Classic elegance in Rome
345 Rooms / 25 Suites
Rome Cavalieri best exemplifies the dual nature of the Eternal City’s personality — decadent dolce vita and a magnetic sense of history. Its Monte Mario location literally sets it apart from the rest of the city, in a lush and green 15-acre park with panoramic views of Rome and Vatican City, making it a great luxury hideout. For more than five decades, guests have hobnobbed with a range of royalty, from European crowns to silver-screen celebrities, at the Rome getaway spot.
Service, sophistication and exclusivity are what you should expect at the Cavalieri. Staff is on hand at all times to anticipate every need, whether you need child care or tours. If you’re in need of a quick escape, organize a helicopter transport directly from the luxury hotel’s grounds, while children have a full range of services (nannies, activities, turndowns) dedicated just to them.
Each floor of the Cavalieri boasts amazing artwork from its spectacular private collection. Dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, paintings, tapestries, statues and period furniture and costumes decorate the hotel’s walls. Check out three pieces by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Nureyev costumes and a rare 1725 Beauvais tapestry.
Classic elegance is the prevalent theme in each of its 345 rooms and 25 luxurious suites. Spacious marble bathrooms, beautiful bed linens (with a 15-option pillow menu), antique furniture, lush sofas, Ferragamo toiletries and personal balconies are standard for deluxe rooms. If you stay on the seventh floor, you’ll have access to the Imperial Club, a chic private lounge and bar. But we are partial to the suites, in particular the bilevel Planetarium Suite with its mad mix of contemporary and classic art, fabulous Karl Lagerfeld sofas, and private rooftop garden and mini-pool.
The Cavalieri is also tops for its cuisine. Its La Pergola, helmed by chef Heinz Beck, whose eight-course menu has left even Michelle Obama asking for more. The first lady was so enamored with Beck’s fagottelli (tiny square pasta parcels with cheese) carbonara that she asked for the recipe. Getting a reservation at La Pergola is about as difficult as getting a private audience with the pope — give yourself at least two and half months in advance and knowing someone high up can’t hurt. No matter what, always ask for a terrace table. Keep in mind that the restaurant is closed August 10 to 25 and in January.
For a more relaxed vibe, the Pool Bar has an enticing hamburger menu, and L’Uliveto serves one of the city’s best Sunday brunches.
The Grand Spa has decadence and design that harkens back to ancient Rome. The 26,000-square-foot spa complex includes four swimming pools (one indoors), Technogym equipment, tennis courts, a running trail and 10 uniquely themed treatment rooms (with La Prairie and St. Barth products), but its main focus is its beautiful Turkish bath with hot and cold plunge pools and the quiet zone — a Roman-style relaxation room where you lounge like an empress on velvet divans.
While the hillside location of this luxury hotel may be quiet and off the beaten path, creating a lovely sense of intimacy, it is only a 15-minute drive to downtown Rome, and even closer to some of the city’s most-talked-about attractions, including the Vatican, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI (or Museum of Art of the Twenty-First Century), Renzo Piano’s Auditorium, the Planetarium and the Olympic Stadium. But nothing beats the Cavalieri’s view of the sun setting on the Eternal City.