Arrived in Ostia Lido on a gray wet Sunday afternoon after being perplexed by the one way road system for hours. Almost booked an isolated hotel in Ostia but luckily it was not available for 3 nghts. Gotthe name of the Ping Pong from the Tourist office list down the street and decided to stay there since we were parked in front of it, tired and desperate. From the outside it looks like a metal forttress but mostly because of the shutters to keep the strong sun out of the rooms. Inside much more relaxed. desk was good at getting us settled in. Unfortunately it was busier than we had expected for mid-September and we were in the annex building. That meant going out the side door, crossing the passsgeway to the breakfast room, up several steps, then if you are not on the ground floor you have to get up a full flight of stairs to use the elevator. We were between the 2nd and 3rd floors, so we had to carry the cases up the flight and then down a flight after the elevator went to the 3rd floor. Not sure if the main building was that bad.
Room small but clean, what you would expect I guess at a beachfront. In the poor weather Ostia looked tacky and depressing, like a worn out hooker, but once the sun came up the next day it had the shining glorious look shore towns get when the sun is out. Pretty good breakfast as Italian B/Fs go in a separate room looking at the beach. At that time of year parking was easy, and there were lots of restaurants nearby, not great but decent. The ones higly recommended by TripAdvisor seemed either closed for the season or more like sandwhich shops than restaurants.
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