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Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Ranked #69 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you never stay anywere else again, make sure you stay here at lease once in your life! We stayed here last May, and we are STILL talking about it--the amazing views of Rome from our 4th floor balcony, the excellent service we received from the moment we arrived until we departed four days later, and the priceless art and antiques that adorn every wall and table. We loved being "just a bit" out of the city (with its street noise and fumes); yet the free hotel shuttle or an inexpensive taxi was always available to whisk us right into the heart of Rome or to the Vatacan. We are Hilton VIP Gold members, so we were able to enjoy the Colosseo Lounge each evening where we shared our day's escapades with fellow VIP members over a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres.The breakfast buffet was grand as were the recreational facilities. I recommend this hotel to everyone who travels. We are already planning our return to Rome and will, definitely, stay here.

Room Tip: Get a 4th floor or above balcony room--the views of Rome are unforgetable!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts during your recent visit to the Eternal city.

We are so glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay and that our staff, services & facilities met your expectations.

We would like to inform you that the Colosseo lounge is not part of HHonors benefits anymore,
as the 'Executive lounge' is not available in Waldorf Astoria hotels.

The Imperial rooms and Suites (including access to the Imperial club) are not subject to complimentary upgrades, but our guests could choose the e-standby upgrade option online, that lets you choose an upgrade at a discounted rate and if available on the check-in day modifies your reservation automatically or by reservaing a room using Premium reward certificates.

Looking forward to welcoming you back to your ‘home away from home’ real soon!

Kind regards

K. Khaled
A. Front Desk Manager

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The hotel facilities and staff were absolutely 5 star.Excellent room, bathroom bedding and view.
A little removed from downtown, however , an excellent, complimentary, regular shuttle bus ( with a most informative driver) solves this problem If holidaying, it is lovely walk from the hotel to the Vatican and into the city!
The only minor criticism of the hotel itself was the rather expensive 20 Euro per person for entry to the health club ( gym,pool,steam room.spa etc) Having said that,these facilities were of the highest standard.
If returning to Rome,we would definitely be returning to this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank martin s
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts during your recent visit to the Eternal city.

We are so glad to read that your stay was a memorable one and we hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards

K. Khaled
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The Rome Cavalier has breathtaking views of the city. The rooms are very elegant. However, the exterior does not resemble a 5 star hotel, especially a Waldorf Astoria. The outside needs much updating to not resemble very traditional 1960's construction. Additionally, the lobby needs updating as well. While we were visiting the hotel they were hosting some type of trade expo right on sight. The hotel was packed in all lobby areas as well as the front door entrance which you could barely maneuver through. The ground transportation area in front of the hotel was complete chaos at all times. The hotel courtesy shuttle was generally completed and we actually never rode it because there was not enough available space. We ended up taking taxis or walking into to the city which quite a hike all down hill. I would recommend Cavalieri for those individuals that want an amazing view of the city and have excess cash to spend on transportation. If you want to be centralized in Rome with inexpensive transportation this hotel is not for you.

Room Tip: Ask for the highest floor level facing the city.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and for taking the time to submit a review regarding your stay.

We are so glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay and the breathtaking view of the Eternal city.

With all our best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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K. Khaled
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

My wife and I took our daughter to Rome, as one of her 18th birthday surprises...stayed over the Xmas period.
I have to say that, yes it is expensive, but worth every single penny. This is a magnificent, expansive and beautiful hotel. It even has it's own fine art collection dotted around the place and you can ask for a private tour of it. There is not a single tired or uncared for inch of property that I could spot. The outside does not look that special, but inside is the extreme opposite.
Upon arrival, we had numerous bell-boys and concierges greeting and attending us, without us being made to feel like cash-cows. I had emailed ahead to advise of our daughter's special birthday and found we had been given a free upgrade to a city-facing deluxe room. I noted from previous reviews that the 'Imperial Rooms' were the ones to get, due to the bedroom views and access to the Imperial lounge. I enquired about the possiblity to upgrade further, and was offered an Imperial room at a discounted rate - but it did not have a city view. Then to his great credit, the reception manager came over, and without us asking, he personally re-arranged some bookings to get us a room with a view. He then shook my hand and thanked me for choosing to stay with them. Important point: The reception desk clerk took us up the room personally, and showed us round... I gave him a generous tip, due to his helpfulness... which paid divends later, as I will explain.
Moving on to the Room - it was sumptious and well though out, clean and classy... with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. There is also a secondary internal sound-proofing door, for even more comfort ! Note: as with alot of continental hotels, there are no ironing facilities, so you have to use the expensive hotel service... or do as we did.... take a travel iron !
We had a magnificent private balcony with patio furniture, and a stunning view of the city skyline.
Upgrading to an 'Imperial Room/Suite' gives you access to the Imperial Lounge. Here a commendable list of drinks, including spirits, wines, prosecco etc. and canapes, breakfast and cakes/desserts are served all day... free of charge ! Given the price of drinks in the hotel (9 euros for a coke), this can be very handy. Warning - Internet access is charged at 12 euros per day, per device.
The hotel has 4 dining options..
1) Room service... not cheap, and a 5 euro p/p surcharge.
2) Tiepolo Bar/Lounge/Terrace... limited menu.
3) L'Uliveto restaurant... nice friendly place, with great food and service. Also, the impressive breakfast buffet is served here in the mornings.
4) If you are wanting to splash-out, then the opulent dining choice is 'La Pergola'. The taxi driver on the way over said it was the best restaurant in the whole of Rome. It is run by a 3 Michelin star Chef. To give you and idea of the standard.... New Year's Eve dinner would set you back 1200euros... EACH - And that is even if you could secure a reservation !

