Tales of a day exploring Berlin

Tales of a day exploring Berlin by www.carlosmeliablog.comTales of a day exploring Berlin  | Berlin, Germany  |   This was our first day exploring Berlin. This was my third time in the city, which I knew well, so I took Rubin and our friend Fred, around for a quick tour of the essentials and highlights of the Berlin. We visited the Brandenburg Gate, the Parliament, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berliner Mauer and some museums. Later we checked into our hotel, the lovely Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte, and that night we came to the trendiest spot in the city, the Das Stue Hotel, to enjoy a wonderful dinner at CINCO by Chef Paco Perez. Enough for a day, after a long 8 hours flight on Air Berlin, and a full day exploring the city, and saving energy for a long week ahead over New Years Eve with friends from around the world in GermanyContinue reading Tales of a day exploring Berlin

Fischers Fritz at Regent Berlin

Fischers Fritz at Regent Berlin by www.carlosmeliablog.comFischers Fritz at Regent Berlin  | Berlin, Germany |  Intimate, sophisticated and cozy. If there is something I like more than an old glamour restaurant and Michelin starred cuisine, is a decadent Filthy Vodka Martini. When a restaurant combines them all, and brag about having the only Bespoke Martini Trolley in the European mainland, then I feel I have died and found heaven. Located on the ground floor of the darling Regent Hotel Berlin, considered by Conde` Nast Traveller to be one of the ‘best places to stay in the world,’ the Regent Berlin is one of the best 5 star hotels in Berlin that prides itself on impeccable service and first-class amenities in the heart of one of Europe’s most compelling cities. Close to the city’s famous “Friedrichstraße” and its magnificent “Unter den Linden” boulevard. Located in the centre of the city on the Gendarmenmarkt alongside the French and German Cathedrals.  Continue reading Fischers Fritz at Regent Berlin

CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue

CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue by www.carlosmeliablog.comCINCO Restaurant at Das Stue  | Berlin, Germany  |  If there is a hot spot in Berlin these days, it would have to be the new Das Stue Hotel and all its food and beverage outlets, which include the fine dinning 5 – Cinco by Paco Pérez, the first project of four-times Michelin starred Catalonian Chef Paco Pérez outside of Spain. Cinco, Spanish for five, tickles all five senses, from eyes to tongue, and also represents the five fingers of the hand, symbolizing the handcrafted flavours of Pérez’s culinary art. Cinco  fine dining awakens the emotions with avant-garde taste experiences. In November 2013 the Michelin Guide awarded Cinco its first Michelin star. The design of the room, by Patricia Urquiola, is cosy and avant-garde, while understated and simple. I loved the open views to the kitchen. Our only comment, seating in the middle main tables, since we were four, was that the lights were too bright. Other than than that Cinco was indeed a treat to all senses.  Continue reading CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue

Air Berlin Non-Stop nach Berlin

Air Berlin Non-Stop nach Berlin by www.carlosmeliablog.com Air Berlin Non-Stop nach Berlin  | Berlin, Germany  |  After a ten days break, I am back to work and ready to take over 2014 with a full year of global travels and adventures. During this break, first in over six years, we visited Berlin in Germany, over New Years Eve. Since we were going there only for 7 days, we looked for the most direct and easy way to get to our chosen destination, and after some research, I found out that Air Berlin, was the only option, as for that moment, connecting New York City and Berlin, with no stops. Continue reading Air Berlin Non-Stop nach Berlin

New Years Survival List to Berlin

New Years Survival List to Berlin by www.carlosmeliablog.comNew Years Survival List to Berlin | Berlin, Germany  |  We have decided to spend our New Years Eve with friends from around the world in Berlin this year, and I have been doing some research on the NYE Survival List for our time there. This is not my first time there, but it has been a year since my last visit, so I have used the expert help and recommendations of friend and colleague Henrik Tidefjaerd with Berlinagenten. We will be staying at the stunning Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte Hotels, where I have stayed before and loved it. Anyhow, I will be doing a quick trip to Berlin next week, invited by Air Berlin to try and review their brand new Business Class. A Press Trip to Germany for 5 days which will include Berlin, Dresden and culminates in Dusseldorf for the unveiling of their special holiday livery aircraft. The trip is all about holiday traditions Germany and will visit where nut crackers are manufactured, learn how to prepare a holiday meal and some other exciting events. But back to the main purpose of this post, find below the NYE Survival List to Berlin. Hope you enjoy it and if you see me around, stop and say HI and Happy New Year. !!! BTW for those of you that do not get the photo above, is me right on the line where the Berlin Wall used to be.  Continue reading New Years Survival List to Berlin

Mauer Park Flea Market in Berlin

Mauer Park Flea Market  | Berlin, Germany  |  Mauerpark is a public park in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district in the former West Berlin. The name translates to “Wall Park,” referring to its status as a former part of the Berlin Wall and its Death Strip. Panoramic views, street art, live performers, flea market and lots of food and beer. It takes place every Sunday and it is FREE. Continue reading Mauer Park Flea Market in Berlin

Check Point Charlie

Check Point Charlie  | Berlin, Germany |   The name given by the Western Allies to the point between the East and the West of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. The Berlin Wall “Berlin Mauer” itself, should not be missed, and also the visit to the museum. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also know as the Holocaust Memorial designed on a site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.  Continue reading Check Point Charlie

Hotel de Rome my choice in Berlin

Hotel de Rome by www.carlosmeliablog.comHotel de Rome my choice in Berlin  | Berlin, Germany|  Where did I stay while in Berlin, at the stunning, strategically located and chic Hotel de Rome by Rocco Forte Hotels. If there is a hotel to choose and be in while visiting Berlin, this is your ultimate option. Continue reading Hotel de Rome my choice in Berlin

BER – Berlin Brandenburg Airport

BER – Berlin Brandenburg Airport  | Berlin, Germany  |  By mid 2013, Berlin will have a brand new airport with top technology and easy access by speed train, connecting Berlin and other destinations in Germany and Europe. The brand new airport will be name BER – Brandenburg Airport and we had a sneak peak during our visit. This airport will overtake the traffic of the two current operational airports, being one of the Tegel, hoping this will boost the tourism to Berlin and the international connections making Berlin a new hub of distribution in the region. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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Berlin Where to Eat

Berlin Where to Eat  | Berlin, Germany |  I tried several options, on the luxury side and on the budget side, and all were lovely. The first day we went very local and low profile, to eat on the streets of Berlin. We had the classic CurryWursts with french fries and beer. The best place to try this option is Curry36. Hungry ? here are more options… Continue reading Berlin Where to Eat