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Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
The Rome Cavalieri, like the Hassler and St. Regis, is synonymous with five-star luxury in Rome. The hotel, opened in the 1960s, channels a Versailles-meets–Dolce Vita vibe, and given its unbridled opulence, it’s a top destination for honeymooners and jet-setters seeking the ultimate comforts. Its location atop Montemario, a hillside residential district north of the Vatican, offers spectacular views of the city from various terraced levels and many of the rooms. The very location, affording such panoramas, is also a drawback for travelers wishing to be in the thick of it all, so the Rome Cavalieri is best suited to those who relish spending significant time in the hotel rather than out on the town.
There are plenty of appealing amenities for guests who choose to stick around the property. The outdoor pools, the finest in Rome, are set amid lush gardens. The pool area doubles as a sort of private club for local elite and is ripe for Italian athlete and celebrity sightings. Back inside, the lobby and rooms are sumptuously furnished and feature antiques and original works of art.
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Perched at the peak of the residential Montemario district north of the Vatican City, the location of the Cavalieri is its main drawback. It is at least a 25-minute car drive from the city’s archeological center, traffic permitting, and a great deal longer on public transit, so guests must depend on the shuttle, taxis, or private drivers to reach the heart of town or for any off-property nightlife. The closest central district is Prati, known for its restaurants, wine bars, historic cafés, and shopping.
Need to Know
Rooms: 370 rooms, 25 suites. From $332. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: La Pergola, led by German chef Heinz Beck, is Rome’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant and serves contemporary cuisine from its gilded dining rooms. L’Uliveto offers Mediterranean dishes, while the Tiepolo Lounge, Pool Bar, Grand Spa Café, and Chalet Grill provide more casual alternatives. Spa and gym details: The Cavalieri Grand Spa Club offers beauty treatments, massages, and saunas, while the fitness center is state-of-the art and provides both equipment and classes. There are three outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool, two floodlit red clay tennis courts, and an outdoor running trail.
Who’s it for: Luxury travelers, honeymooners, and families with intentions to use the lavish pool and grounds. The Cavalieri is also ideal for sporty guests interested in tennis and gym facilities. Our favorite rooms: The Penthouse and Planetarium suites offer private, 2,000-square-foot terraces with hot tubs and breathtaking views of St. Peter’s Basilica. They are decorated with unique pieces of artwork and furnishings, including original Karl Lagerfeld sofas, rare 18th-century antiques, and Andy Warhol paintings. Plan ahead: Contact the concierge to make reservations for La Pergola at least one month in advance.