Hôtel Americano NYC

Hôtel Americano NYC by www.carlosmeliablog.com Hôtel Americano NYC  |  New York, United States  |  Last week, I had an express 24hrs stay at the Hôtel Americano in New York City, member of the Grupo Habita and Design Hotels, as part of my Stay & Dine OUT New York for locals, a different way to experience your own city. Located in the heart of the Chelsea between the High Line and the Hudson River. Quaint small hotel, very happening, on a rather quiet street, only two blocks from the Hudson River Park over 27th Street, between 10th and 11th.


Hôtel Americano takes design by simple choices, infused with a modern mix between nordic-japanes approach. Urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting, natural materials, some with fireplaces, and although small bathrooms, some featuring soaking tubs. We were hosted at a STUDIO KING Room (video below).

My comments on the room are… I quite like the concept, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of external views, having an entire wall in-front of us which could have been a full window. The bathroom was very small, and I quite did not find an use, other than decorative purposes, for such a fireplace. I loved the ryokan style of the bed, but I would personally have updated the phone sets, to match and blend with the concept.
Hôtel Americano NYC by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe experience on the Food & Spirits outlets was not the best to be fully honest, but I will be fair, the setting is quite interesting, although too happening and overcrowded to my personal taste. I would personally prefer more quality and less quantity. We were invited to try The Grill at La Piscine, a year round grill on the rooftop of the hotel, but in the end after a long wait and a rather rude host, we decided to move on to another option within the neighborhood. This was an isolated incident, and I must say that I have been re-invited to join them for dinner next week, so I might have more to share on this after my second, hopefully more welcoming, experience.
Hôtel Americano NYC by www.carlosmeliablog.comI must mention that the hotel also features a second restaurant on the ground floor, which is very popular among locals for brunch. French fare with a Latin flair. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo, presides over West Chelsea’s  dining room with outdoor patio.

Hôtel Americano NYC by www.carlosmeliablog.comSome of the featured amenities for those staying at the hotel are: Soft washed denim bathrobe by Loden Dager. Aesop bathroom products. iPad customized with in-room controls and guest directory. Guest bicycles. I would recommend this hotel for young travelers, who are not on the budget, and are looking to explore Manhattan with a hip sexy happening approach. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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My experience onboard LAN Airlines

My experience onboard LAN Airlines  |  New York to Lima  |  On my way to Lima, Peru from New York City, after some research I found out that LAN Airlines, would be the best option to fly to South America and connections within Peru. A short 7 hours flight away was made even shorter due to their excellent service, full onboard entertainment system and comfortable seats with reasonable pitch in Economy Class and wide space in Business Class. Yes my dear friends, for the sake of giving you a full report, this time I had to turn both left and right upon boarding the plane. All to show my commitment to you all ha ha ha…. Well actually on LAN Airlines for this route, you only turn right since you will have to pass through Business Class to later get to Economy.
Boeing 676-700 all the way from New York JFK International Airport to Lima, Peru. As I always say, with the perfect departing schedule at 10.50PM, you will only have a nice dinner, a relaxing cocktail, one or two movies, some sleep and you will be at your destination to enjoy your full day either in Lima or at any other alternative destination LAN Airlines can take you being the biggest airline in South America (specially now after the acquisition of TAM Airlines) with main hubs in Lima – Peru, Santiago de Chile – Chile and operations in Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina.  Members of the alliance OneWorld, and now after the merge with TAM, you will be able to accrue miles either with Fidelidade or LANPass, but also benefit from all the perks of their strategic alliance with AAdvantage.
If there are a few things I have to say about the services that I did not like, would be: (a) they are not the most punctual airlines I have flown. Maybe it was just my luck but all four of my flights both international and domestic, were delayed from 30 minutes to an hour. Anyhow someway they always managed to get to the final destination on time. (2). The onboard entertainment system, despite of being very good with lots of options, it is not very easy to play, select the movies, see what is being shown, and each time I wanted to pick a movie, I would have to go through the process at least two times. Choose my language over and over…. when it should be only done at the beginning. (3). This usually is a given to most airlines, but hey…. it does not cost much to smile…. The agents at the Check IN counter, specially in Cusco, could not be more unfriendly. I mean, this is the first impression, which will set out mood for the rest of the flight. I know you guys are busy and stressed, and have to deal with a lot of crap from customers, but some of us are nice and we deserve the same in return right.
Now back to the many positive things on my experience with LAN Airlines. I have always been fond of them. When I used to live in Argentina, I would fly them regionally, domestic and international to Madrid or Paris, and always enjoyed great service. If I would have to define LAN Airlines, I would name it the TOP options to fly inbound/outbound to/from South America.
One the segment New York to Lima, I flew Premium Business Class. Got direct access to the lounge at JFK and waited for my flight comfortably. Once on board, the configuration was 2/2/2. Seats were rather narrow, but very comfortable, with a wide pitch. The seat turns full flat bed. Nice blankets and pillows. Basic necessaire inflight kit.
Food selection was outstanding and very tasteful. Wide selection of wines and champagnes. The option for a express or full dinner. You would be surprised how many people do not even take their dinners of board. SO NOT MY CASE, for me it is like a ritual.
What surprised me was that upon arrival the captain gave the good morning to everyone, and announced that we were landing in 30 minutes. And I wonder, where is my breakfast, I mean it is almost 6.50AM in the morning…. can I at least have a coffee. ? Well apparently that was not part of the menu, and barely I convinced my flight attendant to help me with a cup of black tea, but he said… you must drink it fast. I thought to my self…. how do I do that and still have time to go to the restroom to get my beauty flash before getting off the plane…. I had people waiting for me outside ha ha…
My next four flights were all in Economy Class. The two domestic ones between Lima – Cusco – Lima (there is only one class on this flights). The only comment on this was that they tried to charge me for extra weight, without applying the rule that since I was on an international itinerary I was supposed to be allowed more that those flying only domestic. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND my friends. All flights were excellent and being segments of approx. one hour, they come through the alleys two times with beverages and the give you a box with crackers and chocolates…. a nice touch.
As for my flight back to New York, this was a perfect connection. Cusco / Lima (one hour connection) and Lima / New York. On the second segment I got what I always call, the Ghetto UPGRADE, where the agent gave me a 2 seat on the left side of the plane and blocked them all for me. It was totally fine.  You can always lift the arm rest and have the whole space for you…. and I love my windows to rest my head while watching a movie. The pitch between seats again was fine… and they have this system that when you recline your seat not only you recline you back, but also the bottom of the seat moves forward, which allows more comfort taking less space. OH before I forget, in all classes in between seats you have power outlets. But no WiFi at all.
Also something that I found quite annoying at the airport of Lima, that nothing has to do with LAN Airlines, since it is common to all airlines, is that there is not transit lounge connection. You have to walk out of the arrivals area, go to the departures, and ONCE again strip down to clear TSA and security to get back into the departures gates…. does not make much sense right, specially if like me, you are in a very short connection timing. Just a suggestion !!!!
So overall my experience with LAN Airlines was very very satisfactory and without a doubt I would fly them again on my way to South America, either to be in Business Premium or Economy. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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(**) This trip has been possible by the courtesy and support of the following companies: OUTAndes LGBT Tour Operator. LAN Airlines. Orient-Express Hotels & Trains.

