Have an early flight of the Rome airport? Many of the transatlantic flights leave first thing in the morning, which makes getting to FCO three hours early feel like a bit of stretch if it means leaving your central Rome accommodation at 4 am. Flying out super early in the morning or arriving very late at night can be painful. Sometimes what you want to stay right next to the airport to make it all a little easier, and I get that.
So how do you select the best Rome airport hotels? As always, it depends on a combination of time, budget, and style – so these options have everything from rooms right in the airport to relaxing resorts a couple of minutes away.
Note: Rome has two airports, so this guide includes the best airport hotels near Fiumicino (FCO) as well as Ciampino (CIA).
Rome Airport Hotels: Fiumicino
Fiumicino is fairly well connected to Rome so you can stay in the city center and still make it to Fiumicino in about 30 minutes if you are leaving very early, before any traffic. If you are going to stay in Rome then I would suggest pre-booking a taxi so you have some piece of mind about your airport transfer really arriving to pick you up in the wee hours of the morning. The trains to the airport only start around 6 am so these won’t work for extremely early departures.
On the other hand, if you are arriving late in Fiumicino and want to pick up a rental car, you might want to stay directly at the airport so that you don’t have to go into Rome only to come back the next morning when the office reopens. Taxis have a set price to Fiumicino Airport and the €48 both ways will add up.
As the name of the airport suggests, Rome Fiumicino (sometimes called Leonardo Da Vinci Airport) is actually inside the city limit of Fiumicino, not Rome. Many of the Rome airport hotels are therefore technically in Fiumicino. However, there are other options inside the airport if you want to stay literally on the grounds.
Best for inside the airport: Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
If you want to stay at a Rome airport hotel that is literally INSIDE Fiumicino airport than Air Rooms if your best/only option. The hotel is connected to the airport by a skybridge in Terminal 3 and has a 24-hour front desk so that you can arrive at any time. The rooms are really simple but I suppose that is all you need when the whole point is a comfortable, convenient place to sleep. There are hot coffee and pastries in the morning you give you a little boost before your journey, as well as free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected. Between 10 am and 5 pm you can also rent a room for three hours in case you want to take a nap and a shower during a particularly long layover.
Best for right next to the airport: Hilton Rome Airport
Also within walking distance of the airport (even with luggage) is the Hilton Rome Aiport hotel. Here you have the reliable Hilton brand, as well as more space, more amenities and a larger selection of rooms. (You can also sometimes find a great deal online). There isn’t a ton of character here, but for comfort and peace of mind in the location, this is an excellent option for Fiumicino Airport stays. The rooms are well insulated, so you shouldn’t hear noise from the planes taking off or landing, either. Note: The second airport Hilton option, the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport Hotel, is about a 5-minute drive away from the Fiumicino Airport and is not within walking distance. However, there is a free shuttle that heads to the airport every 15 minutes.
Best for relaxation nearby: QC TermeRoma Spa and Resort
If you want to be close to Fiumicino Airport but still want to feel like you are (rightly) on vacation, check out the QC TermeRoma Spa and Resort. More than an airport hotel, this natural hot spring spa is where Romans come to escape the stress of city life. Literally only a few minutes’ drive from the airport, it would be the perfect treat to rest and work off some of your jetlag, or spend your last day in Rome relaxing before the long trip home. There are beautiful gardens, thermal pools, and plenty of extras like massages that can be added to your stay. If you plan to arrive by taxi, ask to be directed to the Fiumicino taxi stand instead of the Rome City taxi stand – or have the hotel arrange a pickup for you.
Best for comfort on a budget: Best Western Rome Airport Hotel
For the best price-value ratio, the Rome airport Best Western usually comes out on top. The hotel is modern if no-frills and has comfortable rooms about a 5-minute trip from FCO. There is a free shuttle bus to the airport, and the hotel also has shuttles to Civitavecchia, the Rome City Center, and the Rome convention center at Fiera di Roma.
Hotels Near Ciampino Airport
Ciampino is Rome’s smaller airport and there are slightly fewer connections to reach it. However, a taxi to Rome Ciampino has a set price of €30 in case you prefer to spend one last night in the city center and then take an early taxi to get your flight. If you are arriving late, know that the taxis waiting at CIA are notorious for ripping people off. It is best to pre-arrange your transfer if that is the case.
As the name suggests, Ciampino Airport is located close to the town of Ciampino. There is a regional train that has a Ciampino stop but this is connected to the town, rather than the airport.
That 6:05 am flight out of Ciampino can be killer, so if you want to stay nearby – here are the best hotels and B&Bs in the area.
Best overall: Hotel Villa Giulia
Ciampino is small compared to Fiumicino and does not have as many accommodation options but one of the nicest is Hotel Villa Giulia. The hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Ciampino train station and located near the town’s main square. The hotel is updated but simple, however, a big plus is that it caters to travelers. There are small, single rooms that are very budget friendly for solo travelers and the complimentary breakfast starts early since so many people have flights to catch. The hotel can arrange a shuttle to the airport, which is a 5-minute drive away.
Best for a budget: Hotel Laura
Ciampino is largely where the budget airlines fly out of and if you found a deal on a ticket, you probably also want to find a deal on where to stay. Hotel Laura is a basic two-star hotel close to the train station, as well as near the bus stop for local airport buses (though they may not run regularly very early in the morning). The hotel has free Wi-Fi and air conditioning in all the rooms at bargain prices.
Best for a local touch: Aromatario B&B
One minute from the train station, Aromatario B&B has three rooms with private bathrooms and allows guests full access to the communal kitchen in case you want to cook in. Antonello, the friendly owner, is known for being helpful and can assist you with Ciampino recommendations and tips for getting to and from the nearby airport. If you are on a budget, this B&B is around the corner from the local bus stop that will take you to CIA for just €1.20.
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