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carlosmelia

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New York, New York

Travel Expert, Luxury Travel Blogger and Curator, Niche Marketing Consultant, Jetsetter, and Bon Vivant. All my reviews and tips worldwide based on my own travel experiences as an OUT Gay Traveler can be read and followed at CarlosMeliaBlog.com

Member Since: August 6, 2009 | Originally From: Argentina | Relationship Status: In a relationship
Body Type: Average Build | Ethnicity: Latino/Hispanic | Friends Call Me a: Theater Queen, Shopaholic, Gym Bunny, Foodie, Coffee Addict | I'm looking for: Whatever, Networking, Travel buddy, Friends

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  • Public Places in New York
    Grand Central Terminal Behind the Scenes and Secrets
    If there is something that always intrigues and interests me about iconic landmarks and destinations, is to dig deep into their apparent facade and learn about the myths and legends behind them. You saw my recent post on Buenos Aires, from my visit last week, and now New York. Invited to join this exclusive group of luxury concierges of Manhattan, by my friend Michael Romei, I took part of this exclusive behind the scenes 3hs tours of Grand Central Terminal and Beyond. The tour was conducted to detail and perfection, by Docent-in-Chief Daniel Brucker, who not only is an erudite in the subject, but also is known and referred as “The Keeper of Grand Central’s Secrets”. Grand Central Terminal is “the world’s number six most visited tourist attraction”, bringing in approximately 21,600,000 visitors annually. The first tip to learn about Grand Central, is that it is a “Terminal” and not a Station. Grand Central is the point the end and the beginning of the rail line into and out of New York City. Our tour guide, made strong emphasis on this, and demanded respect alluding Grand Central Terminal, is the biggest train terminal in the world. From there on, we immersed into a behind the scenes and secrets tour, which took over 3 hours. I must say it felt like just one. We started with a brief introduction. while seating at the stunning and breathtaking Vanderbilt Hall. This room is very important, and you will be able to read the plaque placed there. The Grand Central was the first building in the United States to be saved under the Landmark Act by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In 1975, when Grand Central was threatened with demolition, Jacqueline Onassis lent her support to the preservation cause. More at www.carlosmeliablog.com
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  • Hotels in Las Vegas
    The Venetian Resort & Casino
    Last week during my stay in Las Vegas for the YLC 2013 Conference and the LTX 2013 Convention, I was hosted at The Venetian Resort & Casino. Reviewing and experiencing hotels in Las Vegas, is always a daunting task, due to the size and number of outlets, attractions and restaurants within each property. So I decided to keep it simple and to just comment on what I’ve got to experience and see. Since I was busy with the convention and conference, I was not able to enjoy much of the resort, featuring signature Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Venetian Pool Deck (which I tried but it was way too overcrowded for my taste), and the TAO Beach. Let’s say that all I got to experience, was my suite on The Venetian Tower, a few of their restaurants, their featured show Rock of Ages and some strolls along the streets of Venice (which by the way were dry!!!). I was hosted at a Suite at The Venetian Tower. 36-story four-stats resort, The Venetian features all suites accommodation, I would say being the biggest entry level suites in The Strip. I was very happy with my suite, although of course, me being me, I would have preferred to stay at their Palazzo Tower. I was hosted (video above) at a Luxury King Suite - 650 square feet - Roman tub, plush king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets to the sunken living area complete with HD TVs and plush furnishings. My concerns with this suite were: Lightning concept: I could not see anything. Low lights, I assume to save energy. Color Palette: too rustic, sad and outdated to my own taste. You can pretend to be in a Tuscan Villa, but even those have been refurbished. Bathroom amenities were a total disappointment for such an all-suite property. Unfortunately I was never able to see the suites at The Palazzo Tower, but I heard great things about them. TIP. !!! If you go Palazzo, the way to go is PRESTIGE. You will thank me. As for my gourmet experiences within The Venetian Resort, I must highlight three of them. Pinot Brasserie, located on the Restaurant Row. Classic French bistro fare with a West Coast accent, by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. Intimate setting, exquisite cuisine. More @ CarlosMeliaBlog.com

    Sep 17, 2013 at 5:17pm ·

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  • Hotels in New York
    Hôtel Americano NYC
    Last week, I had an express 24hrs stay at the Hôtel Americano in New York City, member of the Grupo Habita and Design Hotels, as part of my Stay & Dine OUT New York for locals, a different way to experience your own city. Located in the heart of the Chelsea between the High Line and the Hudson River. Quaint small hotel, very happening, on a rather quiet street, only two blocks from the Hudson River Park over 27th Street, between 10th and 11th. Hôtel Americano takes design by simple choices, infused with a modern mix between nordic-japanes approach. Urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting, natural materials, some with fireplaces, and although small bathrooms, some featuring soaking tubs. We were hosted at a STUDIO KING Room (video below). My comments on the room are… I quite like the concept, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of external views, having an entire wall in-front of us which could have been a full window. The bathroom was very small, and I quite did not find an use, other than decorative purposes, for such a fireplace. I loved the ryokan style of the bed, but I would personally have updated the phone sets, to match and blend with the concept. The experience on the Food & Spirits outlets was not the best to be fully honest, but I will be fair, the setting is quite interesting, although too happening and overcrowded to my personal taste. I would personally prefer more quality and less quantity. We were invited to try The Grill at La Piscine, a year round grill on the rooftop of the hotel, but in the end after a long wait and a rather rude host, we decided to move on to another option within the neighborhood. This was an isolated incident, and I must say that I have been re-invited to join them for dinner next week, so I might have more to share on this after my second, hopefully more welcoming, experience. I must mention that the hotel also features a second restaurant on the ground floor, which is very popular among locals for brunch. French fare with a Latin flair. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo, presides over West Chelsea’s dining room with outdoor patio. Some of the featured amenities for those staying at the hotel are: Soft washed denim bathrobe by Loden Dager. Aesop bathroom products. iPad customized with in-room controls and guest directory. Guest bicycles. I would recommend this hotel for young travelers, who are not on the budget, and are looking to explore Manhattan with a hip sexy happening approach. CarlosMeliaBlog.com
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    Sep 5, 2013 at 1:19am ·

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  • Gyms in New York
    "Whoa. It's been a long time since my trainer made want to puke as I was about to pass out!! Feels great."

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:20pm via facebook ·

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  • Places in New York
    "Back to New Orleans I go...."

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:31am via facebook ·

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  • Culture in New York
    "UN BALLO IN MASCHERA"

    Dec 5, 2012 at 12:24am via facebook ·

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  • Places in Los Angeles
    "After two great days in LA off to San Diego to do anothet Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus San Diego"

    Nov 29, 2012 at 3:19am via facebook ·

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  • Places in New York
    "Heading to Houston for my show tomorrow night at Houston Fashion Week followed by a Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus on Thursday!!!!"

    Nov 13, 2012 at 9:29pm via facebook ·

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  • Places in Paris
    "Je suis arrivez a la France. Feels soooo good.!!!"

    Sep 21, 2012 at 5:06am via facebook ·

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