I was taken aback by the outside of the hotel, but the reception was charming - I happened to get lucky when Meriam was there, and she speaks English. I was sort of whiny and complaining because, well, I just was - but I was forgiven for my not so polite behavior with sincerity and charm.
And the room they gave me? Modern, charming and sort of funky all at once - and spotlessly clean, with a cute and sunny balcony, where I sunned myself for 2 hours. It's right on the harbor and a 5-10 walk from an actual beach, with actual sand and even clean water!
I thought the decor was simple, charming and comfortable, and sort of Art Deco. Loved it. Can't stay enough.
If the city weren't such a big draw I would happily stay there, and for the layover folks, it's the perfect spot for under 100 bucks. Why spend $300 at the Hilton when for 15 Euros you'll be in cute little Fiumicino just 3 km. away, in a little village with all kinds of trippy people in it and total charm.
The taxi ride took all of 5 minutes, and yes, 15 EU is a total rip-off for 3 km. but that's the deal, because it's not a good business decision from the cab driver's point of view, when most people go all the way to Rome.
I highly recommend it, and I would definitely go again. Also - I asked for a cab to collect me at 7:15 the next morning, he was there at 7:13. Not all the reception speaks English, but they are polite and will get you what you need. Breakfast is good too.
To get food or to the harbor/beach exit the hotel, turn left, and left again and follow the main street towards the sea. You'll see an awesome gelateria on the left and some restaurants, then the sort of shipyard - empty parking lot sort of - keep going and you'll hit the beach and two beach clubs/restaurants. 10 minutes tops.
Imagine -- an airport beach......just great.
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