If your name is Don Corleone, DOM Hotel might not be for you: it’s located in the ravishing Regola quarter, right opposite Rome’s anti-mafia headquarters. If you go by any other name though, you’ll love it here, thanks to this sophisticated 17th-century palazzo’s historic gravitas and city-central location. Ye olde plaques from the handsome church next door hang proudly on walls, engraved with D.O.M., which stands for ‘deo optimo maximo’, meaning ‘to God, best, and greatest’. The smart little restaurant, pretty, city-surveying roof terrace, romantic rooms and impeccable service might prompt your own religious leanings…
Light bites at Deer
A bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival
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Massages, manicures, pedicures and other grooming treatments can be arranged in-room, if you ask nicely…If you like the look of DOM, check out its sophisticated, Smith-approved sister, Palazzo Dama…
Bring a shirt or dress in papal red; leave space in your case for local olive oil and wine.
Relaxed Roman: rich hues, cashmere, silk, velvet, leather – and a dash of Acqua di Parma, perhaps.
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Ding DOM – we think we’ve just found our new favourite Roman. It’s small, dark and handsome, set in a 17th-century palazzo, whose not-so-secret weapon is a city-surveying roof terrace with bell-tower views. Consider DOM Hotel your boutique basecamp: the most stylish of launch pads from which to discover the Eternal City and its considerable lures. Rooms here are styled with moody tobacco and charcoal hues, decorated with valuable antiques and artworks; our favourite design feature of all has to be the ancient plaques, on loan from next door’s church, whose D.O.M. engravings inspired the hotel’s name. D.O.M. stands for ‘God, the best, the greatest’. DOM, you’re the best, the greatest, also.
Via Giulia 131, Rome, Italy, 00186
Piazza Navona & Pantheon
0.8 mi / 1.3 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
The Deer Club bills itself as a lounge, restaurant and liquor club; it’s very tasty in each of these roles. A stag’s head with antlers – the ancient symbol of the Regola quarter, where the hotel is set – keeps watch on proceedings in the dark velvet-, silk- and mirror-accented space, also graced with three portraits from Andy Warhol’s infamous ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ series. Italian chef Max Mariola is responsible for the menu of kitchen bites, aka shared plates (beef carpaccio; salmon sashimi; shrimp salad, for example), starring seasonal Italian produce (a whole chapter of the menu is dedicated to vegetables). In summer, the Deer Club moves to the pretty roof terrace.
Nab a cosy sofa with Warhol-works views. You can also arrange private dining in the Deer Club’s secret back room; a barman and waiter will be at your disposal for the night, too.
Eat at the Deer Club until 11pm; drinks are available until 2am.
A small selection of light snacks and mains – Italian meats and cheeses; toast; vegetable lasagna – can be ordered to your room around the clock.
Enjoy elegant antipasti and potent cocktails in Deer. We’d order another round of DOM Collins if we could: a refreshing muddle of geranium gin, lemon juice, lavender water and geranium essence. As you’d expect from a refined Roman, DOM’s wine, champagne, prosecco and spirits selection is beyond reproach. Add elegant antipasti, if you’re peckish.
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