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Fiumicino: Hotel Riviera - Fiumicino

via Licio Visintini 30/32, Phone: 06.6580302

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Reviewed by: Decobabe from Italy, review #1610

When: October 2006

Clean, cheap and quick access to the airport. Newly renovated and they have parking. {3 stars}

This is not the fun end of Fiumicino, but across the river in the beach end which is apparently family oriented. The hotel is a block off the beach and many rooms have views of the sea.

This three star hotel has regular shuttles to the airport but not on Sunday. The desk staff speaks good English. The breakfast is a standard buffet and the coffee is made to your order.

The room and the bath were both good for the price we paid of 140 for a triple. We booked through "Rates To Go" where the prices are stated in UK , and then restated in the currency of your choice. We were emailed a voucher. The price was the normal rack rate according to the list above the desk.

The wake-up call we requested for an early flight was right on time. The taxi we requested for a Sunday departure was waiting. Check when booking whether the shuttle will be available for your flight.

The room held three beds, two pushed together and one separate. There is a flat screen TV, a desk and a big window onto a street full of beach cottages with the sea at the end. You can walk to the end of the block and find a seaside street filled with restaurants. Some other guests were happy with the "Blu Marlin" there. The deskclerk recommended "Mirage" to us and we didn't like it.

The only regret we had was the distance from the port, which is rather like Annapolis in the USA. It's a real working fishing port and our companions over drinks were many of them fishermen. Passing from the port area to the beach area is a bit confusing; at least for us because we didn't know there was more than one part to Fiumicino. The beach area is called Isola Sacra. If you, like I, drive to the hotel, get a printout from one of the mapping sites. Almost every street is one way.

Parking is next to the hotel, free and secure. There are perhaps a dozen spaces. Overall, we were quite satisfied on all counts.

Reviewed by: Peter from US, review #124

When: Summer 2002

A Pig-in-a-Poke turns Out to Be a Pig. {3 star}

I booked the Riviera as a "pig-in-a-poke": from a website advertising hotels close to Fiumicino. We wanted to stay close to the airport the night before we flew back home. The website advertised a 3-star hotel a block from the beach, 10 minutes from the airport.

How this hotel got a 3-star rating, I don't know. Perhaps if the whole building were lifted up and placed on a cliff in Liguria overlooking the sea it may have qualified for a couple of stars. But we found a drab hotel with closet-small (reasonably clean, to be fair) rooms in a somewhat seedy neighborhood. Come to think of it, we were lucky to find it at all as the website gave no specific directions, and we had to battle rush-hour Rome traffic, and make a lot of lucky guesses as to which exits to take, and which streets to take after the exit.

The Mediterranean is two blocks away but given the neighborhood and the oil tankers, its appeal for an evening stroll is scant. Parking at the Riviera is "take-a-chance" as the lot is not locked or guarded at night. I wouldn't recommend leaving anything in a car overnight.

The fun started after 10pm when a symphony of Vespas, cars, dogs (many and very insistent), and arguing people filled the air outside our window. Needless to say, falling asleep or staying asleep was not easy.

In fairness, the clerk was friendly enough though not very knowledgeable about restaurants, and had we been more prepared for the setting, we probably would have rolled-with and enjoyed the local color.

The Riviera advertises itself as being 10 minutes from the airport. This is true IF you hit the road before any traffic is out and about. In the middle of the day, I doubt if you could make it to Fiumicino in under 30 minutes. During rush hour, leave for the airport the day before your flight is scheduled.

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