Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act

Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act | Chelsea, New York | Press Release | Chelsea Pines Inn, New York’s premiere guesthouse, applauds New York State’s Marriage Equality Act by offering a FREE honeymoon to the first same-sex couples to be married in New York City on July 24! This offer is for one night in a Honeymoon Suite, a bottle of champagne and wedding cupcakes.  The stay also includes expanded continental breakfast and complimentary WiFi (to send out the news of the Big Day!). Continue reading Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act

Gay Pride at The Peninsula Hotel New York

Gay Pride at The Peninsula Hotel New York |  New York City |  (Press Release) In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, The Peninsula New York has created the Peninsula Pride Package, designed for guests to celebrate this historical month in style.  Each year during the month of June, the city comes alive with parades and festivities to commemorate one of the foremost events in the history of gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced on June 28, 1969. The Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-storey, 1905 landmark building, The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style with art nouveau accents.

The Peninsula Pride Package includes overnight accommodations with daily American breakfast for two, a “rainbow-themed” welcome amenity in honor of the Pride flag, a complimentary one-way shuttle transfer to the LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 26, 2011 (or to Chelsea on non-parade weekends) and a welcome kit from the hotel’s Concierge highlighting the “Top 10 Gay-friendly New York City Destinations.”  With weekend rates from U$D620 per night including special value-adds, guests enjoy a savings of 15% off normal rates.

The hotel’s Concierge Team can arrange for guests to take a historical walking tour of the West Village, learning about the Stonewall Riots and the role the neighborhood played in the gay rights movement.

In addition, The Peninsula New York is supporting LGBT Pride Month by donating U$D10 for each Peninsula Pride Package booked to benefit GMHC, the nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.
Peninsula Pride Package: Overnight accommodations for two + Daily American breakfast for two via Room Service or at Fives Restaurant + Welcome “rainbow-themed” amenity + One-way shuttle transportation to the Gay Pride Parade on June 26, 2011 (or to Chelsea on non-parade weekends) + Welcome packet from Concierge including “Top 10 Gay-friendly NYC Destinations” + Complimentary in-room wired and wireless high speed Internet access + Complimentary local telephone calls + Complimentary daily local newspaper + Complimentary use of the Fitness Center and Swimming Pool

Rate: from U$D620 per night
The rates are subject to 14.75% City and State tax, U$D 2 Occupancy tax and U$D 1.50 Unit tax per day. per room based on single or double occupancy. Validity: June 1 – 30, 2011
Terms and Conditions: Valid only for Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrival. The rate is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply. Advance reservations are required. One-way shuttle transportation is provided Friday through Sunday at 8:30 pm to a designated location is Chelsea and must be reserved in advance with the Concierge desk. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, programs or promotions, and is not valid for groups. All room rates are quoted on a per room per night and valid for single or double occupancy.

(*) This is a Press Release from The Peninsula Hotels. I have not yet stayed or reviewed the The Peninsula Hotel New York, so based on my own firm commitment at CarlosMeliaBlog.com of Been There Done That, in this case, I cannot personally endorse their services and overall experience.

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Chicago GAY PRIDE Package with SAX Chicago Hotel

Chicago GAY PRIDE Package with SAX Chicago Hotel |  Chicago, Illinois |  Heading to Chicago Gay Pride, or looking for a Pride 2011 destination, well the people at SAX Chicago – A Thompson Hotel together with CM by Carlos Melia, have put a great package for you to enjoy. Come an celebrate PRIDE in Chicago @ SAX Chicago Hotel ( JUNE 23-27, 2011). Rates from USD 189 (note that Best Available Regular rates online start at USD 271 per room). Package includes the following amenities: Exclusive guestroom signing privileges at Marina City Outlets to include: Crimson Lounge, House of Blues, Bin 36 Wine Bar, Smith & Wollensky, Harry Caray’s and 1o Pin Bowling Lounge. Preferred access to House of Blues Foundation Room through SAX Chicago Concierge. Complimentary access to The Studio: A Technology Experience featuring Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 Elite and Playstation 3. Complimentary Fitness Center, Morning Paper and Coffee Served in Lobby 5am-9am daily. SAX Chicago is an IGLTA and TAG Approved Property.
Sax Chicago, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, is a different luxury hotel experience: inviting and warm, offering luxury with a unique, Chicago point of view. The hotel features a fusion of design influences that is both traditionally elegant and bohemian. The hotel serves as hub to the pulsing Marina City playground, which includes the House of Blues Restaurant and Concert venue, Smith & Wollensky Steak House, 10Pin Bowling Lounge, Bin 36 Restaurant and Wine Cellar and Crimson Lounge. With 353 modern guestrooms and 14,000 square feet of event space, is more than a destination, its an experience.
Nestled within the Hotel Sax lobby, the Crimson Lounge is an intimate, enchanting nightclub. The lounge redefines the hotel bar with an eclectic drink menu and the best in Chicago music – Live Jazz and DJ driven pulses propel Crimson nightly. Voted one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago, Crimson offers secluded, private spaces for entertaining.
The Chicago House of Blues Foundation Room provides a unique setting for entertaining. Members will enjoy three Prayer Rooms, internationally collected architectural artifacts, original folk art, fine–dining, and live entertainment.

