Stayed here for work in November, for a conference. The only reason the hotel was chosen is because (as I understand it) there are very few "5-star" hotels in Rome with ballrooms big enough to hold 500+ attendees.
The place is a bit of mess - a 60s concrete block with a bizarre and kind of tacky cruise ship / Liberace interior. The owners seem convinced that draping the exterior in vines will hide the ugliness of the building, though I wasn't convinced...
I stayed in a Premium Deluxe Rome View room for 5 nights - three for work, two for the weekend. It had a great view of Rome, and a little balcony on which to have drinks. The room layout is a bit cruise ship-like, with strange panelling and busy carpeting. The bathroom was alright, I guess, with Ferragamo toiletries, but showing its age.
Interestingly, one of my colleagues had booked an Imperial room on the Club floor, and she ended up with a view of some apartment block opposite, despite paying more than me...
Mixed... The conference catering was awful. Horrible. And the general feeling is that the hotel just doesn't have to try very hard, because they have no competition.
Room service, on the other hand, was quite good - some decent grilled meats and veggies. Although if you feel like having a decaf coffee, watch out - why they sent up was a flask of hot water and about 6 sticks of Nescafé powder. Not impressed...
Breakfast was quite good, as was the Sunday brunch (lots of kids, though...)
We found the staff to be pretty helpful on site, so no real complaints there.
Paid 20 euros (I think it was?) for use of the gym and swimming pool - reasonable, I guess, though I hated the strange mock-Roman decor...
Overall...the hotel is tired and in desperate need of refurbishment. The Waldorf Astoria keeps banging on about how prestigious the place is supposed to be and how amazing the hotel art collection is, but I feel it's all aimed at gullible tourists. Almost everything in the hotel is showing its age, and not even in a nice solid way like say at the Ritz in Lisbon.
So, essentially, I disliked staying at this hotel, and think it offers fairly poor value. Try somewhere else if you can.
- 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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