Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
We spent our three nights in Rome at the grand Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri. We were dropped off by our driver and greeted by the bellmen. We were invited inside to the reception desk and after a very short wait we were helped by a front desk agent.
Immediately you can sense the overall “grandness” of the property. It feels very regal and formal. Perhaps its all the unique renaissance paintings on the walls in the lobby and hallways.
The furnishings and decor fit the theme of the era the hotel is trying to portray. Lovely tapestry also adorns many of the walls.
We were given two free drink coupons for my wife and I and then another kid version (non-alcoholic) for our son. The bar was nice and there was lots of natural light and views outside.
The amount of artwork throughout the Rome Cavalieri is really amazing.
Our room was on the third floor. The elevator area carried in the marble theme and art theme with some statues flanking the elevators.
We were booked into a twin deluxe room with park view but were upgraded to city/pool view twin deluxe which was nice. We are fine with the occasional two bed room.
The room was spacious by European standards especially for a lead-in room. The beds were comfy and the room was clean and in pretty good condition in general.
There was a smallish TV on a dresser opposite the beds.
There is also a good size formal desk and chair in the far corner of the room which received lots of natural light as it’s near the balcony/patio.
The bathroom was full of natural stone in a beige color and I liked the look of the bathroom. The bathroom was fairly large for not having double sinks or separate tub and shower.
Water pressure and temperature were enjoyable. The bath amenities were Salvatore Ferragamo branded.
A nice highlight of the room and the hotel is all rooms appear to have an outdoor balcony space. This was very enjoyable to hangout outside and get some sunlight.
Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri patio balcony
Our room had a nice view of the pool and some distant views of Rome. The higher floors can catch views of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Overall the room was very comfortable and luxurious. Our son had a complimentary crib and also seemed to enjoy the room and loved trying to sneak out onto the patio!
ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
We had the chance to try a few food options while staying at Rome Cavalieri. The property has a few nice dining options including the only 3 Michelin Star rated restaurant in Rome-La Pergola.
On two occasions it was just easier and convenient to order room service (those with kids can understand). We had pizza and caprese salad which were both great! We also had some cocktails which were also tasty and refreshing. Service was surprisingly fast and presented nicely.
Near the pool is the fairly formal L’Uliveto which has a nice setting outside. The prices are a bit over inflated in my view but it’s a very nice dining experience overall.
The waiters here were great and service was perfect. They were super with our son and very playful.
My wife and I both had pasta with red wine and enjoyed our meals very much. Our son enjoyed a nice lasagna.
When time for dessert we couldn’t resist, the gelato and creme brule were good.
Overall a nice dining establishment with excellent service and good food although slightly overpriced for what it is.
Our son loved the kids club at Rome Cavalieri! He knew where it was and how to get there and wanted to go in every time we were near by. It was also nice to let him have fun and burn some energy.
Sometimes the large room was empty and sometimes during meal times it was more crowded. It seemed kids could eat meals in the room complimentary. Our son had chicken nuggets in the kids club one time.
Our son LOVED the white motorized Vespa’s they had in the kids club. They have two and can be quite popular.
At first he was kind of scared to ride them but once the initial hesitation wore off he couldn’t get enough.
They also had a gentleman who could paint designs on the children if desired. So he painted a small dolphin on our son’s hand and then decided to paint one for my wife and then finally for me.
They also had ping pong tables and video game stations for the older kids. They had an area where they would make crepes for the children too. This is a very cool aspect of the hotel and we appreciated it. It’s a place where if you could drop your kid off safely and go have a quite dinner on property and come back and pick your kid back up (assuming they are older kids).
Rome Cavalieri has two pools on property. One primary, large pool with many lounge chairs surrounding it. Then just adjacent to the main pool is a small pool that is more appropriate for kids. However one Saturday the pools were soooo busy that both pool areas were packed! Be aware summer weekends here can be a bit crowded. On Monday the pool was much more quiet and peaceful.
They did have nice drink service where servers came around to take your order.
We took our kid into the shallow area of the kids pool for about an hour or less but that was about our only time using the pool.
The Rome Cavalieri has three very nice red clay courts for rent. I have never played on red clay courts and finally got the chance to do so here. I paid 60 euros for a 1 hour hitting session with the pro. I did this at around 3pm in the after noon and the temperature was over 90 degrees fahrenheit. I thought I was going to pass out or have a heat stroke!
There were plenty of cold water bottles available and I was given a fresh towel to wipe sweat.
It was a fun session with the pro and I got some good hitting in and got in a decent workout in the heat! I think the price was actually decent for the quality of the court and lighted facilities.
The room rates for our three nights were over $500/night. Actually over $1700 for our three nights total.
Instead of paying that I decided to use some Hilton points. The rate was 80,000 points per night so we redeemed 240,000 points. Our redemption was fair at about .007 cents per point.
Overall we really enjoyed the Rome Cavalieri and would love to come back! It’s especially nice to be able to redeem points for this luxury option in the amazing city of Rome!