We are booked on back to back RS tours for my first trip to Italy. Our last hotel for the first trip ( 9 day VFR) is Hotel Smeraldo and the 7 day Rome tour is Hotel Lancelot. I don’t want to do my own laundry if possible when I could be out walking so will probably use a hotel service. Please let me know if anyone has experience with either of these two hotels. One option would be also doing it ourselves at a laundromat on the Sunday we change hotels if there is one close to one of those hotels.
In 2017, I stayed at the Lancelot Hotel in Rome.
I did not have my laundry done but several people in the tour group did and were very pleased.
Of course, that was pre-Covid. This was my first RS’s tour and I found the Lancelot perfect in it’s location and staff.
You will love your tours and I wish you Bon Voyage.
I’ve stayed at Hotel Smeraldo on Heart of Italy and it was a nice hotel. I think if you are about to stay 7 additional days in Rome and will be at the hotel Lancelot , that would be the natural spot for laundry.
We did the RS Rome tour and stayed at the Lancelot. We were happy with both the tour and the Lancelot. The staff was friendly and helpful. I think they'd be happy to offer suggestions for laundry service or a laundromat.
You will have a great time.
In our experience many of the self-served laundromats also have a drop off service where they will wash the clothes and return them folded. Drop it in the am and pick it up that pm.
Highly recommend the Hotel Smeraldo. I am sure the hotel has a laundry service or can point to a laundromat. I ran a quick check on Google Maps and found a laundromat about 10 minutes walking distance away. From the reviews it looks like you can drop off your laundry and return to pick it up at a specific time.
Frank, can you give me an idea of what you typically spent at the drop off service?
We were at the Smeraldo last summer, and I remember seeing a laundromat in the neighborhood; I'm sure the hotel staff can point you in the right direction. If I recall correctly, our guide had said she didn't know of a close laundry, but we did see one.
I spent 12 euro at a laundromat in Monti for one load of laundry. It was "self service" as in you put your clothes into the machine and then an attendant adds detergent for you and turns it on.
It was more expensive than laundry at home, but well worth not walking around in filth
After spending thousands of dollars on two RS tours plus airfare, I wouldn’t blink twice at spending a few Euros to avoid doing my own laundry and missing out on some quality time in Rome!
I have stayed at the Smeraldo hotel in Rome. I do not believe they have a laundry service at the hotel (at least when I stayed there) but I would call the hotel to confirm. We stayed there for the beginning city for our Best of Southern Italy tour. We actually paid to have laundry done in Matera.
Thanks for the info everyone. We are trying to pack light but I don’t want to sink wash stuff on this trip. As said above I’m spending thousands on this trip so I’m mentally prepared to pay ( don’t know if my husband is ready to pay for someone to wash his T-shirts ) but I wanted to get an idea of what this expense would be. On the other hand when we went to Yellowstone last summer we had fun visiting with people in the laundromat while we all tried to figure out their washing machines.
...Frank, can you give me an idea of what you typically spent at the drop off service? .... I don't really remember but if it had been super expensive I would have remember. Probably in the range of 10, 12 euro. For us that would be a week's laundry. Probably five sets of underwear for both and a half dozen knit shirts, two pair of pants. We do sink wash (more of a rinse) of under garments each night and the shirt we wore that day.