48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants| London, England | My journey aboard the VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express luxury train, came to an end, and it was time to enjoy London for 48 hours, before heading home. I know London, quite well, been there many times, and even lived in this lovely city for a while. So when I visit London, I spend my time mostly seeing friends, and exploring new hotels, restaurants and tourist highlights and attractions, to later curate the best options to offer my clients, based on my own personal experiences. Below you can read my 48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLONDONContinue reading 48 Hours in London curating new hotels and restaurants
The Goring Hotel London | London,United Kingdom | Recapping my 2013 of traveling around the world, if there was a hotel I always wanted to stay, was the iconic The Goring Hotel in Belgravia, London. And more so after The Goring was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen, and was the where the now Duchess of Cambridge spent her last night as a single woman, and headquarters for Kate Middleton team, pre and post wedding. The best closing option to my experience across Scotland, Edinburgh and The Royal Scotsman Luxury Train. Continue reading The Goring Hotel London
Grosvenor House Hotel by JW Marriott | London, UK | To be honest when we left the St Pancras by Renaissance to move to our new hotel the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, I didn’t have much hopes and expectations about it, other than being in Park Lane, and more centric to London’s happening. And by the end of our stay, I was beyond satisfied with our experience and I would keep this hotel as one of my future options while visiting or sending clients to London. Frequented by royalty, celebrities and business leaders since its opening in 1929, the historic Grosvenor House became a JW Marriott Hotel in September 2008 at the culmination of its restoration. Set in Mayfair near museums and landmarks, grand department stores, West End theatres and businesses, our 5-star hotel’s London location boasts quick access to top area dining, shopping & attractions. Unfortunately , based on a busy agenda or work, friends and fun, we were not able to explore much the hotel, other than our lovely suite, the breakfast room and most of the lobby/common areas. A pending for the next visit. But what I saw, was enough to draw me back to them once again in the near future.
Our Junior Suite, I would define it as approachable elegance that extends throughout richly appointed suites. Grosvenor House Suites are intuitively designed with a master bedroom of either queen or king and a separate living area. Try the luxe JW Marriott sleep package, with soft Egyptian cotton linen, down mattress topper, duvet and soft pillows for a comfortable and sound nights’ sleep. Classic marble bathrooms feature hairdryer, robe, slippers and Penhaligon’s amenities so guests can feel revitalised. The imposing Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in the heart of London has a distinguished, glamorous, and aristocratic pedigree stretching back nearly 350 years. Situated in Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, the hotel owes its prestigious location to one of the most lucrative inheritances in the history of urban real estate. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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St Pancras by Renaissance London | London, UK | So last weekend we took off on a four nights trip to London, for a fun weekend and also to see Beyonce’s Concert at The O2 Arena. So off we went and we stayed for the first two nights at the iconic recently renovated St Pancras by Renaissance hotel, which happens to be in King’s Cross attached to St Pancras Station. By Sir George Gilbert Scott, this spectacular building, former Midland Grand, masterpiece of the Gothic Revival, today the St Pancras marks and epic revival as one of the most significant examples of restoration and regeneration yet seen in Britain. Used as offices for 50 years, it eventually fell into disrepair and faced demolition until de decision to make St Pancras the London terminal for the Eurostar, which opened the way for its revival and return to full glory. The hotel reopened by the management of Renaissance (Marriott Group) in 2011. Its spectacular interiors remarkably restored as a £ 200 million project which relaunched the building as a London’s distictive luxury hotel, with modern services and facilities slotted into the historic fabric, and unique loft apartments created on its upper floors.
