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.
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.
One of the things which quite strike me during my recent visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, was the number of FABULOUS restaurants available, for such a lovely but tiny destination. The Pompadour Restaurant was not an exception, on the contrary was pretty much on my top 05 rule. I guess I could define myself as a foodie, but what I truly enjoy is the experience overall. I am not a gourmet connoisseur, but I do know who to create experiences and tell a travel or gourmet story, and The Pompadour, has quite and interesting one, lead by this legion of young professionals, whom will blow you away with the style, knowledge and artistry.
The brand new sister property of the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel, has opened its doors in Buenos Aires, only a few month ago. A brand new building in the financial, commercial and cultural heart of city. This urban-style building counts with 137 guestrooms and 2 suites decorated in a personalized, elegant and contemporary style. Bathrooms with hydro-massage and shower box, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, 24-hour Room Service, broad band Internet access and Wi Fi and an exquisite buffet breakfast.
Over a month ago, after our work week in Los Angeles for Rubin Singer Couture, we were invited by the recently opened and now third hotel property in the country by Orient-Express, the iconic El Encanto. The old glamour getaway from Hollywood now back, meticulously restored to capture all the original romance and sophistication that endeared it to both the Santa Barbara community and vacationers in search of seclusion and charm. Original architectural features have been lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa.
Our Suite is the perfect size for an urban apartment, with all the amenities and services to enjoy Bangkok in full. Literally, both Rubin and I, feel that now, we have arrived to Bangkok. The Okura Prestige allows you to discover and enjoy the City of Angels, in full sophistication, while only steps away from your true urban experience, and that to me, is the way to enjoy Bangkok.
In the magical heart of Orlando is Marriott’s Grande Vista, offering spacious villas and guestrooms just minutes from Orlando’s most famous attractions I have been for the last 3 nights at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. I came to visit my family, who have a global timeshare and every time we come to the area of Florida, it is with Marriott properties.
Fabulous idea at Munich International Airport. You can read my post here NAPCabs.
One of the best travel ideas I have seen in years, which I hope will extend globally. How about your own room/cabin right next to your flight boarding gate. Comfort and privacy for passengers inside airport terminals Making the stay at the airport more pleasant an comfortable is the idea behind NapCabs. Rent by the hour (EUR 10) and pay as you go, for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 12.