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.
The brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Alvear Art Hotel is located in a traditional area of Buenos Aires, declared a historical site – the San Martín Square, just steps away from elegant Santa Fe Avenue and famous Florida Street with their countless stores. It is strategically located a few blocks from the financial area and only five minutes from the new corporate district in Puerto Madero.
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

The brand new Alvear ART Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com(*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

 

(**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

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
Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com
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.
La Mansion at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com La Mansion at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com La Mansion at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com La Mansion at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com La Mansion at Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comA closer look at our recently renovated Preferred Four Seasons Executive Suites. New furniture, new color palette, new art, lovely carpets, full marble bathrooms with state-of-the-art HD mirror TVs, but again something remains the same, … the amazing signature Four Seasons mattresses you can enjoy worldwide. There is plenty more to come, we were not able to see since renovations are still taking place, just to name a few: the outdoors restaurant which will be part of a lovely Glass House, a brand new Spa and Fitness Center, a cigar room and a outdoor terrace right on top of the lobby entrance. So stay tuned for much more. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com (*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.Four Seasons Buenos Aires by www.carlosmeliablog.com (**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

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
Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com(*) To book your own travel experience, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of MLGTPP, IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com(*) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.
Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com Alvear Palace Hotel by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Legado Mitico Buenos Aires

Legado Mitico Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last week I had the chance to spend a night at the Legado Mitico Buenos Aires, a charming emblematic boutique hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo SOHO. Born to provide their guests with excellent service and transmit the best of Argentinean history and culture. They are emblematic because they reflect the Argentinean identity.  Continue reading Legado Mitico Buenos Aires

Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Estancia La Bamba de Areco  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  I have been to San Antonio de Areco multiple times in previous visits to Buenos Aires, but I must say that never before in such style and sophistication. Ideally located only 120 km from Buenos Aires and close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel, successfully combines luxurious comfort and colonial elegance. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite gateways, when I visit the city of Buenos Aires.

The feeling of being welcomed into a private home, into a property steeped in history and tradition makes this hotel a special and timeless place for relaxation. Exquisite cuisine, refined service, gaucho traditions and equestrian sports add to the unique magic of La Bamba. 11 rooms and suites at La Bamba, dark wooden floors, antique colonial furniture, art works, local textiles and modern art combine to create understated elegance and harmonious luxury. Mariposa, Lalabai … each room is named after a famous polo horse. All non-smoking and air-conditioned, the rooms look out onto the park, shaded patios, the imposing pampa or the polo fields.
King-sized beds, fine Egyptian linen, safes for valuables and amenities for the discerning traveller are part of the hotel intuitive service.
The Pulperia, is the oldest building dating back to the XVIIIth century, La Pulperia, served as a shelter for horses and carriages before later being converted into an inn where the gauchos would gather to sing, dance or dine. Today it has become a unique retreat for reading, relaxing, having a glass of wine or sharing a cup of tea.
This is where every morning you will enjoy your breakfast, a classic “Desayuno de Campo”, with homemade marmalades, bread and pastries. As a tribute to the gauchos and their traditions, photographs by Aldo Sessa and paintings by Alejandro Moy abound, as well as leather and silver goods made by contemporary artists from San Antonio de Areco which adorn the boutique and attest La Bamba’s loyalty to its local town.
I would have to say, and guests at the Estancia agreed with me, that meals at La Bamba de Areco have been the best of my stay in Buenos Aires. Both the private and refined dinners at night, and the Asados during the day at “El Quincho” outdoors.
In the evenings, all guests staying at the estancia, gather at living room for cocktails, to share their experiences of the day, and the tales of their path through Argentina, enlightening with tips and recommendations, to those just arriving. This is when the true spirit of a home away from home flourishes.
The day goes by very fast, unfortunately, at La Bamba de Areco. Your morning begins around 10AM horseback ridding along to beautiful landscapes of La Pampa.
Excursions on horseback, by carriage, or mountain bike, Argentinian bowls game, hot stone massages, the large swimming pool and the numerous relaxation areas offer the traveller an unforgettable restful experience and an incomparable way to restore energy.
La Bamba de Areco also serves as the base for the international polo team that bears its name. The property includes two polo fields and the guest can also watch games during the season, with practice sessions and matches taking place almost daily. Although it is not intended to be a polo school, arrangements can be made on request for guests who are experienced polo players.
San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest towns in Argentina, is located only 13km away and invites you to return to the eighteenth century with its narrow colonial streets, church, bars and museums. Explore the soul and character of the gaucho at the Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum, whom the famous Argentine writer brought to life in his cult novel Don Segundo Sombra (1926).
Admire the master silversmiths at work in their workshop and marvel at the skill of the leather craftsmen. Heirs to Argentine tradition, these artists perpetuate the international fame of San Antonio de Areco.
An active part of Argentine and especially gaucho heritage, La Bamba de Areco is proud to offer authentic gaucho traditions such as asados and mate tasting, and organizes as an option several gaucho shows which are private and unique: musical entertainment with folk dances, Indian horse-whispering, games of equestrian skill: patos, boleadors and sortija. You can see my full post on this at Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco.
After lunch, the options are multiple, but I am sure you will be willing to experience a traditional “siesta”, either at the pool or around the polo fields. Such a tough decision, right ? Well that is as effortless as the staff at La Bamba de Areco makes it for their guests.
The sun begins to set and maybe is time to retrieve back to your room and get ready for the evening, that will await you with cocktails and new guests to meet.