I must also mention the immaculate gardens, Lemon trees, terraces, pools etc. Complete with stone Lions.. all impeccably maintained.

Now, back to my point about tipping the reception clerk handsomely, earlier..... That evening he came to our room with a bottle of quality Prosecco, 2 boxes of hand-made chocolates and a card personally signed by the Manager... all for our Daughter's 18th birthday, and all complimentary! A nice touch, and in keeping with the luxurious vibe and impression we had already formed of the place.

We all know that nowadays alot of hotels are cutting corners with the number and standards of their staff... definitely NOT the case here. All the staff spoke impeccable English; were extremely helpful; Did really seem to take a genuine pride in there hotel and work.

I could go on writing for hours about the merits of this hotel, and I am not a hotel-stay novice... but suffice to say: Yes, expect to pay for the quality, and Yes, it is not that close to the City attractions (there is a free private hotel shuttle bus). So, if those things bother you.... don't stay here - but you will be really missing out ! There are endless quality touches and aspects I cannot even begin to tell you about !
Can I think of anything that could be improved ? Well, with a struggle...
1) FREE WIFI ?? It really irritates me when I have to pay for this, at any hotel.
2) Maybe there should be a list of what is available in the Imperial Lounge, as there are things not visible and available to order for free.
As a side note, beware of the Airport Taxis. As with all airports taxis anywhere, you could get hit with an inflated charge. At Flumincino (Da Vinci) Airport, as you come out of arrivals, avoid the taxi/limo desk still within the terminal building... you will get touted and sweet-talked by those guys. they will tell you that a shuttle bus to the city is 20euros p/p... but it is actually less than half that. They offered to take us to the hotel for 95euros. I know it was a bit exorbitant, but I could not be bothered to look elsewhere. We had a suicidal mini-van driver, who also took another fare - a couple were already sitting at the back of the van. There was never any danger, I realised later that ALL Rome taxi drivers seem to drive like this. I would suggest maybe going outside of the terminal and looking for an alternative official 'white' taxi ? Maybe they would charge you a premium too, so can't advise for definite. To put this into context, the same return journey via taxi from the hotel only cost 60 Euros, and it was Boxing Day.
SUMMARY: One of the best all-round hotel experiences I have ever had... expensive, but worth it - FAULTLESS !

Room Tip: City view room is a MUST - especially for the view at night. Imperial Floor rooms/suites have the b...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts to celebrate your daughter's birthday in the Eternal city and for taking the time to submit a review regarding your stay.

We are so glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay in our Imperial floors and that our staff, services & facilities met your expectations.

With all our best wishes for a Happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming you back to your ‘home away from home’ real soon!

