Coming to Rome to indulge in its culinary delights is one of the main reasons to visit, right?? The Rome Cavalieri has no shortage of delicious restaurant and dining options, with the jewel in its crown being La Pergola, the only hotel restaurant in Italy to hold a coveted three Michelin Stars.
Let's start with breakfast as it's the most important meal of the day, of course. Breakfast is served at the L'Uliveto restaurant, which is on the lower ground level of the hotel in a large room and as well as one of the terraces so you can enjoy your meal outdoors overlooking the pool and manicured gardens in warmer weather. What waits for you is a veritable feast so be sure to come hungry. My advice is to do a survey of the expansive offerings first so you know what's on offer to avoid risking being overwhelmed with choice and a lack of plate space! You can find anything on offer for breakfast from classic North American options of eggs, bacon, sausages, french toast, hash browns, pastries, and pancakes; European continental breakfast options of meats, cheeses, and pastries (including the incredible mini donuts!); and, global fare including Italian meatballs and Chinese dumplings! You can enjoy L'Uliveto for dinner as well, which serves a full menu of Mediterranean and international dishes.
Fancy a coffee or afternoon tea? Check out the Tiepolo Lounge and Terrace on the main floor, named after the famous painter whose works you can admire while sipping your cappuccino: 'Ulysses Discovers Achilles Among the Daughters of Lycomedes', 'The Flaying of Marsyas', and 'Hercules and Anteus'. You can enjoy the lounge indoors, or take in the beautiful view and surroundings on the adjacent outdoor terrace. You can also enjoy a light lunch, snacks, or drinks here, as well as take into nightly live entertainment. Enjoy the new afternoon tea called 'Tea with Tiepolo', served daily between 4 to 6:30pm. This tea includes a selection of rare and delicate speciality teas served in bone china, Berlucchi Spumante rose served in vermeil flutes, and delicacies such as quail eggs with caviar and black truffle.
If you're visiting during the summer months when the Roman sun is scorching hot, enjoy a dip in the beautiful large outdoor pool, one of the few pools in Rome! While relaxing poolside, you can order from the Pool Bar by either walking over to the bar to order or buzzing the convenient digital coaster at the table next to your lounger for service. You can choose from a selection of drinks, refreshments, light snacks, and homemade ice cream. While certainly convenient, the service was often very slow, even after asking for someone to take our order several times on different days we were there, and the menu is expensive. At the Chalet Grill, enjoy seasonal alfresco food, which serves hot and cold dishes while screening live sporting events.
If you're enjoying the services of the Grand Spa Cafe, you can choose from a selection of healthy drinks, including freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, herbal teas, and fitness beverages, or light snacks including salads and fresh fruit.
La Pergola Restaurant and Bar
Saving the best for last is La Pergola Restaurant and Bar, which is located at the top of the Rome Cavalieri with its expansive roof terrace with spectacular panoramic views over Rome. The three Michelin-starred restaurant (since November 2005) is under the direction of renowned chef, Heinz Beck. Not only is it the only hotel in Italy to have this accolade, it was Italy's first five-star hotel restaurant to receive the award. You can dine on your award-winning meal under a frescoed ceiling, fine furniture, and 18th and 19th century works of art. During warm summer evenings, you can dine by candlelight under the stars. Opulent table settings enhance your experience, including gold-plated silverware, as well as unique touches such as vintage balsamic vinegars, salts and peppers from around the world, and rare teas and coffees. The restaurant's double-tiered wine cellar is also to be admired, as it holds approximately 53,000 bottles and is the winner of multiple awards, including the Wine Spectator's Grand Award in 2005 and 2008. The 2,500 label wine list features some of the world's rarest Italian and international wines, including 19th century and legendary cult wines.
