Hotel de "La Ville"
by Durant Imboden
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 Suisse, the four-star Hotel San Georgio, and the four-star Hotel de "La Ville", which is the subject of this review.
Theis 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
The 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.
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