Lust for Life Carlos Melia by DNA Magazine | Sydney, Australia | For those that asked me for the full article ran by DNA Magazine on me, here is the PDF courtesy of DNA Magazine itself. Check or download the full profile/article at Lust of Life Carlos Melia by DNA Magazine. Hope you all like it. CM
The OUT NYC | New York, United States | Well it seems that West 42nd. Street area in between 10th and 11th Avenue (aka. Hells Kitchen), has lately been getting a lot of attention and happening. First the avant-garded Yotel, which I personally reviewed last week and loved, the new luxury apartments complex MiMA, and now the soon to open The OUT NYC Urban Resort which already is looking very promessing and happening. The project is forecasted to open March 2012, so we will have to wait till then to see how it develops, looking forward to stay over to review it in full. Formerly to be Axel Hotel New York, today member of the Genre Hotels group, which I must say after over 20 years in this business have never heard of, but excited to learn more about. But this is not all this complex has to offer, big names are already part of this project and others to join soon. The OUT NYC hosts New York’s most highly anticipated nightlife venue XL Nightclub featuring already well established and classic events like Rock It by Fonabaiovoss and iconic New York night scene names like John Blair. Today I was briefly introduced to XL but this weekend I was invited to come and check the venue in full action, but I can say that already got my attention, a slick venue with a nice central bar and dance floor in the back. So stay tuned for more. CM
Carlos Melia Globe Trotter by DNA Magazine | Sydney, Australia | The new February Issue of Australia’s best-selling magazine for gay men is out, and this time includes Carlos Melia as one of their featured profiles, under the section of Lust for Life. The article/interview was entitled Globe Trotter Carlos Melia’s Ideal Life, a summarized log of my career, travel experiences and current/future projects.
Amulet and Talisman Market in Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | During your visit to the ChinaTown in Bangkok, which by the way, prides itself to be the oldest ChinaTown in the entire world, you must save sometime to visit the Amulet Market. Located next to the Wat Mahathat, between Maharat Road and the river, the biggest amulet market in Bangkok. Mingle with the local crowd, monks and tourist and be amazed by the things you will find and surprised by those that people praise to.
GPS Carlos Melia in New York City | New York, United States | Good Morning everyone from the Big Apple. Here I continue on my circuit of hotels worldwide. Since yesterday at the beautiful and very conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Sofitel New York City, review to come later. Last night and fantastic Avant-Premiere hosted itself by Madonna, were she presented us with her new project and pride as a film Director and Co-Writer with W.E. with the story of love of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Above snapshot of the view from my corner suite on the 27th floor of the Sofitel Hotel New York. Everyone have a GREAT Day. CM
Madonna presents us W.E. Live in New York | New York, United States | Tonight I attended the Avant-Premier of W.E. directed and co-writed by Madonna at the Ziegfeld Theater. Not allowed to comment further on it, but just BRILLIANT. !!!! All I have to say is, Madonna you F*** proved them wrong. In theaters worldwide soon. Special thanks to The Karpel Group for the invite. Good night everyone CM
FREE WiFi for everyone a lesson to be learnt by Hotels worldwide | New York, United States | More and more hotels across the world are becoming more savvy and proficient in the use of Social Media and Social Applications. The big question that always raises to this still brand new technology, which many pretend to master, but only a few truly understand, is how to measure the ROI – return on investment. As I travel the world, staying at all types of hotels, I have had multiple experiences with the internet service, which most of the time can be very annoying, where hotels yet don’t understand that internet is one of the top features guests will take into consideration, at the moment of booking their stay. The worst examples during last year travels, were hotels in London, UK and Jaipur, India, where I was shocked with my bill upon check out with charges over USD 40 x day for a lousy crappy connection that would take me over 10 minutes to upload a single photo. On top of that, most hotels do not offer the Multi Device Connection platforms, and travelers like me, we need to at least to connect three devices, such as Laptop, iPhone and iPad, meaning three times the charges. The recently open cutting edge and modern Yotel in New York City, has grasped this concept and finally proved that what I have been telling hotels for the last two years, was indeed a great idea, first and for most to please customers, and second, to self promote their properties and services making use of the different techniques on online advertising and viral effects.
GPS Carlos Melia at Yotel New York City | New York, United States | Just Checked IN at my Premium Cabin at Yotel New York. I am fully fascinated by the concept and style of this hotel. Luxury cabins with full five-star services, avant-garde design and technology, a great location for a very affordable price. Where Mission Control is their version of a Concierge Desk, fully automated Check IN, a robot that stores your luggage and a real Dohyo is the restaurant and bar. I will be posting more upon departure, but I wanted to share this with you all, since I found it to be the coolest affordable hotel option in New York City. where you won’t jeopardize quality and service for price.
The Mark Hotel New York City | New York, United States | I have just checked OUT from the beautiful and charming exclusive boutique hotel The Mark. If there is a way to describe it is… full class, welcoming, happening, fashionable and chic. 1927 landmark building at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Designed by Jacques Grange and with impeccable service under the perfectionist eye of luxury hotel manager Olivier Lordonnois, The Mark combines old-world comfort, avant-garde design, the latest technologies and an unprecedented level of personal service to create the finest five-star hotel of the 21st-century. I have been in New York for over seven years, and I must say that I always stick to the same hotel preferences, although The Mark is not just a hotel, it is a whole experience of great taste and class.
GPS Carlos Melia back in Manhattan | New York, United States | Hi there mates, I am back in FREEZING New York City, after a short amazing stop in Miami Beach. This time, other than reviewing and sharing restaurants and other tips from the city, I will be staying and reviewing the following hotels: The Marks, Gramercy Park Hotel, Yotel, The Michelangelo and Sofitel. So stay tuned. !!!!! And again in the video above, you can see me in the East side of Manhattan, over Sutton Street and York and the Queensboro Bridge across the East River. Cheers CM