Via Capo d'Africa 47, Rome, Lazio, 00184, Italy
Get on the good foot in Rome
This Christmas, for the first time ever, we were away for the holidays. The family arrived at Ciampino on the last flight into the Rome airport, according to our driver who took us to our delightful hotel The Lancelot.
It is right in the middle of the Eternal City on Via Capo D’Africa, a quiet street close to the Colosseum and a beautifully appointed family run place with friendly and gracious staff and interesting public areas with lots of games, books and antiques scattered around, not to mention a piano in the corner which was gently plinked and plonked in a festive manner during dinner times. We definitely struck lucky with this little gem and recommend it very highly to anyone who wants to get their Rome trip off to a great start (and how crucial is that.
Christmas Eve dinner commenced at 7.30p.m so in true Loudjazz style we arrived at 7.25, just in time to put a clean shirt on and freshen up the make up (not me- the wife and daughter you fool!).
The dining room was very elegant with ornate gilt mirrors, lots of candles and 10 large round tables laden with silverware, Christmassy flowers, plants, wine and candelabras. The tables seat 8 and you joined other guests at the table for dinner.
Ever get that wonderful feeling that comes with knowing you chose the right place? I got one of those as we were seated with a family from Reggio Emilia and helped myself to a very nice glass of Frascati from the bottles on the table.
Our dinner was very good; salmon carpaccio with pink peppercorns and rocket, then green cannelloni which was followed by grilled sea bass and then we finished off with a mango tart tatin with vanilla gelato perfumed with coconut batida..
The wine flowed freely and coffee arrived after which we had a little walk, ‘per digerire’ as they say over there, around the deserted streets of the ancient Rome Forum.
Altogether a great start to the hols.
Read my trip report on my webpage http://www.salvos.co.uk/diary/blog/index.php?show=0,12,2006
Unique Quality: 1. Quiet street but minutes from the colloseum
2. Friendly English speaking staff who seemed happy to give good advice on dining, busses etc.
3. The place looks a little old fashioned but very beautiful. Get in the mood for the Eternal City!
Colusseum on your doorstep...almost!
Beautiful hotel, largest room we had in Europe. Clean, clean, clean. And beautiful. We felt like we were staying in someone's home. Lounge area, lovely dining room (breakfast was included - did not eat supper there). Cozy bar with ice (!) and it was great to have ice-cold drinks after long day. Small library area to swap books (English-language books are expensive in Italy)
Stayed three nights, location fantastic: 1 1/2 blocks from Colusseum, Forum, Palatine. Staff friendly and helpful. Laundry service: drop in a.m., in your room by p.m. An overall great place to stay.
Unique Quality: View of ruins from our 4th floor room balcony. Two chairs and a table on balcony. Rooftop gardens and narrow street Capo d'Africa. Cobblestone, one-way.
Directions: Cab from Roma Termini was 8 Euros. Don't get ripped off - use cabs from cab stands only. We were approached by two different men offering to take us for "just 25 Euros" but I had read it should be 15-20. Surprise! Only 8.
Friends at the Round Table
A friendly hotel in the centre of Rome with easy access to most of the main tourist sites.
Rooms are comfortable, service is good. If you have a special dietary request it will be catered for as long as the kitchen is told in the morning, otherwise those who want supper are given a fixed menu.
Unique Quality: The main feature is the policy of guests sitting at round tables for 8 or so people, where everyone sits and chats and makes friends. The atmosphere is so friendly and relaxed, and the staff are so helpful that is more like being at home than in a hotel.
When my daughter turned up with her two children, the staff arranged for us to move to a larger bedroom and an extra bed and a cot to be installed.
Directions: near the Colosseum
Best Hotel next to the colosuem
Hotel lancelot was a wonderful family owned and runned hotel. The entire staff was excellent. if we need anything they were there to help us the best they could. The rooms were nice, typical sized european rooms, they were nicely furnished and the view from our window let us gaze upon the colosuem. They throw a wonderful New Years eve party with tradional foods and a opera singer(nice touch)and at midnight we all went to the top terrace and they gave us a wonderful firework show.
More about Hotel Lancelot
A friendly place to stay
Rooms fairly comfortable.
Food varied and tast- and as long as you order in advance, alternatives can be found.
Centrally placed and within walking distance of the Colisseum and other monuments. The custom of freeseating at round tables which enables you to meet and make friends.
