D.O.M is a new five star hotel with 24 rooms and suites, each of which look directly over Via Giulia. Included in the luxury hotel’s many comforts is the distinctive D.O.M suite – boasting a private terrace spanning over 25 square meters – with exclusive views of the rooftops and bell towers of the Rome’s celebrated Regola quarter.
The inimitable character of the hotel’s interior quickly dispels any clichés of conventional luxury hotels – being that it has been specifically designed and studied in order to establish a familiar and refined atmosphere, typical of Italy’s private aristocratic households.
A deliberate fusion of elements characterizes the entire restoration project, conceived and curated by architect Antonio Girardi. Many original structural components, such as the exposed brick walls and coffered wooden ceilings, were wisely retained and serve as a natural backdrop to the various pieces of both modern and vintage furniture, animalier details, and contemporary works of design and art – including three original Andy Warhol silkscreens from the “Ladies and Gentlemen” series, dominating the sophisticated dining area.
The sacredness of the environment – further enhanced by the blocks of marble with ancient religious inscriptions dating back to the Renaissance, acquired from the church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone – exists in direct contrast with the cosmopolitan glamour of the hotel.
This intentional dichotomy makes D.O.M Hotel unique in its genre: a metropolitan refuge capable of evoking nostalgia with its decadent ambiance typical of ancient Rome, while maintaining an international and transverse perception.
The restaurant and bar
The restaurant opens up from the right hand side of the entrance hall and serves as a receptacle of profound passions: valuable art, fine cuisine, and a sensual atmosphere are combined to create one single setting- furnished with long velvet sofas, 1960’s inspired dove colored armchairs and plush curtains in nocturnal shades. Three valuable Andy Warhol silkscreens from the “Ladies and Gentleman” series dominate the restaurant’s dining area, illuminated by spectacular antique chandeliers and surrounded by deliberately positioned large Venetian mirrors.
Placed over the fireplace at long end of the dining room, a great stag’s head dominates the scene as the emblem of the ancient Regola quarter in which the hotel is located.
The D.O.M Bar, ideal for an aperitif or after dinner cocktail, is located directly adjacent to the restaurant and is an ideal setting to plan a romantic date or celebrate a special event. The area has been designed to be reminiscent of a boudoir and conjures the character of a typical American speakeasy: a few cozy tables aligned in front of long velvet semicircular sofas, a long wooden bar top with mirrored panels, another looming hunting trophy, typically American styled lamps, walls dotted with beautifully framed photographs and a studied selection of spirits and vintage mixed cocktails.
Oversized and handcrafted, the mirrors create a whimsical atmosphere while serving a high-tech purpose: the many mirrors that decidedly characterize the ambient of each D.O.M suite are one of the leading character staples of the architectural style. Thanks to their playful, alluring and provocative appearance, the many mirrors lend a critical contribution to the social and seductive tone of D.O.M Hotel. In the restaurant, the mirrors have been methodically considered for the specific purpose of giving depth and soliciting non-verbal communication; while those in the guest rooms, artfully conceal the technologically advanced TV screens, interacting perfectly with the elegant interior design.