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5 New and Renewed Milan Hotels to Go on Your Radar Right Now

Where: Milan, Italy
May 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

The Excelsior Hotel Gallia,now reopened

To say Milan is having a moment right now would an understatement of leviathan proportions. And let’s thank boring trade show Expo for all the lovely hotels it’s showering us in.

We’ve covered plenty of 2015 openings as they happened (scroll through here), but there are still some to come, and a couple that have quietly unlocked those doors since we checked in a few weeks ago. Here are the ones to watch:

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We Now Have Room Renderings and Reservations for ME Milan Il Duca

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  Site Where: Piazza della Republica 13, Milan, Italy, 20124
March 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

We have seen the 360-degree view rooftop bar (ok, from the outside), we’ve seen the public spaces (that was back in October last year) and here we are today: renderings of the rooms inside ME Milan Il Duca, ready for you to book from May 22, in time for the Milan Expo (coincidence? We think not).

There are 98 rooms and 34 suites inside the hotel, dressed in “natural tones” and “based on the principals of yin and yang, as guests pass through a flow of gradual spaces”. Above an entry-level Aura Room, which has a mix of woods, browns, and greys; there is a sofa at the foot of the bed, creating a seating area with the chair next to the desk, and a freestanding minibar in the corner. We’d guess / hope / expect that those are large sliding panels that allow you to close off the hallway and bathroom.

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A First Look at the New Meliá Paris La Défense

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  Site Where: 4 Esplanade du General De Gaulle, Paris, France, 92081
March 16, 2015 at 7:37 PM | by | ()

Paris is in the throes of a hotel building boom with new smaller properties opening up as well as some pretty major overhauls going on. With all this activity, we’d hope to see some reasonable prices in there, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with only one or two exceptions.

The new Meliá Paris La Défense, open for only ten days, may just be the answer if you’re looking for a nicely designed hotel at a good rate. The catch, though, is that it’s not in the epicenter of Paris’s museum and historical area but, rather, in the heart of the city's business district. If you’re in the city for business this is, of course, rather perfect but if you’re a plucky pleasure traveler the metro is oh-so-close, meaning right across the street from the hotel.

The hotel is a biggie (in fact it’s the largest four-star to open in the French capital in ten years) with 369 rooms and suites spread out over 18 floors (on the 19th floor is the fitness center and Skyline Lounge). Designed in the shape of a sail by Vasconi Architects in partnership with French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, the brainchild behind the high-profile revamp of Paris’s iconic Molitor Swimming Pool, the hotel gives you a bird’s eye view over Paris.

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Cuba Will Celebrate Its New Year and New Start with a New Melia

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  Site Where: Jardines del Rey, Cayo Coco, Morón, Cuba, 69400
December 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | ()

Could there be better timing for your opening announcement? Just as Obama resumes relations with Cuba, Meliá announces the January opening of its 27th hotel on the island, the Meliá Jardines del Rey – a five star, all-inclusive on Cayo Coco.

The behemoth hotel (the largest on Cayo Coco) sits on Playa Flamenco, one of the newest stretches of beach to be colonized by hotels, and is built “in the style of a sugar plantation” with 1176 rooms dotted about 25 buildings, some of which overlook the Caribbean. A central building will house the main buffet and bar, but there will be a “boulevard” with nine themed restaurants, handicraft stalls, sports facilities and pools. At night, there will be six bars and your typical all-inclusive live music.

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Don't Try to Stay Dry at the DRY Bar in Madrid’s Gran Meliá Fénix

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  Site Where: Calle de Hermosilla, 2, Madrid, Spain, 28001
September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | ()

We just love a good play on words because while “staying dry” at Gran Meliá Fénix’s DRY Bar is possible, with an 84-page bar menu, it’s probably not the time or the place.

The bar, whose full name is the lengthy DRY Cosmopolitan Bar by Javier de las Muelas, has a tantalizing selection of bevvies that fall into categories such as DRY & Tonics, Exotiks, Sensory, and a full page of Beer Cocktails (remember we saw this as a trend during Cocktail Week?). But it’s really the Classics, as in martini classics, that the bar most wants you to try, because when you do, you join a select group.

