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“Cheap, Peaceful, and Convenient” 4 of 5 stars
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Sunbay Park Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Aurelia Sud, Km 67,500, 00053 Civitavecchia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Civitavecchia
Stuttgart, Germany
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18 hotel reviews
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“Cheap, Peaceful, and Convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Last month my family and I stayed at the Sunbay Park Hotel for the third time in seven years. As in the past, we choose this hotel as a convenient pre-cruise staging area that previous reviewers on Trip Advisor had deemed comfortable and safe. The establishment is not a five star hotel and has some shortcomings, but it is peaceful and clean, and serves as an enjoyable starting point for cruises out of Civitavecchia. There are limited hotel options in this area and I feel that the appeal this hotel has to the ones in town is that it is quieter and is actually located on the water. During our most recent stay, my wife’s sister and her family joined us for a seven day cruise. We booked three rooms online at a very reasonable rate and the hotel gave us a large room for two adults and two children on the third floor as well as two adjoining rooms with ocean view balconies on the second floor. The staff also allowed my sister-in-law to leave her car in the hotel parking lot while we were gone for a week at no extra charge. Our experience at the hotel during our third stay was consistent with our previous two stays. The one exception being the breakfast buffet, which is not as extensive as it was in the past. I will add however, that when I pointed this out to our waiter, he brought me fresh made eggs and bacon at no charge. This along with other gestures renewed my enthusiasm for the place. The background story on the hotel, as told to me by a staff member, is that it was originally built as a seaside villa for an Italian Army Major during World War II. There was a large main house with a colonnade extending to a salt water pool near the ocean. After war the Major lost the property and it was converted to a hotel. A wing of ocean view rooms was built onto the colonnade, and the main house was expanded. Eventually a second fresh water pool was installed on the south side of the property. The grounds are landscaped with mature palms, century plants, and bougainvillea and surrounded by a high wall which secures the parking area. Most rooms are facing the ocean and have a balcony with shutters for privacy. They include fans and air conditioners, flat screen televisions, and free wi-fi access. The furnishings are rather old and simple, but the rooms and hotel are clean and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel is a five minute taxi ride to Civitavecchia and I would say that the majority of guests, at least in the summer, are departing or returning cruise passengers. Although somewhat expensive, the restaurant offers nice evening dining options and the wait staff are very professional. If you don’t want to spend so much money for dinner, there is a local establishment called the Pizzeria Fuori Dal Ghetto a couple of blocks away that offers good wood-fire pizza at a reasonable price. If you are staying in Civitavecchia and want to take the train to Rome, it will cost you about ten euros per person round trip. The ride is approximately an hour each way, but allows you to see the surrounding countryside and is a much cheaper option than hiring a limo or booking a shore excursion. Having done this twice, we opted to stay at the hotel and lounge by the pool this time. The air and water temperatures were perfect, and the atmosphere was so peaceful that my wife and I both enjoyed a nap under our poolside umbrella. The smaller freshwater pool offers a pool bar, lifeguard, and towel boy. When we were there it was very quiet with a mostly adult crowd. The larger salt water pool has lifeguards and two wading pools for children. There is also a large number of lounge chairs for sunbathers and as expected it is much more crowded. Beginning around October when the weather cools and most of the cruise ships have relocated to the Caribbean, the pools close down for the winter and the hotel business drops off considerably. We previously stayed at the hotel in October and had to turn on the heat in our room at night. The breakfast buffet is not as elaborate as it was the first time we stayed there, and I think it would be nice if the hotel added a game room and a spa. Nonetheless, the Sunbay Park Hotel is very convenient for pre-cruise lodging and offers a positive experience for a reasonable price. Unless they build a Hilton or a Marriott nearby, I will probably stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Prague, Czech Republic
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21 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is nothing special. Old rooms the corridors smell because of cigarette smoke. The waiters in the restaurant serve burned food and tell you that this is the way grilling is done in Italy very arrogant. Would never go there again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

The day/night before a cruise, we stayed in the Sun Bay Park. It was a LONG walk to town along a noisy and busy road. THe view from the room was nice of the ocean. Room was sparse and overpriced for what it was. Breakfast was good and was included. Taxi to the port was pricey and not that far.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

We stayed here for a couple of days recently before heading inland because it is only 40 minute drive up the coast from Fiumicino Airport. It is a little rundown externally but the rooms were OK, all with sea view, and the aircon worked well. Rooms were spacious but basic, bathroom was ok but a fairly small shower.

It has 2 pools, one very quiet at the back of the hotel (freshwater) with a pool bar and one on the sea front (saltwater) which is also open to the public. There is a reserved area for hotel guests and another pool bar for snacks and drinks which can still be charged to the room. There isn't a beach but there are steps down from the rocks in to the sea. This pool was busier but never crowded and there are plent of sunbeds and parasols.

Breakfast wasn't great (cereal, toast or croissants) but sufficient. We didn't eat there in the evening; it is only a 5 minute drive in to Civitavechia centre where there are several restaurants and bars. It was very busy in the town this time of year so we had to park half a mile away and walk along the promenade.

The minibar in the room had little in it but the bar was open late. Most people appeared to go out though and it was generally quiet by the time we got back. There is a carpark on site and the reception staff were friendly, helpful and spoke good English.

Free wifi in the reception/restaurant areas.

It isn't really a 4 star but nice enough if you want to chill for a couple of days by the pool or sea. If you are going on a cruise there are closer hotels to the port, but this appeared to be the best one on the seafront with a pool, tennis etc.

Room Tip: All rooms have sea views and overlook the harbour
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

If you are coming off a cruise or awaiting to depart on one and you wish a chill out time before or after your journey, please consider this hotel so near to the port, plus it's also a nice getaway from nearer home as we from Rome appreciated for a second time.

The staff are extremely gracious and available, from the concierge to the restaurant, from the pools staff ,including animation (there are 2 pools, plus 2 kiddies pools) and the ladies of the kiosk to the room service.
The hotel restaurant has certainly a geat cook and offers a menu of meat and fish. My husband and I enjoyed 2 really tasty and fair priced dinners of freshly cooked fish accommpanied with a local wine and no price suprises!!.
The rooms may be slightly dated but the peaceful marina views , private coastline sunbathing and ample private parking and all above ,make this hotel very comfortable for all travellers.
Even for weekend vacationers from Rome like ourselves..........

Thank you Sun Bay
Caron

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

We stayed at Sunbay Park Hotel before we left on a cruise. The room was very clean. The balcony had a great view of the harbor. We watched the cruise ships come in and depart in the evening before we left. The grounds were attractive. The staff was very helpful. The breakfast was limited but nice. My wife left her camera there and the staff contacted us and sent the camera to our home. I was very impressed by their honesty and their help in sending the camera home. I would stay there again and would recommend it to our family and friends.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

this hotel took a little to find. even using a satnav.
the staff were good and the rooms were clean and large.
very comfy and the rooms we were in had balconys that had a lovley view of the bay and what not.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Aurelia Sud, Km 67,500, 00053 Civitavecchia, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Rome > Civitavecchia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Civitavecchia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunbay Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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