A working ranch in full sophistication, meeting and combining the best of rural Argentina and five-stars international service. Nestling in the midst of a magnificent park, this typical colonial style ensemble houses rooms and suites spread over three buildings, with several reception rooms, a billiard room, a bar, a massage room and a boutique. A regional and refined culinary tradition, outstanding service, charm and character make La Bamba de Areco an essential stopping place in the province of Buenos Aires. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


Full Photo Album of my stay at La Bamba de Areco. If you have trouble seeing the photos, please follow this link Carlos Melia’s Flickr Album

(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

(**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

La Becasina Delta Lodge

La Becasina Delta Lodge  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Located in a priviledged and exclusive location out of the Parana River, in the area know as Delta de El Tigre approx. two hours from the city of Buenos Aires, one of the few on growing deltas in the world. La Becasina Lodge (former La Pascuala) is the ideal destination and experience for total disconnection and R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N when visiting the city of Buenos Aires. 15 Bungalow- Suites, all individual, surrounded by water and hidden between the exuberant vegetation of the place.

I spent at La Becasina two days and one night, being the perfect time to relax and not get bored. The 15 bungalows were all taken, and the crowd was all and exclusively Argentineans.


The 15 Bungalow – Suites, entirely constructed in hard wood, have a private deck overlooking the surrounding waters. Slid walls of target, cane furniture and paintings that reflect the landscape of the place, come together in perfect harmony to guarantee the maximum well-being. The baths, of quebracho wood and spacious windows, offer reading light and separate shower cabinets. All bungalows have central heating and air conditioning to assure major comfort according to the different temperatures during the year.
The bungalows and common areas are linked by bridges or wooden passageways. In the Main Deck, a swimming pool, two jacuzzis, a bar, the restaurant, the main house and the access to the trekking trails and water activities.

Full photo album of my stay at La Becasina Delta Lodge. If you have troubles watching this photos, please follow this link.
The Lodge has its own boat, which by the way it is not just a transfer to/from the Lodge, but itself an experience to be enjoyed. The are regular departures from Bahia Grande Nordelta.
Navigation estimated time is one hour, covering the vast rivers and streams of the Delta, enjoying a beautiful landscape. For those guests who have their own boat and want to reach by their means the Lodge provides private moorings.
I am very happy to say, that I have found another alternative option for Gay Weddings. Look at the photo above, an ideal spot for a wedding, don’t you agree, of course with the added bonus of the style and ideas of the couple and myself.
The lodge has two restaurants, one located at the main house where you will have your breakfasts and dinners, and the other one, a beautiful gazebo over at the private lagoon. Both rooms and spaces are gorgeous.
The gourmet experience and cuisine is very basic and simple, but in full fairness, very tasty and of good quality, so no complains other than I was expecting more sophistication. A fix menu for each meal, announce a few hours in advance, with the option with due anticipation, to modify your options according to any dietary restrictions. Now breakfast was indeed very very basic and to my understanding poor and boring.
The lodge offers water activities (included in the price) such as water wheeling and kayak. A perfect way to explore the Island, swim, fish and enjoy the natural environment.
There are several paths opened in the forest. Boots and rain gear are at your disposition. Trekking around the island, which in fact wont take you longer than 15 minutes, but it shows off a beautiful island scenery.

