Pre-cruise we stayed at Hotel Miramare. This is an old traditional hotel very near the railway station. Since we had previously visited Rome several times we decided on going straight to the port this time.
Taking the train to Civitavecchia from the airport is easy. You buy a ticket for the whole distance, get on the train at the airport and change at Trastevere. The only challenge is that there is little space for your luggage so you either end up taking 4 seats for 2 people or staying out in the passage way.
Check-in at the hotel went smoothly and they were ever so friendly. We were given a map and lots of advice about where to go and what to see. We were on the top floor and had an amazing sea view.
Our room (or should I say 2 rooms) was large and clean. The furniture was basic - and the bed a little on the hard side. The only thing we were worried about was that there seemed to be no fire alarm in the room (the wires were not attatched to anything)
Breakfast was Ok - quite Italian with a lot of pre-packaged sweet cakes. I prefer plain toast and marmelade. The coffees were really good.
Next day we could have taken a taxi with other passengers to the port - but decided to walk with our luggage which took about 15 minutes to the port bus.
Would we stay there again - it depends. If going to Civitavecchia, yes. However - another time, we will probably book a hotel in Trastevere. That way we have the easy access by train to the port, combined with the benifits of being in Rome. Civitavecchia does not have much to offer. The shops are really expensive, the restaurants average and not much too do there.
I think the hotel deserves at 3.5 rating - but the choice is 3 or 4
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