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Capo d'Africa Hotel
Ranked #74 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 May 2013

For a city centre hotel, the rooms were very spacious. The beds were large, but a bit on the hard side. There was plenty of storage space - the usual cupboard with hangers and shelves, plus safe. The tea/coffee making facilities in the room were very welcome, and the mini-bar/fridge was handy for storing proper milk - much better than the "creamer" provided. Good bathroom with plenty of hot water from shower. The heated mirror was a nice touch - no steaming up.

We had a bedroom at the front of the hotel, and there was quite a lot of traffic noise at night, then the early morning bin collection, but this was mainly because we had the windows open. The air conditioning was a bit erratic, and the room got very hot (but very quiet!) with the windows closed.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful, but their recommendations were not as good as hoped. We looked at the restaurant they suggested, but preferred our own "find" - Naumachia, just around the corner. Also, they suggested the "Green Line" hop-on hop-off bus, which we weren't very impressed with. It didn't keep to the route, missed stops, the commentary was very poor, and the map indicating the bus stops was inaccurate and not to scale.

Breakfast on the roof was a great start to the day, with a reasonable selection of hot/cold buffet, with fresh fruit and typically Italian over-sweet pastries, and various bread rolls etc.

Just around the corner was the fascinating Basilica di San Clemente - well worth a visit, but check opening times for the underground tour. And just behind that, Ciuri Ciuri served the best ice creams.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

It was well understood that I was forbidden to book any hotels for holidays after putting my wife into 1 star B and B about 5 years ago. But I thought I was on from ground after reading the Tripadvisor reviews on Capo d'Africa. But I'm in trouble again. We've been here for a night and a bit in a 4 night stay. We'll make the most of it, but we can see already bat our dream stay will be a disappointment because of the hotel. Why ? The steps up to the entrance can be a bit daunting on arrival, though there is an ground floor exit at a side entrance. Our superior room was upgraded automatically to a deluxe double room, but it is only a standard quality room. Small for two adults, wit the " smallest bath I've ever seen." ( wife). The much lauded breakfast was ok- fresh, tasty, not particularly well stocked ( I expounded the virtue of the coffee to my wife which produced a withering grimace). Room service on the first night produced a pretty poor meal- bland and dry. But the big No-No was the veto on any irons being used in the rooms- for health and safety reasons. This, of course, is ridiculous, with the vast number f other electronic items in use I-pad, kettle etc). How do I iron m clothes, my wife asked me ? Well, there is a laundry service, which of course costs money. So, one day in, I hold my hand up. The service is good, the location very good, it's a fair place to stay ( though no swimming pool but a fitness room) for £200/ night, below the standard of a good 4 star, and certainly not the base for a dream holiday. I don't think I am being sad- just honest ( and I generally over rate on my reviews).

Room Tip: I am not sure there is a room with a view because the hotel is situated in a series of side roads. O...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Excellent location, super service, lots of nice little touches like a bottle of prosecco on ice delivered to your door five minutes after arrival, spacious room, double glazing so quiet, great breakfast. But it all seemed a little bland, tired and lacking in character. It reminds me rather of the identikit hotels of the big chains which give no feeling for the city you happen to be in. A boutique hotel normally has more personality. I was expecting something a little more special. Plus the bed (nicely large) and pillows were uncomfortably hard.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

It is difficult to disagree with the ranking of this hotel in the universe of Rome options. For the combination of value, comfort, and quality of staff, the Capo d'Africa deserves to be ranked highly in a city where those characteristics are not common. However it's also fair to point out that the Capo d'Africa would not stand out in most other major capitals. Its rooms are dated and the carpets overdue for replacement. It has infrastructure issues with malfunctioning elevators and odors on the meeting-room (basement) level. With due respect to the great servers and nice terrace, the food at breakfast (especially the quality of the baked goods) truly is disappointing. And some of the advice dispensed at the front desk (such the standard recommendation of the nearby "Il Bocconcino" as a great restaurant) is questionable. All in all and even in Rome, the Capo d'Africa really hasn't yet earned a 5 in the tripadvisor rankings.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

