Let's chat about the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Once known as the Hilton, this iconic spot might not scream "modern luxury" to every traveler, and its late modernist façade might not make every architecture enthusiast's heart race. But there's one undeniable charm: its breathtaking view of the Eternal City from atop the Monte Mario hill. A throwback to the unapologetic, old-school opulence of the mid-20th century, it's a trip down luxury lane.
However, the subtle elegance and minimalist charm of Franco Albini, the genius behind the original interiors, has been, let's say, a bit overshadowed. It's a sea of chunky couches, vast carpets, and pseudo-baroque frills now. Vintage vibes, anyone?
Celebrating its 60th year, the hotel was launched by Conrad Hilton himself back in June 1963. Fun fact: this historic moment found its way into an episode of the TV series "Mad Men". Not to mention the filming of "The Driver's Seat" (1974) starring the iconic Elizabeth Taylor. (By the way, can you guess where the Hollywood diva stayed during her frequent Rome visits?)
The hotel also boasts an art collection that’s truly jaw-dropping. If you’re thinking, "Is that an Andy Warhol?", well, yes, it probably is. As if that wasn't enough, Rome Cavalieri houses the city's only Michelin three-star restaurant, La Pergola. So even if you don’t opt for a stay, do treat yourself to a meal at one of Italy's finest dining spots. Cheers to luxury, history, and the best spaghetti you might ever taste! 🍝🍷🖼️🌆