Another Room with a View
The view from the terrace rooms of the Hotel Lancelot rivals the view of Florence from Lucy's room in the Merchant Ivory film, "A Room with a View". Close by is the round shape of the Colliseum and, in the far distance, the grey dome of St Peter's Basilica.In the spirit of King Arthur, the international guests sit at round tables which encourage conviviality and conversation with people you have just met. You can continue talking afterwards in the small, sophicticated bar or in the patio under fronds of trailing ivy.The pretty rooms are comfortable and the family service friendly and efficient.
Great place for a Roman Holiday
Our family enjoyed the hospitality of the Hotel Lancelot during spring break. Our stay in Rome was divided by a trip to Florence. We stayed at the Lancelot before and after, and the hotel graciously held our extra luggage while we were away. We satyed part of the time in a room for 4, which was pleasant, clean and spacious with a view from the balcony of the Colosseum, and, on clear days, St. Peter's dome. For 3 nights we were in a suite with a terrace, which was even nicer. The staff was always helpful, accommodating and gracious. We also really loved the location, close to the Colosseum and Forum and convenient to Metro and bus lines. All in all, we were extremely pleased with our stay at the Lancelot.
Can't beat the location
We just returned from a New Year's stay at the Hotel Lancelot. We've been in Rome many times before, but this was our first time at the Lancelot. The hotel was comfortable; impeccably clean; had a gracious and ample breakfast, but the best thing about it was the location. If you only have a few days in Rome, and you are intending to spend it in the "Imperial" section, this is the place to be---so close to the Colosseo and the Forum. A plus is the lovely walk you can take to the "Medieval section" of San Stefano Rotundo and SS. Goivanni and Paolo, as well as the magnificent San Clemente. These places are literally moments away. We stayed with our children in a large room (Room 10) with a double bed, a daybed and a single. It is perfect for families and has a huge terrace. (Unfortunately, it rainned every day last week!) The terrace would be incredible in the spring. It's on the first floor, so there's no view of the Colosseo, but I'll take the massive bulk of SS. Quattro Coronati at the end of the street as compensation!
If you want luxury or American style anything, this is not the place for you. Leave it for those of us who love Rome! There are good restaurants in the area (Pasquelino for Roman food and Luzze for pizza) and the buses stop just a few blocks away. Try it!
Accolades to the Lancelot
My husband and I stayed at the Lancelot for 5 days in October, 2003. We found the staff friendly and helpful and the location is close to the Colesseum and that immediate area. Breakfast consisted of a substantial cold food selection. As well, we were directed to a convenient local travel agent who booked our rail travel within Italy.
Visiting Rome in early February 2006 pros and cons....
I'm planning a trip to Rome in early February, but I'm a little hestitant. First, I will be travelling on my own. Second, how is the weather? Are all the main tourist sites opened?
Has anyone stayed at the Hotel Lancelot before? Any opinions would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for all your help!!!!
RE: Visiting Rome in early February 2006 pros and cons....
You are traveling at the time of year I do most of my own travels to Rome. Most of the time the weather is delightful - sunny and a high of around 13-14. The is much better for walking around the city than 35 degrees and humid in July. (Saying that, one time, two years ago in Feb. it was very cold. In fact, there were snowflakes in the air the day we left. No one can predict what you'll have - just read the forecasts before you go.)
All the tourist sites will be open, but some will close earlier than in the summer (e.g. the Forum closes one hour before sunset, The Vatican museums close at 1:45.)
I've not stayed at the Lancelot, but you can find reviews here:
and here: http://www.venere.com/hotel/index.php?htid=2286&lg=en&action=user_rating&tripref=34990
Remember, anyone, including the hotel itself could have left a review - but with so many of them, I think you're safe to trust the overall impression you'll get.
Traveling on your own can be just as rewarding as traveling with friends - so have a great trip!
RE: RE: Visiting Rome in early February 2006 pros and cons....
the weather is very unpredictable i think, but not only in italy, everywhere I belive.
anyway if you look for accomodation check www.hospitalityclub.org or www.couchsurfing.com
you have to become a member, it is free joining, and you get local people helping you with accomodation or showing around for free. i am a member of both, have been for 1 year now. i have hosted many people by now and have been hosted too in berlin, all positive experience. drop me a line if you want to know more or i can be of more help. firstname.lastname@example.org
my nick on both is Naila, you can read comments left from my guests and hosts :-)
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Address: Via Capo d'Africa 47, Rome, Lazio, 00184, Italy