Hotel Lancelot

via Capo D'Africa 47, Rome, Italy, 00184

Price from: £110

Hotel Lancelot - double room

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#12 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, No fuss

Expert review of Hotel Lancelot

Impeccable customer service and old-world charm near the Colosseum at this cosy three-star.

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…

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Leisure facilities: 

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.

Service: 

Is simply excellent – friendly, informed and efficient. If you don’t believe me, check out this place’s Trip Advisor reviews.

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Who stays there: 

Families, older travellers, honeymooners – it’s a refreshingly mixed crowd, with a preponderance of US guests.

Price advice: 

This is one of those places where bookings can only be made by email or phone. As a result, be prepared to negotiate.

Pros: 
Friendly, attentive service
Great location
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Bathrooms can be on the small side

More information on Hotel Lancelot:

Price from:
£110
Type:
Hotel
Address:
via Capo D'Africa 47, Rome, Italy, 00184
Neighbourhood:
Colosseum

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