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Hotel de "La Ville"

From: Civitavecchia (Port of Rome)

Hotel De La Ville entrance LEFT: The main entrance of the Hotel de "La Ville" in Civitavecchia, Italy. (The hotel was built in 1876.)

Several hotels have near-perfect locations along the waterfront street that runs between Civitavecchia's railroad station and the cruise port: the three-star Hotel Mediterraneo, the four-star Hotel San Georgio, and the four-star Hotel de "La Ville", which is the subject of this review.

The Hotel de "La Ville" is one football field's length from the railroad station and twice that short distance from the port entrance. Unless you're mobility-challenged or traveling with more luggage than you can roll without assistance, you won't need a taxi to get between the station, the hotel, and the port. The wide sidewalks along the Viale Garibaldi and Viale della Repubblica are mostly level, and there's only one mildly busy street to cross: the Largo Plebiscito next to McDonald's and the port entrance, where you may need to stare down a driver or two at the short zebra crossing.

About the hotel

 Lobby flowers at Hotel de La Ville CivitavecchiaThe Hotel de "La Ville" is a large 19th Century mansion that, if it were in Rome, might serve as an embassy or consulate. The spacious lobby is decorated with white-and-black marble, intricate plasterwork, flowers, and huge windows that bring in light from Civitavecchia's waterfront promenade. An elevator and a carpeted marble staircase lead to 37 guest rooms and 8 suites, many of which offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The hotel has an elegant dining room, "Filippo III Il Ristorante," and a candlelit "Taverna di Filippo" in the vaulted cellars of the hotel, which were built within the walls of ancient Roman baths. (The Taverna doubles as a breakfast room.)

Rates are reasonable for a four-star hotel: When I booked through Venere in the late summer of 2010, I paid €100 for a large room with double bed facing the sea, with a buffet breakfast included in the price.

One minor gripe: Internet access isn't free, but hourly rates are reasonable and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

One big plus: The English-speaking reception staff are helpful and kind.

How to reach the Hotel de "La Ville"

  • From the railroad station: Turn right as you leave the station and walk downhill. (The incline is gentle.)  You'll reach the Hotel de "La Ville" in two or three minutes.

  • From the cruise port: Take the free shuttle bus from your ship to the south entrance. Exit the port, cross the street by McDonald's, and walk along the street of restaurants, apartment buildings, shops, and hotels that face the palm-lined waterfront promenade. The Hotel de "La Ville" is about 200 meters or just over 200 yards from the port, and it's clearly marked on Google's satellite photo map of downtown Civitavecchia.

More photos, rates, and revervations

For captioned pictures of the hotel, see page 2 of this review.

To check rates, or to book a room at the Hotel de "La Ville," click here.

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