So during my last stay in Paris, I had a sudden and unpredicted stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. My airline, La Compagnie All-Business-Class Boutique Airline, cancel our flight, and taking full responsibility of our over stay, they accommodated us at the very lovely Shangri-La Paris. I mean, if you can, who says no to an extra night at a beautiful hotel in Paris right ?
On my column as Travel Expert for Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo NBC Universal, this week I covered the controversy over the Knee Defender gadget, that has forced several flights onto Emergency Landings and more than many fights onboard. What is the FAA saying, which airlines are banning the gadget… Take a look. Knee Defender by Carlos Melia on Telemundo Un Nuevo Dia. See you next time
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Lucky enough, I have never been a stranger to the Four Seasons George V, in Paris, France. But this time, I was even luckier, since I was hosted at one of their lovely Suites. Located over Avenue George V, avenue which gives its name, in the area of Etoile, only steps away from Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Their fabulous restaurant Le Cinq and more so, both of their bars: Le Galerie and Le Bar, are classic stops to my visits to Paris. Actually, no visit to Paris is complete, without my Dirty Vodka Martini at Le Galerie while people watching.
This post is going to be very brief and to the point. If you love Lebanese food as much as I do, while in Paris, you must visit Al-Ajami Restaurant. Located off Avenue George V in Etoile, only steps away from my hotel for the night the Prince de Galles. There were so many amazing dishes, that I was not able to make up my mind, therefore the best option was to go for the Degustation Menu (EUR 49), and I did… AND it was superb. So that I would have gone for a second round. The venue is just alright, but the food makes up for everything. Mezze, Orient Niceties, warmed pasties, brochettes grilled on barbecues (chawarma, kaftan and taouk) and to end a farandole of desserts “Al-Aljami”.
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, the 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.
One of my favorite activities when I travel, is to discover new restaurants, regardless the destination and type of cuisine. During my last trip to Paris, invited by La Compagnie Boutique Airline, I spent four days trying all new options I have never tried before. Some where over the top like L’Oiseau Blanc at the new Peninsula Hotel Paris, and some where very casual but yet AMAZING. Le 404 Restaurant, located in the neighborhood of Le Marais, was without a doubt one of them. Le 404 offers a great selection of dishes and delights from Morocco, in a very intimate atmosphere. Do not judge the book by the cover, from outside the restaurant doesn’t say much, but once inside you will discover scents and flavors, typical dishes, lots of Couscous, Tagine, Keftas and Berber specialties. Note that the restaurant offers communal seating, so be aware of this.
Thank You Triptease for the lovely article featuring me, my luxury network LGTNetwork and all my projects. Industry Insight: Carlos Melia Luxury Hotels. Triptease was lucky enough to grab an interview with renowned travel blogger Carlos Melia. He spoke to us about his thoughts on the industry, built up over thirty years working in it.
Taking Parisian dining to new heights The Peninsula Paris’ crowning glory is the L’Oiseau Blanc restaurant, bar and terrace, located on the sixth floor of the hotel and serving up 360° views over Paris’ most iconic monuments, complete with a retractable roof, making it one of Paris’ most stunning and unusual restaurants. The restaurant showcases the very best of France, with traditional dishes revisited and reinterpreted with contemporary flair and techniques by Chef Sidney Redel – a former protégé of Pierre Gagnaire since 2005 – in a “bistronomique” menu of satisfyingly authentic fare with a modern twist, locally sourced of seasonal and regional ingredients, together with an extensive list of French wines. Meanwhile Chef Pâtissier Julien Alvarez’ talents come to the fore once again, with a collection of heavenly desserts and temptations.
Last week I had the honor and pleasure to be among the first travel bloggers to preview and experience the brand new The Peninsula Hotel Paris, which I would define as a total game changer bringing an unprecedented new level of distinction the city of lights.The Peninsula Hotels makes its grand entrance into Europe with The Peninsula Paris, setting new standards in design, luxury and comfort. Doors opened last August 1st, and I was there to witness it. I stayed for one night at one of their Premier Suites. Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.