We were put up at the Sunbay when the Hotel Traiano overbooked, so the Traiano paid for our stay at the Sunbay and personally came out to the Sunbay to make sure we got free transit to our ship the next day. So kudos to the Traiano.
The bathroom was fine in my opinion, but if you're an American who hates the European handheld shower-heads, particularly when there's no shower curtain or door, the Sunbay is not for you. On the other hand, the water temperature/pressure was excellent and refreshing. The bathroom had very little counter space, so even two small shaving kits could be difficult to manage. Modernizing their bathrooms would improve this hotel a lot.
The Sunbay made me imagine the type of faded resort that Thomas Mann may have been describing in Death in Venice except not quite that large or fancy. The doors still use keys instead of key cards. The bedspreads and curtains had simple, floral patterns, and were a bit threadbare in a way that made me wonder if they were "vintage" from the 50s or earlier. The proximity of the sea (we had a great view from our window and a small balcony) made the room a little musty and perhaps the sensation of being a tiny bit damp. The beds were hard by American standards, but not too bad. Lighting in nearly every hotel room in Italy I've stayed in was dimmer than is comfortable for reading, and that's more or less true at the Sunbay.
I should add that there are portions of the public areas that receive a fantastic, refreshing cross breeze, and since the free wifi only worked in the public areas, you have an excuse to sit out there and check your e-mail.
Service was a bit unfriendly at first, but (I'm not kidding) improved after I put on my TripAdvisor hat. However, it may have just been the first employee we encountered because everyone else seemed friendly enough, and the staff spoke English well. The reviews that say it's a bit remote from town are correct. There is a restaurant at the hotel that also has that great view of the Mediterranean and a pretty marina. The pasta I had was tasty but heavy on garlic. I think the Sunbay is within walking distance of other restaurants, but not much else. The free breakfast at the Sunbay was good enough-a fairly wide variety of pastries and juices, fresh fruits, yogurt, some cold cuts.
The hotel is quite pretty from the outside (a bright yellow) and they definitely take pride in the hotel as they were busy landscaping flowers in their car park. The taxi to the cruise port might be a little high and the hotel amenities aren't perfect, but if you like the idea of a night at a romantic, old-fashioned hotel right on the water, this could be for you.
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