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While we showed you a quiet alternative in Cabo San Lucas earlier this week, today we're looking at a more lively hotel spot--The ME Cabo. This is where pool, beach and party all come together in a neat little package, ready for you to rip open with life-affirming gusto. But before you go buckwild, we have some important tips to share.
1) Bring your best bathing suit—This is no time to shrink down into your beautiful white Bali bed. The ME experience focuses on the senses and this includes sight, so show what ya got even if you think what ya got ain’t good. Here, attitude counts. With Bali beds for two to eight, sharing and showing a little skin is what it’s all about.
2) Wear your party hat—Nikki Beach Club, known worldwide as party central for house music revellers, can be found right at ME Cabo. We’re talking bikini dancing here, folks. There’s a DJ spinning tracks in an open-air booth while the Nikki Girls (that’s right) try to get the crowd moving to the beat of the electronic drum. Make sure to try the Nikki Mojito, the signature drink Bacardi approached Nikki Beach to create and is found at all Nikki Beach Clubs.
ME Cabo also knows how to throw a good party at Passion, their indoor/outdoor club and lounge. When the music dies down at Nikki Beach, Passion gleefully takes the baton. We were there during the annual Halloween party (if you can, we recommend you try to go during a celebration of some sort as well) and it was packed with both guests and locals. To best describe the vibe that night and the well-dressed or well-costumed patrons, imagine a big-city nightclub owned by Salvador Dali. (We’re digging what you’re thinking right now.)
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As the grand finale to cocktail week here's Part 2 of our round-up of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. Don't forget to let us know what’s going on in your section of the world!
Beer is the new wine: Before some of you get stressed out, we’re not saying that wine’s going away, but we have noticed that beer is getting more attention these days. Some hotel bars are making beer their “thing,” some are making their own and some are getting it made for them.
Most of us tend to only hang out at airport hotels when we’re going to and from a place, but the Four Points by Sheraton LAX has a 100-beer beererie called Brewster’s that includes an ever-changing tap list of craft and microbrews. They have an on-staff Director of Brewer Relations who ensures the beer list is fresh and filled with rare brews, monthly beer appreciation nights, beer pairings such as Smoked Stone Porter with smoked salmon, beer turndown service that includes a beer-stocked minibar, and a recently-launched Hoppily Ever After package that lets the happy couple-to-be create their very own custom, brewed-to-taste beer for their big day—isn’t that just so romantic?
It took a while but today, hotels have fully embraced social media--posting photos of their properties on Instagram, updating their events and promotions on Facebook, answering customer service issues on Twitter and even allowing reservations to be made right through their Facebook pages.
And we've seen hotels use social media to let guests engage with other guests like the The Pod Hotel in New York which we dubbed The Facebook Hotel back in 2008 for its social networking ways via their Pod Community forum.
But today, there's news about a hotel that is actively facilitating Twitter meet-ups in special Twitter-themed suites.
The Sol Wave House in Mallorca from Melia Hotels is billing itself as the first "Twitter Experience Hotel" (we wonder what Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams think about that.) The hotel boasts of a special Twitter-themed suite, known by its hashtag #partysuite. Here a bunch of friends can party down at the #TweetPoolParty, get 20 percent off drinks, lounge on VIP sunbeds and have the services of a dedicated Twitter concierge, who will answer to requests via Twitter hashtags. If you look at their Twitter stream, the tweets are littered with hashtags.
But it goes both ways. If you look at the @replies to @SolWaveHouse you will see guests tweeting for service requests using hashtags. This might be our new favorite hashtag:
Needless to say, you need a Twitter account to enjoy the fun.
Everything you've heard about the city of Athens being packed tighter than a New York City subway car is absolutely true. On a recent trip to the capital of Greece, we fell in love with the pace and pulse of the city (not to mention the gyros), but boy, talk about a maze. Navigating those Greek-named streets was by no means a walk in the park, and while the city is surrounded by mountains and dotted with hills, it can be tough to get a grip on where you are due to the limited sight lines and endless infrastructure.
But, like New York, the rooftops of hotels and restaurants give you a whole new perspective on the chaos below, turning those closed-in, clustered feelings to ones of awe and appreciation. One such opportunity is found at the Hotel Melia, located right downtown in the heart of the city and boasting a view of Athens' most infamous attraction, the Acropolis.
