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As I mentioned when discussing my time in Rome, my other half and I stayed in the Sun Suite Luxury Pantheon during our time in Rome. We loved the guesthouse so much. So I thought it was only fair I gave my impartial Sun Suite Luxury Pantheon review of the guesthouse we stayed at.
The apartment can be tough to find. It is located between a Chinese restaurant and a pizza shop. It became evident that the apartments are located within a converted apartment building. So we made our way up the stairs to the second floor. It is worth noting there is no lift access so stairs are the only option (which was perfectly acceptable for us but may not suit others!). We anxiously opened the door and were welcomed with a big smile from the staff member (Elena, if I recall correctly!) sitting at the small reception. We received a genuine, warm welcome to Rome (and the Sun Suite) and quickly started checking in.
As part of the check-in, Elena presented the two of us with a map of Rome. This was perfect to help us navigate through the many streets in Rome. Elena then asked if we would like any help with getting around Rome. Of course! It was our first time in Rome. Who better to get information from than someone who lives there?! I was even more impressed that she then took the time to annotate the map with her favourite restaurants, streets, and even recommended where we would get the best views of the city and watch the sunset!
We then made our very brief trip round the corner of reception to our room – there are only 6 guestrooms within the Sun Suite Luxury Pantheon, as this is a small, boutique accommodation and not a large hotel.
We stayed in the Junior Suite with a City View and the room was absolutely perfect and have a really modern vibe to them. The Sun Suite Pantheon offers air-conditioned rooms, with a large bed perfectly facing a flat-screen TV on the wall. There is also free WIFI so you can plan your days without worrying about phone signal.
A few minutes later, we received a knock on the door. If you are anything like me, an unexpected knock on the door means “fear the worst”. However, as I apprehensively opened the door, Elena was standing with two complimentary welcome drinks for us! Whether we enjoyed them is a different matter, the thought was what we appreciated!
The bathroom area is huge and can almost be split into two separate areas! The shower area is to one extreme of the room and also acts as a sauna (I found out after touching one too many buttons!). Along with the shower, this area also contains the toilet, a bidet, and an additional area for drying your hair.
To the other extreme of the bathroom area, lies two modern sink areas, and one substantial sized bath, which can be surrounded by candles. This is the perfect setting to relax after hours of wandering through the streets of Rome and rejuvenate to go again the next day.
The view from the room was amazing! As the accommodation is set directly across from Teatro Argentina (the sight of Caesar’s death), the view is quite something. This is now a cat sanctuary and you see a number of them within the grounds of Teatro Argentina.
The Location And Area
The building is located in the Jewish Ghetto, which is considered the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. The location of Sun Suite Luxury Pantheon was absolutely perfect for us! The key sights are within walking distance in any direction. Almost all the top attractions in Rome are only a 5 to 30 minute walk from the guesthouse.
- Teatro Argentina: Outside front door.
- Pantheon: 5 minutes
- Trastevere: 5 minutes
- Piazza Navona: 5 to 10 minutes
- Trevi Fountain: 10 to 15 minutes
- Colosseum: 20 to 30 minutes
- Villa Borghese: 25 to 30 minutes
- Vatican: 30 minutes
There are also a number of shops, bars and restaurants nearby in any direction. I would recommend trying one of the Jewish restaurants on Via del Portico d’Ottavia (located a few streets behind the accommodation), or carry on down the main street and cross the River Tiber into Trastevere, where there is an abundance of bars and restaurants and a buzzing vibe about the place.
Would I recommend?
This may not be the most budget-friendly accommodation in Rome, but you definitely get value for money with a stay here. Find out more about the Sun Suite Luxury Pantheon.
I would say (for at least the room we stayed in) that this accommodation is more directed towards couples than solo travellers or families. If this is your first time in Rome and you are looking for a central location, this hotel is perfect! However, it would be more than suitable for any type of traveller and all would be welcomed and feel at home upon arrival.