Palermo Place in Palermo Hollywood

Palermo Place in Palermo Hollywood  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last night I spent it at the brand new Palermo Place Buenos Aires, located in the neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood. I would best define them as a basic, clean, modern accommodation option, more as an apartment with extra services than a hotel. Apartment units with all the basic services of a four stars hotel. Conveniently located walking distance to Palermo Soho and Las Canitas, 2 blocks from the subway station.

Palermo Place designed its rooms to truly provide you with a home away from home, and once again I think this is what defines and classifies them best. Although they promote themselves as a luxury boutique hotel, I would rate them as a modern apart complex, with fully equipped units and reduced hotel services. Prices per night range from USD 174 on depending on the season, room type and breakfast, which is a great price based on the quality of the units. I was hosted at a Super Deluxe City View Room on the 5th floor, featuring modern comforts, complimentary WI-FI, complimentary coffee in room, coffee maker, full bathroom amenities, bathrobes, full kitchenette, in room safe, LCD TV with international programming and movie channels, free local calls and faxes, and reasonable international LD rates. Extremely comfortable beds with the optional configuration of a King Size bed or two Twin Beds. Small bathroom, with in room sink.
I must be fully honest, Palermo Hollywood has never been one of my favorite districts of Buenos Aires, but I know that most of the times I stand on my own on this idea. Most tourist love this part of the city, due to its bohemian local personality, and the fact that some of the best restaurants in town are located here. So there you go, it is up to you to decide. Without a doubt you will get a very local porteño experience.
Small basic fitness room on the 7th floor with a workout machine, a treadmill and an elliptical. And outdoor space with deck chairs. On the 8th floor there is a rooftop terrace with a common space to host your own typical parrilladas “barbecues”.
Although the property does not have a food and beverage outlet or room service, every morning you may choose among several local options for your breakfast. Upon Check IN they will provide you with daily vouchers to be used at any of the many charming restaurants and cafeterias in the neighborhood. My favorite option was Panionly two blocks away. A classic Argentinean homemade breakfast, including the local delish – dulce de leche and homemade bread “Pan de Campo”. Since the units count with fully equipped kitchenette, you may choose to fix your own breakfast and meals, or take advantage of the food delivery from over 50 local restaurants. Palermo Place also offers the service of personal shopping and custom stocking of refrigerator and pantry prior to arrival

In conclusion, if you are looking for a plus quality accommodation option, more into experiencing Buenos Aires as a local, home away from home at a rather affordable price, then Palermo Place should be in your “To Consider” list in a heartbeat. Staff is friendly, bilingual and attentive to help you beyond expectations. If you are looking for a full service five star up hotel, located in the heart to the happening, maybe this is not your option. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends(*) To book this property, do not hesitate to contact me either by email or phone # 917.754.5515. I am an experienced Travel Agent with over 25 years of experience, member of IGLTA, First in Service Travel, TZELL Travel Network.


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The MUST Sleep and Dine destinations in Buenos Aires

The MUST Sleep and Dine destinations in Buenos Aires  |  429Magazine  |  My weekly column at 429Magazine is out and about. This week about the MUST Sleep and Dine destinations in Buenos Aires according to my own travel experiences. Check it out HERE and till next week. CM

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Frank’s Bar in Buenos Aires Got your code.?

Frank’s Bar in Buenos Aires got your code.?  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last night, here in Buenos Aires looking for new, fun bars to check out, write about, and have a descent Dirty Vodka Martini… I came across Frank’s Bar in Palermo Hollywood. The concept of Speakeasy bar has arrived to Buenos Aires, and as for my understanding Frank’s is the only and first one doing it. A hidden main gate, a great looking bar and the surprise of a very avant-garde sex shop at the exit, in case you want to continue your night in high standards. The first question you will get is Do You Have the Code?, a concept that has been use and reused all over the world and has got a bit tired by now… but it is making its way in Buenos Aires. How do you get the code… ? Continue reading Frank’s Bar in Buenos Aires Got your code.?

City Tour of Buenos Aires

City Tour of Buenos Aires |  Buenos Aires |  Argentina  |  The best way to get to know this amazing city in only 3 hours. City Tour of Buenos Aires can be customized either for Gay or Straight customers. You may not get to see all areas deep into detail, but it will give you a general idea on which neighborhoods are your favorite and a general perspective on the pace and identity of the city. During the length of your tour, take advantage of the knowledge of our guide and strain their brains out for tips on cool and trendy restaurants, bars and hot spots in the city. I would strongly suggest to do this tour on the first or second day of arrival, to better understand, enjoy and take advantage of Buenos Aires. This tour can either be done on Private Transportation w/driver or using Public Transportation.

The tour will take you following the pace of the history and development of the city. La Boca, San Telmo, Plaza de Mayo, Downtown, Retiro, Recoleta and Cemetery, Palermo, Palermo SOHO, Palermo Parks and Belgrano.