Kind regards

K. Khaled
A. Front Desk Manager

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

The Rome Calaieri is a truly wonderful experience from your moment of arrival. In Rome for the holidays, we decided to stay at the Cavalieri having stayed in several Waldorf hotels before (and never being disappointed). Our room had a view over the city itself, and you could hear the bells of the Vatican on sunday morning, as well as other church bells - adding to the whole ambiance of the stay. We corresponded with Nicola, chief reception manager, prior to our arrival who helped arrange dinner reservations, pick up from the airport and spa appointments all in advance - making the trip even easier and more enjoyable for us all. The decor of the lobby and the outside of the building is charmingly 'vintage' in it's style, but the art collection inside and the sculptures and priceless pieces of furniture around the building keep you looking at things of beauty, rather than old bits of concrete. We had drinks before dinner in the cocktail bar in the lobby before joining friends for dinner and heading into town, and always took advantage of the outstanding breakfast buffet (included in the price of ther room) every morning. There are regular shuttles into and back from the centre of town, and that helps to add to the value of the price of the room itself. While it is a bit pricey, there are lots of things 'included' in the price - so make sure to find out what they all are before you go, and not miss out - as all the additions are excellent.
Make sure not to miss the Grand Spa downstairs, as the treatment list is truly impressive and even if you don't indulge in a treatment, take advantage of all the 'complimentary' elements of the spa while there. I spent a good hour each day reading in my robe on a chaise lounge in the mosiac surround relaxation room - which was amazing to be in a real Roman spa in Rome. Enjoy every minute, I know that we did. The level of service and attentiveness was impeccable and everyone, every meal, every moment couldn't have been nicer.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts during your recent visit to the Eternal city.

We are so glad to read that your stay was a memorable one and we hope to welcome you back in the near future.

With all our best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Kind regards

K. Khaled
A. Front Desk Manager

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

One of my great experiences was spending a week at the Hilton Cavaleri in 2002. Over the past ten years I have shared with fellow frequent travelers the joy of walking the streets of Rome during the day and watching the sunset from the executive lounge balconies in the evening. I ended each of these conversations with "make it a point to visit the Hilton Cavaleri". That was then, this is now. I checked in today, Christmas, and was told that since becoming a Waldorf Astoria, Diamond members no longer have access to the lounge, instead they get breakfast in the main dining room and receive a voucher for one free drink in the lobby bar. Wonderful hotel, nice staff, great city; terrible policy directed at Hilton's most loyal customers. For all Hilton diamonds out there, take Waldorf Astorias off your list of potential destinations and enjoy full amenities at a Hilton hotel. For those traveling to Italy, the Molino Stucky Hilton in Venice is exceptional.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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15  Thank Robert W
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2012

Dear Mr. W,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts during your visit to the Eternal city and for taking the time to submit a review regarding your stay.

At Rome Cavalieri, we appreciate our HHonors Diamond members as they are our privileged and loyal guests, so we reserve them the following benefits:

*Upgrade to rooms with a view upon availability.
*Complimentary daily breakfast at L'Uliveto restaurant.
*Two complimentary beverages per stay at the Tiepolo bar.
*Access to The Cavalieri Grand Spa & Outdoor pool.
*Complimentary WiFi service.
*Complimentary newspaper (upon request).
*2 complimentary bottles of water daily.

As you have mentioned the 'Executive lounge' is not available in Waldorf Astoria hotels and the Imperial rooms (including access to the Imperial club) are not subject to complimentary upgrades, but our guests could choose the e-standby upgrade option online, that lets you choose an upgrade at a discounted rate and if available on the check-in day modifies your reservation automatically or reserve an Imperial room through our promotional packages.

We hope that you and your family enjoy our services & facilities and we remain at your complete disposal for any assistance during your stay.

With all our best wishes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Kind regards

K. Khaled
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We just spent a few fantastic days in Rome. Hotel was excellent, rooms are beautiful and the view stunning. Very friendly and helpful staff.
The lobby needs some update as does the exterior of the hotel. We would love to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with view.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Guest R, Manager at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts during your recent visit to the Eternal city.

We are so glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay and that our staff, services & facilities met your expectations.

With all our best wishes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Kind regards

K. Khaled
A. Front Desk Manager

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Address: Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, 00136 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Rome
#20 Business Hotel in Rome
#22 Family Hotel in Rome
#42 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#45 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $269 - $780 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 370
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the panorama that has inspired visitors for centuries is Rome's most prestigious address – the Rome Cavalieri hotel. Though only minutes from the city's great monuments, the Rome Cavalieri has the tranquility of an oasis. Enclosed in fifteen acres of lush Mediterranean parklands, this luxury hotel is a calm retreat in the heart of the Eternal City, an elegant refuge where time slows and hearts quicken.The first hotel in Europe to be part of the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the Rome Cavalieri hotel is more than just a 5–star property. It's the pre-eminent luxury hotel in Rome, with an art collection that outshines many museums, a Grand Spa that would be the envy of a prestige health resort, and standards of luxury that set it apart from other Rome hotels. The Rome Cavalieri brings new meaning to notions of Italian style, and new purpose to the fine art of exclusive hospitality. ... more   less 
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