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November 4, 2016 / oneworld82

A World-Class Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria Cavalieri Rome

Spectacular cities have spectacular hotels. Paris has the Four Seasons George V, London has the Ritz, New York has the splendid new Park Hyatt (of course, there are many more…)… and Rome is no different: from the Hotel degli Ambasciatori to the St Regis, the city center has plenty of options to chose from. Yet, there is one hotel that stands out for its history, charm, and location: the Waldorf-Astoria Cavalieri.

The resort, in fact, in perched atop Monte Mario, on a hill overlooking the Vatican and most of the city. There is no easy way to get here but by car – if you want to get here, get a cab. Granted, the hotel offers a convenient hourly bus to Piazza Barberini – minutes away from Trevi Fountain – but getting a taxi (and Rome has plenty of them) is definitely the best way to get here.

Riding our Mercedes limo from Fiumicino

Riding our Mercedes limo from Fiumicino

The resort sits on a nice park dotted with cypresses and pines – very relaxing. Many dignitaries visiting Rome stay here, and many more visit because of La Pergola, chef Heinz Beck’s three Michelin star restaurant inside the hotel.

Upon arriving a valet helped with our luggage and showed us the check in desk. The lobby is spectacular, dotted with Venetian masterpieces from the 1600s – it’s certainly something to be seen. Check in was efficient and a very helpful lady gave us a thorough overview of the hotel and of our benefits as Hilton Diamond members.

Entrance at night

Entrance at night

We got upgraded to a deluxe room overlooking the city, although the view was limited by very tall trees.

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

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The room was on the 4th floor, and it was simply stunning. The carpets were among the most stunning I have seen at any hotel – a classic Waldorf-Astoria signature piece I understand. The room featured a nice, ultra-comfortable king bed, a day area with sofa and desk, a nice balcony, a fully-stocked minibar, a closet with umbrella and other amenities, a safe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deluxe king city view room

Deluxe king city view room

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and – last but not least – a stunning, marble-filled bathroom with deep bathtub, rain-shower, toilet and bidet, and ultra-posh towels and robes. All in all, it was a great room, and housekeeping service was very efficient and punctual (as was the turndown service, with very good fondant chocolate!).

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The common areas include two galleries on each side of the lobby with shops and a bank, the main restaurant L’Uliveto, the spa, and the lobby-located Tiepolo lounge. While we did not dine at L’Uliveto, we did had a drink at Tiepolo (complimentary welcome drink for Diamond members) – two glasses of Prosecco. The staff at the bar was very nice and well-trained, and the selection of drinks was very good.

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The lounge also featured live music entertainment until midnight.

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Main atrium

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One of the strong points of the hotel is its spa, apparently the best in Rome (and featuring La Prairie products). While we did not receive any treatment, we did check out the nice and well-equipped gym and the swimming pools. The hotel has a nice, large heated outdoor pool (with lots of sunbeds) and a great indoor pool with jacuzzi (albeit the water wasn’t that warm).

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Overall, the hotel was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. While we did not spend an excessive amount of time there, it’s hard to think to go back to Rome gambling on another property.

Well done, Waldorf-Astoria Cavalieri!

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