This New Hotel in Rome Is the Closest You'll Get to Sleeping Inside the Pantheon
After the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon is on everyone's Rome to-see list. It's one of those places that strikes you with significance the moment you walk in, no matter which version of god you worship (or even if you don’t believe at all). The ancient temple-turned-church is often touted as the best preserved monument of the Roman Empire; even Michelangelo is said to have been in awe, calling it the work of angels.
Upon entering, imposing, dark marble surrounds you, a single beam of sunlight shining down from the oculus in the center of its dome like a greeting straight from heaven.
But if you prefer to soak in your divine moment without the crowds of Piazza della Rotonda, there's now a serene hideout overlooking the wondrous dome, just around the corner on Via di S. Chiara, atop the city's newest five-star hotel.
Step inside the dazzling marble lobby of the Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel and your mind will take you right back to the ancient monument well before you ever make it upstairs for the view.
“We are the new Pantheon; we celebrate the new gods,” Francesca Gori, the Autograph Collection hotel's director of sales and marketing, says. The lobby and 79 guest rooms and suites are decked in a shiny and modern iteration of the Pantheon's marble interior, with familiar arches and even circular lighting reminiscent of its most recognized feature.
The Pantheon Suite offers a view of the monument directly from its king-sized bed.
Guests in the Dioniso Suite can observe the city's other historic rooftops from their terrace.
An aperitivo series at the Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar, called Iconic Sunset, is happening every Thursday now through mid-October. More than a party, this is a sunset “ritual” of sorts, with spiced wine like the Ancient Romans drank being served out of original caraffes just as the sun dips over the dome of the rooftop's godly neighbor.
A special opening rate on classic rooms starting at $489 per night and an opening package that includes 20 percent off stays of two nights or more, free breakfast, and room upgrades based on availability are being offered through September 30. Book by calling the hotel directly (+39 06 8115 6300) or online.