WYNWOOD WALLS STREET ART | Miami, United States | Miami now has its own SOHO vibe. Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. It is north of Downtown Miami, with two major sub-districts, the Wynwood Art District in northern Wynwood, and the Wynwood Fashion District. During my last visit to Miami, I came to explore these districts, which everyone talk about. I must say I was quite unimpressed, particularly by the Fashion one. I mean nothing you haven’t seen before, and the area looked like a ghost town, completely empty. As for the Art District, it was rather more interested and crowded. Full of art galleries, and small cafes, eclectic bars and restaurants. Contains over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. What I did find very attractive, were the Wynwood Walls. Continue reading WYNWOOD WALLS STREET ART
MUSTs and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list | Miami, United States | Last week I spent 5 days in Miami Beach. I came to review and experience a few new luxury hotels (post to come soon), and at the same time do a revision of the restaurant scene. Of course this was not my first time to Miami, as a matter of fact I have spent half of my life coming here, and I have seen many transformations and faces of Miami and SOBE, over the years. I tried a few options either new to me or new to the Miami Beach Scene. Here are my MUST and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list, based own experiences. Continue reading MUSTs and MISS South Beach Miami Restaurants list
GPS Carlos Melia from South Beach | Miami, Florida | A short 48 hours stop in Miami Beach before heading to cold New York City. Windy and a bit chilly, but still beautiful day to do what I always do while in South Beach, running at the boardwalk by the shore line, that goes from 47th. Street to the heart of Ocean Drive. Not into running, then take your time to go for a stroll. CM
URGE Party at Cameo South Beach | Miami Beach, United States | And the caption for this photo taken last night at URGE Party was “Go Carlos”, and indeed it was lots of fun. I got off my eight hours flight from Buenos Aires, checked in at the stunning Setai Hotel and got ready for a night out in SOBE, after all is MLK – Martin Luther King long weekend and everyone was out despite the chilly weather. URGE Party is the new party in SOBE with DJ Abel (MIA) and Eddie Martinez (NYC) spinning to a sold out venue. Lots of fun, although I decided to call the night early to catch some rest. CM
Lords South Beach Hotel | Miami Beach, Florida | What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “Gay Hotel”… exactly. Well Lords South Beach, for my great surprise, is completely the opposite. Lords, identifies itself with the following line – An Appropriately Oriented Hotel, welcoming everyone with focus on alternative and open minds. More than a hotel; it’s a quantum leap in gay travel. A home away from home, just a lot more fun, posh, friendly, sexy, easy, satisfying, and gratifying. When I decided to book my nights there, at first I was a bit hesitant, but the experience was far beyond expected. Not a luxury hotel, not the most elegant pool area or restaurant, but certainly a hot spot in Miami Beach for those coming to relax, hit the beach, be in the groove and enjoy SOBE at full both during the day and most important at night. My absolute favorite at Lords South Beach… the color scheme. Full yellow and orange, this is like heaven to meet. So much positive energy, to only match the atmosphere of South Beach. Located in the most dynamic beach destination on Collins Avenue between 11th. and 12th. Street. An exciting new hotel appropriately oriented for your special South Beach moments, you’ll love the bohemian rooms, fun-spirited dining and ultra-hot spots – the comings, the goings, the night life, the good life. Out Magazine, ABSOLUT VODKA, and Levi’s, their partners in crime, make exploring, socializing and looking good in South Beach easy. LORDS South Beach varied room types are tailored to meet each guest’s personal desires. All rooms have an emphasis on comfort and convenience, going-out and staying-in will be equally fun. Featuring flatscreen television, i-pod/CD speakers, luxe linens by Frette, a large private bathroom with amenities by LUXE Bath, and a top shelf minibar. Video below of the Pied-a-Terre Suite, where I stayed. Made for mingling and mixing. Fun-spirited, with a sophisticated flair, these suites are appropriately appointed with intimate sitting rooms, ideal for after-beach or pre-evening cocktails… or both.
PAD Room, the standard category, with the iconic headboard photos of Elizabeth Taylor over your bed, hey a much better than a crucifix right. Cheek and chic meet in Lords South Beach Pads with bold colors and custom-designed graphics. Video below.