 

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Gay Wedding Planning all over again now in New York

Gay Wedding Planning all over again now in New York  |  New York, United States  |  Gay Wedding Planning once again. I LOVE IT. Champagne flutes, hotel bookings, ceremony locations, weather, restaurant bookings….. this time in NEW YORK CITY. Question WHY nobody carries Groom & Groom Champagne Glasses. ????. Anyhow champagne glasses checked, moving on to the next point on the list. Venue chosen for the wedding Hudson Riverview Terrave Room at the INK48 Hotel by Kimpton Hotels. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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GPS Carlos Melia at Bryant Park New York City

GPS Carlos Melia at Bryant Park New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Live from Bryant Park Ice-Skating Rink with views of the Christmas Tree and the Empire State Building in the far back. Hope you enjoy the festive holiday videos of New York City I am sharing with you all, a great time of the year to be in Manhattan. Merry Christmas. CM

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dot429 asks What Drives You ? and Carlos Melia answers

dot429 asks What Drives You ? and Carlos Melia answers |  dot429.com  |  The dot429 commercial to be aired at Logo TV during the whole month of September is out. dot429 members share what drives them.? and I was featured in the commercial. Find OUT what drives me… What motivates you to wake up and take on the world each day? dot429 and FIAT want to know. That’s why we’ve partnered to give away two roundtrips for two to New York City. One prize goes to the person who receives the most votes; the other to a randomly selected voter. Yes, two ways to win, how’s that for motivation? Continue reading dot429 asks What Drives You ? and Carlos Melia answers

The NOLITAN New York Nolita’s First Boutique Hotel

The NOLITAN New York Nolita’s First Boutique Hotel   |  New York  |  Some things are just worth waiting for! The Nolitan officially opened its doors for business on August 1st. Located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique hotel to grace Nolita – one of the most endearing and authentic neighborhoods in New York City. The Nolitan offers guests much more than luxurious design accommodations, unique amenities and fantastic food: it provides a genuine New York experience, a real sense of belonging and incredibly personal service. It’s the kind of “luxury meets low-key” hotel you always wished you could find in New York City. Continue reading The NOLITAN New York Nolita’s First Boutique Hotel

New Yorkers now have a new Skate Rink The High Line Rink

New Yorkers now have a new Skate Rink the High Line Rink  |  New York, High Line  |  Just opened today, is the new reason to come and visit the High Line. a new, outdoor rollerskating rink now open under the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink is one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO. Continue reading New Yorkers now have a new Skate Rink The High Line Rink

Bateaux New York sailing across Hudson River

Bateaux New York sailing across Hudson River  |  New York City  |  The ultimate dining cruise in New York City. You’ve never seen New York’s world-renowned skyline quite like this. The most up-close views, separated only by glass windows and water. Splendid variety of live music. Outstanding service. All aboard our European-inspired Bateaux New York. You can be certain our magnificent all-glass vessel will leave a lasting impression. Continue reading Bateaux New York sailing across Hudson River

The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue

The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue  |  New York  |  La La, La La La La, La La La…. this is how I went singing along this afternoon to the Ziegfield Theater in New York City, for the World Avant Premier of The Smurfs 3D. Of course I was dressed for the occasion, in a light blue shirt. Smurf that. !!! You got to love them, I mean is part of my story as a child and now they have moved same like me to NYC. Continue reading The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue

Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act

Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act | Chelsea, New York | Press Release | Chelsea Pines Inn, New York’s premiere guesthouse, applauds New York State’s Marriage Equality Act by offering a FREE honeymoon to the first same-sex couples to be married in New York City on July 24! This offer is for one night in a Honeymoon Suite, a bottle of champagne and wedding cupcakes.  The stay also includes expanded continental breakfast and complimentary WiFi (to send out the news of the Big Day!). Continue reading Chelsea Pines Inn celebrates Marriage Equality Act