Hotel site-inspections in London

London by Carlos MeliaHotel site-inspections in London  |  London, UK  | During my last visit to London, over New Year’s Eve, I took a full day to review and visit a few hotels, what in our industry call Site-Inspections. I came to visit the following: The new Shangri-La Hotel, at London’s new iconic landmark The Shard. Followed by lovely and cozy The Connaught Hotel by the  Maybourne Hotel Group in Mayfair. The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, where I also enjoyed a lovely Fashion-Themed Afternoon Tea “Pret a Portea”. And finished my day at the trendy and happening EDITION Hotel London, with a few drinks at their original and intimate Punch Room. See my day in photos below.  Continue reading Hotel site-inspections in London

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Majestic Hotel & Spa BarcelonaMajestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona  |   Barcelona, Spain  |  If you are on a the search for an iconic hotel in Barcelona, complimented by premium location and personalized service, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is the right option. 90-year-old history in excellence. The hotel is located in the middle of Paseo de Gracia, -right in the heart of the city- and close to Gaudi’s buildings, Sagrada Familia,  restaurants, exclusive shopping facilities and Barcelona’s most important historic tourist sites. The hotel is located in a historical building and therefore all rooms are unique. I spent literarly 48 hours in Barcelona, and Majestic Hotel was the perfect headquarter for my brief visit. Continue reading Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Le Bristol Hotel Paris

Le Bristol Paris by Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator Le Bristol Hotel Paris  |  Paris, France  |  A few days ago while in Paris, researching for options for a very important client of mine, the name Le Bristol Hotel came before my eyes while walking along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Of course I knew about their existence, but honestly never paid attention to them, judging mainly by their exterior. Before contacting them, I asked around, and one dear friend told me …” it is a French cliche for American travelers…”. So I took the challenge and I did some research online. I was quite happily surprised, when I realized that I have met the sales team before at one of the international Luxury Travel events, and more so when I found out they are part of the Oetker Collection, hands down one of my favorite luxury hotel groups. So I need to come to see it with my own eyes, and so very happy I did. I scheduled an appointment for a site inspection followed by lunch at 114 Faubourg. After my visit, I can say I could not disagree more with my friend. Perhaps he based his ideas on the fact that Le Bristol became from June 1940, the home of the American embassy and American nationals living in Paris. But that was way long ago. I feel that Le Bristol Hotel Paris, represents sophistication, class and elegance in a very traditional manner, but yet quite cozy, understated and informal. A very interesting mix of crowds coexist in a very calm but yet dynamic atmosphere. Of course a very desirable address, for those looking for some extra cache and convenience.

Le Bristol Paris by Carlos Melia Luxury Travel CuratorOld time traditional charm. Their internal patio is marvelous, a true oasis in the center of Paris. Rooms and suites are like petite jewel boxes. Pet friendly. Lunch at 114 Faubourg was quite good, very crowded with a mix of local business crow and tourists. My mouth is watering for my next visit to try Epicure Restaurant by Chef Eric Frechon, triple Michelin-starred chef. So next time, I will make sure to have Le Bristol Hotel and my official headquarters in Paris. Le Bristol is named as a tribute to Bishop Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, an eighteenth-century traveller famed for his love of comfort and the high standards he demanded. (hence why you will find several Bristol hotels around the world, with no other thing in common than Bishop Frederick Hervey.). What a lovely hotel and enriching discovery. Book this hotel with me and get the following Extra VIP Amenities: American Breakfast for two Daily at Epicure or Le Jardin Francais + VIP Treatment + $100 Spa Credit, Once During Stay + The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of booking: Upgrade up to the Junior Suite category (with guaranteed upgrade to Deluxe Junior Suite) + The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Upgrade from Deluxe Junior Suite category and above + Early Check-In. What can I say… I am in love. !!! hôtel de luxe 5 étoiles situé dans le 8ème arrondissement de Paris. It is not for everyone, but definitely it is for me.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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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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Prince de Galles Hotel Paris

Prince de Galles by www.carlosmeliablog.comPrince de Galles Hotel Paris  |  Paris, France  |  During my last visit to Paris, my last night stay was at the recently renovated hotel Prince de Galles, on Avenue George V, Etoile. The hotel shares the exclusive zip code and block with the iconic Four Seasons George V, Hotel de Sers and the Fouquet’s Barrière. So if you are looking for location, then you are already on the right place, right in the Golden Triangle of Paris (aka. the area bounded by Avenues des Champs-Élysées, George V, and Montaigne). Beautiful property, Prince de Galles is a bit more modest than its next door neighbor, the Four Seasons.  Member of Starwood and the Luxury Collection, Prince de Galles is a genuine Maison de Luxe of exceptional warmth. A five stars hotel, legendary jewel of the Parisian Art Deco movement. Continue reading Prince de Galles Hotel Paris

My experience at Le Royal Monceau

Le Royal Monceau Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy experience at Le Royal Monceau  |  Paris, France  |  During my last visit to Paris, I was invited to stay at the chic-modern and avant-garde hotel Le Royal Monceau by one of my favorite hotel chains in the world, Raffles Hotels. Been to the hotel, a few times, in the past, having drinks at the iconic Le Long Bar or enjoying a lovely dinner their one-Michelin-stared Italian restaurant Il Carpacio, but this was my first time staying overnight with them. We were hosted at one of their lovely Junior Suites. Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, only steps away from the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and elegant Parc Monceau, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is ideally located for guests to fully experience the rich and vibrant atmosphere of Paris.  Continue reading My experience at Le Royal Monceau

Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio

IMG_3483 copyMasseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio  |  Puglia, Italy  |  Right after our visit to the “La Citta Bianca” of Ostuni, in Puglia, South of Italy, we carried on to our next hotel for the night, this time we not only where staying at a Masseria (local farm house) but also, a working vineyard and olives plantation, which promised a great afternoon overlooking the sunset over local wines and olives, and dinner. The estate called Le Fabriche covers about 20 hectares of grapevines, centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean Maquis. From the panoramic position of the “Serre Tarantine”, the 17th century farmhouse, the Masseria, overlooks this rural amphitheater designed by nature and by men over the centuries. The Masseria offers stunning views of the Ionian sea which is only 4 km far.Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.com Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.com Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.com IMG_3477 Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.com IMG_3475

Masseria Le Fabriche is located in the countryside near Maruggio, a small rural village whose origin are linked to the medieval chivalric order of the Knights of Malta who received the village in commendam. Maruggio is in the heart of the Ionian coast of Salento, south of Manduria, and within short driving distances from the most important south and central Puglian touristic sites like Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Taranto, Ostuni and Alberobello.

Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.com Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Fabriche project starts at the end of the nineties, with the aim of using local grapes to produce quality wine within an environmentally responsible framework. Organic farming and close collaboration with the best agronomists, winemakers and Universities are part of this practice. In 2007, following careful restoration work, the estate was turned into an elegant relais. The junior suites, which are located between the grapevines and olive trees, have been designed to provide a sensory experience of peace and relaxation in a timeless place. Watch the video of my suite.
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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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Hotel Raphael Paris

Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hotel Raphael Paris  |  Paris, France  |  I am still catching up with my last two month of extensive travels, and this time I am reporting on my recent visit to Paris during Fashion Week and my one night stay at the FABULOUS Hotel Raphael Paris member of LGTNetwork and Leading Hotels of the World. I mean, if we talk about style and old traditional charm. and we combine it with these three words Location Location Location, then click your hills Dorothy because you are in the heart of Paris, at a true heritage Parisian hotel. I fully get it, not the style everyone enjoys nor appreciates. It is not modern, it is stuffy and rococo, and I have to say I LOVE IT. This is my type of hotel when I want to have my true vivre dans le luxe European experience.


We were hosted at one Junior Suites. Epitome of the art of living in a hotel with luxury services and offer uniquely exclusive charm in a majestic setting. These unique suites boast Louis XV- and Louis XVI-style furniture and roomy wardrobes in mahogany and oak. A wood-carved archway and matching curtains partially separate the living room from the bedroom. Approximate surface area: 60m2. The living room is separated from the bedroom by a wood-carved archway. Roomy wardrobes. Marble or tiled bathroom. Separate shower (on request). Double bed or twin beds (extra bed on request). This category of room can interconnect with other rooms on request. See my Video of the Junior Suite.
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Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Hotel Raphael, a haven of peace near the Champs-Elysées and the Arch of Triumph. We were there only for one night, so my report is basically on the outlets and services I got to experience during my stay. A five-star hotel on Avenue Kléber, just a few streets away from fashion boutiques and museums, the Raphael offers quintessentially French luxury. A luxury hotel in Paris since 1925. 36 suites. 47 guest rooms. A gourmet restaurant. The english Bar. Roof terrace with panoramic views of Paris. Fitness Area. Business Centre, and my favorite feature and global allies, Les Clefs d’Or ‘Golden Keys’ concierges.
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Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hotel Raphael Paris by www.carlosmeliablog.comHotel Raphael Paris, defines me and my style so deeply that I cannot even forgive myself for only spending one night there, but I look forward to come back on our next visit to Paris, and then make some time to try their gourmet offer at The Raphael Restaurant. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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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.

CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhile my friends were enjoying coffee some courtesies by the chef, I stepped away to do a short site inspection of the hotel and other common areas. Das Stue, is located at the former Dutch Embassy, next to the Tiergarten Park, in Berlin‘s prestigious Embassy Quarter and literally facing the Berlin Zoo. I can see why for first timers to Berlin, the location might me a bit discouraging, specially during winter season. But if you are like me, and you enjoy tranquility and to be able to withdraw back to your hotel, after a day of exploring, then not to worry. And again both the hotel, restaurants and bar scene, are these days the place to be and be seen in Berlin. Or at least I felt that way. When we finished dinner at Cinco, we quickly moved to the bar, where a DJ was playing live and a very nice and chic crowd, mix of locals, foreigners and guest of the hotel, where hanging around indoors and at their heated outdoors patio. The rumor says , rooms face to the African Section of the Berlin Zoo, and you can see all the animals right from your room, you mini Safari in Berlin. Unfortunately we came to visit the hotel by night, and I was not able to witness (by any of my Cinco senses) this. Enjoy my photo tour of the rest of the hotel.
CINCO Restaurant at Das Stue by www.carlosmeliablog.comBack to Cinco, I experience a very sort of modern take on Spanish traditional dishes, which in some way it felt bordered the molecular concept. Our Sommelier, chose a wonderful German White wine, which was dry and crisp. My choices for the night were: Tuna, mojama, wasabi, and shots of sodium and mayonnaise (EUR 38) and the Grilled Scampis (EUR 43). They also feature a full Experience Menu (EUR 140). In between dishes, a few courtesies from the Chef, kept coming to the table. The one that stood up the most, for me, where the Foie Gras Chocolate Donuts. Trust me I am neither a fan of chocolate nor Foie Gras, but this combination worked and melted in my mouth.  Cinco is not the only restaurant by Chef Paco Pérez at Das Stue Hotel. Casual is their second option, dishes are simple, but never simplistic, and created according to the rules of honest craftsmanship – no gimmicks or extravagant flourishes.  CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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