I am not going to say much about the region of El Tigre, since I have blogged about it before, see here. The lodger is ocated in Arroyo Las Cañas, a small stream at the Islands 2nd Section of Paraná River Delta´s, San Fernando district, province of Buenos Aires, the property is characterized by the semi- wild nature as well as by the scarce population. This area takes both banks on approximately 1 mile of Arroyo Las Cañas, for which a stay of relax and serenity is granted.
My only comments with La Becasina Delta Lodge, is that the rural glamour of the Lodge is not fully matched by the sophistication and refinement of the service. What I mean by this, is that the structure, design and style of the main house and the bungalows are perfect and in sync with the environment, but the management, staff and happening of the lodge needs to step up to match the beauty and charm of the property. In an ideal world, I would love to see this hotel, with the same exact structure, maybe with a restoration of the pool area, run by the Four Seasons or Hyatt group. With a private yacht departing from the city of Buenos Aires, arriving to the island in full glamour to spend the day or overnight, in an extension of full luxury service and dining experience. Just an idea !!!!
My least favorite spot of the lodge, was the pool area. It looks a bit tired and the pool chairs were not comfortable nor pretty. The waters was always full of leaves and the bottom looked a bit dirty. Maybe it is just jaded spoiled me, who knows. I must admit that I am not a huge fan of public pools, nothing wrong with you own private plunge pool at your own room right.
My absolute favorite spots of the property were many, and I made sure to stay away from the rest of the guests and enjoy them in full: The pier, the gazebo over the private lagoon, the balcony of my bungalow, the living room of the main house and the main restaurant room.

Only one things annoyed me during my entire stay with them. You can take away, for the sake of relaxation and disconnection, the phones and the TV, I am totally fine with that. But if you say you have WiFi, even if you just offer the service at the main house, then HAVE IT. Nowadays with satellite internet there is no excuse not to offer this amenity to guests, and that is what I explained to them in a few words …” do not excuse yourself. If a tent in the middle of Africa, or a similar cottage on the board with Lao can have/offer WiFi, then anyone can… ” and for the record, having WiFi is not having a connection which takes users an average of four hours to upload a low resolution photo.
So summarizing the entire experience. I would come back again for one night to relax without a doubt, but next time well prepared, with books, movies and lower expectations on the level of refinement and sophistication. The cottages are beautiful except for a few details, that I would change… as a matter of fact I must admit, and every so often I do this at hotel rooms, I rearranged the layout of the furniture in my room. But, as you can or can’t see from the photo above, I will keep the new layout to myself, I do not want to give my ideas for free ha ha ha …. I think it is ideal for a couple, for someone looking to disconnect on its own, to see the other face of Buenos Aires, and for a wedding. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

(*) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

Hotel Check IN at Hotel del Casco San Isidro

Hotel Check IN at Hotel del Casco San Isidro  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  I have just Checked IN at yet, another fabulous small boutique property in Argentina, this time approximately 40 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires, in the district of San Isidro. After a long stressing week, I decided to get away from Buenos Aires and review a few alternative, off the beaten track , options in full relax, combining tradition and culture in direct contact with nature and sophistication.

My weekend begins at Hotel del Casco in San Isidro, video of my Suite above and will continue tomorrow at La Becasina Delta Lodge to end on my last night at Estancia La Bamba de Areco. Time to unwind, enjoy some great wines, local cuisine and some horseback ridding. Back in Buenos Aires on Monday afternoon.
Hotel del Casco, was built in 1892 as a private residence. A splendid neoclassical “palazzo” that has been carefully restored and is listed as part of the city’s historic heritage. It charm and sophistication, is matched with impeccable service. Service is, as you were on your own chateaux.
20 Deluxe Rooms equipped with luxury amenities, combining traditional elements, with classic and functional decoration. Overall you will enjoy a calm, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. I am being hosted at a gorgeous and spacious Suite.
I enjoyed a lovely two steps dinner along with Torrontes wine under the full moon overlooking the Cathedral of San Isidro. R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G !!! at Restaurant La Cascada.
Located in San Isidro’s old quater, right across the road from the Cathedral and very close to the river “Rio de la Plata”. A preferential spot and tranquil gardens and parks. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.
(**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires

Hotel Check IN Club Frances Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Today I Checked IN for the next two nights at the Club FrancesBuenos Aires, in the neighborhood Recoleta, in Buenos Aires. During it’s more than 140 years of history, the Club has hosted personalities from politics, science, culture and sports world, always with an important presence and heritage of French origin. The hotel has 28 rooms, of with only two Deluxe Executive Suites like the one I am being hosted at.