I was very happy to learn about their concept ROOMS THAT MATTER, with which I agree 100% and have put into practice several times at CM by Carlos Melia. PAD Rooms category, but with an added bonus. 10% of proceeds will automatically be donated to your room’s assigned Lords South Beach give-back group – Hetrick Martin Institute or The Point Foundation – your choice. Bravo.!!! Lords. Former Hotel NASH, and current member of the Cambean Hotel, Lords open its doors less than a year ago, becoming into the new Gay Hot Spot of Miami Beach, an area where the Gay exodus has been very notable. Before you use to walk by Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington or even Lincoln Road, and there was a day/night scene. Well that is all gone, but slowly growing back into a more refined and trendy way. The lobby of the hotel with their huge Polar Bear, the bar and the pool area are the epicenter of meeting and mingling of South Beach. Sunday Cabana Boy Pool Parties, Wednesdays Game Nights and special live performances every week. So all you need to do is get your look on, get downstairs, and let the games begin. The Pool area, where the emphasis is on plural. Enjoy three enticing plunge pools and an infinite number of equally enticing pool-goers. With a sunning, lounging and snacking area, poolside is the optimal spot for making a splash. Cha Cha Cabana, a poolside, fully stocked and fully staffed bar and restaurant (weekends until 2am) to make sure our swimmers and sun-worshipers are hydrated and happy is like performing a sexy little dance – a Cha Cha. The Porch, a unique spot for casual socializing over Collins Avenue, SoBe style. With a prime view of the passing scene, The Porch is where Miami’s ‘elite meet’ to witness the comings and goings, and enjoy cocktails and light bites (until midnight). At Cha Cha Rooster Bar , let your foot start tapping to the beats as you take in the glamour of South Beach and realize the possibilities for the evening are endless. Toast friends over an ABSOLUT cocktail at the Cha Cha Rooster BAR (Until 2am). When the sun goes down, SOBE becomes alive boasting in full its sex-appeal. The staff and Concierge at the hotel, which I must point are very friendly and resourceful, will assist you with restaurant suggestions and more… But hey, do not forget to stop by the EQUINOX Gym, which offers Lords guest with daily free passes. After all, you are in South Beach and all that matters is how you looked 10 minutes ago. CM
Check my live VIDEO interview of the series – BEEN THERE DONE THAT – with Brian Gorman, Owner and Founder of Lords South Beach Hotel. Where he shares with me the inspiration and concept of Lords and future plans to come.
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Interview with Lords South Beach Hotel Founder Brian Gorman | South Beach, Miami | This morning I interviewed at the Penthouse of the Lords South Beach Hotel with Brian Gorman, Founder of this almost brand new property, located in the heart of South Beach, steps away from Ocean Drive and the Gay Beach – Collins Avenue between 11th. and 12th. Street). I have also spent one night in the hotel at one of their Pies-a-terre Suites. Review, videos and photos to come soon to CarlosMeliaBlog.com. A few interesting concepts and things to highlight, which Brian explains during the video interview: An Appropriately Oriented Hotel Concept. Lords South Beach Gives Back to the LGBT Community. Future openings. Hope you enjoy it. CM
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Now I know why the called them SMART | Miami, Florida | Ok, this time I tried to be original and unpredictable. I came to Miami and decided to have my own SMART Car experience for my daily 40 minutes commute from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale. And yes you read right 40 minutes, because when renting a SMART Car, the only thing you are missing is the DRAMA of finding a free parking space in South Beach for your oversized car or SUV. I have seen them all over Europe, but was never brave enough to try them. So this time, since I am traveling solo for most part of my trip, I said… OK give it a try. My main concerns were (1). Speed, (2). Comfort, (3) Security. Once I got my SMART from the rental company, and I was able to move from the initial …”OMG you are a CUTE daredevil…” I completely fell in love with it. And after a full day driving it around Florida State, I can day that Once you go SMART you never go back…. mmmm where have I heard this phrase before…. ? I got on the I95 this morning, and I must admit that in the beginning I felt very intimidated, but after five minutes I was so proud of my little fellow. What can I say…. plenty of leg room, air conditioning, glass rooftop, and the most shocking, the multiple option of either stick shift or automatic. Not either or, but BOTH. Fuel efficient, and I mean very efficient. So trust me. If you are traveling SOLO or with a plus one and not a lot of luggage, consider this option. The total value, including insurance for a FULL WEEK. USD 200. And I am not expecting to spend too much on gas, from what I have seen as for today. CM