Nikki Harrison Speakeasy

Nikki Harrison Speakeasy by www.carlosmeliablog.comNikki Harrison Speakeasy  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  I think tonight, I might have found the best kept secret of Buenos Aires. Speakeasy, honoring the concept behind the door of this quaint New York style Sushi restaurant over Malabia Street in Palermo SOHO. Speakeasy is a word, foreign to Argentina in many ways. But, it has been very well interpreted by Andres, the young owner, of this try to be, quasi exclusive membership club.

Nikki Harrison Speakeasy by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe experience goes like this, and listen carefully because this are the only ways to access to Nikki Harrison Speakeasy. Option one, dine at Nicky New York Sushi and if you are cool enough you will be invited to join. Option two, become a member by purchasing your guaranteed way into the club. Option three, like me, know the right people in town. (Thank you Hope by Les Clefs d’Or Argentina at the Alvear Palace Hotel). Mind the option, you will all end at the same tiny cellar, with no other way out other than the one you used to walk in. From there on… Well that would be ruining your own experience, and we don’t want that, right.? That if you indeed managed to even get there.

Nikki Harrison Speakeasy by www.carlosmeliablog.comGreat Bottled Negroni, expected average to terrible Dirty Vodka Martini. Cool ambiance, loved the background music. Mixed crowd, from those who should be there and not. Of course some cliches that perhaps for me, almost a New Yorker now, could have been avoided. But overall Nikki Harrison Speakeasy is an interesting option while in Buenos Aires. Might be, still, the best kept secret in town, perhaps not the best bar in town. But I bet by far superior in concept and final experience than any of the other speakeasies in town. Now drink that you never now when the police will show up. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Myths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires

Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comMyths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Once again in Buenos Aires, city where I was born and left, many years ago, searching for new challenges and adventures. My family still lives in this beautiful city, reason why I visit at least three times a year. Every visit to me is a new discovery, always looking to learn more about it and to find new interesting things to share with all my followers and passengers. This time, expert guide Victoria Lustig, came my way and willing to work with me, she offer to take me around, to see a different side of it. My first reaction was, well what can she show me that I have not seen yet. I was right, she didn’t show me much I haven’t seen before, BUT she made me understand things and see others I have never noticed for luck of attention or knowledge. Travel should always be and “Experience” and a “Life Changing Moment”, and this tour gave me that.
Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comTogether we customized the itinerary, prior to my arrival to Argentina, via email. She asked me …” Carlos, what do you want to see…” and I replied …” I want to learn about the myths and legends of Buenos Aires. I want to seat at a Cafe among the elders and learn from their stories…”. So we did. !!! I will only share some bits of it, since I do not want to spoil the WOW Factor of this tour, which it is filled with secrets, myths and legends of the so called “Paris of the South”.Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comNational Congress, one of the best examples of Eclectic Architecture, by italian architect Vittorio Meano. Over Avenida de Mayo, looking straight to the Casa Rosada, located at the opposite end of the same avenue.
Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comMyths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comCafe 36 Billares, a renowned cafe of Buenos Aires. Located also along Avenida de Mayo. There is a place for men to play billiards and cards, while sipping a classic “cortado” aka. short coffee.

Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comMyths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comPalacio Barolo, this building was inspired in the Divine Comedy  and just as in Dante’s book, it  is divided in 3 parts representing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise,  Knowing that Europe could be devastated by war, the idea of Mr Barolo (who financed the construction ) and Mr.Palanti (the architect), was  to bring Dante’s ashes to Argentina, so that during the first days of June when the Southern Cross in the sky would be aligned with “Paradise” in the building, Dante’s ashes would ascend to heaven. Of course the writer’s ashes never left Italy. BTW if you happen to be in Montevideo, Uruguay, do not miss to visit its sister building, the Palacio Salvo. The story tells that Mr Barolo, planned to have the lights of the two tower to meet at night in the middle of the Rio de la Plata and together create a beacon of light that would lead to the skies and the Paradise. Unfortunately he forgot that the earth was rounded and not flat, making this impossible.
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Myths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comEVITA, so what’s the story behind this portrait of Eva on the Ministry of Health building in 9 de Julio Avenue. Well this was the first time I realized what on each side of the building, facing each ends of the avenue, there is a different portrait of Eva. The one facing Recoleta, Avenida Alvear and the most refined neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, shows an Eva against the oligarchy, looking angry, shouting and complaining. The one facing Constitucion and the limits of the city of Buenos Aires, home to the middle lower classes, we see and Candid Eva, happy and sweat. Have you noticed that before ? I didn’t. !!!
Myths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com El Zanjon, the  most important urban archeology site in the city, a beautifully reconstructed building from the beginning of XIX century. Upon the restoration started in 1985, another building was found underneath and a series of tunnels were discovered. Some historians relate this place to the First Foundation of Buenos Aires in 1536, although there is no archeological evidence. Another unsolved mystery in Buenos Aires
59700_10202107057701741_103480925_n Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comCasa Minima, the narrowest house in Buenos Aires, belonged to a freed slave. When slavery was abolished, the  owners decided to give a piece of their house to their former slaves.

Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comMyths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Barracas, the other south. A district of the city not many tourist explore. It is located between the railroad of Ferrocarril General Manuel Belgrano and the Riachuelo River. The name Barracas comes from the word barraca, which refers to a temporary construction of houses using rudimentary materials. My favorites here are, Caseros Avenue with some great restaurants, and Lanin Street. (photos above).
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Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comSanta Felicitas Church in Barracas, this church contains the tragic story of beauty and murder. When a young Felicitas Guerrero (16) was forced to marry Martin de Alzaga (61)

Myths, Legends & Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comI would like to introduce my expert guide Victoria Lustig (photo above). She is the one that showed me, over a period of 3 hours, this other side of Buenos Aires, full of Myths, Legends and wonderful quaint Cafes. Thanks to her I got to access quick and easy to private sights not opened to the regular public. I strongly recommend her. She has a emphatic rather informal style, eager to share all her knowledge and customize your itinerary to your own requests. You may contact her @ email

Myths, Legends and Cafes of Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel, what better way to end this experience than over Filthy Vodka Martinis at the fabulous lobby bar of this iconic sophisticated and ultra chic hotel. This is a MUST STOP for each visit I take to Buenos Aires. What a lovely way to spend my afternoon, discovering new myths and legends of the city I love. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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The brand new Alvear ART Hotel

The brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe brand new Alvear ART Hotel   |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  A new generation, the brand new sister property of the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel, has opened its doors in Buenos Aires, only a few month ago. New sample of the Alvear Experience opens the doors of its modern building in the heart of the financial, commercial, and cultural area of the city, warm hospitality, the sophisticated comfort of its rooms, and advanced technology.

This urban-style building counts with 137 guestrooms and 2 suites decorated in a personalized, elegant and contemporary style. Bathrooms with hydro-massage and shower box, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, 24-hour Room Service, broad band Internet access and Wi Fi and an exquisite buffet breakfast.
The brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe hotel also counts with a Spa & Fitness Center on the upper floors, offering a panoramic view of the city as well as the possibility to enjoy the heated swimming pool, solarium, gym and its computerized machines, sauna, steam bath and Scottish shower as well as massages and beauty treatments. A Salon that can be adapted for different social and corporate events with a maximum capacity of 200 people. Business Center with five work stations, audio-visual equipment and meeting rooms.
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The brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comAs I opened this blog post, A New Generation. !!!! 100 percent opposite to the traditional and iconic Grande Dame of Buenos Aires, sister property Alvear Palace Hotel, in style, location, concept … and to my own point of view service. This is not the first nor last opening of Alvear Group in the city of Buenos Aires, two more projects are planned within the next two years. Call me old fashion, but my heart remains with the original sophistication of Alvear Palace Hotel, which I must admit, I missed at their brand new property. You might be right, no point on comparing, plus a bit unfair to set the standard higher than their sister property. But HEY, it is great to have options, and like someone told me, not everyone likes to sleep/stay into a jewel box. I DO. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Buenos Aires Experience by HUB Porteño

Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comBuenos Aires Experience by HUB Porteño  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  One of the many perks and extra amenities of staying at HUB Porteño Buenos Aires, are to have access to their exclusively curated Buenos Aires Experiences, conducted by expert Buenos Aires Connoisseur , Declan. And I emphasize EXPERIENCES, because this is not a traditional private tour, but an experience itself, that will take you along the steps of history and heritage of the city of Buenos Aires and its main attractions. We spent 3 hours walking around the city with Declan, visiting among others: Cemetery of Recoleta, Colon Theater, Casa Rosada, Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida de Mayo, Palacio Barolo, Congress… among others. Worth the stay, worth the experience, to me a perfect combination and match. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Private City Experience Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com
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Back to La Bamba de Areco

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Back to La Bamba de Areco  |  San Antonio de Areco, Argentina  |  Because you should ALWAYS return and shared with loved ones, the best things in life, I chose to take Rubin to Estancia La Bamba de Areco, during our last visit to Buenos Aires. This is my second time at this Estancia, and believe me I have seen and experienced many, during my childhood and adult life as a native Argentinean, and this one is the one I choose to visit over and over. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite retreats when visiting Buenos Aires, back to the Cradle of Gauchos culture and roots. Great local food, horseback ridding and the amazing experience of spending two days in the heart of the vast plains called Pampas. Below see our photo-album of our last visit, and follow this link to see my full report on the Estancia , facilities and overall experience – Estancia La Bamba de Areco. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Four Seasons Buenos Aires NEW LOOK

Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Buenos Aires NEW LOOK  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Four Seasons Buenos Aires has recently undergone a 30 million dollars renovation, and for that I came to spend two nights to experience first hand the before and after. Situated in the heart of Buenos Aires’ exclusive La Recoleta district, Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, is within my TOP five Must-Stay-Experiences of Buenos Aires, and after their recent face lift, they are ranking even higher, with a fresh modern look, new dinning option, and more to come soon, setting themselves away from former semi-Hyatt look and feel, owning the contemporary signature Four Seasons identity. Keep in mind this few concepts: Polo, Horses, Leather, soft earthy palette, deep ocean shades of blue.
Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Renovation not only came in hand with decoration and style, but more in-sync with the international identity Four Seasons is implementing globally, aiming to a more friendly, welcoming experience, while conservative and traditional in style, sophistication and amenities.
Elena Restaurant at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com One of my absolute favorite additions to the new look and concept of the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, are both Elena Restaurant and PonyLine Bar, replacing the former restaurant and the traditional Tea/Piano Room Le Dome. Named for Elena Peña Unzué, Elena guests will find a broad selection of the meats beloved by locals and abundant fresh seafood. Expertly prepared on the rotisserie, mains are accompanied by lushly presented seasonal vegetables. The interesting fact is that both restaurant and bar, have their own street access, independent from the hotel, a trend Four Seasons is incorporating to most properties worldwide, reaching out not only to the international travelers, but also the mixture with the local community. Read More
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Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comOne of my least favorite additions was the Lobby and Front Desk area. But hey, this is just my point of view. Glam, maybe a bit to much shimmer to my taste. Was not quite captivated by the color scheme, furniture or materials. Blown glass, precious stones and lots of shimmer, resembling styles you would see in top luxury hotels in Dubai. There is a a dominating blue color, representing the color of the Argentinean flag.

We spend two night at one of their brand new lovely Preferred Four Seasons Executive Suites, which provide guests with added amenities and services, such as access to The Library, which serves daily complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and coffee from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. These guest rooms provide a beautiful view of either La Mansión or the Recoleta neighbourhood and city in the distance. On the video above you can see the new look of the rooms. Below you can see the look of the Junior Suite I stayed at in 2012.

