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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HUDSON Hotel New York shows its new face

HUDSON Hotel New York shows its new face  |  New York, United States  |  Who doesn’t recognize this stairs right, I mean long ago they used to be so chic and avant-garde. The traditional and iconic HUDSON Hotel in New York city, an institution in style and design by Morgans Group, with the signature of Philippe Stark and Ian Schrager. The hotel has recently undergone some face and concept renovations, and here is the final product that the sales and marketing team introduced to us on a very private gathering for New York top travel producers. Continue reading HUDSON Hotel New York shows its new face

LANDMARC Restaurant at the Time Warner Center

LANDMARC Restaurant at the Time Warner Center |  New York, Columbus Circle |  Like every other Thursday I get together with my two best friends, and with the excuse to try different culinary options of the Big Apple, we find a space and time in the busy New York life to see each other, withdraw from everything and share laughs, problems etc. We have entitled our Thursday’s Social Rendevouz – The Ladies Nights. This week the chosen venue was Landmarc Restaurant, the one located at the Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle. I love this location in New York, and the fact that the restaurant is on the 3rd. floor of the shopping center, allow us to have some extra time for window shopping.

Unfortunately I have to say that the experience was not that pleasant. I go to the point that I approach the Maitre D and told him …” you guys have TOO many rules for a restaurant…”. I had been there in previous occasions and really enjoyed it, but the fact that was on a late Sunday afternoon, I think that made the big difference. A much quieter and friendly ambiance, better service and atmosphere. Thursday’s nights can get really hectic in New York, specially on gourmet landmarks, get it .. !!!

From the moment of the booking, it was already an issue. Only bookings for tables of minimum 6 people. COME ON, really. Last night they had only 2 tables that were same or over that number, but well my friend Alejandro wanted to do it and I went along. I got there early, and after a long day at the office, I just wanted to have a drink and unwind, so I went to the bar, since they will not give me a table until the rest would arrive… and I order a glass of wine. Second issue – answer to that, we do not do glasses of wine, prosecco or champagne only full or half bottles. So much for relaxation and friendlyness. I wonder if you ask for a Vodka Drink, if they give you a whole bottle too? in that case I would kind of LOVE this place… ha ha ha. So the options were, either to get wasted on my own till the others arrived, or I decide the wine that my other two friends will have to drink and put up with, just to allow me have my own personal moment or relaxation. Well since the bartender went out of her way to be very unwelcoming I decided to step out of the restaurant and wait for my friends outside. Upon their arrival, we all went to the bar , ONCE again, and shared the cocktail you can see above. Once you are finished, DON’T YOU DARE to move to your table without settling your bill, God forbids or you will be expelled from ever coming back. Relax people, don’t you know the concept of ROLL THE CHECK to the table? I am sure that if you use MICROS or any other accounting system for your world-class restaurant you are able to manage this intricate processes. Anyhow…. we moved to the table, and by the time we did I was SO over it, not to mention the loud music and the fact that the place was packed.
I have to give it to them, the food is GREAT. But again I think they need to work a bit on their service and the attitude of the staff. Sometimes a gourmet experience is not enough when you do not feel welcome or taken care off, and this was certainly the case. Too many rules Landmarc, and we just wanted to have a nice dinner, great time and loosen up after a long week of work, GET IT. !!! My Choice for the night was: Appetizer of Warm Goat Cheese Profiteroles, herb & roasted red pepper salad (USD 12) and  Grilled Tuna , tomato, basil, red onion & parmesan crisp (USD 31), then we all shared the Cotton Candy and a Chocolate Mousse (USD 16).
I love the fact that they bring your desserts with PINK Cotton Candy. Like they knew we were having our Ladies Night Dinner. BTW you have to ask for the Cotton Candy, otherwise they will not bring it to the table.

I do recommend it, but try to avoid any busy nights, and now that you we aware of all the obstacles before getting to your table you will be able to enjoy your evening. LANDMARC Restaurant – www.landmarc-restaurant.com . Bon Appetite. CM

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera ( The Met at the Lincoln Center, New York City ) • This week I was invited to The Metropolitan OperaThe Met – as New Yorkers call it. It is located at the Lincoln Center, only a few blocks away from Columbus Circle. If you love opera, or if you’re just curious about it, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the Met’s 126-year history, browse the artist roster, book a backstage tour, or find out what’s showing at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met.
La Boheme by Puccini, the world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimì, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramón Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.
The Main Room is just spectacular. Quite modern but very impressive. The whole 4 hours I was there during the intermission I could not stop staring at the amazing ceiling, covered in gold-leafs, with this wonderful glowing chandeliers. The main stage curtains is also omnipotent.
The original Metropolitan Opera House was built by a group of New York industrialists and socially prominent families as a competing opera house to the Academy of Music on Fourteenth Street. The original founders, among whom were the Vanderbilt, Morgan, and Astor families, owned the building of the “old” Met and retained the use of the box seats for themselves. They then rented the house to an impresario or entrepreneurial group who actually assembled a performing company to produce operas in the house. This arrangement was changed several times, most notably in 1933 when the Metropolitan Opera Association was formed as a not-for-profit opera presenter. The Association bought the opera house from the box holders in 1940.

The opera house has 3,800 seats plus 195 standing room places, making a total capacity of 3,995. For ballet performances, the size of the orchestra pit can be decreased and another row of 35 seats added at the front of the auditorium.

La Boheme based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio and conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas internationally. According to Opera America, it is the second most frequently performed opera in the United States, just behind another Puccini opera, Madame Butterfly. In 1946, fifty years after the opera’s premiere.

The scenography is amazing, setting the perfect atmosphere and visual experience. 04 Acts with 2 intermissions. It essentially focuses on the love between the seamstress called Mimì and the poet Rodolfo. They almost immediately fall in love with each other, but Rodolfo later wants to leave Mimì because of her flirtatious behavior. However, Mimì also happens to be mortally ill, and Rodolfo also feels guilt, since their life together likely had worsened her health even further. They reunite for a brief moment at the end before Mimì dies.
Right before the Opera, we went to the brand new LINCOLN Ristoranti off the Lincoln Center. Read my post on that next. CM

(*) For more info on The Met check the official website • http://www.metoperafamily.org