Rome’s New Palace Of Cool

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Palazzo Dama is a newer hotel in Rome worth getting to know. Located near the Piazza del Popolo, this once private villa belonging to the Malaspina family has been restored and turned into a luxury hotel that reflects its past, but holds a firm grasp on the present day.

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Near the Tiber River, the hotel was named in homage to the late Marquise, Anna Maria Malaspina – known for her bright personality and love of poetry. With just 30 rooms and suites, Palazzo Dama is an intimate and personal refuge from the bustle of Italy’s Eternal City.

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The Marquise’s love of art and writing is reflected in every detail with antique and modern furnishings carefully chosen and placed throughout rooms and public spaces. Books are everywhere, encouraging guests to sit down with a cocktail or glass of wine and read.

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The restaurant here and garden have become spots for guests and those “in-the-know” to meet for a snack or aperitif. Service is notable, but staff are young and cool and not in your face. You very much feel as a guest in someone’s private home, in a relaxed and chic atmosphere.

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What I love about Palazzo Dama is the sense of quiet that fills the space.

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Things are happening, but there isn’t a sense of being overwhelmed by other guests or people streaming in and out.

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The hotel is peaceful, yet in the middle of all that Rome has to offer.

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