Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY  |  New York, United States  |  Last night invited by my dear friend Michael Romei, Chef Concierge at the Waldorf Tower and General Secretary of UICH Les Clefs d’Or, along with our other friend Alejandro, we shared and enjoyed a lovely evening at one of the most iconic restaurants of New York, the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. VIP treatment right from the start, when we were informed that we were seating at the Waldorf Astoria’s General Managers table, and the excellent service, efficient and professional, but yet friendly and relaxed. We even had the joy to have Celso Moreira, Concierge and Manager on Duty, to stop by and have a little chat with us. There is so much history and myth in these two rooms, that makes the whole gourmet experience even more enjoyable and rich. Every week, when the three of us are in New York, we get together to try a new restaurant and share week with each other. Continue reading Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

Malbec & Tango with Les Clefs d’Or

Malbec & Tango with Les Clefs d'Or by www.carlosmeliablog.comMalbec & Tango with Les Clefs d’Or  | New York, United States | Another fabulous evening at Malbec House and Tango House. This time hosting the top New York Luxury Hotel Concierges by Les Clefs d’Or UICH. Produced by Carlos Melia. Attended by: Gramercy Park Hotel, Ritz Carlton Central Park South, Waldorf Towers, The Peninsula, Kitano Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, The Plaza New York, Four Seasons NewYork and St Regis. (photos by Raita Saiwan and David Moreno). Special Thanks to Michael Romei – General Secretary UICH Les Clefs d’Or International. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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GUERLAIN Spa at the Waldorf Towers

GUERLAIN Spa at the Waldorf Towers  |  New York, United States  |  Yesterday, getting ready for the gala dinner I was assisting, at the 24th GLAAD Media Awards, I decided to pamper myself getting a nice facial at the fabulous GUERLAIN Spa, located within the stunning and iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, although I must admit, spoiled me, ha ha ha, I always come by the more exclusive side, by the Waldorf Towers, on 50th Street. The experiences I would define it as customization, luxury, emotion, and sensuality.
The experience was beyond relaxing, quick and very chic. I was in a rush, running from work appointments to get ready to head to the gala dinner, so my therapist in a very professional way, took care of me in form and time. The room was well set, perfect temperature and ambiance. The bed was very comfortable and had its own heating system. All the products used were of course by Guerlain.
Guerlain Spa offers a wide array of therapies for men.  Take time for yourself to relax and invigorate.  Treatments include; Deep Tissue Massage, Waldorf “As You Wish” Massage, Ultimate Experience, Scalp Massage, Energizing Facial, Skin-Saver Facial, Nail Treatments and more. All Guerlain Spa Treatments are available to men.
Every pampering experience at the Guerlain Spais transformed into a unique and personal occasion, performed with expertise and exceptional virtuosity, setting a tone of instant tranquility and creating a journey of personal transformation. Their aestheticians begin each treatment with a systematic analysis and precise skin diagnosis to reveal your individual beauty and well-being profile. They gain understanding of your essential concerns to tailor a treatment according to your needs and your expectations. I went for a 50 minutes Energizing Facial. Give your skin a boost! Uncover a fresh complexion through deep cleansing. Exfoliation, massage and mask, coupled with a complimentary eye treatment, create a more radiant, smooth and luminous skin. (approx. USD 195 ). CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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The Waldorf Astoria Tour a reflection of American history

The Waldorf Astoria Tour a reflection of American history • ( New York City ) Now you may experience a different morning in New York City exploring, I would risk to say, the most iconic hotel in the world, home to the most relevant and notable international residents and events. Two times a week – Thursdays and Saturdays –  The Waldorf = Astoria, welcomes everyone visiting New York to travel through time, luxury and history, opening its doors to the public offering a fantastic comprehensive one hour full tour of the premises conducted by expert and passionate guides, ending with a buffet lunch at either one of their traditional restaurants Oscar’s or Peacock Alley. An experience not only appealing to visitors, but also to many New Yorkers interested on learning more about their beloved city.
I would like to specially thank Michael Romei – Chief Concierge at The Waldorf Towers for the invitation and attention during my visit, with whom I had the pleasure to share a fabulous lunch at the Oscar’s Restaurant, after the tour. What a better way to start the weekend exploring New York City, than learning about the history of one of its most relevant and iconic buildings and epicenter of the social-economic-political gatherings of all times.
The tour begins at the main lobby of The Waldorf = Astoria Hotel, right at the Clock Tower where you will be greeted by the expert tour guide Karen – a true character with her allegoric Santa’s Hat, particular and charismatic lady – eager to share all her knowledge, experiences and gossips about the hotel and its past – present visitors. Just a sneak peek of what you will see and learn during this tour, find it below:
The Clock, center of the the main lobby, was a present to the United States by the Queen Victoria of England. Was created
was for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Nine feet tall, the clock weighs two tons. Around the octagonal base of the clock made of marble imported from belgium, are likenesses of Cleveland, Harrison, Washington, Grant, Lincoln, Franklin, Jackson and Queen Victoria. Every quarter hour, the clock sounds the Westminster Chimes.
The Waldorf Astoria Clock was executed by the Goldsmith Company of London for exhibition at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. It was purchased by the Waldorf Astoria and was the focal point outside the Rose Room of the original hotel at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.

