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Fregene: Hotel La Conchiglia

Lungomare di Ponente, 4, Phone: 06.6685385; Fax: 06.66563185

Reviewed by: sw from USA, review #1533

When: June 2005

Down and out with bed bugs. Not recommended.

We stayed here the night before flying home after a month in Italy. The recommendation came from Frommer's; we thought it would be fun to stay near the beach.

It was the most expensive hotel we stayed at in Italy (150), and by far the worst. The carpeting was old, the ceiling was falling down, the bathroom water brown, and worst of all - my 3 year old daughter picked up scabies from the children's playpen.

The ocean water is terrible at the beach. The hotel smelled. We had a room on the first floor behind the front desk.

The only redeeming factor is that the breakfast was very nice, and had a cool 1950's vibe, as that is the era of the furniture. You could imagine this being a nice hotel at that time.

I definitely do not recommend this hotel!

Reviewed by: Cobblehill from NY, review #599

When: June 2004

Great spot with terrific restaurant 50 meters from the beach.

We spent three nights at La Conchiglia in June 2004 and had a wonderful stay.

The hotel has about 40 rooms in two buildings. It's located in Fregene, a beach resort community 20 minutes from Rome Fiumicino airport. We decided to pass a few days here before heading to a villa near Lucca. We wanted to unwind after the flight over with our 18-month old twins, who happen to love the beach.

We had three rooms for us, our sons, and my mom. The rooms were clean and comfortable with *very* firm beds. Tiled bathrooms were quite roomy. Very quiet until our final night, when the boom from a beach-side disco kept me awake.

A nice breakfast buffet is included in the cost of a room. The attendants at the bar refilled the boys' milk bottles twice each day for no charge.

The indoor/outdoor restaurant is outstanding, with a great selection of pasta dishes featuring seafood. Try the "fretelle di neonata", which are small omelettes filled with tiny little seafood of some kind. Delicious.

Guests get a 30% discount at the Lido beach club across the street. It's a typical Italian beach club with umbrellas all laid out in precise rows. The beach was much cleaner than we anticipated; we spent each morning at Lido and had "un sacco" of fun.

Fregene is kinda like the Hamptons of Rome. Lots of beautiful villas with lush gardens behind fences and gates. You don't come to Fregene for museums or historic sites; you come for the beach.

Giusy at the front desk pointed us to the Fregene shopping drag, Via Castellmare, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Restaurants, bars, shops, just what you'd expect in a beach town. She also sent us to the Parco Giochi where our boys played on the swings and the slides with Italian toddlers.

The cab ride from the airport to the hotel was 25 euros. Three rooms for three nights with three lunches and one dinner plus beach club charges for a grand total of 1000 euros.

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