by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | September 7, 2017

In just over four months, the inaugural SITE + MPI Global Forum will launch at the 345-room Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria, which sits high above the Italian capital city on 15 landscaped acres. The hotel's executive team has more than a few carefully planned surprises on tap for a group they've been eager to host since learning their property had beat out two other contenders for the winning RFP in March of this year. 

Rome Cavalieri Hotel pool"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Rome Cavalieri, and it is a dream we are finally making a reality," Elodie Lacroix, director of business development for the hotel, told The Hotel Insider. "We've already created a signature cocktail for the event, and we've been very busy working with external suppliers, so attendees will get a real flair for the Roman way of life." Think Italian fashion designers, wines, Roman gastronomic indulgences and classic Vespa tours.

Rome Cavalieri Hotel's La Pergola restaurantIn 2008, this iconic property, built in 1963 and long considered one of the Eternal City's most decadent (if not expensive) hotels, wrapped up a near $50 million renovation, which included a complete overhaul of its Congress Centre with nearly 94,000 square feet of meeting space, and shed its long-time Hilton affiliation for the loftier echelons of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, making it the first European property to fly that brand's flag.

In the past several months, the hotel has completed another string of renovations as it readies for the SITE + MPI Global Forum, including a redo of most of its suites, and a complete redesign of its Imperial Club Lounge, which offers everything from lavish afternoon tea and cocktails to hors d'oeuvres and personal concierge service.

For visitors hoping to snag a coveted reservation at the hotel's rooftop restaurant, La Pergola, start hitting the reservation phone lines now and pray for a miracle. This culinary heavyweight, the only Michelin-rated three-star restaurant in Rome, headed up by celebrated chef Heinz Beck, is usually booked three to four months out, Lacroix told me, adding, "Chef Beck has never lost a Michelin star, and he is always assessing and changing his menus. It's a very special dining experience. You really have to experience it. The wine cellar has over 60,000 bottles of wine."

There's more: "We have one of the city's best private art collections and our own art historian, who gives tours," said Lacroix. "Everyone should see it while they are here." The collection includes a Tiepolo triptych valued at $8 million. Ciao Roma!