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Albergo Del Senato or Hotel Galdiatori

Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Albergo Del Senato or Hotel Galdiatori

I am looking for a centrally located hotel in Rome. Budget around 400 Euro or less. The Albergo is a 3 star hotel and the only room they have available is the senior suite. The Gladiatori is 4/5 star and has a superior room available.

Is the location next to the Colosseum a good location?

Which hotel is the best value for what is available? Any other recommendations?

Thanks!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 08:04 AM
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I would not take either but look at Albergo Cesari or Residenza Farnese for good options.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:26 PM
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I have heard great things about Albergo but have not stayed there. We are staying at the Grand Minerve with a good rate, less than Albergo
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:04 PM
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I'm not sure what the senior suite is, but I can vouch for the Albergo del Senato as an incredible hotel in a fabulous location, with gorgeous rooms, great staff & service and a wonderful breakfast. We spent an incredible 4 nights there over Christmas in 2006. I believe the only reason it is not higher than a 3-star is because it does not have its own restaurant.

The Colosseum is NOT centrally located in the historic district. You are much better off in the Piazza Navona / Pantheon area, especially on your first trip to Rome. I've heard good things about the Albergo Cesari and Minerve, mentioned by the other posters, which are in the same area as the Senato.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:27 PM
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I've stayed at Albergo del Senato in a junior suite. At the same time friends stayed in a double. We all had views of the Pantheon "so close you could touch it." I didn't think our junior suite was all that much better than their very nice (corner facing the Pantheon) double, though. But we all liked the hotel very much. I recommended it to some friends of my mother. They were in a senior suite; they are used to fine hotels and loved it. Thanked me profusely for the rec, etc. If you go with Del Senato make sure your room/suite has a view.

However if you are accustomed to 4 and 5*, perhaps you'd be disappointed? I know on your other thread someone recommended the Rafaello. I just rented an apartment right behind it and walked by every day. It did look very nice indeed.

I'm sorry, I don't know the Gladiatori. Have you checked tripadvisor?
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:35 PM
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I've stayed at the Albergo del Senato twice and I'm a huge fan. The location is far superior to the Coluseum area. You are right in the center of where you want to be in Rome.
I have had rooms facing the Pantheon both times, which is a thrill in itself. The rooms are nice, but not over the top luxurious. Certainly good enough, i'd say.
The rooftop deck is the best view I know of in Rome and only available to hotel guests. The staff is very friendly.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:50 PM
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Sorry, I meant to say my mother's friends were booked for a suite and got bumped up to the apartment--that's what they loved.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 07:19 AM
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We stayed at the Senato in May 2007 and thought at that the time that it could use a little "sprucing up" -- it was looking a bit worn. But the location was excellent, our view of the Pantheon lovely, the rooftop bar the perfect place to relax before heading out to dinner and the staff so helpful that we'd stay there again!
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 07:31 AM
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I am also a fan of the Senato. Fantastic location, great rooftop bar, rooms overlooking the Pantheon, and very friendly staff.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:36 AM
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We stayed at The Albergo del Senato in June of 2007. It was our first trip to Italy and we just loved the room and the location. The view of the Pantheon is just breath taking and an easy walk to Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona. A wonderful walk to St Peter's - about 30 minutes more if you want to look in all the stores.

I can't vouch for the other hotel, but I would chose the del Senato location.Did I mention Giolitti's gelato is very close by....
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:09 AM
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I've stayed in the Senior Suite at the Albergo quite a number of times. If you can get it for 400Euro or less, it's a great deal (usually goes for more than 500 Euro in high season). We last stayed there in March of 2008 and were the first occupants of the newly redone room. It was gorgeous. They are refurbishing the rooms in the hotel and all may have been completed by now. Anyway, the Senior Suite, or room 602, is on the top floor, has a sitting room with a sofa bed, tv, mini bar etc., a bedroom with king size bed, modern bath with tub and separate shower and best of all, its own, large terrace overlooking Piazza della Rotunda. You won't want to leave. And yes, the location if far better than around the Colosseum.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:29 AM
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KCH246: You asked for other suggestions, so thought I would add the Santa Chiara (I think it's across the street from the Senato). We stayed there on our last trip to Rome and were very pleased with our room, the included breakfast, the staff, and best of all the location. Here's the website if you want to take a look:

www.albergosantachiara.com
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:42 AM
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I stayed at the Albergo del Senato and it was great. You are located in the piazza where the Pantheon is and you are literally next to it. THe staff was terrific and gave us a recommendation for a great local restaurant which we ate at every night. I cannot recommend it enough.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:44 AM
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Here is your other thread on the same subject, with some of the same answers:


http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...l-193982-3.cfm
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:54 AM
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Have stayed at the Santa Chiara (had one of the apartments with the rooftop terrace where I could TOUCH the top of the Pantheon, and at the del Senato. I love the del Senato. Never thought people at the desk could impact my stay, but both stays at the Senato were handled by very nice people at the desk. The Santa Chiara desk had to be the least friendly people I've ever met in Italy (still strikes me as odd).
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:55 AM
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<The Santa Chiara desk had to be the least friendly people I've ever met in Italy (still strikes me as odd).>

It does me too. We were treated very well by all staff, including the front desk. They made several suggestions for restaurants, called taxis for us and seemed happy to oblige with everything we asked of them. Strange how visits to hotels, restaurants, and other places on trips can be so different for different people
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