The Waldorf=Astoria An Art Deco Masterpiece. ( Art Deco = Art Decorative = Beauty to the eyes ). When Hilton Hotels & Resorts commissioned Kenneth Hurd & Associates to undertake the $150 million refurbishment of The Waldorf=Astoria in 1982, little did anyone realize the decision would lead to the discovery of a long-lost cache of treasure, as well as to a long-term relationship between the hotel and Hurd that would yield a master planned Art Deco restoration of the Waldorf. Still they were amazed to come upon breathtaking Art Deco masterpieces that had literally been kept under wraps for the better part of three decades. Underneath layers of carpeting in the Park Avenue Lobby, the restoration team uncovered a magnificent 148,000-piece mosaic depicting the Wheel of Life by the great French artist, Louis Rigal. It took Rigal over 8 years and a half  to complete this masterpiece.
The Waldorf Astoria houses 40 individually decorated meeting venues and ballrooms. 60,000 square feet of versatile function space accommodate gatherings ranging from small and private to the most grand and extraordinary. The Grand Ballroom is the only 2 tiered, four story ballroom with a full Broadway stage in New York. The Starlight Roof Ballroom located on the 19th floor features striking views of the City.

The Grand Ballroom is one of more 38 lavish private-event spaces in The Waldorf=Astoria. Another is The Starlight Roof, the legendary nightclub that was the city’s most glamorous in the 1930s and 1940s, is another – almost as famous as the hotel itself.
Radio programs broadcast from the unique 18th floor penthouse room, with its a retractable roof that afforded dancing under the stars, first brought the big band sounds of Count Basie and Glenn Miller into America’s homes. For years, New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians was a Starlight Roof tradition.
Today, The Starlight Roof not only continues to be one of New York’s premier venues for elegant evening events, but is also the setting for daytime business and social functions.
Today, The Starlight Roof not only continues to be one of New York’s premier venues for elegant evening events, but is also the setting for daytime business and social functions.

The lobby over Park Avenue – also known as the Ladies Floor – with it Austrian crystal chandelier that dominates the room. The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue.
The hotel is now branded as the Waldorf=Astoria, with a double hyphen, but originally a single hyphen was employed between “Waldorf” and “Astoria,” as recalled by a popular expression and song, “Meet Me at the Hyphen“.

Not accessible to everyone, only to some lucky and special guests, you may get the chance to visit the underground railway platform, part of Grand Central Terminal which links this to the hotel, used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, Adlai Stevenson, and Douglas MacArthur, among others. You will also see Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bullet-proof automobile there.
…” The difficult immediately, The impossible takes a few minutes longer…”
Although it’s been more than a century since William Waldorf Astor’s vision of the ideal hotel became reality, The Waldorf=Astoria, the flagship of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, remains true to its original goal. The winning formula is still a combination of unparalleled luxury and unstinting hospitality.
The tour finishes with a backstage visit of the renown kitchens of the Waldorf=Astoria, where you will get to taste the some of the creations by their pastry chefs.
After the tour, you will be invited to join and enjoy a buffet lunch at one of the restaurants of the hotel. Thursdays at Peacock Alley and Saturdays at Oscar’s. After all where in New York can you explore luxury a lunch for only USD 50 per person.
It is impossible for me to cover all the information that Karen shared with us during this tour. A great excuse and reason for you all to visit and have your own Waldorf=Astoria tour experience. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did and will come back to me with great comments and feedback.

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Famous firsts at The Waldorf=Astoria and The Waldorf Towers include:

> At its opening, The Waldorf=Astoria was the largest and tallest hotel in the world.

> The Waldorf was the first mainstream venue to book Frank Sinatra, thereby elevating him about the status of a short-term teenage rage and paving the wave for recording contracts.

> Ginger Rogers appeared in the first major film to feature a hotel, Weekend at the Waldorf.