Total facelift  and improvements. A total new look on the hallways. New softer color palette, furniture, carpets. Upgraded opulent Marble bathroom, tub with whirlpool and a separate shower. French doors separate the living area and oversized bedroom, which features its own walk-in closet. Enjoy stunning views of either La Mansión or the surrounding Recoleta neighbourhood from the seventh and eighth floors of the tower.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comI truly was very happy with the look and feel of all Suites and Rooms, featuring sophisticated style, local materials and warm textures. Here is the new look of an entry level room type. Suites benefit from a skillful blend of modern and traditional, with details like leather-upholstered headboards and antique sunburst mirrors in gold-leaf finish.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comRenovations are always a plus, and we were able to experience this during our stay at the main building of the Four Season Buenos Aires, but hoping you agree with me, classics should always remain untouched, while well maintain and ready for demanding travelers. Example of this is La Mansion by Four Seasons Buenos Aires, which still maintains its traditional flair and style.
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BUE Updated Restaurant recommendations

Restaurant Recommendations Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comBUE Updated Restaurant recommendations  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  On most corners of Buenos Aires you will find a few hidden gems in terms of local cuisine, maybe not the most attractive to the eye, but trust me on this… very appealing to your palate. From my last visit to Buenos Aires, I have some interesting updates on restaurant options to try on your next time there. I went from the hip and trendy Elena Restaurant at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, to some more local and traditional options, which I think far from an exclusive gourmet experience, still reflect the soul and root of Argentinean cuisine. So my friends get ready for a mix or Porteño delights, Milanesas con Papas Fritas, Provoletas, Ensalada Rusa, Matambre, and Panqueques con Dulce de Leche, because not everything is about “Parilla” when in Buenos Aires, trust me you will love them.
Restaurant Recommendations Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comRestaurant Palacio Español / Located over 9 de Julio Ave., the restaurant, on the ground floor, combines its original artistic style (bronze, marble, wood) with the most modern fittings, which makes of it one of the most important gastronomy businesses in Buenos Aires. A feast of traditional Spanish dishes and delights. www.palacioespanol.com.ar
Las Cholitas Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comLas Cholitas / Noise, crowded, smelly with average service… but yet great quality traditional food from all corners of Argentina. I would recommend it for a quick casual bite either for lunch or dinner. Empanadas, Supremas de Pollo and the casserole dishes are a must. Rodriguez Peña 1165, Recoleta.
Bar Rodi Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comRodi Bar / Another classic of Buenos Aires, combining this time the best of Argentinean and Spanish cuisine. Unpretentious food in upscale Recoleta. Traditional restaurant with fine old-world atmosphere and extensive menu offers something for everyone. Vicente López 1900, Recoleta

 

Other options I didn’t have time to try, but came highly recommended by the Les Clefs d’Or Concierges at the Fours Seasons Buenos Aires, are: Nicky speakeasy – www.nicky-harrison.com,  Mullu and OSAKA Puerto Madero – www.osaka.com.pe for peruvian-japanese fusion. I Latina, close doors restaurant with a Caribbean menu influenced by Colombian ingredients – www.ilatinabuenosaires.com. Weekly five Steps fixed menu. La Pecora Nera for italian cuisine with excellent risotto, stuffed pastas and meats – www.lapecoranera.com.ar. Next time in Buenos Aires, I look forward to try each of them for a better review. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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ELENA Restaurant

Elena Restaurant at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comELENA Restaurant  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Part of the new renovations undergone by the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires,  ELENA come out to be a stunning two storey courtyard restaurant. Named for Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión, a historic building that houses the Hotel’s most opulent suites and hosts the city’s most glittering social events. On the menu guests will find a broad selection of the meats beloved by locals, from precision-cut dry aged steaks and Argentinian kobe beef to the highest quality pork, chicken and other meats, and abundant fresh seafood. Expertly prepared on the rotisserie, mains are accompanied by lushly presented seasonal vegetables.

Elena Restaurant at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comIn a gorgeous double-height space bathed in natural light, gourmands and those who love a great meal with friends and family will come together at Elena. The space features a dramatic spiral staircase to the balcony level, where private dining areas are available, and the look is fresh and open, yet a welcome escape from the busy city just outside. Rich interior furnishings – including a glass doored dry ageing case, marble butcher’s table manned by an expert chef and locally-sourced antiques – seamlessly blend South American and European cultures in true Buenos Aires fashion, with hand-crafted finishes by local artisans adding a unique character.

