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Hotel Lancelot
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

To sum our experience up in one word, it would be AMAZING.

This is a beautiful hotel in walking distance to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. It is also in walking distance to a somewhat unknown attraction costing only 5 Euros to enjoy, Basilica San Clemente, where you can see the true Roman underground with a flowing spring under it. This church is as nice inside as many other more well known churches throughout Rome. It is also only one block to your choice of about 4 local restaurants serving good food.

The hotel is beautiful inside with updated furnishings and decor. The rooms have great views, with ours having a beautiful view of the Colosseum as it towers above the neighboring buildings. It is somewhat outside (by about 2 blocks or 3-4 minutes walking) of the "tourist area" so in the evening you can leave the crowd behind and enjoy the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. Our room had a very comfortable bed, cold air conditioning, a beautifully appointed (although rather small) private bathroom, and was up to date. The entire hotel has the feel of a bed and breakfast right down to the owner, Parif, being on property to have conversation with in the morning and evenings. They have a great dining room where a they serve an excellent dinner (although we did not personally eat there) and continental breakfast, which we did enjoy. And lets not forget a full bar where Parif tends in the evening mixing your favorite drinks and telling of the history surrounding Rome and this family owned hotel.

The entire staff was friendly and very helpful. We had originally planned to take a bus to areas throughout the city, but thanks to Max, one of the employees, he informed us that Rome was a "walking' city. He went on to tell us that to truly appreciate Rome it must be done by foot, and he was ever so right! Every corner you turn yields a new piece of architecture, a new view, a new "Kodak moment", or a new piece of history to enjoy. We walked from the hotel to the Vatican, which was about an hour walk, but it really didn't seem like that much as we were in awe of everything we saw along the way. Although we had heard of the pickpocket crisis in the area, we only experienced it one time as a man seeming to hand out "free roses" to the ladies at the Spanish Steps worked with his accomplice the pickpocket. But we were smart and had purchased a pac-safe neck wallet where we kept our money and ID, so our pickpocket would have only found empty pockets. We found Rome to be very safe and never felt unsafe in any area.

We hope you enjoy the hotel as much as we did and found it to be a great value for our money.

Room Tip: All the rooms appeared to be great, but ask for one with a view of the Colosseum. Only one thing to be aware of. Rome is truly an ancient city so no room for "hidden" dumpsters in a service area away from the guest rooms. If you overlook the Colosseum you will overlook the street, and may also experience trash collection day as we did on Saturday morning, of all days, around 5 AM, but we would not trade our view for anything.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank zeesmurf
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

IN ENGLISH :
Well...if you love GLITZY hotel with huge elevators, bunch of people going in and out. and a distant staff at the reception, this is NOT your hotel at all. Spent 2 nights with my wife and 2 boys both 17 and it's been a real pleasure. Location is just a couple of minutes walk from the Colosseo and its Metro station. Real safe and quit area although right in the heart of Rome.
Yes, rooms are not as large as you (americans or non-europeans) are used to...but trust me : you won't find anything larger at this price in Rome. Our room was absolutely large enough for a confortable stay, bathroom was fine, clean, larger than a lot found during my numerous trips in the States. Shower is practical with a good water pressure. Elevator is small...be prepared on this...could be an issue. Breakfast is mostly "european-style" but food and bevarages are great.
But the ADDED VALUE of Lancelot IS THE STAFF : ask them everithing...they will help you and find the right answer for you. In my honest opinion (with my experience on travelling abroad) Hotel Lancelot it's a great value for the price. I'll stay again there for sure.

PER I LETTORI IN LINGUA ITALIANA :
abbiamo pernottato al Lancelot per due notti con moglie e due figli 17enni. Hotel molto carino, senza la sfarzosità di altre strutture. Ottima la location, situato a poca distanza dal Colosseo e la sua fermata del metro linea B. La quadrupla a noi assegnata era grande e confortevole, Bagno pulito e ben accessoriato, ottima ed abbondante la colazione. L'ascensore è piccolo....se avete grandi bagagli può essere utilizzato solo da una persona. Ma il grande valore aggiunto di questa struttura è lo staff : amichevole, cordiale e sempre pronto a risolvere piccoli o grandi problemi ed a suggerirvi le migliori soluzioni a tutti i livelli. Ho viaggiato molto e posso affermare che NON SEMPRE è così. Personalmente, quando a Roma, non avrò dubbi a tornare al Lancelot.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Paolo-Italy
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I stayed in the hotel in March during a business trip. The hotel is very centrally located, near the Coliseum, in a relatively quite street - which is a Roman rarity. The hotel building is an relatively old one and this is reflected in several of its features, including an antiquated lift and rooms of very variable size. Nevertheless this adds to its charm. My room was relatively comfortable in size, with a double bed, but its bathroom was tiny. I did not have enough space to turn around in the shower cabinet!
The hotel is managed very well and the breakfast choice is truly exceptional. This is well above what you get in hotels of similar grade in Rome. I was not vey pleased with the dinner experience, not because the food was not good, but because of the price charged. My pasta cost three times as much as I paid in restaurants in the same area.
I particularly liked the top floor terrace, which was a pleasant surprise. Although it was relatively cool in March we managed to have a very pleasant drink and have great views over the Coliseum. One should certainly have a look at it.
If you are on a budget and want to stay in a relatively comfortable hotel with character then the Lancelot is highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front of the building
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Scotscouple99
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We stayed with a large group while visiting Rome.The owners really went out of their way to assist our every need, which included bus tickets, calling for reservations, taxi service always with a smile.We were lost in Rome and they remained on the phone with us-giving us directions until we found our destination.There was plenty to choose from for breakfast each morning and we were only a short walk to the Colosseum.Supper was very good and they had some entertainment afterwards what a pleasant place to end our Rome trip-A big Thanks to the friendly staff at the Hotel Lancelot.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Art I
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in August and Rome was the first stop on our European holiday. The hotel is located in a quite street very close to the colosseum (about 3-4 minutes walk) and it is a well maintained and welcoming property. However, the room and the bathroom were absolutely tiny (in fact the bathroom is behind a little sliding door in the room) but clean and functional. We also had a small balcony overlooking the street. We were expecting small rooms in Europe but were surprised how small this one was but as it was the first leg of the trip, we didn't have anything to compare it with. Having then stayed in similarly priced hotels in Florence, Venice and Paris, we can confirm that this was by far the smallest room we encountered.
Having said that, the staff at the reception were always friendly and recommended trips and walks which was a plus. Breakfast was very basic, but not below the standard you expect in Europe.
The location is very close to the Colosseum and piazza venezia. There is a nearby bus stop which connects to all other central tourist attractions (navonna, trevi) but we found Rome to be a relatively small city and everything was within an easy and very pleasant 30-45 min walk from this hotel. However, since the colosseum is at one end of Rome, we felt that there was an extra 15-20 min walk which could have been avoided if we'd stayed more centrally such as near Venezia or on the via del corso which connects all the main attractions.
Also, irons are not permitted in hotel rooms in Italy by law and it cost 2 Euro to get one shirt ironed at the hotel, however, the first attempt at ironing was so bad that you couldn't even tell that it had been ironed. The second attempt was better though! After this experience, we bought a small travel iron (very difficult to find!) and carried that with us for the rest of the trip.

Room Tip: Try and get a room with a balcony because when I went asked if we could have a room with a bigger bathroom, we were told that all rooms are more or less equal and that we were in a better room because it had a balcony and apparently not all of them do!
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lalarukh
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