Nikki Harrison Speakeasy

Nikki Harrison Speakeasy by www.carlosmeliablog.comNikki Harrison Speakeasy  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  I think tonight, I might have found the best kept secret of Buenos Aires. Speakeasy, honoring the concept behind the door of this quaint New York style Sushi restaurant over Malabia Street in Palermo SOHO. Speakeasy is a word, foreign to Argentina in many ways. But, it has been very well interpreted by Andres, the young owner, of this try to be, quasi exclusive membership club.  Continue reading Nikki Harrison Speakeasy

Legado Mitico Buenos Aires

Legado Mitico Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Last week I had the chance to spend a night at the Legado Mitico Buenos Aires, a charming emblematic boutique hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo SOHO. Born to provide their guests with excellent service and transmit the best of Argentinean history and culture. They are emblematic because they reflect the Argentinean identity.  Continue reading Legado Mitico Buenos Aires

Gurruchaga Street the OUTLET Palermo

Gurruchaga Street the OUTLET Palermo  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  TIP.!!! In the mood for a shopping spree while in Buenos Aires? Check the new Palermo over Gurruchaga Street with premium outlets with brands like Etiqueta Negra, Cardon, La Martina. All local brands with stores worldwide but almost 50% off. Yes people, believe or not, I also do outlets, not all can be Lanvin or Barney’s in your life. Gurruchaga Street in between Cordoba and Corrientes Avenue. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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The Clubhouse Buenos Aires

The Clubhouse Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  aka a sort of a Porteño version of SOHO House in Palermo SOHO. Tucked away in a quiet, walled garden, their pool is Palermo’s best place to cool off during the hot Buenos Aires summer, if you happen to be away from some of the few hotels or short term rentals in the city offering a cool happening social outdoors pool.
Housed in a converted four-story residence in Buenos Aires’ chic Palermo Soho neighborhood, The Clubhouse is an urban Members’ Club offering a lounge, terrace, two bars, pool and garden and three Guest Rooms. The Clubhouse hosts a calendar of events including private dinners with international chefs, film screenings, rotating art exhibitions and pool parties.
This was born and conceived, as its name describes, as the clubhouse for all the short term rental tenants using the services of their sister company Oasis Collection, which offers mid to luxury properties at some to the main destination in South America. A place where all tenants can meet, socialize and network with other foreigners or most important locals.
Far from the exclusiveness and sophistication of some of the best Member’s Clubs around the globe, The Clubhouse opens the door to a redefined concept in Buenos Aires, that others have tried in the past and failed. The key to their success, is that they already have the international clientele staying at their short-term rental apartments, to whom they offer this service as a competitive advantage.

Very basic food service which includes flavors from all South and Central America – like Ceviche, Sliders, or Quesadillas – during most weekdays, and the star of a traditional “Asado” during the weekends. I spent a lovely lunch along with Parker, the founder of The Clubhouse, and Rachelle, Manager of Partnership and Sales for Oasis Collection. This project is not stoping in Buenos Aires, they are already looking for other destinations in South America, to extend the same concept, like Sao Paulo, Bogota and Punta del Este to just name a few.
Hot summer Sunday in Buenos Aires, and you don’t know where to go ? there are a few options in town without a doubt, but some of them are rather trashy and certainly not cool.  Sunday Pool parties at The Clubhouse, promise to be chic and fun, with a very mixed crowd. Gay or Straight, nobody cares. Expect a rotation of resident and guest DJs, refreshing weekly cocktail creations and food to keep you fueled.

There are several types of memberships, if you are not staying at one of their apartments. Day Membership (from Pesos 150 / USD 30). Month Membership (from Pesos 400 / USD 81). Year Membership (from Pesos 250 x month / USD 51 x month ). Now if you ask me, would I get myself a membership ? Well during cold seasons certainly NOT. During warm times, if I were visitng Buenos Aires, hmmmmm probably I would but just go for the Day Membership. Memberships are by appointments and screening interviews.
Same as many other Member’s Clubs they offer limited accommodation options. This is one of the points I was not sold at. I would not recommend anyone to stay there, unless they are either the Ultra Social or Party type. Second option would be, if you would take over the whole house, which you could if you happen to be traveling with 6 other friends. If I would have been them, I would have used that space to build a rocking fitness center/spa and on the top floor, a lovely restaurant overlooking the pool.
The points I found that I did not like were: (1) The garden, the grass and some of the common areas looked a bit tired. (2). I feel that it could become extremely overcrowded. (3). Service was very informal, which is fine, but when I was presented with the product as a private Member’s Club, I raised my standards I guess a bit too high and I was a bit deceived by the informality in the service. (4). They kept me waiting outside ringing the door bell for over 10 minutes, before someone let me in. (5). I order drinks which were on the menu and they didn’t have all the needed items available to prepare it, so the bartender kept trying to push on me a basic plain Caipirinha, when all I wanted was a refreshing Campari Spritz. But hey, as I always say, this is old spoiled me, so sometimes I can be a bit too harsh on my taste, choices and critics. They already have the seal of approval by the Wallpaper, Conde Nast Traveler, Black Book among many other international renown publications. So go, have your own experience and decide. More at www.theclubhouseba.com and Happy Summer whichever hemisphere you are.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Lapsang Souchong at tealosophy Buenos Aires

