What We Love
- Dramatic design elements at every turn
- Rooms feature signature pieces by Ron Arad
- The see-and-be-seen bar serves cocktails and tapas-style dishes
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- A giant window separates the bedroom from the bathroom, but blinds can be lowered for privacy
- The hotel is in the historic center of Rimini, not right on the beach
- A $3 (€2.50) city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout?
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In the ritzy Italian beach resort of Rimini, the DuoMo is a striking design hotel created by Israeli-born, London-based architect Ron Arad. From the exterior, clad in burnished bronze, to the reception desk, embedded in a tilted polished steel ring, the eclectic property epitomizes the designer’s futuristic vision. The 43 guestrooms are arranged over four floors by color (magenta, lime-green, purple and red) and showcase Arad’s signature pieces, including his Bookworm shelves and Ripple chairs. Above the beds (which are topped with silk throws by Bologna-based designer Chiara Castelli), giant circular windows peer through to the pod-like bathrooms, which are kitted out with white porcelain fixtures by Alessi. The rooms are sparsely decorated with tiny bedside tables, a glass wardrobe and a curved work desk. The lobby-level noMi bar-club is a see-and-be-seen spot for cocktails and tapas-style dishes. The hefty bronze bar is flanked by mirrored steel columns, and one of the walls is a sliding glass door that allows revelers to spill out onto Rimini’s historic streets.
In the Area
Visit Rimini’s Tempio Malatestiano, which was first built in the 1200s as a Gothic cathedral and then transformed in the 15th century into a kind of Renaissance Taj Mahal. Stroll around the city’s old fishing quarter, Borgo San Giuliano, a patchwork of cobbled lanes lined with trattorias, and pop into Osteria de Borg to tuck into traditional Italian dishes. Rimini is one of Italy’s most popular beach resorts, and the coastline stretches for 24 miles. The private beaches charge a daily fee for the use of cabanas, umbrellas and beach chairs. Or you can grab a gelato and wander along the seafront promenade.
How to Get There
The room is too small, no space between the bed and the wall.
No frigobar inside the room!
The hair dryer was old and exploded in my hand!!
The hotel is in the middle of a pedestrian area, hard to access by car.
They have a noisy night club in the ground floor - impossible to sleep well.
The DuoMo is a very pleasant place located in the city center, to stay if you’re visiting Rimini for a few days. A beautiful, post modern design is the main feature of this hotel that presents guests with modern and very colorful pieces of functional decor. The reception desk and the sofas in the upper floors are great examples of this! The breakfast choices and the welcoming staff are also good perks. On the negative side, you’re far from the beach, there are no vistas from the windows and my room was on the smaller side, especially the bathroom... when I showered everything got soaked!
The cafe/restaurant and the hall are so nice but when I came into my room it was a disappointment: big but uncomfortable number as the window looked out on the wall inside (depressive). In the shower, the water was splattering everywhere and it's very uncomfortable to use the toilet after it ( a long time for drying out).
In the room only 2 outlets and any near the bed, so when you have to charge the cell phone battery you need to sit close to the table or stay in the bathroom near the mirror. Some photos you could find in the attachment (the look like of some furniture is in really poor condition).
There is no minibar, safe or hairdryer in the room.
I want to be honest and appreciate the breakfast - very nice food and service.
I stayed at this place for a week for a conference. My main requirements for a business hotel are relative quietness (not easy in Southern Europe in summer) and a decent AC. The duomo hotel offered both. The staff was friendly and helpful, check-in and check-out was painless.
Nevertheless, some of the amenities could be improved: my room had no fridge and the ice machine in the hallway was out of order. Additionally, and this is a pet peeve of mine, the internet, while free and resobly fast was restricted to a single device at a time and required logging in whenever I left the room. Really annoying since most business travellers use two or three devices.
Still, if I'm ever at another conference in Rimini's Palacongressi, I'd probably stay here again.
Starting with the positives, the people at reception and in the bar were extremely nice and helpful. The hotel was clean and it is very well situated right in the centre of town and also within easy walking distance of the station. But apart from that I was honestly disappointed with the hotel. I stayed one night in April when I came to Rimini to run the marathon. I booked in a hurry through Booking.com, which was a mistake because I paid considerably more than I would have done if I had booked through the hotel, which offered a "marathon package" including early breakfast and late check-out at a much lower price than I paid just for the room. When I realised my mistake I called the hotel but they wouldn't make any compromise over the price, and said if I wanted the "marathon package" I would now have to pay an extra 35 euros above the already inflated price I had already paid just for the room. Okay, fair enough, my mistake, and onto the hotel itself. It's futuristic and "designer" which some might appreciate, but i prefer functionality to special effects, and the functionality wasn't great. The lighting "panel" is located by the bed and you need the instruction card which they supply to understand how the lights all work. Aren't simple old-fashioned switches on the wall easier? More importantly, the TV didn't work and the shower was also semi-functional in that it was impossible to get more than tepid water out of it. Not ideal after a marathon! The bathroom was very spacious but no shower cubicle, and it's a verticle, fixed shower, not hand-held, so it's impossible to have a shower without soaking the whole bathroom floor. There was no shower gel, just soap bars or shampoo. The wash basin tap was also "different" from standard design and I found it less convenient to use. The bed was okay, although a bit on the soft side for my tastes.So pros and cons, but possibly more cons than pros.