The Hotel Capo de Africa Rome was the best,
friendliest hotel we have ever stayed in in the whole of Europe.
From first impressions to the last, staff were so attentive and friendly.The hotel is very modern and rooms light and very spacious. We were upgraded from a standard room to a deluxe room which had 3 big windows, large bed and luxury items such as champagne on arrival, bottle of water every day and slippers gowns etc.
The hotel was very quiet and we were never disturbed. Breakfast was a real feast of fruit juice, yogurt, fruit,breads and pastries, bacon,scrambled egg and sausage...more than enough to set us on our way exploring the city
Overall I could recommend this hotel just a stroll from the Colosseum and some great restaurants to anyone wanting a special break in Rome.
Thanks again the the Hotel Capo de Africa and all their staff for a great break.

Room Tip: Room at the front of the building, non smoking floor.
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1  Thank davidyates3
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Look no further, this must be the best hotel to stay in for Rome. Situated on a quiet back street but within 5min walk of the Colosseum and 10min max to the Colosseo Metro, so easy to get out and about. The quiet location makes it a lovely and peaceful place to stay after a busy day. The staff are wonderful and speak excellent English. You are given maps and a run down of the main attractions when you arrive. They will recommend and book restaurants for you if required. There is no restaurant in the hotel but there is room service available from 11am to midnight and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. Rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. I liked the way all the complimentary shower gels, shower caps, shoe cleaners etc were replaced every day if you used them. My husband had emailed the hotel before our departure to let them know it would be my 50th birthday whilst we were there and they had a chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting for me in our room which was a lovely touch. The breakfast is in a lovely sunny room on the top floor with the option to sit on the veranda weather permitting. Breakfast was comprehensive with plenty to choose from. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

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1  Thank Linda P
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Just returned from a three night break in this hotel with my daughter and it was perfect ,the position was excellent,in a quiet backstreet yet within walking distance of the Coliseum and many other attractions, we felt quite safe walking around here at night.There are many good traditional restaurants nearby. The staff were exceptionally pleasant and nothing was too much trouble.The rooms were spacious and extremely clean.Breakfast had a good choice and the restaurant was situated on the top floor, there are tables inside and out.

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Additional Information about Capo d'Africa Hotel

Address: Via Capo d'Africa 54, 00184 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 Family Hotel in Rome
#48 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#63 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#75 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £118 - £377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Capo d'Africa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Capo d'Africa Hotel is an elegant and welcoming Boutique Hotel, located next to the Colosseum , with a breathtaking view from our roof garden. On the top floor, the Hotel's 2014 new service: L'Attico bistrot. Situated on the panoramic room with a double facade overlooking the two terraces, the restaurant offers a Roman cuisine reinterpreted in modern key. During Spring and Summer time the guests are welcome to enjoy a relaxing drink or a delicacy in the magic atmosphere of "La Terrazza" bar, situated on the roof garden. In the Hall, besides the reception, there is a Centrum Bar and a cosy lounge. When you enter the hotel, you can immediately admire the hotel's symbol: a wall of rubber roses ("Il cespuglio") created by the artist Paolo Canevari. The 65 rooms, arranged on three floors, are immersed in the warm shades of ochre, sand and yellow saffron . Capo d'Africa has three multi-functional and day-light conferences rooms able to seat up to 60 people and a gym provided with modern exercise equipments. L' Attico bistrot is open from 7.00 Pm to 11.00 Pm, from Monday to Saturday. The Chef prepares appetizing dishes from the Roman and Italian cuisine reinterpreted in a modern key, all strictly home-made express and creative, in line with the fresh and modern style of the Hotel Capo d'Africa. Selected ingredients and high quality products are the basis of our menu. The service is provided on the panoramic room with a double facade overlooking the two terraces. ... more   less 
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