WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS
by Studio Papiri International
The Rome Cavalieri was the first hotel in Europe that made part of the prestigious international ultra-luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Established in 1963 in an extraordinary location, over the years it gained the reputation of one of the most renowned luxury hotel in Rome.
People can feel a magic atmosphere in the hotel, given by the presence of valuable antique furniture, several paintings of historic importance, precious tapestry and sculptures. The feeling is comparable to enjoying the visit of one of the most prestigious art collections in the world. The three majestic paintings of Giambattista Tiepolo represent the feather in the cap of this private collection.
We have interviewed Massimo Papiri, CEO of Rome-based Studio Papiri International who has been designated for the renovation of the hotel.
We know that your studio is specialised in hotel design. Also, you have already designed a Waldorf Astoria hotel in the UAE. How was your approach with this roman facility?
“It’s true, we’ve realised the Grand Hotel Waldorf Astoria in the UAE, maybe the biggest one in Dubai. Six years of work, from the foundations up to the furniture. Moreover, we have been supervising the building process, the restoration and the interior decoration of the most prestigious luxury hotels in Europe for more than 30 years. Considering that we are romans, we lacked to our portfolio this shining pearl that we could not miss to achieve.”
In comparison with other hotels and considering your expertise, have you faced difficulties in the execution of the works?
“This hotel spreads such an energy that not only makes you feel at ease, but also gives you a charge and a desire of perfection. Plus, considering our past experiences, I have to say that this is the first time we had an unexpected help from the hotel technical manager, engineer Massimiliano Corrado. A capable specialist, a big expert in the field able to carry out all our ideas.”
“A hotel is a world apart and the Rome Cavalieri is much more than that. It is a small, unique city where anything can happen. Hence, it is necessary to have a global knowledge of new build combined with an aesthetic sense in carrying out the maintenance of the existing facilities, these including staff-only areas, high-tech rooms, kitchens, restaurants, common areas, meeting halls with more than 2000 seats, spa, gym, tennis courts, covered and opened swimming pools, artworks and antique furniture”.
We thank Prof. Papiri for the interview and would like to add that a visit to Rome can’t exclude the fine cooking experience of celebrity Heinz Beck, worldwide known chef who rules the kitchens of Michelin three-starred restaurant La Pergola.
We could speak endlessly about this hotel, skillfully managed by director Alessandro Cabella, with every service at the highest level and scrupulous attention to the smallest details. Everything is well distributed in an area of 8.700 sqm, including fine art masterpieces and many valuable artworks. Finally, the biggest emotion comes: the experience of the most exciting view of Rome…