It feels like old style traditional Argentina with true French heritage. The throw on my bed is Chinchilla, the furnitures are original, beautiful balcony, and a dry sauna in my bathroom. Suites on the front of the building have a very traditional and heavy French style, original French furnitures, wood floors, gold leaf wall plaques and heavy fabrics with prints. The back of the house is more modern in a contemporary Art Nouveau style.
The Club Frances itself, is the main building of the original house, which dates from 1866. On top of  the house, they have built a tower where most of the rooms are located. Stunning pieces of art, original wood work, marble fireplaces decorate with sophistication the club and the rooms.
The Hotel Club Francés Restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a classic building full of history. Its setting is based on the restoration of antique furniture and works of art. The arrangement of the tables simulates a luxurious private dining room. Also on the second floor, the club has three rooms for events, with stunning chandeliers as the main protagonists.

I will be posting more comments and my full review on the hotel upon check out, after my two nights experience at Club Frances, during my stay in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

(**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.

HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience

HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Their slogan is Live you own local experience in Buenos Aires, and this is the HUB and heart of this new project that opened only three month ago, in the heart of the district of Recoleta. They propose six experiences based on all or any of the following: Art, Entertainment, Countryside, Tango, Culture and/or Polo. From the moment you step foot into HUB Porteño, you can feel and experience the sophistication and exclusiveness, achieved by using only native elements, materials and creations.  Continue reading HUB Porteño homemade luxury experience

Palermo Place in Palermo Hollywood

Palermo Place in Palermo Hollywood  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last night I spent it at the brand new Palermo Place Buenos Aires, located in the neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood. I would best define them as a basic, clean, modern accommodation option, more as an apartment with extra services than a hotel. Apartment units with all the basic services of a four stars hotel. Conveniently located walking distance to Palermo Soho and Las Canitas, 2 blocks from the subway station.

Palermo Place designed its rooms to truly provide you with a home away from home, and once again I think this is what defines and classifies them best. Although they promote themselves as a luxury boutique hotel, I would rate them as a modern apart complex, with fully equipped units and reduced hotel services. Prices per night range from USD 174 on depending on the season, room type and breakfast, which is a great price based on the quality of the units. I was hosted at a Super Deluxe City View Room on the 5th floor, featuring modern comforts, complimentary WI-FI, complimentary coffee in room, coffee maker, full bathroom amenities, bathrobes, full kitchenette, in room safe, LCD TV with international programming and movie channels, free local calls and faxes, and reasonable international LD rates. Extremely comfortable beds with the optional configuration of a King Size bed or two Twin Beds. Small bathroom, with in room sink.
I must be fully honest, Palermo Hollywood has never been one of my favorite districts of Buenos Aires, but I know that most of the times I stand on my own on this idea. Most tourist love this part of the city, due to its bohemian local personality, and the fact that some of the best restaurants in town are located here. So there you go, it is up to you to decide. Without a doubt you will get a very local porteño experience.
Small basic fitness room on the 7th floor with a workout machine, a treadmill and an elliptical. And outdoor space with deck chairs. On the 8th floor there is a rooftop terrace with a common space to host your own typical parrilladas “barbecues”.
Although the property does not have a food and beverage outlet or room service, every morning you may choose among several local options for your breakfast. Upon Check IN they will provide you with daily vouchers to be used at any of the many charming restaurants and cafeterias in the neighborhood. My favorite option was Panionly two blocks away. A classic Argentinean homemade breakfast, including the local delish – dulce de leche and homemade bread “Pan de Campo”. Since the units count with fully equipped kitchenette, you may choose to fix your own breakfast and meals, or take advantage of the food delivery from over 50 local restaurants. Palermo Place also offers the service of personal shopping and custom stocking of refrigerator and pantry prior to arrival

In conclusion, if you are looking for a plus quality accommodation option, more into experiencing Buenos Aires as a local, home away from home at a rather affordable price, then Palermo Place should be in your “To Consider” list in a heartbeat. Staff is friendly, bilingual and attentive to help you beyond expectations. If you are looking for a full service five star up hotel, located in the heart to the happening, maybe this is not your option. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email carlos@carlosmelia.com or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.

 

TIP – Now you can read CarlosMeliaBlog in multiple languages. Just go to the bottom of the page and choose the language of your preference at the Google Translate drop down menu. Enjoy.!!!

 

(**) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, liking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.