The tour can be customized to your choice or needs and any point. So if you feel like staying longer in a particular area, or would like to do any particular activity, like shopping for leather…, please let us know in advance to include it in our itinerary.

Pick ups and Drop offs are at you hotel, unless you prefer a different location. The time and schedule is also customize to your needs, but in order to avoid rush hours we suggest (during the summer) 10AM or 04PM pick ups, and (during the winter) 11AM or 3PM pick ups.
with Private Transportation
– USD 200 x 01 person / USD 230 x 02 people
with Public Transportation – USD 100 x 01 person / USD 130 x 02 people
(*) extra person USD 45


with Transportation – USD 25 x  person

(*) Private Tours with private transportation include bilingual guide + private car w/driver. Private Tours with public transportation include bilingual guide, you will move around the city using bus, taxi and/or subway. In this case transportation expenses are on your own.
City Tour of Buenos Aires can be customized either for Gay or Straight customers. Is with no doubt the best way to get to know the city. A short but complete introduction to the city and its happening, visiting the main tourist attractions and neighborhoods.

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(**) City Tour Buenos Aires. For bookings or inquiries do not hesitate to contact me. | 347.944.0026 | 212.399.6161 | Toll Free US. 800.729.7472 ext 205

Vitrum Boutique Hotel

Vitrum Hotel | Buenos Aires, Argentina | In the enigmatic neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood, where art, design, fashion and cuisine coexist, Vitrum is born. A luxury hotel that blends into a magnificent environment of trends, décor, technology and art. An urban, relaxed atmosphere that sets the right mood to spark inspiration, install a feeling of plenitude and conceive ideas, beckoning you to remain in the city enthralled in its intimacy, surrounded by avant-garde objects that in turn reassert comfort. Continue reading Vitrum Boutique Hotel

BE Hollywood Boutique Hotel Buenos Aires

BE Hollywood Boutique Hotel Buenos Aires (Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires) • A different and refined boutique hotel which adds to the avant-garde style suggested by Palermo Hollywood, where design and technology join a warm style of personalized attention, in an atmosphere of harmony and cordiality.

Located in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, so named because the centralization of film and television that has the neighborhood. Minutes from the main tourist spots in the city, like La Boca, San Telmo, Plaza de Mayo, the Polo field and football stadiums. And 35 minutes from Ezeiza International Airport and just 15 minutes from Domestic Jorge Newberry Airport. Palermo is a different place, open and integrated.

Confortable and spacious rooms where the main feature is the tranquility and the natural light.  Room are classified into 04 categories. Deluxe Room ( USD 120 ), Deluxe Terrace Room ( USD 168 ), Executive Room ( USD 150 ) and Suite ( USD USD 192 ). All fares include buffet breakfast and Free WIFI Access. (Argentinean TAX not included 21% ). All have individual air conditioning system, minibar, bathroom kit, hair dryer, LCD, TV, desk, laptop size safebox, free wi-fi internet and network connection, sprinklers and smoke detectors . The suite also have whirlpool bathtubs and shower box.

Start the day with a good buffet breakfast including the most varied local pastries and sweets by Chef Caceres with a style of urban food. The lounge is a  fusion of antique china and mixed and eclectic old and modern furniture and art, creating the perfect atmosphere to better enjoy and understand the concept of BE Hollywood Boutique Hotel and Palermo Hollywood as a neighborhood.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the Rooftop Pool and Sun Deck. Also during the summer you may even be lucky to enjoy a typical Sunday ‘ASADO’ barbecue at the traditional Argentinean way. The BE Hollywood Boutique Hotel, has been open for almost a year, and it is own and ran by this young lovely couple – Micaela and Nicolas. They will make sure to create an UNIQUE experience for you, assist you and make you feel like home. At least that’s how I felt during my last stay with them. CM

(*) Part of the BEEN THERE DONE THAT Collection by Carlos Melia.

(**) For bookings of requests please do not hesitate to Contact ME. Travel Agents are welcomed and commissionable fares are available.

Pride Hollywood Cafe Buenos Aires

Pride Hollywood Cafe Buenos Aires • Pride Cafe opens its second venue in the city of Buenos Aires, this time Palermo Hollywood was the chosen location. Carlos Daniel Franco – owner – pioneered years ago with the original Pride Cafe at the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, becoming the first and only day gay-scene option of the city of Buenos Aires.
Opens daily from 09AM till 10PM, with a very reasonable priced menu, that includes multiple options and the classic sandwiches for which Pride Cafe had became famous.
My lunch choice this time was a light  Smoked Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. With the beginning of the Summer Season 2010/11, Pride Hollywood Cafe will launch every Saturday their BRUNCH Chill Out afternoons (from 03PM till close) with live music by Brazilian DJ. Alex Follamman.
(*) Pride Hollywood Cafe is located over Humbolt 1897 ( corner with Costa Rica ). Tel. 4776-6197.