Concierge.com's insider take:
Out of all the city's new design hotels, this is the one that most carefully blends old and new, keeping an eye on its architectural past while still creating an utterly modern guest experience. All 37 rooms are in chic shades of black and have DVD players and minimalist bathrooms in gray marble. Windows have been kept big, their shape unaltered from the original 1870 design. The Meninas' original hardwood staircases and landings are another beautiful reminder of what the building once was, and of how respectfully the building has been renovated. The location, near the Opera, is excellent. One downside: Wi-Fi only works in the lobby; rooms have cable Internet connections.