Overview: Though slightly removed from central Rome, the five-star Cavalieri (it’s under the Waldorf Astoria umbrella) easily has the best views over the ancient city.

Each room is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the Vatican and surrounding countryside.

The décor’s got a touch of the baroque, and old-world style abounds (the designers weren’t shy about using marble). Dining is out of this world, thanks to two (very upscale) restaurants; try three-Michelin-starred La Pergola.

Wow factor: Two outdoor pools buried within 15 acres of Mediterranean-fringed parkland.

The sparkling waters entice from a distance, and many guests can’t help but lunch at outdoor tables set up around the pools.

Rooms: Spacious and extravagant, with nifty extras including a pillow menu, a welcome box of Baci chocolates, and a confusing assortment of light switches.

Bill please: Doubles £145pn.

Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101
00136, Rome, Italy

Fly direct from London Luton to Rome from £126.99 return with Monarch Airlines  

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