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Capo d'Africa Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   via Capo d'Africa 54, 00184 Rome, Italy (Monti)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Francisco, California
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“Great hotel in a quiet location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

We spent four days in Rome and could not have chosen a better place to stay. While Capo d’Africa was the most expensive of the hotels we booked for our two-week trip to Italy, it was worth every penny, especially since we were able to take advantage of their “pay for 3 nights, stay for 4” package. The hotel is right near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, but tucked away from the mad throngs of tourists in a quiet neighborhood. It’s also a mere 5 minutes away from the nearest metro station and the church that houses Michelangelo’s Moses (amazing!).

Our room with a king-sized bed was spacious and clean. We were on the same floor as the lobby and bar, which meant a bit of noise some nights, but we weren’t too bothered. We also had a large bathroom with a tub/shower combo. Water pressure was great. Housekeeping was on it: soaps replaced daily along with fresh towels. Hotel also provided sandals for the room, which is always a plus in my book since I am totally neurotic about hotel room hygiene.

Breakfast is served on their rooftop balcony; it’s a bounty of pastries, cured meats and eggs. Highly satisfying. There are two good and affordable dining choices nearby: “3” for pasta and “Luzzi” for pizzas. Unfortunately, you’ll be doing a bit of walking to get to the better places to eat, but that is the beauty of Italy’s famous cities: for the most part, you can and should walk everywhere.

And the front desk was helpful. We didn’t use them that much, but there was always someone behind the counter and available to call a taxi for us.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would return to Capo d'Africa again!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

The hotel is located near the Colosseum, and we got to it from the main train station by taking the metro to the Colosseum stop then walking to the hotel. You could make the walk from the train station as well. The hotel is also close to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Some walking or other modes of transportation are in line for other sites such as Vatican City and the Pantheon.
The room was very nice, clean, and spacious. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean and large enough. The bathroom was lacking a tub if that is something you are looking for.
The staff was very friendly and helpful with site seeing and dinner recommendations. They were also able to recommend the best way to get to each of these sites.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

We stayed in Capo as the first part of our honeymoon. We were assigned a room on the ground floor which faced the back yard. The room was functional albeit bland. The package was a bit disappointing and not as nice as the four star hotel we stayed at when we returned to Rome in the same month (the Rose Garden). We found the staff unfriendly and the breakfast staff useless -there was a lot of them but they didn't make any effort to offer tea/coffee (their only function for a buffet breakfast) and seemed to fuss over the buffet unnecesarily (how many times can the cereals be re-arranged?!).
All in all we would not have any objection to this hotel had it not been for the maid(s) who threw away a stash of our plastic bags (which were not placed by the bin) without our consent the day before we were due to leave. One of the bags contained a tiny container for my camera charger. We also needed the bags to bag shoes etc. When we came back late at night (about 11-12pm) and this came to our attention we approached reception, the man at reception made a 'crazy' gesture vis a vis the maids and that was it! We have stayed in a number of hotels in the world ranging from 1-5 stars and we have never experienced maids who took it upon themselves to throw our belonginsgs away.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Overall, the hotel itself was clean with a nice lobby area, cool rooftop and proximity to the Colloseum. However, there if we were to do it again we would stay somewhere else:

good:
- proximity to Colloseum
- were able to check-in early (very key as we flew in on an overnight flight and were exhausted).

bad:
- bathrooms: weak shower pressure, no dryer, small space
- we had to switch rooms twice (1st time too close to lobby (loud), 2nd time toilet broken) - eventually settled for the 3rd room although it was smaller than what we paid.
- far from other Rome attractions (non ancient rome ruins)
- not much going on in the immediate neighborhood.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

We booked three nights here for our very first trip to Rome (and first trip to Italy which included stops in Florence and Venice as well). This hotel was a fanastic introduction to Italy!! The service was excellent (and through my conversations with the desk clerk prior to arriving in Rome) we knew that this hotel was all about making their guests feel comfortable. Beyond service, the best part about this hotel is its location, its very close to the Colloseum and situated in a nice Roman neighbourhood that is outside of the "tourist trap" areas where most of the big name hotels are. Booking here will give you a nice taste of what its like to live in Rome!

If you book here, expect a nice modern-styled room, reminiscient of "business-style" boutique hotels in North America. The rooftop breakfast room/outdoor patio is fantastic with wonderful panoramic views of the city (and the Colloseum itself). There is a good selection of items in the breakfast buffet and in the evenings, the hotel also does a nice BBQ (if you didn't feel like trying one of the many amazing restaurants in Rome - some within walking distance of this hotel).