(*) For more information on Chicago Gay PRIDE please check the official website www.chicagopridecalendar.org

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Morgans Hotel Group and Equinox

Morgans Hotel Group and Equinox |  New York & Miami | Guests at the Hudson, Royalton, Morgans, and Mondrian SoHo in New York City, and Delano, Mondrian South Beach and Shore Club will have access to the Equinox gyms in town even including discounted personal training rates and 15 percent off spa services (NYC only). Guests can request a special one-day VIP pass to Equinox through the hotel’s concierge. (by Morgans Hotel Group) CM

(*) Picture above of the new Mondrian SOHO in New York City, taken during my visit. Do not hesitate to contact me for bookings on more details. carlos@carlosmelia.com | 646.460.6045 | 212.399.6161

Spend The Night On Us by The Peninsula Hotels

Spend The Night On Us by The Peninsula Hotels |  China |  Celebrating The Peninsula Hotels’ long heritage and tradition of hospitality in China and showcasing China’s most spectacular cities, we are pleased to introduce “Spend The Night On Us” . With this package, guests staying a minimum of three consecutive nights this Summer from 1st May 2011 to 15th September 2011 (inclusive) at any one of the three Peninsula China hotels – The Peninsula Hong KongThe Peninsula Shanghai and The Peninsula Beijing – will enjoy the additional value of a hotel credit equal to one night’s room rate in their selected room or suite category. This credit is redeemable for any hotel experience including airport transfers, culinary delights and exquisite spa journeys. In addition, all materialised room nights at The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Peninsula Shanghai. CM

(*) For more information or to book, please call or email me at Cel. 646.460.6045 | Tel. 212.399.6161 | email carlos@carlosmelia.com

OUT ON FILMS at W Vieques Island

OUT ON FILMS at W Vieques Island |  Vieques Island, Puerto Rico |  A collection of award-wining Gay and Lesbian Short Films from the most prestigious film festival in The Caribbean will take place at the W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa next May 2011 (13th to 15th May). W Vieques Island has partnered with The Puerto Rico Film Foundation &  CineFiesta, the prestigious Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival, to present a collection of award-winning Gay & Lesbian short films during a weekend of W Happenings at the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island. The weekend kicks off with a Welcome Party on Friday night, featuring signature Caribbean cocktails & tasty bites from The Living Room, and music by DJ Victor Rodriguez, followed by the first screening from our selection of short films. The weekend continues on Saturday afternoon with a SPLASH pool party on the WET Deck, followed by the second & third collection of short films & a post-screening party. The weekend wraps up Sunday morning with a Bloody-Mary Brunch at miX on the beach.
Tickets to the screenings are $75 per night, or $100 for a weekend pass that includes access to the Welcome Party on Friday night, the post-screening party on Saturday night and the Bloody Mary Brunch on Sunday.  Why Not Make a Weekend of It? The Out on Film Package Includes: Nightly Accommodation in a Tropical Oasis Room + Daily Breakfast Buffet at miX (including Sunday’s Bloody Mary Brunch) + Access to all Out-on-Film screenings + Access to Friday & Saturday evening parties, including complimentary cocktails. Rates starting from $419 (single occupancy) and $499 (double occupancy). Two night minimum length of stay required. CM

(*) For more information or to book, please call or email me at Cel. 646.460.6045 | Tel. 212.399.6161 | email  carlos@carlosmelia.com