I have been staying at the Lancelot for years on my frequent business trips to Rome, and I have always appreciated that it feels like a "home away from home." Many rooms look in to the central courtyard of the block, so your mornings are filled with the sounds of nearby families waking up and starting their day--a lovely, homey thing compared to the touristy isolation of many hotels. The staff are always welcoming and helpful, and it's nice to be remembered when you check in! The rooms are simple but comfortable; I only wish the beds were a bit better. I have always found the pillows a little flat and the mattresses a little harder than I like, and the whole set-up is starting to feel in need of a refresh after these years. But each room has its charming touches. The bathrooms are small and spare but always very clean; the interior-facing rooms with small balconies are my favorites.
The neighborhood is wonderful too -- a small residential area tucked behind the Coliseum that is close to the Forum, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla, San Giovanni in Laterano, FAO Headquarters and bus and metro lines, but is quiet and insulated from all of the bustle. A favorite spot is the Basilica di San Clemente two blocks away, or more precisely the amazing catacombs underneath. Lots of great places to eat and drink in the neighborhood; favorites include Treefolk up the street for an excellent beer selection, Il Pentagrappolo for wine, good food, and live music, and Luzzi's pizzeria.
Bottom line--when I'm in the mood for a little more pampering (and willing to spend a chunk more change), I head to the Hotel Capo d'Africa across the street, but the Lancelot is my go-to place in Rome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lancelot is a peaceful haven at a short stroll from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The friendly english speaking staff are always willing to help you with suggestions and tips on discovering Rome's treasure's. A distinctive feature of the Hotel are the " round tables" at which people from every corner of the earth meet and converse over breakfast or the generous evening meal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lancelot Hotel Rome
- Hotel Lancelot Rome