Basic pre-cruise accommodations
Posted Aug 7, 2016
The exterior appearance was disappointing with extensive peeling paint and rusty balcony rails. Room with minimal amenities - bed was like a box spring with no mattress and pillows were ultra-thin. Wardrobe almost impossible to open. Despite mostly non-Italian guests (about to embark on a cruise ship), the TV had an extensive Italian-only selection of channels. The bathroom, although seemingly recently renovated, lacked any thought of functionality: the shower was long and narrow with the broken shower-head midway and the floppy shower curtain making the space even smaller. There were no holders for soap or shampoo nor a toilet paper holder and only one plastic cup in a double room.
On the positive side, housekeeping staff was excellent but the front desk clerk was overly dramatic - when he could not find the reservation right away, it was multiple exhortations of "Mama Mia" with corresponding hand gestures. There was an extensive breakfast buffet, but little inclination to replace the more popular items once the small buffet trays had been emptied.
The location close to the entrance to the Port of Rome is great. If all you are looking for is an inexpensive one-night stay in Civitavecchia to catch an early cruise the next day, you could be okay but the Mediterraneo lacked most amenities usually associated with a three-star hotel.