St Pancras by Renaissance London | London, UK | So last weekend we took off on a four nights trip to London, for a fun weekend and also to see Beyonce’s Concert at The O2 Arena. So off we went and we stayed for the first two nights at the iconic recently renovated St Pancras by Renaissance hotel, which happens to be in King’s Cross attached to St Pancras Station. By Sir George Gilbert Scott, this spectacular building, former Midland Grand, masterpiece of the Gothic Revival, today the St Pancras marks and epic revival as one of the most significant examples of restoration and regeneration yet seen in Britain. Used as offices for 50 years, it eventually fell into disrepair and faced demolition until de decision to make St Pancras the London terminal for the Eurostar, which opened the way for its revival and return to full glory. The hotel reopened by the management of Renaissance (Marriott Group) in 2011. Its spectacular interiors remarkably restored as a £ 200 million project which relaunched the building as a London’s distictive luxury hotel, with modern services and facilities slotted into the historic fabric, and unique loft apartments created on its upper floors.
We were hosted at a beautiful Chamber Club Rooms, located over the Chambers building at the exclusive club section. Butler Service, Private Club access & a spa offering 6 treatment rooms, gym & pool. I think the best way to define our experience, being fair to the opulence of the former Midland Grand, is 5 stars hotel experience at a luxury historic landmark. The spa also offers a Victorian tiled pool with spa, offering a unique experience and sanctuary of tranquility in the heart of this 5 five star hotel. The main feature of our suite was the window views to the interiors of St Pancras Train tracks, which I must say concerned me upon Check IN, due to sound proofing, but was not an issue at all during our entire stay. Each one of these Chamber Club Rooms (32-square-meter rooms) was a true original, restored with loving attention to detail. Lavish proportions, high ceilings, ornate moldings and expansive windows that exude historic Victorian charm. As you walk through the corridors to you room, you can still hear the whispers of the Victorian ladies and gentlemen, telling stories of this iconic landmark, The Midland Grand Hotel, among the first luxury hotels of its kind in England and in Europe. Once you reach the main stairs, your heart stops. The architecture, the decoration, the mixture of classical and contemporary – the chances are it is like no other hotel. The story of how it came into existence is just as extraordinary. It is the tale of a true renaissance; of a national treasure that was almost reduced to rubble but that is today, once again, the pride of London. Read more Several dinning options, other of course than our private Club access. The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, a Neo-Gothic space, striking setting for a business breakfast, snack or classic English dining from an all day menu. The Gilbert Scott is an elegant British brasserie and bar, run by Marcus Wareing’s team. The lobby area itself turns into a social hub, Enjoy a range of hot & cold drinks, traditional afternoon tea and light snacks, the old taxi rank to St. Pancras station now forms London’s most spectacular Hamson Lounge. Staying at St Pancras was indeed quite a remarkable experience, a treat to the eye, which did not allow me to put my camera down for a second, day or night. Perhaps not the best location for those visiting London for the first time, which was not our case. Very easy access from King’s Cross Tube Station and connection with the Heathrow Express arriving/departing to/from Paddington Station. London has many examples of luxury hotels, but as expressed before, St Pancras by Renaissance is without any doubt a 5 stars hotel experience at a luxury historic landmark that I would recommend to anyone capable to appreciate its heritage and identity. I have only experienced this feeling before, during our stay at the Grand Europe Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
GPS Carlos Melia LONDON is calling | London, UK | London is calling me, and I am coming. Being on the TOP 5 of my favorite cities in the world, I never say no to my beloved London, specially when being hosted at the Chambers by the recently restored iconic St Pancras Hotel by Renaissance. London’s finest suites are in the original Chambers building with Butler Service, Private Club access & a spa offering 6 treatment rooms, gym & pool. Second stay will be at the Grosvenor House, in Park Lane. To be fully honest, ha ha ha I have never in my life been so happy and excited to stay at a Marriott property before. I see that Marriott is bringing sexy back with style and sophistication, with some of their premium signature brands, which I am sure most of you, mortal tourists, no idea were under their umbrella, like Bulgari, EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton and of course JW Marriott. One last reason and excuse for our trip to London, is Beyonce’s Concert at the O2 Arena, which we – Rubin and I, will be assisting with a nice entourage of friends both from New York and London. So you better stay tuned, because London is Calling and I am answering. See you in London Darlings !!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Hotel Check IN La Samanna by Belmond| Baie Longue, Saint Martin | Long overdo, since I Checked IN three days ago, but I have been having too much fun and also the Ocean Front Villa I am being hosted by Belmond is so HUGE that I have to find the way to video tape the entire villa without getting you guys bored. Welcomed to Saint Martin island in the Caribbean. This beautiful island, shared by France and The Netherlands. La Samanna is located on the French side, over the Caribbean Sea, in between stunning Baie Longue beach and Cupecoy. I am staying for a total of 3 nights, and I must say I would just move in. Continue reading Hotel Check IN La Samanna by Belmond
Old Hollywood Glamour at La Samanna | Baie Longue, Saint Martin | Morning playing around with my camera and iPhone at the pool of my Ocean Front Villa at La Samanna by Belmond, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Revival of Old Hollywood Glamour and the Technicolor era. La Samanna is the top luxury hotel located on the French side of beautiful Saint Martin. Continue reading Old Hollywood Glamour at La Samanna
ILTM welcomes Carlos Melia | ILTM | International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) the worlds best ‘by invitation only’ Luxury Travel Exhibition. Guess WHO has been approached and specially invited, to assist this year to ILTM Cannes, France (2-5 December 2013) and ILTM Americas Riviera Maya, Mexico (30 September – 03 October 2013). Carlos Melia and Coups de Coeur will take over the Luxury Travel World. Lot’s of haute unique experiences to come next. Like a kid at a candy store for www.carlosmeliablog.com. Lots to curate for my blog, social media and online/printed collaborations worldwide . MAJOR !!! Being an out LGBT Travel Agent and Press, I feel beyond proud to be consider and invited by ILTM itself, all expenses covered, as a brand new and upcoming buyer. WE MIGHT BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Coup de Coeur at Connextions Magazine | International Press | Guess who is launching a new section at Connextions Magazine.??? MOI!!! Coup de Coeur by Luxury Travel Curator Carlos Melia. Experiential Global Travel Tips, Reviews & Recommendations in just a few words. On their FEB 2013 Issue you will get my inside on Nicaragua, Russia, Peru and Thailand – www.connextionsmagazine.com by Shelly Straub. Hey Conde Nast Travel getting closer and closer 🙂 one day I will have my own LGBT column with you guys.!!! Later form Nicaragua everyone, time to go exploring around CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends