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

The NEW American is looking pretty good

Photo Jan 09, 3 44 12 AMThe NEW American is looking pretty good  |  Airlines  |  A fews days ago on my way back from Barcelona to New York, I had the chance to try the new Business Class by American Airlines on the configuration for their Boeing 767-300ER Version 2. The first thing to mention, is that now, all seats have direct aisle access, which makes a HUGE difference. It feel to me that they have managed to create a product that goes in sync with other OneWorld members like Cathay Pacific, with a Business Class product that looks much alike.  Continue reading The NEW American is looking pretty good

A regular and a new Gourmet option in London

Bob Bob Ricard Restaurant LondonA regular and a new Gourmet option in London  |  London, UK  |  On my recent trip to London, other that continuing my search for the ultimate Afternoon Tea experience, I have time to include a new gourmet experience, and my regular classic for lunch at the Wolseley RestaurantContinue reading A regular and a new Gourmet option in London

Fantastic day biking around Madrid

A day biking around MadridFantastic day biking around Madrid  |  Madrid, Spain  |  The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza España.  Continue reading Fantastic day biking around Madrid

Some of my favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid

Some of my favorite Gourmet experience in MadridSome of my favorite Gourmet experience in Madrid | Madrid, Spain | I have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year.  Continue reading Some of my favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid

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

Sagrada Familia inside out

Photo Jan 08, 6 03 20 AMSagrada Familia inside out  |  Barcelona, Spain  |  This was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona. Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudí. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026.  Continue reading Sagrada Familia inside out

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to BarcelonaMy AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona  |  Spain  |  One I had to decide whether to fly or take the speed train from Madrid to Barcelona, the answer came to me right away. What did I take into consideration ? well time, comfort, price and hassle. As you might know by now, if you follow me, I am a huge fan of trains. I try to take them anywhere and everywhere around the world, either if it is for a few hours or even overnight or for an entire week. Here you can read more on my global train experiences.  Continue reading My AVE Speed Train journey from Madrid to Barcelona

Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona

Exploring the facades and architecture of BarcelonaExploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona  | Barcelona, Spain  |  A morning exploring the Modernist facades, architecture and interior design of iconic on and off the beaten path of Barcelona by friends and colleagues at Rainbow Barcelona. From my hotel the Majestic Hotel & Spa all the way to Sagrada Familia by Paseo de Gracia and the Diagonal. A path I could have done by taxi or metro, I chose by their expert advise to do walking. Paying attention to unknown facts and details, I would have totally missed, if it would have been by their local perspective. From the classics Gaudi houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, the  tiles I was walking on at Paseo de Gracia, which were also designed by Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, to the interior designs of private residential buildings.  Continue reading Exploring the Modernist facades and architecture of Barcelona

My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond

Ritz Hotel by BelmondMy stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond  |  Madrid, Spain  | Over a week ago, I had the opportunity to spend four days at this uber iconic hotel. A baroque palace in the heart of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Hotel Ritz by Belmond is the quintessential experience of a traditional luxury hotel, rare this days on its kind, that has managed and learnt how to remain relevant and appealing throughout time. The moment you walk through the revolving doors, a air of sophistication and royal heritage welcomes you, in the most friendly approach.  Continue reading My stay at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond