what is the best way to get from the airport to the hotel
Is your spelling of the name of the hotel accurate? Regardless, there is train service from Fiumicino to Termini, the main rail station in Rome. Your hotel's website should provide a location guide to give you a sense of location. Too, Rick Steves's guide gives good information about taxis, trainsvarious modes of transportation. I had no trouble traveling from Fiumicino to Termini on the Leonardo Express, which goes direct from airport to rail station. best wishes
There is also a bus, at half the price, that goes to Termini. For there walk if hotel is close, use a city bus, or taxi. Depends on what you mean by "best." I always think of best as being a private driver and car.
I know that area. The Opera Hotel is in via Nazionale at the corner with via de Pretis.
If you take the train from the Fiumicino airport station it's a 32 min. train ride (14 euro per person) to Roma Termini station. From the Termini Station to the hotel is a 15 min. walk (about 1km). The airport bus will take you to the station in about 45-50 min (depending on traffic), but it will cost half (per person). From there you still need to walk the 15 min to the hotel. A taxi will take you directly to the hotel of course. Unless there is horrible traffic it's a 30-40 min ride. The cost will be approximately 50 euro. So your decision should be based on how many people traveling together and how much luggage you have. If you are traveling solo with light baggage, the public transportation option + the 15 km walk is not a big deal. But if it's 3 of you with a bunch of suitcases, then you should take a taxi.
thank you everyone - all most helpful
Took my sister to Rome (we are in our early 60's) this past Sept and booked a private driver from the airport to our hotel (which is only about 4 blocks from Termini). It was o/a 50Euros. The train is 15Euros so for two people it's 30Euros plus however much it costs to get from the train station to your hotel. After a long overnight flight it was great to have a hassle free trip into the city. Our flight was delayed for 2 hours prior to takeoff because of a computer problem on-board. The car service kept track of our flight and was therefore waiting outside of customs at an appropriate time. We each had one medium sized suitcase so it wasn't like we were over packed. I just knew we'd be really tired. When it's my husband and myself we train in and walk to our hotel. You need to weigh what is important for you - time vs. money, ease of transport or lack thereof. A AIRPORT taxi (not reserved ahead) is fixed at 40Euros (4 person max with baggage). Price may have gone up a few Euros. If you go this route be sure to take only a taxi from the airport's official taxi stand.
In 2009, we used Rome Cabs at romecabs.com I reserved online. At that time the cost was 50€ for 3 people. I just looked at their website, and the prices are the same. I received an e-mail with specific instructions where the driver would be and the sign he would have. He was waiting exactly as promised. It also included the driver's name and cell phone number.
At that time the fixed price for a taxi into central Rome was 40€, so I thought this was worth the difference. The vehicle was an impeccably clean air-conditioned Mercedes SUV. The driver was likewise impeccably dressed and spoke English quite well. He took us to our hotel and carried my wife's luggage into the hotel lobby, where I paid him. We were really tired from the flight, and this was a very nice little splurge. If we go to Rome again, I'll repeat the experience.
Thanks Marie and Thomas - We have decided to take a car after all the informative responses.