Looking for hotels near Rome airport? There are plenty to choose from, although only one is actually inside Fiumicino airport.
On this page, you'll find:
So now the question becomes: Is it easier to stay at an airport hotel on the night before an early flight out of Rome?
My opinion is that (in most cases) you should stay in the city. Here's why:
Even if you have an early flight, I still suggest spending your last night in Rome.
You will be able to do any last minute shopping or sight seeing and you will be able to enjoy a lovely evening meal and a pleasant stroll afterward.
Of course there are some excellent reasons why you might want to stay at one of the hotels near Rome airport:
The Hilton at the Rome airport is the only hotel actually inside the airport (Fiumicino.)
The Hilton Garden Inn is on the airport property but not inside the airport itself. There are plenty of other hotels close to the airport, including several large international brands and other smaller, local hotels.
If you stay at one of the many other hotels near Rome airport, you will have to rely on and coordinate your departure time based on the shuttle timetables to the airport.
There are also some early RyanAir flights out of Ciampino airport.
This airport is much closer to the center of Rome and in this case I would absolutely recommend staying in the city. If you do want to stay near Ciampino, you can compare rates and book here.
If your flight leaves at 10am or later, I definitely suggest staying in Rome your last night.
You have to be at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight (depending on where you are flying to), and this means leaving Rome by no later than 6am, so in this case, I think you are much better off staying in the city.
Obviously being an international airport, there are flights at Fiumicino leaving (and arriving) at all hours.
For flights within Europe, normally you should be at Fiumicino 2 hours prior to takeoff. However, for the really early flights, I think 1.5 hours prior is sufficient. There are not many flights leaving FCO around 6 or so, but let's just say the earliest you'd have to be at the airport even for one of these is at 4:30am.
For overseas flights, you are supposed to be at the airport 3 hours prior to takeoff. There are no direct overseas flights leaving before 7am out of FCO, at least none I could find. In my experience with thousands of B&B guests over the years, the earliest our guests have had to leave for Fiumicino is at 4:30am, to be there at 5am for an 8am flight.
So, for those really early morning flights, you'd have to leave Rome center by 4 or 4:30am. Yes that is a horrible time to have to wake up.
But, you'd have to get up at that hour anyway, even if you stayed near the airport. And unless you stay INSIDE the airport Hilton, you will still have to get TO Fiumicino from your airport hotel. Granted they are closer than Rome, but you would not save more than maybe 15-20 minutes by the time you factor in travel time to the airport.
At that time of morning, there is NO traffic and you'd zip from Rome to the airport in half an hour.
The only thing is that you cannot take public transportation at this hour. You can:
This map shows some select hotels near Rome airport of Fiumicino (not Ciampino.) It's broken down into two sections: International hotel brands, and local spots.
Where the international brands are concerned, I even included a couple of large conference hotels (Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn) a bit closer to Rome (and farther from Fiumicino), because they are well-located between both cities, and because I know people do book these a lot, whether for the loyalty points, for the space and amenities, or because they just like the brand.
I have never eaten in Fiumicino (town.) Which is really a shame because from what I know there are some wonderful places to eat there, for fresh seafood and much more.
So to give you the best guidance I can, I suggest you visit the blog Apron and Sneakers, published by my pal Rowena Dumlao-Giardina, who lives in the city of Fiumicino. She is a wonderful photographer and writer and has lots of local, hands-on advice about where to eat (and more!) in Fiumicino. (Just do a search on her site for "Fiumicino".) Thanks Rowena!