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…
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
0.8 mi / 1.3 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Valet parking
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Internet services
- Room service
Verve Restaurant's delicious regional dishes (rabbit-stuffed carrot ravioli; partridge with walnuts and vermouth; and a dessert with hazelnut, figs and caramelised pork cheek) are the work of talented chefs Adriano Magnoli and Antonella Mascolo. Cuisine is largely rustic, displaying a deep reverence for the bucolic surroundings and meals are served in a 17th-century building. Order the tasting menus (for the whole table) to sample a little of everything.
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 Verve Restaurant 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 Verve. 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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