We stayed two nights at the Rome Cavalieri at the end of an 11 day trip that included an earlier stop in Rome, and some time in Florence and Venice. Normally when we travel we’re out every day getting to know the city and experiencing the culture of wherever we are. We added a stop at the Rome Cavalieri for two reasons: 1) I had Hilton points to burn, and 2) we decided to try something new…actually relaxing on vacation for a day or two.
We took a taxi from FCO, which took about 30 minutes and cost about 50 Euro. Rome Cavalieri is on the outskirts of downtown and we hit some traffic on our way but not bad. It’s on the top of one of Rome’s hills, which gives one side the hotel a great view of the city. As you pull up to the hotel, it’s not much to look at from the outside. Once inside the lobby, it’s opulent and beautiful.
I’m Diamond level Hilton Honors, which usually gets you upgraded to the nicest rooms, just below suite level. At Rome Cavalieri, it’s a little different. Diamond members automatically get access to the next category up and access to the Colosseo Lounge, but are not eligible for upgrade to the hotel’s Imperial Floors or Imperial Lounge. Two sets of Diamond members on either side of me argued for a free upgrade to the Imperial level, neither was successful. I’ve heard they’ll offer it sometimes in the off-season, but not in May. Anyway, when making my reservation I had signed up to pay an additional 80 Euro per night for an Imperial room (w/”Garden View”). At the time a City view room was a 150 Euro upgrade which I thought was too much. What they don’t tell you is that the Garden view room include a great view of a huge radio tower. If that might bother you (I didn’t care), then it’s probably a good idea to pay extra for the City view. Aside from the view, we found our room to be outstanding. It was large enough to have a sitting area with sofa and comfortable chairs, a balcony to view the radio tower, and a very large marble bathroom with sink and vanity. The bed was huge and very comfortable. There’s a mini-bar with very expensive snacks in it (13E for a minibottle of Jack?) and even a soap menu, though we didn’t order anything. Incidentally, the upgrade included spa and pool fees (which I think are free for Hilton Diamonds anyway). Paying a little extra for the upgrade was worth it.
Also included with the Imperial room was access to the Imperial Lounge, which was larger and substancially nicer than the Colosseo Lounge. There was wine, beer, juice, water, tea, coffee, and sodas available throughout the day. Spirits were available for a few hours in the evening. There are hor dourves available during the day, which are changed out at least 5 times. There was some outdoor patio seating with a great view of the city (for best pictures though, go up to the top floor).
Our rate included a breakfast buffet that was served in L’Uliveto on the first floor next to the pool. The buffet was huge with hot food such as eggs and sausage, lots of breads, fruits, cereals, juices, and other stuff I can’t remember. Everything I tried was delicious. There’s really something for everyone.
There’s a three Michelin star restaurant on the top floor, but we never made it there. It’s reservation only and a jacket is required for men. Maybe next time.
The grounds were beautiful. There are walking trails, lots of sculptures, tennis courts, a large outdoor pool. If you’re going to the pool, get there early if you want a good spot. It filled up pretty quick when we were there.
The property has one of the top rated hotel spas in Europe. I’m not much of a spa guy, so I can’t give a full review of it. I did go into the Turkish bath and jaccuzzi which were really nice and relaxing.
The hotel boasts an art collection that would make most museums jealous. The lobby has several large tapestries on display that date to the 1500’s. Other art dated to the 1600 and 1700’s. Sculptures and paintings were tucked into every corner. One afternoon when the weather wasn’t cooperating, we spend some time walking around and viewing all the art. Nice way to stay out of the rain.
There is a shuttle that goes back and forth to Bernini Square a few times a day (there was a schedule posted in the lobby). It ends pretty early though, I think that last pickup was at 8pm. We took it into town one night to get some dinner and just took a taxi back. It was only 13 Euro so don’t be afraid to stay past the last pick up.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Rome Cavalieri, and would consider staying there again if we were wanting some downtime in Rome. Beware that the on-property restaurants are expensive, and there are ancillary charges for lots of little things. A lot extras were included with my stay because of my status with HHonors and I paid for an upgrade. If you’re on a budget, you'll want to stay elsewhere. Typically though, we like to be a little closer to everything, and while there is a shuttle that drops you off somewhat close to Rome’s attractions, it would get old to have to take it every day. If you like being within walking distance to the areas that Rome is best known for, you might want to consider staying closer to center city. If it’s some relaxation in an upscale property is what you seek, and you can afford it, Rome Cavalieri is a great choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the panorama that has inspired visitors for centuries is Rome's most prestigious address – the Rome Cavalieri hotel. Though only minutes from the city's great monuments, the Rome Cavalieri has the tranquility of an oasis. Enclosed in fifteen acres of lush Mediterranean parklands, this luxury hotel is a calm retreat in the heart of the Eternal City, an elegant refuge where time slows and hearts quicken.The first hotel in Europe to be part of the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the Rome Cavalieri hotel is more than just a 5–star property. It's the pre-eminent luxury hotel in Rome, with an art collection that outshines many museums, a Grand Spa that would be the envy of a prestige health resort, and standards of luxury that set it apart from other Rome hotels. The Rome Cavalieri brings new meaning to notions of Italian style, and new purpose to the fine art of exclusive hospitality. ... more less
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