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
GPS Carlos Melia exciting Wednesday ahead in Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | I am so excited about my day tomorrow here in Buenos Aires – Wednesday 2nd May. First, will be checking IN for two nights at the new Boutique Hotel Mio Buenos Aires. And in the evening Opera at the fabulous Teatro Colon to see “La forza del destine” by Giuseppe Verdi. Cannot wait. !!! Good Night everyone and stay tuned. (photo above: Morning postcard of my view of the Palermo Parks). CM
Tarquino Nouvelle Argentinean Cuisine | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Tarquino was the original name of the first Shorthorn bull (1826) to enter Argentina, to increase the quality of a national herds. From there the name of this brand new, modern yet traditional, Argentinean restaurant, with sophisticated homemade touches.
Cemetery of Recoelta and EVITA in Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | This are the things I do with my iPhone when I am bored in Buenos Aires. Hope you enjoy my video of the Cemetery of Recoleta and EVITA Peron. One of the true landmarks of the city, and one of the iconic notable figures of the history of Argentina, hated by many and loved by others. Cemetery of Recoleta, literally a ghost town with lots of dead ends. CM
Hub Porteño homemade luxury made in Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | A few things these days get my full interest and attention. I can be a bit jaded when it comes to hotels and travel services, specially when the word Boutique Hotel, or Experience is involved. But every so often, thanks to my network of colleagues around the world, I get to find this hidden gems that remind me why I love this métier. There is nothing that I like most, than to see a hotel being conceived, and be invited to give my comments and suggestions based on my long proven experience.
SERENA Hotel Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | SERENA Hotel Punta del Este, has been for long time my favorite option at that destination, and over a year ago, they expanded with their second property to Buenos Aires nesting the Argentinean branch in the exclusive area of Recoleta over Libertad Street. I spent there the last 2 nights and here are a few comments based on my own experience. But one thing I would like to highlight right from the beginning is the excellent job they have done with the Spa/Sauna area on the ground floor, where space was planed, executed and used brilliantly, see photo below.
MIO Hotel Buenos Aires brand new Boutique option | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Today I went for a site inspection at the recently opened MIO Hotel Buenos Aires. I was hosted in all style by GM Amalia Gonzalez, former Alvear Palace Hotel. The hotel by the trademark of Catena family, yes the same of Catena Zapata wines, combines boutique luxury, elegance and original design, with customized care. Walk through the stunning six meter-high door made of French oak from wine barrels, on the distinguished Quintana Avenue, at the heart of distinct Recoleta. I would have loved to stay overnight, but unfortunately the year has so many night, but I will on my next visit to Buenos Aires for sure, but below is the full comments on my site.
Chez Nous Restaurant at Algodon Mansion | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Located in the main lobby area of the Algodon Mansion small luxury hotel in the neighborhood of Recoleta, you ask yourself in all fairness, is this a hotel with restaurant or a restaurant with a hotel. Tuesday night and Chez Nous explodes, on it own very classy and French/Argentinean charm. Executive Chef Antonio Soria and all his staff of professional ladies make it look professional and formal, but feel cozy, welcoming and interactive, sharing all their knowledge and comments to allow you a great gastronomic experience, where their goal is to foment a culinary revolution in Argentina.
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 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) CM
Algodon Masion small luxury Buenos Aires Check IN | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Just checked in at Algodon Mansion, landmark 1912 building fashioned in French Classical design, at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta. This is my second time at the hotel, the first was over two years ago when they were just opening, and I am happy to see that they are very well settled and entrenched as small luxury boutique option in the city.