With just two nights and one full day to spend in Rome, we wanted a small, reasonably priced hotel in a neighborhood loaded with restaurants and attractions so we could walk from site to site without having to take cabs, buses or trains. The Lancelot fit the bill perfectly. We checked out its website and it featured a walking tour that included the Coliseum, many churches including San Pietro in Vincoli (with Michelangelo’s Moses) and the tiny St. Clements church. (We highlight this do-not-miss, archeological wonder because when you visit you travel through time: its 12th century edifice is built on a 4th-5th century church which is on built prehistoric foundations.)
Now, getting back to the Lancelot: it's good news and bad news. The good: The neighborhood with its historical sites and abundance of restaurants and bars, the very friendly and knowledgeable staff, a comfortable old world ambience, a decent breakfast buffet with plenty of choices, but no hot foods. Another plus is the round table dinner where you sit with other travelers from all over the world. The 3-course dinner was surprisingly good. The bad news is that we found the negatives stated by other reviewers to be unfortunately true. With a dated decor, our room and bathroom were really small. You expect that in Europe, but a large person would have a difficult time in the shower. Some have suggested getting a room with a small balcony. It helps for size but if you keep the door open, you may smell cigarette smoke or food smells as the staff prepares breakfast and dinner. Another peeve about tiny: there wasn't room to hang the towels except draped over the shower door and that didn't guarantee dry.
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- 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