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The Andy, inspired by Andy Warhol's Dollar Sign.
We'd barely finished deciding which of the Argentine art-inspired cocktails we wanted from the El Casco Art Hotel (should we find ourselves in Bariloche), when along comes yet another art cocktail collection, this time at the Rome Cavalieri.
Hey, who are we to argue with the greats of the art world. Let's see what they want us to drink over in Rome ...
This is the penthouse bedroom at the Rome Cavalieri hotel.
We've had a mild fascination over here with the Rome Cavalieri hotel--once a Hilton, now part of the chain's Waldorf-Astoria Collection--largely in part due to its crazy extravagant services. Gladiator training anyone? Fancy a jog with the hotel's general manager? Or perhaps you would like to bring your dog with you and let him dine out of Gucci dog bowls? The hotel can accommodate all that.
Yet we've never known anyone who has spent a night in the hotel. Until now. The NY Times featured the hotel in its weekly "Check-In, Check-Out" feature in the Sunday Travel section. And while the hotel is full of fancy things, the staff seems to have dropped the ball. From reviewer Oliver Schwaner-Albright:
But for all the amenities, the hotel didn’t so much welcome as tolerate us: the desk staff was curt, the car valet was rude and the concierge couldn’t be bothered to halt his personal conversation to help us make dinner reservations.
Just when we thought we'd seen the pinnacle of doggie decadence and luxury, the Rome Cavalieri Hilton trumps them all. For travelers whose pampered pets demand the best, there's the new Very Important Pet program.
Four-legged guests of the Cavalieri can enjoy a full day of spa treatments, customized cashmere Dog Haute Couture and a four-course meal served in Gucci dishware.
Other amenities to pant over include doggy bathrobes, an escorted fitness run, and an Aloe Vera massage. Dinner includes a four-course in-room meal from the Menu del Vostro Fedele Amico -- beginning with soup, a full range of first and second course options, and a chocolate dessert. No, not for you silly. For your dog. And all served up in red ceramic Gucci-designed dishes atop a vermeil tray.
What, you say, isn't it all a bit over-the-top? Not according to General Manager Milan Arandelovic, who says the program was born out of an earnest attempt to meet and exceed the demands of the hotel's dog-loving guests:
"Our guests who frequently travel consider their pets members of the family. We go to great lengths to make our visitors feel comfortable and cared for; it follows that we would extend this service to all who stay with us."
And apparently, the services are appreciated, as the hotel reports an overwhelmingly positive response to VIP packages since announcing them late last year.
Another doggie luxe pic after the jump.
This week, we're looking at some of the best places around the world to spend New Year's Eve. Got a suggestion for ringing in 2008, let us know.
Last summer we were hyped about the Hilton Rome Cavalieri because they were offering gladiator training, which has gotta be one of the coolest hotel add-ons ever. So we were interested to learn about what the Hilton Cavalieri could be offering for a New Year's Eve celebration.
Unfortunately it seems like there are no gladiators involved, but apart from that it sounds like a pretty extravagant way to bring in 2008. The Rome Cavalieri Hilton is offering a 3-night New Year's package for US$2,284 per person, including accommodation in an executive floor room (great views of Rome) plus a 10-course dinner (yes, TEN!) cooked by a 3-star Michelin chef, served in the rooftop La Pergola restaurant. What a great way to spend your last day before the inevitable New Year's diet begins. Finally, when the NYE fireworks go off, you'll have a great view from one of the highest parts of Rome.
The deal also includes a deluxe afternoon tea, apparently made all the more delicious because while you sip your tea, you'll be able to look at three Tiepolo paintings the hotel has just bought; you also get a concert and brunch in the gardens of the hotel on New Year's Day. Perhaps if you ask nicely they'll add an hour or two of gladiator training while you're out in the gardens.
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If you plan on heading to Rome this summer, why not really do as the Romans do? Or did at one point in time.
The Rome Cavalieri Hilton is offering guests the opportunity to learn old-school gladiator moves. Yup, if you envied Russell Crowe in the movie Gladiator, then you can learn all the tricks of his trade.
The hotel has paired up with the Gruppo Storico Romano--a group devoted to the ancient gladiator culture--to create the Cavalieri Gladiator Training program. The one-day only lesson begins in the hotel's 15-acre private park with you and the other seven participants chanting the ritual gladiator chant: "Ave Cesare! Morituri te salutant" which translates to "Hail Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you." Radical!
Learn more on the program after the jump.