The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue

The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue  |  New York, United States  |  My new favorite speakeasy spot in Manhattan, The Bar Downstairs by Andaz 5th Avenue. Follow the silver rat to the basement out off 5th Avenue and 41st Street, I mean it is New York after all, and enjoy a lovely evening over great cocktails and tapas.
Lovely Filthy Dirty Martinis, Cellar Door, their signature cocktail and tapas. My favorites, the Octopus Paprika, the Chicken Empanadas and the Orange Beets Salad.
Cellar Door, is their signature drink made out off pimms no. I, lemon, bergamot , syrup, sailor jerry spiced rum, st. elizabeth allspice dram. (USD 15)
Plain and basic, a chic Midtown East bar featuring premium cocktails, fine wines, beer, and a creative menu of shareable Latin-style dishes. Open from Monday to Saturdays. Thank you Fidel for the invite and entertaining me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Andaz 5th Avenue New York City

Andaz 5th Avenue New York City  |  New York City, United States  |  Last Friday I checked IN at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, in New York City. I am researching and reviewing hotels for an article I will be doing on Luxury Hotel + Restaurant Escapes in New York City for tourists or locals. What a lovely property, our Loft Suite was just perfect in style, size, design. We kept saying, this would be the ideal apartment style in New York. Not to mention the location right in the heart of Midtown, meters away from Bryant Park and across the street from the New York Public Library A. Schwarzman Building. Continue reading Andaz 5th Avenue New York City

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building  |  New York City, United States  |  Yesterday I came out of my hotel in New York, part of my weekend plans to be a tourist in my own city, and right there it was, the New York Public Library, a building I have passed by a zillion times, but I have never taken the time to step inside and appreciate the beauty of the architecture and heritage. Continue reading New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Hotel CHECK IN at Andaz 5th Avenue in New York

Hotel CHECK IN at Andaz 5th Avenue in New York  |  New York City, United States  |  Just checked in at my wonderful Loft Suite at the Andaz 5th. Avenue in Manhattan, right of 5th Avenue and steps away from Bryant Park. Part of my research on Luxury Weekend Escapes in the City. Later on tonight dinner at The Shop Restaurant. Andaz is the young, relaxed, hip and design version of Hyatt Hotels. More upon check OUT. Stay tuned. Now off to enjoy my stay. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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GPS Carlos Melia at Bryant Park New York City

GPS Carlos Melia at Bryant Park New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Live from Bryant Park Ice-Skating Rink with views of the Christmas Tree and the Empire State Building in the far back. Hope you enjoy the festive holiday videos of New York City I am sharing with you all, a great time of the year to be in Manhattan. Merry Christmas. CM

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Bryant Park Lunch Priceless

Bryant Park Lunch Priceless  | New York, Bryant Park  | This is so funny. You people might think that the only thing I do all day is EATING and DRINKING. Well ,damn right I do….!!!!  and all is a research for you guys ;-).  This time I bring to you Bryant Park, the perfect summer/fall eatery, if you want to feel and mingle with the locals and keep your lunch budget… let’s say affordable while enjoyable. Continue reading Bryant Park Lunch Priceless

THE SETAI Fifth Avenue sneak peek of the new property

THE SETAI Fifth Avenue sneak peek of the new property • The Setai will be opening their second signature hotel in New York City, and I was invited to have a sneak peek of this brand new wonderful property right off Fifth Ave. and 36th Street, which will be open to the public next Monday November 1st.
The Setai Fifth Avenue, a Capella Managed Hotel, soars more than 60 stories above the famed Midtown stretch of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.  Occupying one of the finest spots in New York City, The Setai Fifth Avenue offers guest rooms and amenities that live up to such a prestigious address, enveloping you in luxurious splendor.
157 elegantly-appointed guest rooms and 57 seductive apartment suites ensure that guests have rooms that meet their unique needs, from 400 square foot guest rooms to 2,000 square foot penthouses. The graceful beauty of The Setai Fifth Avenue is reflected in the quality of the materials selected to create its spaces; black oak and limestone flooring, luminous onyx surfaces, and walnut and fine stone accents.
Rooms at The Setai Fifth Avenue have been designed for beauty and size; in a city where space is a truly limited commodity, The Setai Fifth Avenue rewards its guests by offering them expansive and spacious boutique hotel rooms, among some of the largest in New York City.  A natural, almost outdoor-like light illuminates each room and apartment through large windows that have been custom-designed to provide both sweeping views of the city (including nearby Bryant Park and the Fashion District), and inspired views down to the bustling streets below.

With the craftsmanship of Italian custom furniture, Duxania beds, Pratesi Linens, glass-enclosed floor to ceiling rain showers, Grohe bath fixtures and Luce Di Luna Marble countertops, the experience at The Setai Fifth Avenue is one that will leave you breathing easy, if it hasn’t already left you breathless.
Bathroom amenities by Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze for Bottega. Villoresi develops a passion for spices and essences that he would use, back in Italy, to compose original pot-pourris and personalized fragrances.
My favorite amenity of the rooms, are the Mirror Built in TV Screen that you have in the bathrooms. This is something I have seen only in a few hotels in the world.
The AURIGA Spa by Julien Farel, with luxurious black oak and limestone flooring throughout the spa lead from one gracefully appointed room to another.  Private wood lockers, stone vanities, a fully equipped steam room and a luxurious hammam bring you to new heights of relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa amenities of The Setai Fifth Avenue are the finest in Midtown Manhattan, and mere steps away from your guest room. A Spa, Salon and Fitness Center.

More to come after the official opening of the hotel, when I will spend a night reviewing their service, restaurants, breakfast lounge, personal assistance concierge service and the spa.

(*) Special thanks to Jennifer Maas, Director of Corporate and Industry Sales for inviting me and introducing in such a warm way this brand new sanctuary in the middle of the Big Apple. Also congratulations and best of luck to Guenter H. Richter, Managing Director.