Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Sneak-Preview of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New YorkSneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York  |  New York, United States  |  If you happen to be a huge fan of Baccarat as I am, how can you not be, then you will love this brand new / soon to open first hotel by iconic luxury brand Baccarat. Heritage is the word that defines this heaven made out of glass, silk, fine textures and a galore of  exquisitely curated marvelous chandeliers. Founded and commanded by King Louis XV, Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, a true luxury brand whose renowned artisans have been producing objects of perfect craftsmanship for more than 250 years.  Continue reading Sneak-Preview of the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Anniversary Dinner at The Plaza Athenee New YorkAnniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York  |  New York, Unites States | For our third year anniversary, with Rubin Singer, we choose this time to celebrate it with an intimate private dinner at Arabelle Restaurant at The Plaza Athenee New York. Mondays, the restaurant remains closed, therefore it is the perfect time to have your one-on-one private dinning experience. We chose the small room next to, my absolute favorite bar in New York, the Seine Bar. Very cozy, intimate and old time chic. For a minute you forget about being in New York, and you are transported to a petit bistro in France.  Continue reading Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown by www.carlosmelia.comCastle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown  |  New York, United States |  Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara.  Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Brand new Park Hyatt New York

Brand new Park Hyatt New York by www.carlosmeliablog.comBrand new Park Hyatt New York | New York, US | Today I was invited to visit the brand new Park Hyatt New York, followed by a casual and wonderful lunch at The Back Room ONE57 Restaurant, American Grill with a touch of French, all prepared by the expert hand of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault. Park Hyatt New York is located in the heart of midtown at 153 West 57th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 generously sized guest rooms including 92 suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. The state-of-the-art guest rooms are among the largest in the city, starting from 475 square feet or 44 square meters. Throughout the hotel, guests will experience an uncommon space offering sophistication and elegance. The hotel is located at New York’s tallest residential building, occupying ground floor to the 25th floor. Onwards is all private residences with services and amenities, signature of Park Hyatt. A full-service Spa Nalai, fitness center with partial views of the Central Park and a lovely indoor pool. Fully pet friendly. Seamless check in concept, right from the entrance to your room. On the third floor there is a Guest Services and Les Clefs d’Or Concierge desk. I LOVED:  Size of the rooms and bathrooms + the MiniBars which are like little jewel boxes full of surprises + the ballroom spaces for events + the balcony suites (specially the balconies) + the indoor pool + the fact that the building is fully WiFi Free of charge + being Pet Friendly Hotel w/ what I like to call VID – Very Important Dog treatment and amenities + the Beets Risotto I tried for lunch at The Back Room ONE57 + the Bar. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE: Being such a high-rise building, I was expecting to have breathtaking 360 degrees and panoramic views of Manhattan and most particularly of the Central Park, from the public areas and most specially from the rooms and suites. But unfortunately only those at the private residences get to enjoy that part, not if you are staying at the hotel. New York needed its very own Park Hyatt property, here you have it. Book with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at The Back Room at One57. Also available with Room Service + $100 Hotel Credit, per Room, per Stay. Plus the following amenities subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade + Early Check-In + Late Check-Out. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond  |  St Michaels, Maryland  |  My parents were in town, in New York, visiting from Argentina, for my 40th Birthday. After that we were all going to spend a week in Miami Beach… so I had this crazy idea, all targeting for quality bonding time. Driving all the way from New York City down to Miami, Florida. Yes many might thought I was crazy, and yes, was long driving sessions, BUT we did had a fantastic time and enjoyed great stays at lovely hotels by Belmond. Our firs stop was the lovely and charming town of St. Michaels, Virigina at the stunning The Inn at Perry Cabin.

The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe drive from central Manhattan to the Victorian town of St. Michaels, Virginia took us approximately four hours, including a few stops along the way. Door to door, from the Big Apple to this quaint – out of a movie set – town, which consists on a main street and a few cute stores and restaurants. Few steps away,  The Inn at Perry Cabin, a 19th century restored Manor house, sits embracing all the charm of this town. Steeped in history and style, this colonial mansion is the perfect rural retreat. While just a pleasant drive from Washington, D.C. and less than two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia, it could be a world away.

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The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe following morning, I hosted a breakfast for my parents at my suite, right before we hit the road once again, to our next destination. And after that we went for a nice walk to the  lake, and the pier on the stream of Miles River.
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Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels

Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels  |  Miami Beach, Florida  |  Last week, I spent the entire week in Miami Beach and I got to stay and preview the recently inaugurated Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotel Group.  I have stayed with them before, at their sister properties in Bangkok and London, also under the Metropolitan brand, having great stays. Metropolitan Miami is located in South Beach, off Collins Avenue between 24th and 25th. Only two blocks away from the W South Beach and the SETAI South Beach. Despite the hotel not being right on the water, the property consists on two sections divided by a charming and quiet street called Miami Beach Drive. The building over Collins Avenue is where the main building, with the hotel and restaurant, is located. The section next to the boardwalk, with direct access to the beach, is where the lovely pool area and outdoor lounge is located. The hotel is already the comment of the town, and is trending on site like TripAdvisor as number one option in Miami.

Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.comMetropolitan Miami a 74-room Miami hotel in the heart of the Miami Beach Historic District, overlooking America’s most iconic beach. A new hotel poised to become an essential Miami Beach experience, Metropolitan Miami Beach delivers the perfect blend of rest and revelry, urban modernity and period charm by way of light-filled rooms, a COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, and leading-edge interiors by the Italian designer, Paola Navone.

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Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.comI would have to say, the weakest links at the hotel were: (1). The check in process and (2). Breakfast. (1). Check IN was conducted in a very dismissive way. Being such a new property you would expect more enthusiasm and warm welcoming factor by the front desk agents. I mean, if after three weeks of opening, this is the attitude…. what can be expected down the road. We had, a subject to availability, upgrade courtesy to a higher room type, which immediately was denied upon Check IN. I complain in a very polite way, and said I would not mind waiting a little bit longer to Check IN if this would mean being upgraded. To this once again, the same dismissive agent said, that there were no higher category rooms available. Honestly felt like they were nickeling and dimming the upgrades.!!! I still wasn’t 100% content and insisted, and when they realized I was not going to go so easily, they granted it. Now I ask myself, wouldn’t it had been easier and more welcoming to do it from the beginning, avoiding this unpleasant situation ? So I let them know that I was going to go for lunch, at their restaurant, and come back later. One and a half hour later I was Checked IN at the upgraded room.Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com(2). Breakfast at their beautiful restaurant was not in sync with the looks of the room. We had a bad experience on our first morning, and when the General Manager asked about it, we explained that the buffet was very basic, that the coffee was like dirty water, that the French Press was not working properly, that the timing for the delivery of the food was wrong… etc etc etc. A la carte was OK, and during my entire stay, I always ordered the MET Breakfast, but again the timing was wrong. That we were going to go somewhere else for breakfast for the following days of our stay. He insisted on us having breakfast at his expense the following morning, giving them the chance to try the breakfast service once again. Well we did, and again was bad. This time we were even more disappointed, because not only the breakfast was basic and all of the above, once again, but they spoiled our option to enjoy a lovely breakfast somewhere else, which would have been OK for us. Once again we understood from the beginning that we were staying during Opening SOFT Mode.

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Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com On our last night, since my parents were in town, we decided to host a quiet dinner at their restaurant Traymore. Unlike breakfast, I have to say that service was on point and food was delicious. Both the hotel and restaurant are yet not very popular, so it lacked of an ambiance, but to be honest, that was EXACTLY what we were looking for after ongoing nights out dining at Lincoln Road, SOHO House, Cecconi’s and The Dutch at W South Beach.

Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.com Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.comAs I said at the beginning, the Hydrotherapy Pool still remains closed at the moment of our visit, but the Fitness Center and Spa are fully operational. Signature COMO Shambhala Spa, located on the eighth floor, there are four treatment rooms and the COMO Shambhala Terrace, where wellness juices are served amidst sunshine views across the Intracoastal Waterway and city. The spa also features a steam room.

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Metropolitan Miami by COMO Hotels by www.carlosmeliablog.comSo overall it was a nice experience. I would love to return later this year, once they are more settled to experience the signature service by COMO Hotels I have enjoyed before in Asia and Europe. So stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY  |  New York, United States  |  Last night invited by my dear friend Michael Romei, Chef Concierge at the Waldorf Tower and General Secretary of UICH Les Clefs d’Or, along with our other friend Alejandro, we shared and enjoyed a lovely evening at one of the most iconic restaurants of New York, the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. VIP treatment right from the start, when we were informed that we were seating at the Waldorf Astoria’s General Managers table, and the excellent service, efficient and professional, but yet friendly and relaxed. We even had the joy to have Celso Moreira, Concierge and Manager on Duty, to stop by and have a little chat with us. There is so much history and myth in these two rooms, that makes the whole gourmet experience even more enjoyable and rich. Every week, when the three of us are in New York, we get together to try a new restaurant and share week with each other.Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comIn the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.

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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhen The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men’s Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men’s Bar. Manhattan’s financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men’s Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men’s Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it “The Bull and Bear.” Over time, so many deals were struck “at the Bull and Bear” where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title. Today, the bronze bull and bear remain masters of their domains in a newly energized setting, surveying the scene as the staff at Bull and Bear serve New York’s most generous cocktails, its prime steak, and some of the city’s most delectable game and seafood.

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBut this is just the beginning of it all. Once you open the menu, the story continues, with iconic options, nobody can miss to try. Like the classic and worldwide renown Waldorf Salad. The salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. And the story goes, that the Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel at that time, had to prepare a meal for an event, and they realized they had run out of lettuce. Out of panic, they gathered some apples, coconut, celery, grapes, walnuts and mayonnaise among a few other ingredients and improvised this salad, which over the time became a classic. So of course we order one for the table.
Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy choice for started was the Onion Soup Gratinee Gruyere, Brioche Croutons (USD 14), I can never pass on it, specially during winter. I am obsessed with any type of soups, but Onion Soup is one of my favorites. As for the main course I had the Ocean choice of a Dover Sole  Meuniere Lemon brown butter (USD 59). All along a fabulous dirty vodka martini to start and a bottle of Sancere to share with my two great friends.