La Pergola Prizes and Awards
2016: Michelin Guide - Three Stars since 2005
2012: Gambero Rosso, L'Espresso, BMW Guides unanimously name La Pergola, 'Best Restaurant in Rome' since 2000
2012: I Ristoranti di Bibenda La Pergola 'Best Restaurant in iTALY'
2012: Wine Spectator's Grand Award, 'Best Wine List' since 2004
2012: L'Academie Internationale de la Gastronomie awarded Umberto Giraudo, Restaurant Manager, 'Best Maitre of the Year'
2008: Veronelli Guide awarded Umberto Giraudo 'Best Maitre of the Year'
Health and Fitness
There is no shortage of activities to keep fit, relax, and have fun at the hotel. The Cavalieri's Grand Spa Club is considered to be one of Italy's most luxurious spa and fitness facilities, with over 2,500 square metres of wellness, treatment, and relaxation space. There are 10 treatment rooms to enjoy a wide variety of spa services, including La Prairie facials. Unwind with a massage or body treatment, then enjoy one of the two saunas (or both!), whirlpool, or the amethyst Turkish bath.
Stay on track with your exercise regime at the state-of-the-art fitness centre which features a full programme of classes as well as high-tech equipment. Play a game of tennis on one of two Davis Cup red clay tennis courts, or take a walk on the 800m fitness trail within the hotel's expansive grounds.
Take a dip in the three outdoor swimming pools, which includes the main large outdoor pool and children's pool, or the glass-domed indoor pool with its cascading waterfall, hydromassage pool, and Japanese stone walk.
The Rome Cavalieri has 345 spacious deluxe rooms, each with a large private balcony. In addition, there are 25 luxurious suites in a range of sizes, each individually decorated with valuable antique furniture and artwork.
My hotel room was nothing short of spectacular from the moment I walked through the door. Decorated in sunny, plush yellow and gold furnishings, it was luxurious and comforting. Cushy armchairs around a coffee table make a great sitting area, and a lovely workspace / desk if you need to work while staying at the hotel. As I was staying on the Imperial Floor, my suite had a private terrace that opened out to a breathtaking view over Rome. As I had arrived late in the evening, I quickly changed into one of the cozy white robes and a pair of slippers, and sipped a glass of sparkling wine on the terrace, watching the lights twinkle across the city in the warm summer night air - pure bliss!
Those who follow me will know that I have a big thing for the toiletries provided by hotels, as I truly think that offering quality toiletries is an indicator of taste, quality, and luxury. So, you can imagine how pleased I was to walk into the spacious marble bathroom to find Salvatore Ferragamo 'Tuscan Sun' products to enjoy! Going beyond the classic shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and moisturizer, the products included sheet masks (amazing!) and face mists (in a perfect size to pop into your purse to refresh in the summer heat). I was thoroughly impressed.
The plush white bed linens were silky soft, enveloping you as you relax and drift off to sleep. The hotel offers a pillow menu to suit every taste for a good night's sleep, and the mattress itself was dreamy to sleep on.
If you are staying in an Imperial Room suite, you have access to the newly renovated Imperial Club, which offers private VIP check in / out, complimentary breakfast, finger foods, afternoon tea, early evening hors d'oeuvres, and after-dinner drinks. My favourite thing was enjoying the delicious strawberry tarts and glass of sparkling wine on the terrace with an incredible view!
Located on the top floor with spectacular views of the city, this is the largest suite in the hotel. It features an ornate bedroom, marble bathroom, kitchen, wine cellar, and dining room for up to eight guests. There is a living space adorned with antique furniture, wood parquet, and rare 17th century paintings depicting Santa Caterina and Santa Cecilia, as well as mosaic tables and a sofa designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The Valcucine kitchen from the 'Artematica' line is fully equipped to cater for a private dinner or allow guests to feel at home by having the facilities to cook for themselves. Throughout the suite, a subtle yet high quality tech system is built in, allowing guests to control audio, visual, and lighting at the simple touch of a button.
The suite is also adaptable to comprise three additional Imperial Rooms with an adjacent Vista Suite to create an apartment with the benefits of the hotel's facilities, including the Imperial Club.