We chose the Brasilia Palace in order to experience living in a Niemeyer building. On that level, it did not disappoint. It's a well-maintained modernist hotel. The rooms are small, clean, and efficient. Each room has a nice balcony. The service is friendly and attentive, though few staff speak English, as was our experience throughout Brasilia. The breakfasts were very good - a wide array of hot and cold items, fresh fruits, juices, and baked goods. There is a nice, large pool area. In all, a really good value. We had a very disappointing experience in the hotel's restaurant, Oscar. They were clearly understaffed and overwhelmed the night we dined there - we only saw four waiters for the entire, completely full restaurant. No busboys, no hostess. Our waiter appeared never to have eaten in a restaurant, let alone work in one - he seemed flummoxed by how to place silverware on the table and went in search of a corkscrew for a screwtop bottle of wine. The food, once it finally came, was fine. Some downsides to know about - the fitness center is small and the universal machine was broken when we were there. The location is isolated and cabs need to be called specially to the hotel, which adds a surcharge to your fare. (It's about R$20 from the hotel to the major landmarks.) Even though the hotel is right on the lake, there are no recreational opportunities right there - not even a path near the water - because you are in a secure zone near the presidential palace (which you can walk to). We were happy we stayed here, but you need to weigh your desire for modernist authenticity with your need for convenience.