tealosophy Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  one of the many marks Thailand left on me was this love and appreciation for great teas, in fact this is my third month free of coffee and I must admit that I am feeling great. The other day during my breakfast at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, I tasted this amazing tea that not only impress by the taste, but by the smoked aroma and the dark brown color, and I could not get over it. To the point that I became quite known in the hotel, and everyone knew what to serve me before I even opened my mouth, yeah true Park Hyatt service. But going back to the tea, I began my search for this blend, I rather ever get so much interest on things, but this became an obsession. Now the problem was that I kept calling it Smoked Darjeeling, and I was dead wrong…. the true blend was Lapsang Souchong by tealosophy, a charming tea store with two locations in Buenos Aires, and also one in Barcelona, Spain. Lapsang Souchong,  is a black tea originally from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian, sometimes referred to as smoked tea. Lapsang is distinct from all other types of tea because lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavor. I have become addictive to it, and luckily enough seems that all luxury hotels in Buenos Aires have adopted it too, since you can find tealosophy at most properties nowadays. (special thanks to Jorgelina at Park Hyatt Buenos Aires for the present by tealosophy, you are beyond excellence in service) Lear more about tealosophy at www.tealosophy.com and choose your favorite one.  CM

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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.
PRIVATE TOUR
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

REGULAR TOUR

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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MOTT Restaurant

MOTT Restaurant ( Buenos Aires ) • A great gourmet option for any and every hour of the day ( Breakfast / Lunch / Tea / Dinner / Drinks ). Big portions, local products and dishes. My favorite the Beet stuffed Chicken Breast and Tomatoes filled with pumpkin pure. Multiple seating options depending on your meal choice, situation and companionship. A must DO when visiting the bohemian and trendy Design/Gourmet District of Palermo SOHO. Sunday afternoons are crowded with locals and foreigners, seating at the living room, tasting local wines, Mott drinks and sandwiches. CM
MOTT ( El Salvador 4685 – Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Tel: 4833-4306 ).

Isabel B. de Ferari Favorite BAR in Buenos Aires

Isaberl B. de Ferrari, known among its regulars as ISABEL is my new and favorite bar in the city of Buenos Aires. Door to door with the famous and trendy Casa Cruz Restaurant in the up and always coming neighborhood of Palermo SOHO. ( Uriarte 1664 )
A mix between decadent, exclusive, trendy and chic would define this bar, where I would risk to say has a 80% straight / 20% gay crowd, but where the general rule is don’t ask don’t tell…. and the key is to have fun and mingle. Anyhow the rumors are that Thursdays are ranking high on guys night out, if you know what I mean.
No cover fees. Great drinks with, to my preference , a bit of a complicated but original system, that will have you buying your Drink Tokens at the main entrance with the concierge of the bar. Average drink rates around USD 15.
Pre Dance for many, parking place for others…. nevertheless a great spot to begin your night with friends, open to interact with locals and internationals. If you, like me, try to avoid the late nights out, but still enjoy a drink with funky Disco Remix and cool crowd, then Isabel is a MUST SEE and DO of Buenos Aires’ night . CM

PALERMITANO Palermo SOHO, Buenos Aires

PALERMITANO  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  (inaugurated March 2010) brand new luxurious boutique hotel in the area of Palermo SOHO. An unique British concept/style at one of the trendiest and still most bohemian districts of Buenos Aires. The exquisite combination of exclusive Modern European design, natural lightning, colors, open spaces and amenities, blended with friendly staff and personalized service, comes together to make your stay an unforgettable experience of ultimate luxury and comfort.


Located in the heart of Palermo SOHO, the most emblematic and trendy neighborhood of Buenos Aires, four blocks fro Plaza Serrano, and eight blocks from the Botanic Gardens, the city Zoo, and Plaza Italia Metro station. Surrounded by stylish design and clothing stores, handcrafts, art galleries and eclectic bars and restaurants. Door to door to Casa Cruz Restaurant and Isabel Bar, two must see and experience venues of Buenos Aires.

Standard Room VideoSuperior Room Video • Hotel Palermitano features sixteen stylish, and unique guestrooms. Featuring upscale facilities, exclusively designed furniture and amenities for the more discerning travelers. Sixteen warm and inviting guestrooms: 02 Suites, 6 Superior Rooms and 8 Standard Rooms in 3 floors. (promotional opening fares from USD 100 to USD 215 plus Tax per night including breakfast and WiFi). Private balconies in 4 rooms, with telephone, free WiFi connection, LCD flat screens, minibar, work desk, air conditioning, heating, safe box, iPod dock, smoke detectors and Room Service. Slavonia oak floors, and luxurious Carrara marble bathrooms, with organic amenities.

 The Palermitano pool is located on the top floor and offer their guests the perfect place to relax and enjoy a truthfully cosmopolitan experience. In an environment that is at the same time relaxing and stimulating, the perfect balance between substance and spirit.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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