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Domus Australia 3.0

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Pros

  • Affordable and comfortable hotel in a quiet area near Termini station 
  • Well-maintained decor throughout 
  • Simple, spacious guest rooms with large beds 
  • On-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner
  • Small rooftop terrace open in warmer seasons
  • Concierge available during daytime hours
  • Lobby computers free for guest use
  • Beautiful chapel on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi (with data limit) 

Cons

  • Religious atmosphere may not suit all travelers
  • Guest rooms are a bit spare, with minimal design

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Domus Australia, which takes its name from its association with the archdiocese of Sydney, is a simple and well-maintained hotel north of Rome’s Termini station. It's a good choice for tourist who want to be close to public transportation, but outside the gritty area around the station. Its 32 guest rooms are spacious and nicely equipped, but decor is spare. All have AC, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, kettles, and free Wi-Fi (data limits apply). There's a free breakfast, and the on-site restaurant serves dinner. There's also a small rooftop terrace and a beautiful chapel. The hotel is open to guests of all faiths, but there are Catholic references throughout, which may not suit all travelers. Those looking for a more traditional hotel experience can consider BEST WESTERN Hotel Artdeco.

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Scene

Standard and subdued decor fits the overall quiet feel of the hotel

Decor throughout Domus Australia is modest, and public spaces are filled with religious accents. A framed photo of Pope Francis next to a snapshot of Australian clergy greets guests in the small lobby. There are a few white chairs along with a rack of brochures for tourist excursions and pilgrimages, and international newspapers are available. A vending machine and two public computers with a printer round out the offerings here. The hotel feels quiet and subdued, with few guests congregating in common areas. Most tend to be couples, and some families, looking for a spacious but budget-friendly place to sleep and eat breakfast before moving on.

Location

Close to public transportation including Termini station, and some tourist attractions

Located in the center of Rome, the hotel is in a busy area filled with a mix of embassies, businesses, apartment buildings, restaurants, and cafes. It’s within easy walking distance of some of Rome’s major attractions, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Baths of Diocletian. The hotel is well-situated for public transportation, and is well served by buses. The closest metro stop is Castro Pretorio, about a seven-minute walk, and Termini Train Station is only 12 minutes on foot. Major sites in the historic center, like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the Colosseum are all roughly 15 minutes or less on public transit. The airport is a 40-minute drive or 45-minute train ride away. 

  • Five-minute walk to the Baths of Diocletian
  • 11-minute walk to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • 12-minute walk to Termini Station
  • 12 minutes to Colosseum via public transit
  • 12 minutes to Spanish Steps via public transit
  • 12 minutes to Trevi Fountain via public transit 
  • 12-minute drive to the Pantheon
  • 14-minute drive to St. Peter’s Square
  • 30-minute drive to Rome Ciampino International Airport
  • 40-minute drive to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport

Rooms

Spacious but spare, with AC, flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, kettles, and free Wi-Fi

Guest rooms at Domus Australia are spacious, and their size is all the more noticeable due to the simple furnishings. They were outfitted in 2011, so they're fairly new and well-maintained. Decor is mostly neutral, kept to an array of browns, with dull, mint-green drapes and an accent wall providing the only dash of color. There are large beds (though doubles are two twins pushed together), and some Classic Rooms also have a small desk. The single Junior Suite is even larger and comes with a separate seating and library area. All units have AC, 32-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, electric kettles with china cups and free tea and coffee, safes, and free Wi-Fi (data limits apply). Bathrooms are basic but tidy, with walk-in showers with removable showerheads, heated towel racks, old tube-style hairdryers, and limited toiletries. 

Features

On-site restaurant, rooftop terrace, and a small church, plus free breakfast 

Highlights among features at Domus Australia include a restaurant that serves dinner and a free breakfast, plus a pretty rooftop terrace. The breakfast buffet includes cereal, yogurt, eggs, meats, fresh pastries, juice, and coffee. At night, the restaurant offers dinner with a menu that blends Italian options with daily specials that usually include pizza and burgers. In warmer months, the restaurant can also serve drinks and dessert on the hotel’s small rooftop terrace. Because of the owner’s association with the Catholic Church, there is a small church next door that gives English-language mass on the weekends. There is also a large meeting room that can be booked for events or conferences, and two computers with a printer in the lobby. Wi-Fi is free throughout, but limited to 50 MBs. 

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Address

Via Cernaia 14/B, Rome, Lazio 00185, Italy

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