PonyLine at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comBut, either, before or after dinner, a MUST is to stop by the front bar, PonyLine inspired by the sport of kings, Pony Line brings to life the casual chic of La Dolfina polo lifestyle. Balancing urban sophistication with the carefree elegance of polo in leathers and other fabrics, riding motifs, art by Alejandro Moy, and rugged yet refined elements such as pergamino-clad trunks that act as cocktail tables.

Elena Restaurant at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comWe planned an special occasion, family reunion, at ELENA and all went beyond expectation. The food was lovely, same as the atmosphere, lightning and service. My favorite was the concept of serving the food on big saucepans for all to share. Buenos Aires, unlike many other destinations in the world, does not have a thing for hotel restaurants, but ELENA after many years of transitioning from former Park Hyatt management, to the present renovations, has brought trendy, sexy, tasteful back. Strongly recommend it. Book in advance. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comAlvear Palace Hotel | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Without a doubt the Grande Dame of Buenos Aires, an icon of sophistication, luxury and exclusiveness, which will transport you to the old times of this thriving destination, full of European influences and heritage. The Alvear Palace Hotel is situated in the most elegant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta. Originally built as a luxury hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of European visitors arriving in Buenos Aires at the time, The Alvear Palace was transformed in 1932 into a model of the highest expression of refinement.
Photos and Videos property and credits to CM by Carlos Melia / www.carlosmeliablog.com / www.carlosmelia.com. Full usage of this media is allowed only and exclusively when including full credits as mentioned above. Carlos MeliaThe majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and public areas, are reminiscent of the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, which are evident in the furniture, the crystal chandeliers, walls decorated with gold leaf and works of art of famous artists. The eleven-floor luxurious building with five basement levels stands as an undisputed symbol of the city, on the corner of Alvear Avenue and Ayacucho Street. Member of the Leading Hotels of the World in 1993, an organization that recognizes the best hotels in the world.


We were hosted at one of the beautiful Deluxe Premier Suite (see video above) . Specially designed for people on business trips who need to use their suite for small business meetings, it offers the comfort of a bedroom and a separate living room, providing a measure of privacy. The décor includes elegant Louis XVI furniture and a harmonious combination of fabrics and carpets. Your own floor Butler. Flower arrangements and fresh fruit baskets everyday. Egyptian cotton sheets. Custom bath products by Hermès de Paris, and other personal accessories. Just to name some of the many amenities.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comAll of their 197 guest-rooms and suites boast magnificent architecture and decoration, which has positioned the Alvear Palace Hotel as a reference point among luxury hotels around the world, that combines european elegance and cutting edge technology, offering an impeccable personalized service.
Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comL’Orangerie features one of the best buffet breakfast I have ever tried, only to be rivaled, to my modest point of view by the Grand Hotel Europe by Orient-Express in St Petersburg. Excellent lunch and the classic and beyond fabulous Alvear Tea, which is served every afternoon in the Jardin D’Hiver. (one of the must DO experiences of your visit to Buenos Aires).

