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Vaticano: Cavalieri Hilton

Via A. Cadlolo, 101, Phone: 06.35092031
www.cavalieri-hilton.it

Reviewed by: Jabez from USA, review #577

When: May 2004

One of the best hotel experiences we have ever had! 5 Star deluxe, expensive: +/-Ä300/night

We just returned from a wonderful week at the Cavalieri Hilton Rome. This is one of the best hotel experiences we have ever had. The hotel overlooks Rome (FANTASTIC VIEW) and the Albin Hills from atop Monte Mario. This, however, is its only downside. Itís about a 20-minute ride to Piazza Barberini. They have a well-run free hotel shuttle, but we did taxi back a few times (about Ä12) and took a bus a couple other times.

The hotel is set among 15 acres of trees, flowering shrubs and stonework. Itís very much like a resort/spa with a wonderful outdoor pool area surrounded with palm trees. There is an indoor pool complete with fireplace, three whirlpools, private saunas, a Turkish bath, and an excellent exercise room.. Many other Spa amenities were available. This place is known as one of the hundred best spas in the world.

As a Hilton Honors Diamond member we were upgraded to the executive floor with one of the greatest views in the world. The immaculately clean room, furnished in old world elegance was huge with a separate sitting area, desk, TV, DVD (free film library) and balcony. The bedding was wonderful, with thick down and Irish linen. The bathroom was huge and full of marble.

Their executive lounge is one of the nicest Iíve ever seen and enjoyed. Every morning, as the sun rose over this great city, we sat on one of its balconies and enjoyed great breakfasts and cappuccinos. Every evening, we finished our hard paced sightseeing day again on one of its balconies overlooking the lights of Rome.

No doubt, thereís a trade-off view and great hotel vs. location. We liked this hotel so much we may come back for another week soon. Itís expensive to very expensive, but I've heard that there are special discount sales at times.

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