The D.O.M., which opened in late 2013, is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Originally built as a 17th-century noble palace, the property was subsequently converted into a monastery, then Ministry of Justice offices. Its current design, which blends architectural elements from its previous uses, was entrusted to architect Antonio Girardi, who has seamlessly married Renaissance reverence and modern design.
Thanks to the previous ecclesiastical incarnation, rooms are intimate and many have low ceilings. Dark gray and brown hues mingle with velveteen, brick, and wood, creating a cavernous feel in the ground-floor common areas, which contrast with the bright and open rooftop terrace and its views over Rome’s Renaissance quarter and across the river to Trastevere. On the ground floor, a small reception area precedes the hotel bar and restaurant, as well as a small enclosed terrace.
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Set on the 16th-century Via Giulia, a pin-straight street laid out by Pope Julius II, the D.O.M. is surrounded by elite palaces, historic churches, art galleries, and artisan studios. The immediate environs are largely residential, but it’s an easy walk across the river to Trastevere, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’Angelo, while Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona are a short stroll away on the same side of the river as the hotel. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of D.O.M.’s location on the Via Giulia is the street itself. The 500-year-old avenue is the quintessential destination for a long passeggiata (stroll) over the city’s famous sampietrini (beveled cobblestones).
Need to Know
Rooms: 24 rooms. From $266. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The ground-floor restaurant, the Deer Club, is open for dinner only. The adjacent cocktail bar serves classic and inspired drinks. The rooftop terrace serves snacks and drinks from May through October, and there is 24-hour room service. Spa and gym details: No spa nor gym facilities.
Who’s it for: Couples who relish boudoir-chic decor and wish to be within walking distance of historic sites. Our favorite rooms: The D.O.M. Suite sprawls over two floors and includes a 250-square-foot terrace, a bar, and a living room. Good to know: The property hosts many private functions, which limit even guest access to the roof bar and ground-floor restaurant. So if you’re planning on an aperitif or nightcap, be sure to confirm they can accommodate before turning up.