via Capo D'Africa 47, Rome, Italy, 00184
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, No fuss
Expert review of Hotel Lancelot
The Lancelot is one of those family-run places that would never make it into design guides but which has been doing a great job for decades. I often recommend it to friends and family: few other hotels in Rome do warm, friendly service like the Lancelot, and it’s good value for money too, in a city with some of the world’s highest room rates. Some will find the maiden aunt furnishings a little demodé, but I have a real soft spot for the Lancelot’s old-school Italian elegance. Plus there’s a large amphitheatre just down the road which seems to be popular with visitors…
Just up the road from the Colosseum in the quietly funky Celio district, this is an address that is both close to the centro storico action and part of a real neighbourhood that has some good cafés, wine bars and trattorias.
Decorated with oriental rugs and elegant antique furniture, rooms are bright, airy, and often surprisingly large; some have little balconies, while the sixth-floor Wedding Suite has a good-sized, flower-decked terrace with Colosseum views. Two ground-floor rooms are specially equipped for disabled visitors.
There’s a comfortable lounge, a cute little bar and a vine-shaded patio which is a great place for an al fresco glass of wine after a long day’s sightseeing.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the old-fashioned dining room, famous for its large round tables which encourage guests to sit together and socialise (though should you want a romantic tête-à-tête, they can arrange that too). There’s no obligation to eat here in the evening, but it’s good to know that a decent traditional Italian three-course meal is there if you can’t be bothered to go out again – for a reasonable 25 euros a head, wine included.
They keep some board games here for guests’ use; ask reception or the barman. Should you need a workout, you can use the gym of the more upmarket Capo d’Africa hotel, just across the road, for 10 euros a day.
Is simply excellent – friendly, informed and efficient. If you don’t believe me, check out this place’s Trip Advisor reviews.
Families, older travellers, honeymooners – it’s a refreshingly mixed crowd, with a preponderance of US guests.
This is one of those places where bookings can only be made by email or phone. As a result, be prepared to negotiate.
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- via Capo D'Africa 47, Rome, Italy, 00184