During our time in Rome we stayed in the Hotel Lancelot. In addition to being a Rick Steves pick for best hotels, it was also available through Priceline which allowed us to book a package deal including airfare and hotel. The rooms were immaculate and beautifully appointed. The staff was gracious, helpful, and offered wonderful recommendations on local restaurants and points of interest.
Breakfast was offered as part of the accommodations and provided many wonderful options including hot hard boiled eggs in the shell. This might sound like a weird insight to point out, but there was no question as to the freshness and I found them particularly enjoyable. Other items included a variety of croissants, fruit, cereals, pastries, deli meats, cheeses, and juices, all fresh and well displayed. Coffee and tea’s were also available.
It is located in a residential area of Rome a few blocks from the Colosseum. The area contains many excellent restaurants within walking distance that are less touristy and cater to a more local clientele. Don’t be afraid to venture away from the restaurant’s geared to the English speaking tourist. These typically have pictures of food posted outside the storefront and employees outside trying to pull you into the shop. When traveling, I like to follow the advice St Ambrose gave St Augustine in the 4th century AD. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. We have applied this philosophy to all of our travels and found the road less traveled by, has made all the difference.
Do take the time to learn the pleasantries in the native language of the place you are visiting. Although many speak English, it is polite to initiate a conversation in their native language. Apply the golden rule as you travel, and you may find a whole new world will open to you.