The Waldorf Astoria in Rome (Rome Cavalieri) is notable for its remote, scenic location, its artwork, and its famous spa. Although the indoor and outdoor pools were enticing and the health club equally inviting, jet lag prevented a visit. If you have money to burn and are willing to indulge, the spa menu looked incredible.
The artwork, on the other hand, could not be ignored. The extensive collection was exhibited throughout the hotel. The museum quality pieces magnificently decorated all of the open areas. I frequently stopped to admire the talent of the famous artists. The work included paintings, tapestries, sculptures, old fashioned clocks and antique furniture. I felt like I was touring a small art museum.
Hanging on the wall near the bar area in the open lobby was an incredible oriental tapestry.
Nudes and voluptuous women dominated the images in an adjacent long corridor.
Ever since my time in India, I have been intrigued by monkeys. I could not resist admiring this whimsical picture that hung above the breakfast buffet. It reminded me of the monkeys who loved stealing food from students and faculty in India.
A delicious breakfast buffet inside the restaurant on the lower level of the hotel was included in our Hilton award’s package. We were not hungry until dinner.
While staying far removed from the city center was not conducive to sightseeing, it did offer a unique perspective of the city. Perched above Rome, we were able to admire the city from a distance.
However, in order to have a room that faced the city, we would have needed to use double the number of points. The well appointed rooms were supposedly identical except for the view. We passed on the excessive number of points, and instead visited the elegant dining room on the top floor to take pictures of the view.
The tranquility of the impressive grounds enabled us to slowly adjust to the time difference.Although I would have loved to have gone for a swim or used the Turkish bath, I was pooped.
If this was our only chance to experience Rome, I would have been disappointed with the location. A taxi ride or shuttle bus service was required in order to visit popular sites or eat in a restaurant. We knew that we would be spending time in Rome after our cruise. Thus, the lack of a central location did not hamper our objectives. We were content on ordering a pizza from room service and taking a taxi to our prearranged Jewish ghetto tour.
Relaxing in the gardenlike atmosphere gave us time to rebound from jet lag before we headed to the port for our two week Mediterranean cruise aboard Celebrity’s Silhouette.
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