Autograph Collection Hotels today announced the opening of The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel in the heart of the Eternal City just steps from The Pantheon. Joining the brand’s diverse portfolio of more than 135 one-of-a-kind hotels that champion values of vision, design and craft, the hotel shines with the culinary excellence of Michelin-starred chef Pasquale Palamaro and dynamic design by the renowned Marco Piva Studio.
Milanese designer Marco Piva executed the hotel’s vision, drawing inspiration from the heritage and vibrancy of the city, specifically the nearby Pantheon’s geometry, light and building materials. Circular motifs, marble and brass are incorporated prominently throughout the hotel, while a careful study on the use of light creates the effect of scenography and a sense of surprise. For example, original arches in the Gallery leading off the lobby are covered in metal and embedded with lights to create the appearance of architectural illumination.
Guest Rooms with Exceptional Views
Each of the 79 individually designed guest rooms, including 20 suites, feature custom designed furniture and furnishings and original works of art. Luxurious upholstery is abundant; bathrooms are fashioned in marble and glass; and colour schemes gradually brighten on each ascending floor.
Offering exceptional views of sights including The Pantheon, Piazza Sant’Eustachio and Via di Santa Chiara outside the hotel, each guestroom showcases a rotating selection of items inspired by local Rome events and happenings, such as design shows and cultural events, which bring to life the never-ending evolution of the surrounding city. In addition to a standard mini bar, each room also offers a second mini wine cellar equipped with three full-sized bottles of champagne, red and white options – reinforcing the hotel’s culinary prowess.
Modern Hospitality in Ancient Rome
On the ground floor, the hotel’s Lobby is calming and inviting, offering an intimate bar with Sahara Noir polished marble floors and a large circular lighting fixture reminiscent of the Pantheon’s oculus. Together, they create a calming welcome from the bustle outside.
A native of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, Chef Pasquale Palamaro leads the hotel’s signature gourmet dining experience at Dionysus Restaurant. Palamaro’s lifelong passion for cooking has already led to a Michelin star, awarded in 2013 for his role at Indaco restaurant of Hotel Regina Isabella on Ischia. At Dionysus Restaurant, Palamaro fashions fresh local ingredients into seasonal offerings bursting with the flavours of the Mediterranean. The chef’s opening Tasting Menus, with themes of “spring walks by the sea” and “a sea of ideas” is complimented by a very extensive, international wine list with over 400 labels.
Guests entering Dionysus are greeted with contemporary Roman elegance, with original bronze artwork handcrafted by a local artisan and an LED glass window into the kitchen that allows diners to watch as their dishes are being prepared. There is space for 35 guests beneath a stunning lighting fixture that diffuses warm light from the high-vaulted ceiling.
Six stories above street level, Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar invites guests to soak in 360-degree views of the surrounding rooftops, seven domes including The Pantheon, and the beauty of the city beyond. It’s a stylish setting for socializing and relaxing, with an impressive wine collection and a light, informal menu of dishes. Serving as a nod to the city’s history, Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar celebrates the seven planetary divinities to which The Pantheon is dedicated. A different divinity is celebrated each day of the week, reflected in the lounge bar’s cocktail menu.
The terrace, with seating for 50, offers a sleek and casual design palette with handcrafted grey sofas and beige arm chairs. In addition to lounging, guests can reference plaques along the edges of the terrace providing information on landmarks that can be seen from each vantage point. The interior area of Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar offers seating for 38 and features white statuario marble floors, an intricate brass wall installation and an area that can be sectioned off for private events.
Nearby, the dedicated Breakfast Area serves as a breath-taking setting to start an adventurous day in Rome. The space features indoor and outdoor seating for about 90 and dramatic oversized windows that frame The Pantheon. Guests can enjoy diverse menu items ranging from smoothies and vegan options to customized crepes and omelettes while taking in the picturesque landscape of terracotta rooftops and domes that surround the hotel.
Additional public areas within the hotel include a Gallery leading off the lobby restored from the original building and a Boutique located just beyond the Gallery featuring luxury items from top-quality Italian designers.