The view, as you'll notice, is indeed killer, especially at night when the Acropolis is lit up like a torch over the city. But beyond the aesthetics, the Sky Lounge Rooftop Dining Bar turned out to be one hell of a nest, a relaxing pool scene by day and a delicious dining area at night. When in town, you've got to have a few drinks during the sunset and watch the lights of the Acropolis turn on as the daylight dwindles down. Check out the photo gallery below!
According to TMZ, the story goes a little something like this. A German tabloid YAWN reports a maid from the Meliá Düsseldorf claims to have been fired for politely knocking on the room door and asking the pop-star for an autograph.
"Jenny From the Block" struck back against the news by taking to Twitter as pop-stars do defending her reputation and crying foul. "C'mon thought you knew me better than this.. Would never get anyone fired over an autograph. 1st I heard of this was on twitter. #hurtful". Yet, Lopez' camp confirms an 'incident' involving a maid. So here we go, another somebody done somebody wrong song.
It’s World Travel Market in London this week, and the soon to open ME by Mélia London used the occasion to host a preview of its Radio rooftop bar and terrace. We jumped at the chance to attend, having been tempted by ME with an experience that would “connect with each guest’s aura”.
Located on the corner of Aldwych and Strand, Radio certainly delivers when it comes to views: you get the full panorama over Somerset House (lit up in red above, with the skating rink being prepared for the winter) of the river Thames, down east to The Shard, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s, and the City, with the London Eye and Big Ben to the west. On the other side Covent Garden and the West End stretch out in front of you.
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As August has officially rolled into September, we’ve had to say goodbye to the summer that never really was in London (weather-wise that is) and turn our hope towards the early fall months to still be able to hotel rooftop at some of the city’s newest hotels.
One of the places on our list to hop into the express elevator for as soon as possible is Radio, the 10th floor rooftop bar, lounge & terrace at ME by Mélia London.
The last time we talked about the hotel, and as part of our London hotel openings to watch for this year, we were hoping for a September 1 opening. We still saw plenty of people with hard hats wandering around this past weekend, and the reservation system allows bookings from September 28.
What else is there to look forward to at ME by Melia London? Stay tuned to find out!
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If there's one thing we know goes well with a new hotel opening, it's a hotel opening delay. So is the story for ME by Meliá London, which, like many new hotels in London, was planning to open in time to welcome the crowds set to descend on the city for the Olympics. Crowds that could afford the expected £400 ($626) nightly rates, that is.
Walking by the hotel several times a week, the projected mid-July opening seemed aggressive to us, judging from the ongoing construction. Latest news confirms that reservations are now accepted from September 1.
London will be only the fifth ME by Meliá hotel in the world, the others being in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid) and Mexico (Cancún, Cabo). These "experience-based personality hotels in global capitals of culture & cool" belong to Spanish Meliá Hotels International group, so you'll hear Spanish first when you ring global reservations.
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As the Summer Olympics get closer, we expect a rush of hotels in London to open, like the ME by Melia London. The hotel initially was set to open on June 4 but today we navigated the dizzying ME website and found the hotel is instead opening on July 15 at nearly 400GBP a night.
That's for a deluxe room which includes a rain shower, music speakers, free WiFi, built-in adaptors for Europe and USA, an integrated digital media hub, mood lighting, a sitting area, an in-room spa menu and a bunch of other amenities, standard (mini-bar) and not (pillow menu.)
Rooms on the desirable Level (which are the 8th and 9th floors of the hotel) start around 552GBP a night and include balconies with seating areas and killer views of either Covent Garden or the Thames.
Regardless of what room they book all guests can partake in the
On Top Radio rooftop (named after the adjacent Marconi House and former home of the BBC) with seating for 140 people as well as the downstairs STK steakhouse.
Shockingly, we did still find rooms available for £455 a night on July 27, opening night for the Olympics. Sure, that might be close to a $1,000 USD but it's a new hotel on the opening night of the Olympics! Some one out there must want to splurge, no?
It's been a while since we checked in on the construction of some of London's newest hotels set to open just before the Summer Olympics but thanks to a London tipster we've got some recent construction shots of the ME by Melia Hotel opening sometime in 2012.
We first heard about this hotel back in October which will have 173 rooms over 10 floors, two restaurants and bars, along with a lounge promising "astonishing urban views". However, our tipster noticed some signs about apartments being above the hotel so it could possibly be a mixed-used residential project.
Our tipster also says there was a "pretty massive" fire in part of the construction back in June which delayed things for a while but judging from these pics, it looks like things might be back on track.