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VICEROY New York City Photo Tour

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comVICEROY New York City Photo Tour  |  New York, United States  |  Yesterday, invited by their General Manager, I got to explore around the new and recently inaugurated VICEROY New York City. An urban retreat, right on 57th Street, located steps away to some of my favorite restaurants in town, and centrally located, for those looking to experience New York City in full and beyond the usual city attraction. Do not be deceived by the look of their lobby, which is tiny, understated and has not much character. The façade is defined by two shoulders – made of iron-spot black brick – that define, frame and ground the building’s front elevation. Over-scaled, fluted, cast-glass bricks march over the building’s twenty-foot storefront. Above this street façade, glazed black brick-and-metal muntined windows continue up the thirty-story building to comprise the bulk of the façade. When lit from within, they create the effect of a glowing lantern. These windows relate the new hotel to much of the traditional, iconic architecture in the neighborhood. This property is a member of the VICEROY Group, and sister to other of my hotels choices, this time in Los Angeles, such as AVALON Hotel and my absolute favorite, the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.com The design of the hotel’s public spaces feature figured stone, rarely used in New York City as of late. While it was a common element of the aspirational buildings of the 1920s and 1930s, it lost its popularity as a flatter, less-articulated modernism took hold. Roman and Williams embraced the elegant and natural quality of the Paonazzo marble, using it to clad nearly the entire lobby; the stone is offset by book matched honey-toned woods, culminating in a handsome wood library. The spaces are understated yet grand, featuring a combination of custom-designed and vintage elements.

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comKINGSIDE restaurant and bar, adjacent to the lobby, are a contrast and contradiction to the lobby’s glamour. It is more Grand Central than Rockefeller Center. It embraces something rarely expressed in recent uptown restaurants – a casual yet rich interior. It is clad in tile with a strong graphic palette of black and white, expressed in glazed brick and zinc – a modern diner meets train station on 57th Street. It invites the bursting hub of activity that has always defined the neighborhood.

VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comGuest rooms feature rich exotic woods, leather, and a mix of metals, such asbrass and aluminum. I’ve got a 60’s old glam style and concept, infused into the lines of their furnitures and color palette. They are reminiscent of a tailored ship’s cabin with exceptional views toward Central Park, as seen through the elegant muntined black windows, which span floor to ceiling. The overall effect is closer to the feeling of an atelier, rather than a hotel. The rooms are fitted with an original collection of lighting, detailed with precision and weight, using handmade perforated brass with aluminum strappings and hardware.
VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comCheck out this bathroom below and the exceptional Central Park view. Double shower heads, heated marble floors and views views views. Very romantic or, if you choose naughty.
VICEROY New York City by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe VICEROY New York, also features a well equipped and decent size Fitness Center. Also a small indoor pool. I’ve got to check the 02 Bedroom Suite, which will be called “57”, to be ready in a few weeks. I was not able to do photos of this suite, since it is still under construction, but I can tell you that it is lovely and very traditional understated Hollywood glam with beautiful views. As for the entry level Standard Rooms, my only comment is that there is not much closet space, other than that, the size is very fair to New York size standards. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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The High Line Hotel in photos

The High Line Hotel in photos by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe High Line Hotel in photos  |  New York, United States  |  This morning I came, invited by the General Manager, to do a quick site inspection of the fairly new The High Line Hotel, right across the High Line in the heart of Chelsea, over 10th Avenue between 20th and 21st Street, in New York. A peaceful location, full of serenity and stillness, right in the center of Manhattan. Formerly Desmond Tutu Conference Center. Neo-Gothic brownstones, each of The High Line Hotel’s 64 rooms (including 5 beautiful cosy Suites) evoke a bygone era of a graciously decorated guesthouse. Guests will enjoy staying in light-filled rooms featuring beautiful hardwood floors and one-of-a-kind locally sourced furniture. Oversized beds with crisp cotton linens provide a perfect night’s sleep, and plush robes invite you to relax after a long day. All rooms feature large windows offering dazzling views of the High Line Park or their enclosed private-garden oasis. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a perfectly brewed espresso prepared by our Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea baristas in the lobby. I reality liked the hotel, it is the type of properties I enjoyed, where boutique, quaint with basic limited services, meets understated luxurious touches, with a twist of local charm. NOW the great surprise to me, was the Refectory ballroom and staircases, which immediately transported me to a medieval atmosphere. This is a space you may rent for multiple private events, and more so for  weddings, with access through a private garden, to the local Chapel. Enjoy my photo album. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center

Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center by www.carlosmeliablog.comMerry Christmas from Rockefeller Center | New York, United States | As every year at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, here is the Holiday Spirit. Hope you enjoy it. Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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