My week curating new and classic hotels of Miami Beach

The Betsy Hotel Miami BeachMy week curating new and classic hotels of Miami Beach  |  Miami, United States  | Following my recent post, on my list of curated Restaurants in Miami Beach, based on my recent visit, I bring to you my experience curating new and classic hotels of Miami Beach. I spent a week in Miami, experiencing at first hand the a select group of hotels in various locations of Miami Beach and beyond. See below my comments, videos and photos. Follow my Instagram Miami Photo Gallery. Continue reading My week curating new and classic hotels of Miami Beach

SOHO House Los Angeles

SOHO House Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, United States  |  The other afternoon, invited by the FABULOUS Tony Awards nominated and lead actress playing Judy Garland at The End of the Rainbow Tracie Bennette, we came to the SOHO House Los Angeles, to have some drinks enjoying the stunning views of the city. Later we had the pleasure to have the gorgeous Denise Vasi joining us.
If you are looking for a true happening and exclusive spot in Los Angeles, then SOHO House is the place to be seen and see. Opened in spring 2010, Soho House West Hollywood is the second American House and occupies the top two floors of the 14-storey, 9200 Sunset Boulevard. The bar in the Sky Penthouse offers views over LA.
With 180 degree views over Los Angeles, the 30 ft long Club Bar is an ideal spot to relax and unwind. Reclaimed parquet floors, vintage furniture and booths set the scene. Our choice, great cocktails, and of course I have to had my classic Filthy Vodka Martini up with three huge olives.

The terrace garden dining area is lined with olive trees and covered by a retractable roof. There is also a comfortable sitting room and a private dining and bar area for members’ events and screenings. Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. The Group has since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels. 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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End of the Rainbow on Broadway

20120726-094425.jpg End of the Rainbow on Broadway | New York, United States | End of The Rainbow with Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland is the new absolute Broadway hit. It is like seeing Judy Garland be on stage once again, reliving her last year and fall down previous death while in London at the the Ritz Hotel. Tracie Bennett, is spectacular, her interpretation is beyond expected, her voice and energy. A must see and be included show, into your itinerary when visiting New York City. Her fears, her hunting past, her turbulent love affaires, and her fall down over drugs and alcohol, feeling there was nothing left to give to her public. After the show, we joined Tracie at the SOHO House for dinner, and I asked her, “…do you think that the adrenaline of being on stage ever was more than the effect of drugs and alcohol to Judy Garland.?..” and she replied “…darling unfortunatelly not, and that took her to a tragic end…” MUST SEE IT.!!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House in New York City

Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House New York  |  New York, United States  |  The soon to be opened luxury Vineyard and Wine Hotel Casa de Uco, in Mendoza, Argentina did its preview in New York City yesterday at the exclusive SOHO House. The event was organized by MJL Select a Hotel PR firm, that represents most luxurious properties in the world, with whom I have been working for the last few years. Casa de Uco, a private and silent way of transcendence, in touch with the magnificence of nature and the fascinating culture of wine. Continue reading Casa de Uco preview at SOHO House in New York City