After a long delay on my Alitalia flight from Frankfurt to Rome the only thing I truly wanted to do was sleep and thankfully my hotel was close to the airport. I had chosen to stay at the Comfort Hotel Rome Fiumicino due to its location and its Choice Privilege low rate of only 8,000 points a night. Choice Privileges is an American Express Membership Reward partner, so I transferred 8,000 points from my American Express Membership Rewards account to my Choice Privilege account and booked the room for one night. The points posted to my account immediately after transferring and as the hotel rate was $120 a night, I easily got a value 1.5 cent per membership reward point in this redemption.
Hotel Lobby & sitting area
The hotel over all was very basic, yet nice, and I enjoyed one of the hotels newer remodeled rooms. The location is great for travelers, only 10 minutes by car from the airport and a free hotel shuttle to connect guests with the airport and hotel. I had arrived late, due to my delay, and had missed the last shuttle. After trying to get a taxi for 20 minutes and arguing with multiple drivers over using the meter, I finally semi agreed to the 20 Euro price. Once in the taxi I started to read the signs and rules and regulations displayed in the cab (writtenbin english and italian) that stated taxi drivers must always use the meter and the sign listed the cost per KM. Once I arrived at the hotel, I calculated what the cost should have been (about 10 euro) and told the driver that 20 Euro was not a fair price and instead I would be paying him 10 and he was in violation of the law by not using the meter. He got upset, starting screaming at me, and told me he was going to call the police if I did not pay up. Long story short, I told him I would gladly speak to the police as he was in violation of the regulations listed in the cab. He followed me into the hotel room and started speaking with the receptionist in Italian. The driver waving his hands and screaming and the younger attractive Italian receptionist just sat there smiling and chuckling. In the end, the reception gave the driver 20 euro to get rid of him and then informed me not to worry about it and that the hotel would pick up the cost as there should have been a shuttle for me. I protested and tried to pay the receptionist, but he kindly refused.
After the ordeal, I was quickly checked in and pointed towards my room where I took a quick shower and then laid my head to rest for a quick 6 hour nap before heading back downstairs in the morning for a quick bite to eat and my shuttle back to the airport for my flight to LAX on Alitalia Business Class. The room was basic, included a queen bed, bathroom with only a shower, a fridge, small work station, TV, and the highlight was a balcony. Breakfast in the morning included meats and cheeses, fresh baked bread, espresso and fruit; it was basic but decent for a complimentary breakfast.
Overall, the Comfort Inn at Rome Fiumicino is a great hotel for travelers who need to spend the night near the airport. The rooms are small, but decent and provide the amenities needed when only passing through. In addition, the rooms were quiet and I slept extremely peacefully on a very comfortable bed. Not to mention, the upgraded interiors make the hotel appear extremely modern and chic despite being a comfort inn! The decorations of the room and lobby are more on par with boutique hotels than other comfort inns that I have experienced in the past!