This small establishment serves as Graz's art hotel. It features stylish modern rooms that successfully mix antiques with vivid colors and such "Po-Mo" designs as the large blown-up silkscreen of Raphael's angels that serves as the head board in one room. Unlike other so-called art hotels, this one doesn't just use loud colors to mask cheap commercial furnishings—it's actually quite luxurious. Given its central location and stylish decor, it is also quite reasonably priced.

Zum Dom is set on a sloping cobblestone street just below the Cathedral and Mausoleum, and next to a trendy restaurant called Mod ("Dom" spelled backwards, if you didn't notice), a name that could aptly apply to the hotel as well. The reception is on the second floor, as is the spacious breakfast room.

Whimsical ceramic door signs, such as little hand-sculpted scuba divers or mounted chicken heads, announce the number of each room. Inside are spacious, brightly colored spaces with parquet floors, high ceilings, Persian carpets, intricately patterned curtains—such as floral or leopard skin—and an antique or two to offset the otherwise modern furnishings. Many beds are draped with half- or full canopies for a more ethereal look. Baths have either showers or whirlpools, and room Number one, with its heavy mantle of cream and purple-veined marble, wins the award for the most lavish bathroom.

Staff is not plentiful, but cheerful and helpful.

Contact: Hotel Zum Dom Bürgergasse 14, A-8010 Graz, tel +43/0316/824 800, fax 824 800-8, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daily Rates: Double rooms from about €110

Rating: Quality 13/20, Value 14/20