Review of the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri

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High on top of a hill overlooking the city of Rome sits the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts hotel.  While not necessarily a hotel to stay at if you’re looking to be in the middle of the action, this hotel is precisely for those looking to be away from it all for a while.  That’s not to say you cannot easily get in and around Rome during the day, however its location means a quiet respite from the chaos of the Roman streets below.

You’ll likely be coming in from one of the main points of entry in Rome: either Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport or Termini Station.  The hotel sits outside of the zone to qualify for the flat fares from the Airports so a taxi will cost 40-50 euro depending on traffic and which airport you’re coming from.  From Termini it should be just under 20 euro.

Checking in to the hotel is easy enough and the hotel carries an elegant vibe without being overly stuffy.  If you’ve booked a standard room type (i.e. not with a city facing view) it’s worth enquiring about an upgrade.  The experience of a city-facing view vs a back-facing view is drastic and provides a completely different experience of staying at the hotel.

The rooms are spacious and elegant.  For the more forgetful of travellers, there is a plug-in for both UK and US sizes.

The Spa

Whirlpool in foreground, Roman bath in background Whirlpool in foreground, Roman bath in background

The hotel spa is a treat and it’s free if you’re a Hilton HHonors Gold member or above.  While there are dozens of paid treatments options available we opted to stick with the sauna and Roman bath and alternate with the indoor heated pool.  The Roman bath is quite an experience as it is quite literally the hottest environment I’ve been in, contrasted with a pool in the same room consisting of water that feels like it must be just above freezing.  It feels exhilirating to sit in the hot area on top then jump into the freezing pool below.

The Location

As mentioned earlier the location is a bit far to be walking to anything.  Luckily there is a free shuttle that takes you to Barberini Plaza which is fairly centrally located and right next to a metro line that can get you to other parts of the city easily.  From this space you can walk 10 minutes to Trevi Fountain, 15-20 minutes to the Pantheon or to the Spanish Steps.  Take note, however, that some times the shuttle can be quite busy so please get in line for the shuttle about 10 minutes early.  I’ve seen people be left behind both at the hotel and in central Rome because the shuttle had reached its capacity of about 30 people.

Dining

Prosecco and sunshine on your private balcony

The hotel offers breakfast (at a charge), a terrace restaurant, pool bar, and a 3 Michelin starred restaurant on the 9th floor.  We partook in the breakfast and the terrace restaurant so unfortunately cannot speak on behalf of the 9th floor restaurant.  The breakfast is pretty standard American fare (scrambled eggs, fried eggs, sausage, bacon) with an option of dozens of pastries, italian meat options, and  a small section of Asian food.  There’s also champagne (or was it prosecco??) if you’re feeling a little pick-up needed from the evening before.

Verdict

The Rome Cavalieri is a great hotel with an attentive staff that will exceed your expectations.  If you’re looking for a semi-secluded getaway with easy access into some of the world’s most historic sites then the hotel is a great option.  HHonors members take note that unless you book an “Imperial” room or a suite you cannot partake in the lounge regardless of status.

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