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Lido di Ostia: Hotel Sirenetta

Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli 46-48, 3 stars

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Reviewed by: James from UT, review #128

When: Fall 1998

Hotel right on the beach, convenient to Rome airport.

I know that many of you find hotel prices in Rome to be astronomical, and also, many people would like to stay convenient to the International Airport. I stayed several times at this hotel and found it very convenient, whether for travel by rental car or by public transportation (train or cab). In (Lido) Ostia (this means, the part of Ostia that is on the beach) there is the small, very pleasant and clean Hotel Sirenetta. It rates 3 stars by the official organization that decides these things. Anything less than a three star in Italy, as far as I am concerned (personal opinion!) should be steered clear of.

The Hotel Sirenetta is RIGHT ON the beach, with rooms facing the ocean, beautiful. There is a major street in front of the hotel, but sleeping there four nights it was no problem and I am a very light sleeper. Rooms 103 and 202 have great big balconies looking at the ocean. Price for a single is 95,000 lire, price for a double is 140,000 lire. (Rates quoted were those in Oct., 1998.) This is less than half of what hotels in Rome charge. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: To find the Hotel Sirenetta if you are traveling on your own by rental car: Best thing to do is to head for the airport, Leonardo DaVinci (FCO). Then, once in the "ring road" at the airport, head towards "Ostia," which is marked on the roadsigns on a blue background. Drive to Ostia, which is about a 10 minute drive from the airport. You will pass by the massive archeological digs there outside the town, worth a visit! Almost as good as Pompeii. Head for the beach. This is easier than it sounds, just drive westward, and keep driving westward, and you will run right into the beach road. The Hotel Sirenetta is SOUTH of the main square, which is on the beach. For a reference point, McDonalds is on the NORTH side of the square, you want to put your back to McDonald's and drive along the beach road south, about three blocks distance. The Hotel Sirenetta is close to a bank with an ATM that accepts US bankcards, and it is walking distance from a large church that is obvious to all as you navigate around Ostia. The Hotel Sirenetta is also a ten minute walk from the train station.

Train travel to the heart of Rome, to "Rome Termini" is an unbelievably cheap 1,750 lire, one way. That's just over a buck. Trip takes about 45 minutes. You can also reach the airport via train travel, inquire at the hotel for precise directions on this.

The hotel has an elevator. Some English spoken at the front desk. Breakfast is included, but it's sparse, coffee and a piece of bread with marmalade. But, the peace and quiet, the cleanliness of the place and the fact that you can sit on your balcony after a long day of fighting the crowds in Rome and look out on a beautiful sunset over the ocean makes this place well worth it. VISA and some other credit cards accepted.

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