also quite kind when we wanted to try our Italian language skills.

Price is not cheap but I think it is worth it - - In high season, a double room is over 200 a night.

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