We were hosted at a beautiful Chamber Club Rooms, located over the Chambers building at the exclusive club section. Butler Service, Private Club access & a spa offering 6 treatment rooms, gym & pool. I think the best way to define our experience, being fair to the opulence of the former Midland Grand, is 5 stars hotel experience at a luxury historic landmark. The spa also offers a Victorian tiled pool with spa, offering a unique experience and sanctuary of tranquility in the heart of this 5 five star hotel. The main feature of our suite was the window views to the interiors of St Pancras Train tracks, which I must say concerned me upon Check IN, due to sound proofing, but was not an issue at all during our entire stay. Each one of these Chamber Club Rooms (32-square-meter rooms) was a true original, restored with loving attention to detail. Lavish proportions, high ceilings, ornate moldings and expansive windows that exude historic Victorian charm. As you walk through the corridors to you room, you can still hear the whispers of the Victorian ladies and gentlemen, telling stories of this iconic landmark, The Midland Grand Hotel, among the first luxury hotels of its kind in England and in Europe. Once you reach the main stairs, your heart stops. The architecture, the decoration, the mixture of classical and contemporary – the chances are it is like no other hotel. The story of how it came into existence is just as extraordinary. It is the tale of a true renaissance; of a national treasure that was almost reduced to rubble but that is today, once again, the pride of London. Read more Several dinning options, other of course than our private Club access. The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, a Neo-Gothic space, striking setting for a business breakfast, snack or classic English dining from an all day menu. The Gilbert Scott is an elegant British brasserie and bar, run by Marcus Wareing’s team. The lobby area itself turns into a social hub, Enjoy a range of hot & cold drinks, traditional afternoon tea and light snacks, the old taxi rank to St. Pancras station now forms London’s most spectacular Hamson Lounge. Staying at St Pancras was indeed quite a remarkable experience, a treat to the eye, which did not allow me to put my camera down for a second, day or night. Perhaps not the best location for those visiting London for the first time, which was not our case. Very easy access from King’s Cross Tube Station and connection with the Heathrow Express arriving/departing to/from Paddington Station. London has many examples of luxury hotels, but as expressed before, St Pancras by Renaissance is without any doubt a 5 stars hotel experience at a luxury historic landmark that I would recommend to anyone capable to appreciate its heritage and identity. I have only experienced this feeling before, during our stay at the Grand Europe Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
The Stafford Hotel in London by Kempinski Hotels | London, UK | On my last stay in London, a few weeks ago, I was looking to experience the city in a very formal and classic style, I wanted to have a true British accommodation experience. I must admit it, as much as I love modern, high tech hotels, I also truly enjoy bespoke, old school style, deco and service. When I first came in contact with The Stafford Hotel, my first thought was, wait a minute, this hotel cannot be located in London, judging by the first photo it pops up into their site, looking so serene, with the look of a little town. But it was indeed, and more over, at one of the premium locations in London, in the heart of St James next to the Buckingham Palace, steps away from Green Park and Piccadilly. Continue reading The Stafford Hotel in London by Kempinski Hotels
Eccleston Square Hotel London urban cocoon cutting-edge technology | London, UK | Most of the times prejudice plays bad influences on our thought, and we tend to underestimate things based on size, first impressions and location. This is what happened with me an the lovely Eccleston Square Hotel in London. From the minute I saw it from the distance, I saw a charming boutique hotel, located across a the quiet Eccleston Square. As I walk thought the door, I saw the modern lavish designed lobby and the intimate restaurant Bistrot on the Square. So I said to myself, OK I will have a safe comfortable stay, in a traditional sophisticated English Boutique hotel, and do not get me wrong, I was more than fine and happy with that, but I am always looking for more for an edge. Continue reading Eccleston Square Hotel London urban cocoon cutting-edge technology
Conrinthia Hotel London just stunning | London, UK | This morning I came to the area of Embarkment to experience the recently opened Corinthia Hotel in London. It is the comment of every hotelier in London, and after walking through it I can see why. Not only the property is stunning, but has managed to gather some of the best names in the tourism, wellness and luxury business all matched and combined perfectly without ostentatious. ESPA Life Spa, Harrods, Baccarat Crystals, Daniel Galvin Stylist, Les Clefs d’Or Concierges, among many other top brands. Continue reading Conrinthia Hotel London just stunning
Following the steps of Oscar Wilde | London, UK | Following the steps of Oscar Wilde at Room #118 of the Cadogan Hotel London. The scent of green carnations, the taste of Pierre Jouet Champagne and the views of Sloane Street and Pont Street wearing a similar jacket as he did, waiting, in this same room and window, for the police to take him to his imprisonment on charges of sodomy and gross indecency. A tribute to Coming OUT Day in North America and Gay Love Worldwide. More to come on the Cadogan Hotel… CM