Rome is known for many things, from historical architecture and some of the world’s finest artworks to Sophia Loren, creamy gelato, and pasta carbonara. But it’s also known for its repertoire of luxury five-star hotels, so when one really stands out from the crowd, you know it’s something pretty special.
The Rome Cavalieri – a Waldorf-Astoria hotel – has been one of Rome’s leading establishments since 1963, bringing everything the city is famous for together in a vast, regal property that can be summed up in three words: old-school luxury. In fact, it’s so special that countless celebrities make it their Rome go-to, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been a regular since he stayed there while filming Gangs of New York in 2001. A luxurious hotel in Rome where you might run into Leo? Yes please.
The Rome Cavalieri boasts one of the most beautiful locations in the city, giving it huge bonus points over other leading properties. It is nestled in a 15-acre private Mediterranean park, so entering its gates feels like entering the lavish gardens of a palace. Lush, green grass and soaring trees are visible as far as the eye can see – a welcome slice of tranquility away from Rome’s hustle and bustle.
The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious residential areas, and the city’s most famous sights, like The Vatican, are situated a mere three kilometers away (and are visible from your window). While staying at the Rome Cavalieri, you’ll be sleeping atop Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome, whilst enjoying the highest hotel standards you can imagine.
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering your room is the breathtaking panoramic city vista that it offers. There really is no better place to admire Rome than from the privacy and comfort of your own balcony, which not only looks down over the beautiful green gardens and stunning pool below, but also out across the city. Sipping on tea whilst gazing out at the top of St. Peter’s Basilica with the Colosseum in the distance never gets old.
Top tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel for city views.
Views aside, the rooms are breathtaking for a whole host of reasons. For starters, they’re the largest in Rome (starting at 42 square meters) and all have their own spacious private balcony. Despite the hotel’s 1960s block-like exterior, it’s all about opulent textures and touches inside with a rich color palette of royal blue, golden yellow, mahogany wood, and smooth marble, which gives it a regal, refined feel throughout.
The hotel also features one of the most comfortable beds you’ve ever slept in, with silky soft linen sheets, a floating feather mattress, and a pillow menu to choose from. Little touches in the room, like the movie snack menu (you can rent the latest Hollywood blockbusters on your plasma), luxury magazines, iPhone dock, and fresh flowers, add a homely feel. And even though your stay will be as peaceful as could be, there is also a mirrored soundproof door that can be closed across the entranceway to ensure the best night’s sleep ever. The (actual) dream.
Decked out in marble from floor to ceiling, the bathrooms are beautiful. There are Ferragamo products galore, a soap menu to choose from, a big bathtub to sink into, and plush bathrobes that you’ll never want to get out of. Speaking of tubs, the Penthouse and Planetarium suites – the latter of which features a ceiling made of twinkling fiber-optic stars – have their own outdoor hot tubs on roof terraces.
The Most Michelin Stars
With six food and beverage outlets to choose from, it’s safe to say you won’t go hungry here. The culinary star of the show is, without at doubt, La Pergola, the only three-Michelin-star restaurant in Rome, which says it all. It’s the brainchild of visionary chef Heinz Beck, so expect to dine on the finest food in the world whilst looking out over the Eternal City – a dream combination that makes for an unforgettable foodie experience. The only downside is that you need to book weeks in advance, but once you bite into Beck’s infamous ‘Fagottelli La Pergola’ (basically the most incredible bowl of pasta you’ll ever eat), you’ll realize it was worth the wait.
After all that eating, there’s only one thing to do: relax in the huge 2,500-square-meter Grand Spa Club. Designed to transport you back to the decadent Ancient Roman era, it’s all marble pillars, Roman mosaics, and billowing fabrics. Take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools, slam some serves on one of the two Davis Cup clay tennis courts, pamper yourself with a La Prairie treatment, or simply sit back and relax in the magnificent amethyst Turkish bath. You can easily while away a day here going from plunge pool to hydro-massage pool, sauna to regal relaxation lounge – the perfect place to rest your weary feet after climbing the Spanish Steps.
Hotel Meets Art Gallery
Housing the largest private art collection found in any hotel in the world, the Rome Cavalieri boasts over 1,100 original masterpieces, including Andy Warhol’s ‘Dollar Sign’, which hangs in the Penthouse Suite. Wherever you are on the property, you’ll find huge tapestries, paintings, statues, prized antiques, period furniture, and artefacts displayed on walls, tables, and – well – just about anywhere else.
If you book into an Imperial Room, you won’t only get access to the Imperial Club, which serves complimentary food and beverages throughout the day, but you’ll also get to see the sweeping marble staircases that go up to the suite floors and the elaborate gold-gilded frames housing incredible paintings. You can easily get lost exploring the floors and walkways throughout the hotel, each of which reveals a treasure trove of arts and crafts worthy of their own gallery.
There’s even a dose of high fashion in the Penthouse and Planetarium Suites, where Karl Largerfeld’s personal armchairs and sofas – once located in his Parisian home – have found a new Italian home. There aren’t many places able to claim that, but the Rome Cavalieri can.
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