All in all, a wonderful little hotel that I would definitely return to!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

The hotel was recommended to us by Jonathan with Avventure Bellissime. The hotel was perfect for us. It is located close to the ancient Rome sites.
Inside the hotel is new and attractive.The rooms were clean and very comfortable. There is a small bar in the lobby that was nice for a quick drink to regroup between tours. We were also able to get a very tasty light meal there late one night after a trip to the Amalfi Coast. The staff could not be more helpful and attentive. On our last day there, the hotel staff helped one of our friends track down the travel bag she left in a cab from the airport. Because of the staff's dilligence and the cab network, she was able to locate the cab driver who very nicely drove back to the hotel with the bag that evening. They also stored luggage for us while we went to another city for several days.
The breakfast was the best we had in our 11 days in Italy. The rooftop dining area has a wonderful view of the area. It was also a great place to relax in the evenings.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

Me and my husband arrived back yesterday from Rome, We went as part of our first year anniversary / honeymoon. We went from Thurs to Mon, so we had 3 full days really.

We booked through Expedia - ended up on Thomas Cook's page our flights were with Brussels airlines outbound and Lufthansia inbound.

We booked the transfers from the airport fiumicino to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport through thomas cook at the same time, on arriving at fiumicino you enter the arrivals after collecting your baggage - expedia is the yellow desk next to the blue desk, the driver will be stood here.

We stayed at the Capo D'Africa on B&B basis, the hotel is gorgeous, we got an upgrade to a junior suite upon arrival. All the staff were extremely helpful, its actually the best service we have ever had.

TOP TIPS:
Water on tap - I reccommend you buy a bottle of water, then fill it up for free from one of the many water fountains (not the trevi fountain) but these water fountains are all over rome and especially in the main sites except the colosseum - we never came across one in there.

The bread they bring you before your evening meal is NOT always included - check on this as sometimes it can be an unexpected cost from 1 Euro to 5 Euro's.

Safety - I read lots about pick pockets - and was especially worried about us falling victim's. I think that because i was so aware of it, it made me more conscious of people, so my tip especially if your travelling with someone else is to keep an eye on your surroundings, if anyone gets too close pull your fellow traveller away from the situation and i would mention to my husband when ever someone got too close, the word pockets, to which he would put his hands in his pockets straight away. Anyway we never saw anyone and never got pick pocketed.

Travel - Everything is within walking distance, the map looks big, but you can walk around very easily and if you catch buses and other transport you may miss some of the beautiful sites.

If you want to go to the Vatican gardens - you need to pre book this before you go, allow plenty of time before travelling.

Download Rick Steve's free audio guide

Gladiator's - There are many gladiators walking around the main attractions - they want you to take a photo of them and you then they want you to pay for it. If you want to do this then agree a price beforehand - a few Euro's is more than enough.

Street beggers - now this is a common problem all over the world in major cities and rome is no different, They lie face down on the floor with their hands out and look old and fragile, don't always be fooled - i saw a few who had exceptionally young looking hands for the portrayal of an elderly fragile lady !!! hmmm upto you.

Drink plenty of water and rest in the shade - it's very hot in the sun looking at sites.

RESTAURANTS:
These are places i am reccommending: Pasqualino al Colosseo, this is on Via SS. Quattro, one street down from the hotel and to the right (they charge for bread 4 Euro's)

Ricevuta Fiscale O Fattura? i think this is the name, but it is on the road marked Via Baccina, south east (as you look at the map) of the Colonna Traiana or left of the site S. Pietro in Vincoli - They don't charge for bread and have set menu's we had the roast chicken with fries and salad.

HOTEL:
I had done a lot of research into this trip before we left, and found this hotel, it is everything we wanted, and i have high standards, and wouldn't stay in any hotel below a 4 star.

Breakfast - The roof terrace is beautiful, breakfast is served from 6.30am until 11am, the staff were attentive and proficient in keeping the area clean and refreshed with food and drinks, the breakfast consisted of fresh juices, water, breads, cereals, croissants and other pastries, cakes, yoghurts and yoghurt drinks, fresh fruit, nuts, crackers, jams, honey and chocolate spread, mozzarella balls and tomoatoes... the hot bits were small sausages and scrambled eggs, pots of tea and cups of coffee. Plenty of choice really.

TV - The TV has only three english speaking channels, and two were news, not a problem for us as we were hardly in our room.

Has and has not - There was no iron or ironing board but would assume you could request one from reception, there was also no tea / coffee making facilities, but we took our travel kettle. However there is a hairdryer - not very fast but dried my long hair with a little patience. There is a small fridge filled as a mini bar - which we used to put our bottles of water in.

The rooms were kept very clean and tidy, we had a turn down service each night, and our room had red slippers and white robes

There is a fully equiped gym that is air conditioned with fresh towels, we didn't use it but we did go and have a look.

The location of the hotel is perfect, we felt safe and there was no noise at night, Everything is within walking distance and i have a knee injury, plus the restaurants in the area are wonderful.
PRICE LIST:
Vatican City and Sistine Chapel = 15 Euro per person
Cupola = 5 Euro stairs / 7 Euro lift per person
Castel Sant' Angelo = 8.50 Euro per person
Colosseum / Roman Forum / Palatine Hill = 18 Euro per person (Lasts 2 days)
Metro = 1 Euro valid for one way per person
Tour Bus = 20 Euro for 24 hours / 25 Euro for 48 hours (Hop on hop off) per person
St. Peter's Bascilia and Square = Free
The Roman Pantheon = Free
The Spanish steps = Free (Very crowded)
The Trevi Fountain = Free (very crowded)
Arco di Constantino = Free
Area Sacra = Free (under excavation)
Circo Massimo = (under excavation)

SITES:
St. Peter's Bascilia and Vatican City :-
We visited St. Peter's Bascilia and the Vatican City on our first day, we caught the metro and headed towards Battistini,we caught this at Manzoni station (Line A), but you can catch it from Colosseo (Line B) which is marked on the map behind the colosseum, then change at Termini, and you get off at Ottaviano. It costs 1 Euro per person each way, but won't give change higher than from a 5 Euro note. It lasts 75 mins from purchase, and the journey is fast and reliable.

