Rome is one of those cities that you have to visit at least one in your lifetime. Founded over 2000 years ago, the Eternal City has attracted visitors since the ancient times. During my last and 3rd visit to the city, I had the opportunity of staying at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri Hotel, one of the most luxurious complexes in the Italian capital.
Set on top of a hill, the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri offers one of the most beautiful views of the city. Part of the Hilton brand, the hotel has been operating since 2008 to cater the needs of international luxury travellers.
The hotel is located in Via Alberto Cadlolo, just a few minutes north of Vatican City. The rather isolated location on top of a hill might put some travellers off; especially because public transport to get into the centre of Rome is not the best. However, the hotel offers a free shuttle every hour from the hotel to Piazza Barberini and back. You will reach the heart of Rome in about 30 minutes.
Being outside of the city centre also has an important positive side: you'll avoid the noise. The first time that I stayed in Rome my hotel was in what had to be the busiest street in Rome, traffic wouldn't stop all night! I definitely appreciated the quietness of the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri Hotel.
The hotel offers 4 different categories:
During my stay, my room was located in the Imperial Floor. At over 150 meters above Rome, this floor offers probably the best panoramic view in the hotel. All rooms include a private balcony so that you can enjoy the Eternal City unfolding at your feet.
I loved every single moment at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri. The room was very spacious, with a king bed as well as a separate sitting area with a desk and armchairs. All rooms in this floor come with a 46'' full HD LED television. The bathroom is just as big as the room, beautifully decorated in marble.
Some of the amenities at the hotel include the only 3-star Michelin restaurant in Rome, La Pergola. Located at the very top of the hotel with a breathtaking view of Rome, it offers one of the best gourmet experiences that you can enjoy in the Italian capital. Don't forget to book in advance, people from all over the world come to have dinner here, so it tends to be fully booked every single night!
On the ground floor you can find the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, a luxury spa where you can relax in the two indoor pools and Turkish Bath, or even get a body massage or a wide selection of La Prairie's exclusive treatments. The hotel also offers two additional external swimming pools, as well as tennis courts and its own private park with a jogging circuit.
But for me, the highlight of the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri was its breakfast. The breakfast is in a buffet style, and you can find anything that you can image: pastries, cakes, fresh fruits and juices, cold meats, hot breakfast, even honey dripping directly from the honeycomb! Definitely the best breakfast service that I've ever experienced.
Overall, Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri is a great choice when you're visiting Rome if you want to have a relaxing stay in a lavish hotel. The decoration is a little bit too opulent and classical for my taste, but you're in one of Italy's most luxurious hotels after all. The commodities and treatment was exceptional, and the wonderful breakfast and great views from the rooms make the stay well worth it!
All opinions are my own