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Airport hotels have earned a pretty bad reputation in the States; they tend to be beige, corporate and — although convenient — super impersonal. This is not the case in Fiumicino, however. The Italian airport town is populated with guest houses, B&Bs, family-run hotels and even a luxe spa property that makes a night’s stopover a treat rather than a write-off. Here, we've rounded up the best hotels near Aeroporto Internazionale di Roma-Fiumicino. Not only are these properties conveniently located, but they're also super accommodating of travelers with cheap airport shuttles, boxed breakfasts to go, and more.
Best Overall: Intorno al Fico - Hotel al Mare
One thing's certain at Intorno al Fico - Hotel al Mare — you'd never guess it's an airport hotel. The hotel has charming individually decorated rooms and the property is so close to the sea that the sounds of waves will lull you to sleep. Amenities around the property are great, too; there are open-air showers for guests to use in the summer, a terrace with sunbeds and another with comfortable furniture for mid-afternoon aperitivi. The hotel offers convenient shuttles to the airport; the 10-minute ride will cost about 10 euro per person. When it comes to booking a room at Hotel al Mare, we suggest doing so well in advance as there are only eight rooms. It's almost important to take your schedule into account as post 9:00 p,m, check-ins incur extra fees. Additionally, the staff usually doesn't work too late (sorry, no 24/7 reception here), so you'll want to communicate your check-in/check-out plans with them.
Best Budget: Academy Hotel
A night at the Academy Hotel will run you much less than many other Fiumicino airport hotels — and it guarantees a short commute to your early-morning flight. Assuming you don't hit any crazy traffic, Academy is just a 10-minute ride from the terminal and the hotel’s shuttle costs about half the price of a regular taxi, making it a godsend for stressful travel days. Rooms here are clean and modern, each with their own air-conditioning units and the beds are a far cry from the hard ones found in some smaller Italian hotels. Our top tip? Kick back the night before a transatlantic flight with a glass of wine up on the hotel’s terrace. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, so you can always keep an eye on your flights. There’s no breakfast available, unfortunately, but there are a few cafes and a grocery store near the hotel if you want to pick something up.
Best for Families: Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport
One of the biggest hurdles of traveling as a family is simply getting the kids out the door on time. Scrambling to make sure everything is packed, that you have all the supplies you need in your diaper bag and that your little ones have all the snacks they could want is a daunting task. Some airport hotels do a great job of making the chaos a little more manageable, however, and the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport is one such property. Besides making sure that families get a comfortable night's sleep, there’s also a free shuttle to the airport that swings by every 15 minutes. The hotel is part of an American chain so while it lacks the charm of smaller local properties, it does offer much larger rooms and meals that are sure to please picky tots.
Best for Luxury: QC Termeroma Spa and Resort
This five-star hotel is an oasis in Fiumicino — and just five minutes from the airport. If you’re coming in on a red eye, a stay here is sure to help you get over even the worst jet lag; traditional rooms are elegant and offer robes and slippers for shuffling around in, as well as a pillow menu for rejuvenating sleep. After a nap, be sure to check out the hotel’s spa. Beyond booking a revitalizing treatment, you can take advantage of the saunas, hydro-massage tubs and Kneipp path to boost circulation after a long flight. You can also explore the wellness garden’s features, like a Japanese bath, or simply doze off in the relaxation room, which features cocoon-like chairs that hang from the ceiling. Aperitivo hour — with snacks and sparkling wine — is included in the stay, but you can also head to the on-site restaurant for a late evening dinner.
Best Pool: Hotel Tiber Fiumicino
Hotel Tiber Fiumicino takes your typical airport stay up a notch with its location — right on the side of the Tiber — and a rooftop pool (with a bar) that looks out over the sea. The hotel is distinctly shaped like a ship, but don’t expect berths in these rooms; instead, they’re very spacious and incredibly clean. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is very good, with hot dishes like bacon and eggs. Staff is happy to help make arrangements for a cab to the airport in the mornings and since the hotel is just a 10-minute ride away from the airport’s front doors, the journey won’t break the bank, either. Despite the close proximity, however, you'll sleep soundly here — guests report that no airport noise permeates the hotel’s walls.
Best B&B: Bed & Breakfast Aquila di Mare
Simple but delightful, this B&B is situated just a five-minute walk from the beach, making it the perfect spot to relax the evening before an early morning flight. Travelers love the check-in time, as well, with clerks available from mid-afternoon to midnight for those arriving on later flights. Don’t think the hotel's location on the beach means it's too far from your terminal, either: Bed & Breakfast Aquila di Mare is still only 11 minutes by car from the airport’s front doors (hotel shuttle service is available for around 10 euro). Inside, rooms are traditional and clean and there’s breakfast not only included, but available for guests right in their rooms. It’s nothing fancy — pre-packaged croissants, fruit, and coffee/tea, along with milk and juice in the mini-fridge — but it’s handy for grabbing and going the morning of an early flight.
Best Location: Sleep And Fly Rome Airport B&B
Located as close to Aeroporto Internazionale di Roma-Fiumicino as possible, the family-run Sleep and Fly is less than 10 minutes by car to the terminal — and just a 20-minute walk to the center of town. The owner trained as an interior designer, so rooms here are not only clean and comfortable, but designed with a bit more pizazz than you'd find in a standard airport hotel. The B&B is also super accommodating — the owners drive guests to the airport for 10 euro, so you never have to worry about whether taxis will show up. Even better, they'll also happily pack a picnic breakfast for those with super-early flights. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, so you can keep up to date on flight status and check in as necessary. If you have time to head into Rome proper, there’s a bus stop close by.
Best Boutique: Albis Rooms
Thanks to clean, comfortable rooms, incredibly helpful owners and a location just a 10-minute drive from the airport, Albis Rooms is one of the best options for travelers with flights out of FCO. Breakfast is included in the room rate and those who are gluten-free can request a special meal (the owners will even pack the meal to go for an early morning flight). Check-in is open from 3:30 PM to 11:30 PM which gives you plenty of time to explore the little town and its beach (within walking distance of the hotel). If you have a longer stopover and want to explore further afield, you can also take a shuttle bus into Rome for about six euros each way. There’s not a lot to do in the immediate area, if your main concern is having a comfortable place to sleep that's in close proximity to the airport, Albis Rooms will do you well.
Best for Vegans: Vegan Inn Airport - Adults Only
There’s a place out there for everyone and vegans flying out of Rome’s Fiumicino airport will find a home — at least for the night — at the Vegan Inn Airport. The property, which is just eight minutes by car from FCO, offers transit to the airport for a small fee, taking some of the hassle out of navigating foreign public transit. At the hotel, guests will find simple but clean rooms, as well as ensuite bathrooms and — true to the name — a full vegan breakfast spread which is included in the room rate. One tip: There are only three rooms at this B&B, so be sure to book early to guarantee a spot.