Discover an opulent hotel with an artistic twist

Words: Alice Cairns

Perched on Rome’s highest hilltop and surrounded by 15 acres of lush parkland, the Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, is perfect for those who want to experience the city at its most opulent. Don’t be deceived by its stark 1960s façade; inside, this is an utterly lavish space which combines Rococo flourishes and antique furniture with one of the largest private art collections in the world. Ballet costumes, bronzes, tapestries, old masters, modernist masterpieces and even the King of Poland’s commode can be spotted as you make your way through the hotel, with treasures displayed on every corridor.

The rooms match the opulence of the hotel’s communal spaces, decorated in royal blue and gold with private balconies, soft beds and enormous marble bathrooms.

True, you’re not in the very centre of the city (although the hotel does operate a regular shuttle service).  But the Rome Cavalieri has plenty to keep you occupied, from its glittering pools and well-appointed spa to its kids’ club, tennis courts and 15-acre parkland. When it comes to food, the Cavalieri is home to La Pergola, Rome’s only three-Michelin starred restaurant. With delicious seasonal plates created by Heinz Beck and its very own multi-page gourmet water menu, this is the ultimate in luxury dining in a city that’s renowned for its exceptional cuisine. Even the selection of breads, butter, oil and salt which precedes the multi-course tasting menu is an education in flavours and textures.

When you do want to venture out into the eternal city, the hotel team can organise a range of exclusive tours, visits and tastings from its menu of luxury experiences. History buffs can take a personalised vespa tour around Rome led by expert guides, fashion lovers can have a custom suit made by a master tailor, and art lovers can restore a Caravaggio masterpiece under the watchful eye of an expert restorer. For a truly once in a lifetime experience, the team can even arrange an island-hopping helicopter tour, featuring snorkelling, sunbathing and a freshly prepared seafood meal made with local ingredients.

All that remains is to enjoy a cocktail on your balcony, soaking in starlit views that reach all the way to the illuminated dome of St Peter’s basilica. It’s hard to imagine a more glamorous way to end an evening in Rome.

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