Concierge.com's insider take:
This new five star is providing a bit of competition for the older grande dames in town—a good thing since a number of them are becoming more fusty than charming in their old age. Housed in a neoclassical palace on the street where the composer Richard Wagner lived for a couple of years, it's well located and a close walk to places like the Politeama Theater and Via Liberta. The 61 rooms have plush carpets, upholstered furniture, and heavy silk drapery, but because the property is new they feel more luxurious and intimate than dusty. NB: The chandelier in the lobby was used in the ballroom scene in the Sicilian cinematic classic, The Leopard.