> The first hotel to start the practice of having assistant managers in the lobby to greet and assist guests with all their needs.

> The first hotel to be included in the lyrics of a Broadway show. The lyrics from Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” include, “You’re a Waldorf Salad.”

> The first hotel to introduce 24-hour room service.

> The Waldorf Towers was the first hotel to suggest people live permanently in private suites.

> The first hotel to give prominence to the Art Deco style in America. Today, the exterior and interior design are acknowledged as masterpieces of this art genre.

> The Starlight Roof, a jewel of décor and dining, was the first supper club to have a retractable roof.

> The Waldorf Towers is the only hotel that is also an embassy; it is the official residence of the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

> The only hotel to be the residence of three first-star generals: Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and Omar Bradley. The five-star insignia is still displayed over the door of the “Eisenhower Suite.”

Daniel best restaurant in New York City

Daniel best restaurant New York City • (by Ched Daniel Boulud) Tonight was my friend Michael Romei’s birthday and he hosted a dinner at this incredible french style restaurant in the Upper East Side called DANIEL. Of course being Michael, the Chief Concierge of the Waldorf Towers we got to the best seating area and treatment. But that is not what made this evening special, aside from sharing a lovely time celebrating his birthday, the atmosphere, the service and the own Daniel Boulud made the difference. Difference that I would risk to say along with their superb cuisine, ranks DANIEL as the TOP and number one restaurant in New York City.
The Main Dining room and the The Bellecour Room is decorated in a very french style, featuring beautiful rounded modern chandeliers that dominate the view and break the formality of its kind. A central area with balconies facing the charming room. A place to see and be seen.
From left to right: Michael Romei, Chief Concierge of Waldorf Towers. Daniel Boulud, Chef and Owner of Daniel. Carlos Melia. Picture taken behind the scenes at the fabulous kitchen of the Daniel. Maybe I should say the front scene, since most of the customers were there or dying to get in there to see how all this incredible magic is put together.
Crispy Rice Dusted Kampachie. Eggplant Caponata, Paprika-Tahini Coulis. Aged Balsamic.
Cilantro Lime Macerated Papaya. Dacquoise, Meyer Lemon Confit, Guava Sorbet.
Happy Birthday Michael by Chef Daniel Boulud.

(*) Daniel Restaurant is part of a group of venues by Chef Daniel Boulud. Please learn more about them at www.danielnyc.com. Daniel is located at the Upper East Side, 60 East 65th Street. Tel. 212.933.5261. A little tip… this is a formal trendy restaurant with a MUST WEAR A JACKET policy. Do not worry if you do not have one, the will gladly lend you one, trust me I talk from experience. CM

Waldorf Astoria Historic Tour New York

Waldorf Astoria Historic Tour New York • For those visiting New York City and interested on learning a bit more about the architecture and story of the city, this is a MUST DO tour of one of the most iconic and traditional hotels of the city of New York, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria Tower.  (Picture above is from the Royal Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Tower, where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor  use to have their permanent residency.
The Waldorf Astoria,  one of the first ‘grand hotels’ to combine elegance with luxurious amenities and services, The Waldorf Astoria has been world renowned for over a century. The Waldorf Astoria and Waldorf Towers offer 1,413 luxurious guest rooms and select suites, all individually decorated and designed to ensure a memorable stay.
The tour is offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 11.30AM (takes 1 hour and a half). The cost is USD 50 x person including lunch at the Peacock Alley or Oscar’s American Brasserie after the tour. During the historic tour you will get to see the main Lobby of the Hotel, the famous clock that was built in commemoration of the visit of Queen Victoria (see picture above), the Grand Ballroom, the Starlight Room, the Peacock Alley, the backstage of the Waldorf’s Kitchen (which by the way is one of the largest facilities in the world of its kind), a Guest Room or Suite according to availability, among many other historic features that make this hotel unique. Meeting point is the famous clock at 11.30AM sharp. “…let’s meet at the clock…”
Bookings in advance are strongly recommended. For your convenience, the tours are limited to 15 guests. For information and reservation, please call (212) 872-1275. A great lunch option while you lear something new about old New York. CM

Les Clefs d’Or interview with Michael Romei

Les Clefs d’Or interview with Michael Romei. The best elite of concierges from around the globe gather in the city of Buenos Aires for their 4 days Pan American Congress. The most amazing opportunity to showcase the city of Buenos Aires.
Interview with Michael Romei, Chef Concierge of the Waldorf Towers New York City and Member of the Board of Les Clefs d’Or. Interview by Carlos Melia.