Hotel Lancelot

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

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

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
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Just up the road from the [node:168805] 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 [node:168805] views. Two ground-floor rooms are specially equipped for disabled visitors.

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.

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Free WiFi
  • Friendly, attentive service
  • Great location
  • Bathrooms can be on the small side
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