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Outskirts: Holiday Inn EUR Parco dei Medici

Near Fiumicino airport

Reviewed by: Dennis from PA, review #958

When: March 2005

This hotel was good option for easy access to the airport.

We stayed at the hotel our last night in Italy before flying home the next day. While less convenient that the Hilton right at the airport, the HI was less than half the price (99 per night). There was a free shuttle bus into the center of Rome and to the airport.

We were able to drop our rental car off there for a 10 fee; it was worth it not to have to deal with it the day of our flight. I just asked at the front desk if there was a local drop off at the hotel and they said that I could just leave the car there. They would call the rental car agency and the car would be picked up for a 10 charge.

NOTE: Rates change with the season. The 99 rate may not be available for the time of your booking.

Reviewed by: cobblehill from NY, review #600

When: June 2004

Mixed feelings but the breakfast buffet sealed the deal (on the plus side).

We spent one night at this hotel, chosen mostly because it is close to Fiumicino airport and offers a free shuttle bus. It is set in an office park with NO cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, NOTHING nearby. Oh, there's an ATM on site and a decent - if expensive - gift shop.

We checked in on Saturday afternoon at 4:00. I got everyone up to their rooms then jumped in the rental car to gas it up and return it to the airport. Everthing went smoothly and I was on the 5:30 hotel shuttle, back with my family by 5:45.

The good news: it's a lovely modern hotel with excellent bus service to and from the airport. The rooms are American-style; large and oh my gosh! is that a washcloth in the bathroom? Yep. The staff was friendly and there's a lovely large pool with sun terrace out back.

The bad news: if you are stuck at the hotel and can't take the shuttle into Rome (it drops you off near the Vittoriano) you'll end up spending an arm and a leg getting a snack or meal here. That was our situation; we were traveling with very tired twins who made it clear they didn't want to leave the hotel. So... a Coke from the mini-bar? 4.30. A bowl of farro soup? 11 euros! A half-bottle of basic Sicilian red? 12 euros! We forget to reserve a table at the restaurant and were forced to order room service, which charges 7.50 for each person on top of the already inflated prices.

We complained and the hotel agreed to drop the charge for one person. In addition, the kitchen forget to send up the side-dish that came with my steak. I called down and asked for the mixed vegetables. They sent up.... frites. Cold, at that.

But Sunday morning before our flight, that breakfast buffet was a joy. Eggs, pancakes, beautiful pastries, five kinds of cereal, three kinds of juices, you name it, the buffet had it. We got over our grumpiness from the night before and left happy.

So, stay here if you have a car or are in a position to shuttle into Rome for dinner. Otherwise, be warned; the great room rate (115/night for a large double and breakfast included) doesn't look so great when a bottle of water and a bag of Crik Croks sets you back 7! Make sure you are well-stocked before arriving.

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