TRIED & TESTED HO­TELS

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Pan­theon Iconic Rome Ho­tel, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion

BACK­GROUND

This bou­tique prop­erty opened in May as part of Mar­riott’s Au­to­graph col­lec­tion.

WHERE IS IT?

Fan­tas­ti­cally lo­cated on a quiet side street in the his­toric heart of Rome, just a few cob­bled steps from the iconic Pan­theon, from which the prop­erty takes its name, and within walk­ing dis­tance of other ma­jor his­toric spots in­clud­ing the Trevi Foun­tain and Span­ish Steps.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Es­teemed Mi­lanese de­signer Marco Pica has taken in­spi­ra­tion from the Eter­nal City, and par­tic­u­larly the neigh­bour­ing Pan­theon, in his vi­sion for this lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel. Sub­tle cir­cu­lar mo­tifs (in tes­ta­ment to the Pan­theon’s ocu­lus) and plenty of mar­ble and brass have been in­cor­po­rated through­out the ho­tel to beau­ti­ful ef­fect. One stand­out fea­ture is the Gallery to the right of the lobby (which will even­tu­ally of­fer a show­case of de­sign pieces in the glass cab­i­nets), where arches of light cre­ate a stun­ning il­lu­mi­nated ef­fect.

Staff at this newly opened prop­erty are clearly proud of their ho­tel and this trans­lates into ex­cep­tional lev­els of nat­u­rally warm and help­ful ser­vice.

ROOMS

The bou­tique prop­erty of­fers 79 rooms, in­clud­ing 20 suites. I stayed in a one-bed­room Ju­nior Suite, with two queen­size beds. This was a lovely spa­cious room at 38 sqm, though for a “suite” I would usu­ally ex­pect it to be big­ger, and as­sume this in­di­cates the 23 sqm en­try-level rooms would feel quite cosy.

The dé­cor con­tin­ues to be im­pres­sive in the rooms, with high­end fur­ni­ture and lux­u­ri­ous up­hol­stery. The bath­room was decked out in strik­ing deep-red mar­ble and glass, with high-end Aqua di Parma ameni­ties and a strik­ing mir­ror with mo­saic-like ef­fect. The views can be a bit hit and miss through­out the prop­erty – my par­tic­u­lar view was mainly of the side of a build­ing, how­ever the Pan­theon Suite, for ex­am­ple, of­fers views over the Pan­theon, while the Dion­iso Ter­race Suite en­joys a pri­vate bal­cony to gaze over the sur­round­ing his­tor­i­cal rooftops.

Stan­dard busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties such as a ded­i­cated work desk and con­nec­tiv­ity suite were lack­ing – and there’s no club lounge ei­ther, so this is not nec­es­sar­ily the best choice if you are plan­ning to get lots of com­puter work done. How­ever, there is a side ta­ble and chair for light brows­ing and emails.

Light­ing switches were slightly con­fus­ing with pre-set “scenes”, rather than in­di­vid­ual con­trols; how­ever, there was a con­ve­nient panel lo­cated be­side each bed, and this in­cluded a mas­ter switch that ac­tu­ally turned ev­ery­thing off with one press.

An­other slight odd­ity was the USB by the bed­side (above the side ta­ble), which is only for Sam­sung phones, ap­par­ently (and didn’t work for my iPhone). How­ever, hid­den un­der­neath the side ta­ble is an­other USB that is com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple charg­ers, along­side a uni­ver­sal socket.

The mini­bar of­fer­ings in­cluded gourmet snacks such as ve­gan crisps and Dan­ish pas­tries, along­side com­pli­men­tary tea and DeLonghi in­stant cof­fee.

FOOD & DRINK

Eas­ily my favourite thing about this prop­erty was the breathtaking rooftop Divin­ity Ter­race Lounge Bar – what a view. The sleek, sixth-floor ter­race puts you at eye level with the an­cient rooftops, church spires and basil­ica domes of the sur­round­ing area – a beau­ti­ful and un­usual place to re­lax with a drink or con­duct a ca­sual meet­ing. A glass of Pros­ecco as the sun set was sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar. The out­door ter­race and in­door bar area can also be rented out for events.

Fur­ther round the ter­race is the break­fast area – again with an in­door and out­door area to soak up the stun­ning views. The break­fast of­fer­ing was suf­fi­cient, with breads, cold cuts, fruits and more – plus hot dishes avail­able to or­der from the kitchen, though this wasn’t im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous and we did have to en­quire, rather than be­ing made aware of this op­tion.

Dur­ing my visit in June, the Diony­sus restau­rant and bar on the ground floor was still not open (it’s re­port­edly now in op­er­a­tion), of­fer­ing up the gourmet tal­ents of Miche­lin-starred chef Pasquale Pala­maro.

LEISURE

A bou­tique shop of up­mar­ket Ital­ian de­signer goods is also due to open soon on the ground floor.

VER­DICT

A gor­geous bou­tique prop­erty in the heart of Rome, ideal for those with meet­ings in the city but hop­ing to max­imise their spare time. Tamsin Cocks

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