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe elegant Lobby Bar invites you to enjoy your favorite cocktails with delicious appetizers and a wide selection of wines. The Dirty Vodka Martinis are to die for. For those that like to smoke, The Cigar Bar is the place for the enjoyment of an exclusive selection of cigars, the most outstanding distilled drinks, and the best chocolates in the world.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comAt La Bourgogne, celebrated Chef Jean Paul Bondoux draws on his vast experience to offer the most refined French cuisine in Buenos Aires. La Bourgogne consists of three exclusive areas: La Cave and Le Privé, that are ideal for private lunches and dinners, and La Taste Vins, for exquisite wine-tastings.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Spa, well being in the most exclusive space in Buenos Aires by La Prairie experience. A relaxing and quiet area intended to awaken the five senses, and a fitness center set up with state-of-the-art technology for body training.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comMeeting rooms and events spaces vary widely in layout and size, which may cater the requirements and seating capacity of every event. The dream location for a wedding, trust me. !!! I mean I would.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comLocated at the most elegant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta, an area of extensive parks, wide avenues, and luxurious architecture in a classical style, where the best restaurants, cafes, antique shops and boutiques of Buenos Aires, are to be found. A great zip code to have your own Buenos Aires experience.
Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comOf course your stay will be boosted by the expert recommendations and personal assistance of their Les Clefs d’Or Concierges, who had become in the last 5 years my best travel buddies when looking to discover the new, cool and exclusive. Here photo of me with Esperanza, one of the Les Clefs d’Or Concierge at The Alvear Palace Hotel.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comNot many may know this, but to me to stay at The Alvear Palace Hotel as a guest, marks an important moment in my life, since many years ago, I was an employe of this hotel at the Front Desk, and always dreamt of the day I would be the one on the other side of the desk. So be careful with what you wish, it might become true. Important!!! If you decide to book The Alvear Palace Hotel through me, you will receive other than great fares and all my insight on the destination, the following extra VIP Amenities: Full breakfast for each Guest Daily at L’ Orangerie Restaurant + Alvear Tea for two, once during stay + (subject to availability) Upgrade to the next room type and Early Check IN. So what are you waiting for, the ultimate Buenos Aries experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Museo EVITA

Museo EVITA by www.carlosmeliablog.com Museo EVITA  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Slowly I am catching up on my report on my last trip to Buenos Aires. One of the things I did was to visit the Museo EVITA. This was not the first time I came to visit this house, but it was indeed the first time I really made the effort to spend time and learn more about this woman who defied the times she lived. I am not one of her fans AT ALL, but I must admit she became a global icon, and for that my respect and interest, personal opinions and believes aside. To me, ignorance is the worst enemy of a point of view, and I totally disagree with the saying …”What you don’t know, wont hurt you…” on the contrary, so off I went to learn more about this polemic and controversial lady. Visit the Museum, and make your own conclusions.

Museo EVITA by www.carlosmeliablog.comEva Duarte, the little girl from the province of Buenos Aires which became known actress. Eva Peron, the wife of the beloved leader, leader herself, responsible for major changes within the Argentinean society. Evita, the myth, admired/hated figure in the world, potentiated by her untimely death.
Museo EVITA by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Permanent Exhibition is organized circularly, starting with the evocation of Evita’s funeral through a short audiovisual presentation. The museum tour is proposed for the visitor, almost linear, chronological way, from Evita childhood, her family, the years of childhood and adolescence, the trip to Buenos Aires from Los Toldos, its beginnings in the world entertainment: radio and film. Then it will first encounter with Peron, her role as First Lady, the European tour, women’s suffrage, the creation of the Female Peronist Party and his work with state policies. All this, telling the seven years of public life and her active and direct social assistance, to its historic renunciation and the illness that led to an unexpected end. Finally the tour takes visitors to a space which presents the legacy of thought and work of Evita.
Museo EVITA by www.carlosmeliablog.comMuseo EVITA is located at Lafinur 2988, in the city of Buenos Aires. (open Tuesdays – Sundays 11AM to 7PM) For more information www.museoevita.org. I have my own point of view, as Argentinean and as a person that has taken the time to learn about her life, work and legacy… unfortunately I must say I stand on the opposite side from those who cherish and idolize her, but always good to learn about facts and the history of your heritage, and on top of that you get to see all the great looks she wore throughout the years.
Coca Sarli at Museo Evita by www.carlosmeliablog.comNow the highlight of my visit, was the Temporal Exhibition “100×100 Argentino” including billboards of other iconic personalities of Argentina. 100 Argentine personalities, from politics, sports, science, art, portrayed in an exercise that requires young people to connect with personalities of the last 100 years. I fell in love, particularly with the one on Coca Sarli, a retired Argentine actress, and glamour model, known for her sexploitation films. Sarli is a considered a cultural icon and the quintessential sex symbol in her home country.  CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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