Rome, Italy

Palazzo Dama

Rates from (ex tax)$241.43

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR245.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Lady of leisure

Setting

Banks of the Tiber

Tiber-side boutique hotel Palazzo Dama once hosted the lavish parties of 18th-century Rome’s elite. Nowadays, after a revamping directed by architect Antonio Girardi, its rooms and suites are modern and minimalist in style, but its decadence hasn’t diminished: its gilded and glittering, with a flock of chandeliers, marble-lined pool and subterranean nightclub. The restaurant admires its lavish white-and-gold look in its mirrored walls and doors, while the hotel bar models moody blue hues and shakes up serious cocktails. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

30, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $241.43 (€223), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €7.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR245.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of pastries and breads, yoghurts, fresh fruit and juices, and strong Italian coffee.

Also

The hotel’s nightclub, Raspoutine, is open on Friday and Saturday nights for cocktails of the bubbly and classic varieties and dancing with the Eternal City’s bright young things.

At the hotel

Raspoutine nightclub, garden, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, minibar, luxury bath products, and bathrobes and slippers.

Our favourite rooms

Dainty Double Deluxe Rooms are sweet spaces for shorter stays, with clean minimalist design, cloud-like beds, Forties-style lamps and impressively roomy marble-tiled ensuite bathrooms. The Suite Royal has a large, private terrace with garden views – just the sort of spot you’d imagine Rome’s past glitterati would rest in after the previous night’s excess.

Poolside

Make your way to the garden to lounge by the marble-edged swimming pool; there’s a row of sunloungers to one side and a smattering of tables for alfresco drinks to the other. It’s for adults only and, unusually for central Rome, it’s big enough not only for a quick dip but a few lengths as well.

Packing tips

Bring a capsule collection of pieces inspired by established Italian fashion houses.

Also

Guests can request beauty and spa treatments in their rooms. Ground-floor Double Deluxe Rooms can accommodate guests with mobility issues.

Pet‐friendly

Furry companions are welcome to stay for free; please notify the hotel before arrival. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.

Children

Babes-in-arms are welcome, and free baby cots can be provided for under-4s in all except the Double Deluxe rooms, but overall this isn’t a child-friendly hotel. Extra beds for guests aged four and over are €90 a night.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit at a corner table to watch the dazzling signors and signorinas, or sit in the centre so all eyes are on you… A table near the windows lets you gaze over the gardens.

Dress Code

Foxy dama.

Hotel restaurant

Glamorous L’Autre Dame restaurant has elegantly high ceilings, glittering chandeliers and large arched windows overlooking the garden; there’s even a pair of palm trees standing guard on either side of the bar and a coterie of golden idols. Guests sit on white tufted banquettes as executive chef Roberto de Santis conjures up tasty yet virtuous dishes, created with food blogger Morgan Witkin, which are organic and free of refined sugar, with some vegan and gluten-free choices. Try a cashew-based twist on the classic Roman cacio e pepe, or go for the eggplant caponata. A Continental breakfast spread of breads and pastries, yoghurts, fresh fruit and juice and coffee is also served in L’Autre Dame.

Hotel bar

Downstairs, L’Autre Dame bar is moodier than its sister restaurant; its indigo wall is just the thing for Girl with a Pearl Earring-inspired selfies – after all, it’s already hung with a cast of gold-framed portraits. Lavish chandeliers lend light to the space and inviting sofas are just big enough for two; order an Aperol spritz and settle in.

 

Last orders

Both the restaurant and bar are open from 7am to 11pm.

Room service

Order from the room service menu from 7.30am to 11pm; breakfast in bed is especially good: it comes with eggs many ways, pancakes, French toast and fruit. Don’t forget the coffee.

Location

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Address
Palazzo Dama
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia 2
00196
Rome
Italy

Planes

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel, and Rome Ciampino is 50 minutes’ drive away; the hotel can arrange transfers from either for up to three guests for €84 each way.

Trains

Trains from Florence, Milan, Naples, Venice, Turin and Bari arrive at Rome Termini station. The hotel can arrange one-way transfers for up to three guests for €45.

Automobiles

Unless you enjoy high-octane city driving, leave it to the locals when in Rome. If you hire a car, there’s a car park in via Emanuele Gianturco, about a five-minute walk from the hotel, that guests can use for €30 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take an evening passeggiata (a well-heeled wander) to Piazza del Popolo, a gentle stroll from Palazzo Dama’s doorstep; it’s the site of the city's northern gate and home to Rome's oldest obelisk. For something a little more scandaloso, swing by the Villa Medici on Viale della Trinità dei Monti, Roman seat of the the notorious first-family of Florence, or head to the Galleria Borghese to peruse the masterpieces, including works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. Those in search of something more active can rent a vessel from the neighbouring rowing club Canottieri Navalia.

Local restaurants

On a pretty piazza terrace, restaurant Pierluigi serves fresh Italian seafood. Casina Valadier, built by the famous Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier in the early 19th-century, is a colonnaded and coral-hued neoclassical pavilion, with a terrace for the most romantic meal you’ll have in Rome. The tasting menu pairs rather well with panoramic views of the Eternal City. A short stroll from Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna, local low-key favourite Edy serves a reassuringly diminutive menu of Italian classics – we like the linguine with prawns and zucchini flowers, but there are no wrong choices… Sit outside in warmer months.

Local bars

Lian Club takes the waterfront bar concept to the next level: this floating bistro and cocktail bar is moored under the Ponte Cavour and regularly hosts live music. Sacripante Art Gallery (59 Via Panisperna) was a convent in the 18th-century, but things have changed in the interim: it now has a just-edgy-enough bar with exposed beams and scuffed concrete walls. After you’ve browsed the modern art, ask the mixologist to create a masterpiece for you at the antique apothecary table bar.

 

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Rome and unpacked their tailored wares from Loro Piana and requisite bottle of wine, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palazzo Dama in Italy…

Tiber-side stay Palazzo Dama remains as fresh-faced as when Rome’s elite were hosted by its eponymous ladies in the 18th century. Unlike the Capitoline’s aristocrats and diplomats of yesteryear, this regal villa stay is thoroughly modern. The owner’s magpie eye for artwork is evident as soon as you step through the entrance’s original art nouveau doors; gilt-framed oil paintings, Miró etchings, Pop artworks – including two original Warhols – and glittering chandeliers are liberally scattered throughout the mansion. The white-and-gold restaurant is embellished with more glitter than a courtier’s finery, with chandeliers snagged from New York’s Plaza Hotel and a soaring ceiling; a light menu and a powerful cocktail will have you feeling sparkly too. Outside, the city-central garden has a marble-edged pool shaded by lemon and olive trees, white sunloungers and wrought-iron tables for twosomes. After dark, descend the grand staircase to navy-walled L’Autre Dame bar (yes, that does translate to ‘the other woman…’) and claim an ochre-coloured sofa; antique portraiture and dimmed chandeliers make it a handsome spot. Alternatively, head to the building’s side entrance and down into the hotel's subterranean nightclub for a little 21st-century fun.

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