Set in 15 acres of land on the unofficial eighth hill of Rome, the Rome Cavalieri, which used to be a Hilton but now belongs to the Waldorf Astoria is rather removed from the centre but it does have panoramic views over the whole city and proves that chain hotels in Rome don’t lack imagination. Lacking in contemporary intimacy, this hotel feels more like a cruise liner. If you like the glitzy, all things Euro and certainly want to flash your cash then you’ll absolutely love it. Huge plasma screens clash with the kitsch baroque furnishings in the bedrooms while the pool attracts a pantheon of international plutocrats swimming in their own importance. It’s not without its redeeming features, however, including super-chef Heinz Beck’s Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant La Pergola, and its unparalleled facilities: a top-notch spa with La Prairie products, an excellent gym, two tennis courts and the Olympic-sized pool – the perfect backdrop for quaffing pina coladas. Just perfetto for a clientele that is executive, opulent and diplomatic. If you want to relive the last, excessive days of the Roman Empire á la Nero, then this is the place to do it.