Then it's a short walk to Vatican city where at this point you will get asked if you want a tour by numerous people, either ignore them and do not engage in conversation or if you want a tour - ask how much. We did not queue for the vatican at all, even though the tour guides were saying there was a 2 hour wait..... We had downloaded the Rick steve's audio guide from itunes which is free and has many tours for Rome, i would reccommend you buy his book as well, but we just used the audio,

You really need to start at vatican city then you go through the vatican to the sistine chapel (Don't sit on the steps, don't speak or take pictures - this is a sacred area) - the cafe is not very good for food in the vatican in my opinion.

From there you can go to the Cupola which is the highest dome at St. Peter's it costs 7 Euro for the lift and 5 Euro for the stairs - either way you still have to walk up 320 steps to get to the very top and see the wonderful panoramic view of Rome - Don't worry if you cannot make it up here though (see Castel Sant' Angelo)

After the Cupola you end up in St. Peter's bascilia, this church has buried in the main tomb the body of st. Peter, worth a visit even for non believers, like my husband. The magnitude of the place is awe inspiring. From here you enter down the steps to the square, the vatican has it's own postal service, and you may want to use the post boxes here for your post cards, they are in the square as you exit the bascilia on the right hand side.

Colosseum:-
The main attraction we wanted to see, with such history and splendour, it is a wonderful site to visit. It has been used as many things in it's past from the arena it's well known for to a refuge, a church, and a place for the homeless, until it was brought back to life and partially restored. Sit down and imagine life back in roman times, in this site used to be a man made lake owned by Nero before the colosseum was built. You cannot wander through the floor arena, but you can use your imagination. Lots to read about as you walk around this colossal building that has withstood many earthquakes in it's lifetime.

The Roman Forum / Palatine Hill:-
This is a very big site to visit - The forum has an abundance of archeological finds, you may wish to purchase the audio guide for this and share between 2, take your own ear phones and plug them into the device - it costs 6 Euro per device for 3 hours, (you need to leave a credit card or driving document, just to ensure you return it - it's safe). The area is very uneven and hilly with lots of steps to climb, but as long as you keep resting it is something you can do. You get to climb to the top of palatine hill and see the beautiful gardens, (this is all connected - so can be a long day but upto you)

Castel Sant' Angelo:-
I wanted to visit this because i love castle's and love the statues that adorn the bridge as you enter named Ponte Sant' Angelo. The castle is strange - not particularly pretty from the outside and a little unusual from the inside - there is no audio guide, so take a real tour guide or buy a book to make sense - or walk around and enjoy the architecture and make your own story up about the castle. The views over the city from the top are just as good as from the cupola at St. Peter's Bascilia. The on site restaurant is very expensive and takes a long time to get served if you want to sit outside.

The Roman Pantheon:-
You need to take a step back to fully appreciate this, there is a McDonalds opposite, go to this point and you will see the dome of the Pantheon, when you step inside take a look at the height of the doors and then draw your eyes to the ceiling - it's open and the sun shines straight through, many people are buried here such as Raphael the architect / painter.

Piazza Navona:-
A very famous piazza, the square has three fountains which are beautiful, and lots of painters who are selling oil painting - if your thinking or buying a painting think about how your going to get it home? you need a tube for it really. But the paintings are outstanding - they look so real, there is some real talent from these people. We didn't stop for a drink, but would of if we had more time.

The Spanish Steps:-
We walked here and sat on the steps and took in the atmosphere of the area, it is a truly designer street - with all the major fashio designers in the area. You can take the metro from the hotel from colosseo Line B - connect at Termini onto Line A and get off at Spagna - which is Spanish steps. This line is also great for the Trevi fountain, but you can walk to it within a few mintes from the spanish steps.

The Trevi Fountain:-
We had to go here as it's a must do item. go and throw your coin into the fountain which is supposed to ensure your return to the eternal city in the future, photographers ask if you want a polaroid of you at the fountain - again upto you, we didn't, we thought they were a little pushy. Stay stern if you don't want things but be polite.

Well that is about it really, i hope this helps people who are planning trips to Rome, I found our little bits and pieces but would have loved to have known more - all in one place - this has taken some time to write - but if you have any enquiries, i am more than happy to help if i can. Please remember all of the above quotes are solely the opinions of myself.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: via Capo d'Africa 54, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#47 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#60 Family Hotel in Rome
#65 Business Hotel in Rome
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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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