Each person who orders the Extra Dry Martini (€13 or $17) officially becomes a—as in you get a certificate and everything—proud supporter of the “Javier de las Muelas Dry Foundation, created for the development of the cocktail world.” Your certificate states your martini order number, as does the martini counter above the Bar’s bar.

You’ll be drinking your lip-smacking, mouth-drying martini (gin is certainly the thing here with 60 varieties available) in a clubby, woody type of bar where you feel you can stay and sink into the furniture for a while.

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De-Mystifying The Latest Renderings of Zaha Hadid's ME Dubai

August 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

When we shared some early images of the upcoming ME Dubai back in March, it was hard to wrap our heads around the undulations and contortions that are a staple of Zaha Hadid Architects.

With this new batch of renderings, we continue to look (gasp) in amazement and wonder at the hotel’s visual evolution. If space is still the final frontier, then the ME by Melia, Dubai, opening in 2016, seems like a good prototype for a hotel in space--it is just that way out there. It's also gonna be expensive to build.

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An Inside Look at ME Madrid, Where Nightlife Reigns Supreme

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  Site Where: Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Spain, 28012
August 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

When we went down for dinner at ME Madrid Reina Victoria’s restaurant, Ana La Santa, at 9:45 p.m. while staying at the hotel, we were the only people in the restaurant. By the time we left at around 11 p.m., it was packed to the gills.

We headed up to the hotel’s super-swanky rooftop bar, The Roof: besides seeing one other forlorn-looking North American couple, it was empty. So we headed back down to the Ana La Santa Bar for cocktails and were surrounded by locals all just getting their after-dinner espressos as we reached the midnight hour.

By the time we hit the hay at around 1:30 a.m. the streets just outside the hotel were reaching a fever pitch. When we went back to the lobby at around 4:30 a.m. to check out, the loungey lobby was packed.

This is ME Madrid. (See the pics below!)

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Update on the Baha Mar Resort Wonderland: The Melia Nassau Beach is Nearly Ready

Where: Nassau, Bahamas
August 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

The multi-billion dollar resort wonderland that is Baha Mar in the Bahamas, is not scheduled to open until December but already there's so much to get excited about. We've shown you a sneak peek at the luxury Rosewood Resort and we've dished out the details on the forthcoming SLS Resort and now we've got some insight to the only upscale all-inclusive resort set to open at Baha Mar--The Meliá Nassau Beach.

Already, $19 million worth of renovations are underway on the former Sheraton resort. While the resort is actually open during the renovations, these should be complete by November and that's when the hotel will officially open as a Meliá.

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Funky Friday: Inside Munich Neue Messe is Not Kind to Lefties

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  Site Where: Humboldtstrasse, 12, Aschheim Dornach, Munich, 85609
July 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Eeny meeny miny moe, tell us where’s a lefty to go?

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Occasionally, an individual piece of furniture in a hotel grabs our attention, and these artful lounge chairs at INNSIDE Munich Neue Messe certainly did. Are they stylish, well-placed and inviting? Yes, yes and yes. But does "form follow function" in this design? Ah, that may depend on which side of the brain rules your world, and for this week’s Funky Friday we’re taking a light-hearted stand—er, seat rather—in support of the southpaw.

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The Bachelorette in Paradise, Specifically Paradisus Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

July 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | ()

Andi Dorfman, bad-ass lawyer turned America's newest "The Bachelorette", took the three potential loves of her life, on a tropical adventure to the Dominican Republic with the hope of getting to know her suitors more intimately (coughFantasySuitecough) and perhaps, receiving an on-bended-knee proposal, complete with a diamond ring (by Neil Lane, of course.)

Andi, Josh, Nick and Chris all shacked up at the luxury all-inclusive Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, a Meliá hotel right on the Punta Cana beach. The resort is stunning and gorgeous and seemingly everything you could want from a romantic getaway. There are close to 700 rooms and suites to choose from so whether you're on a lovers' getaway or a family vacation, you'll find a room to suit your needs. There are also nine restaurants and bars, a Yhi spa, and activities galore, for all age groups.

But the only activity we cared about in Monday's night "Bachelorette" episode was vying for the Final Rose.

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A Look at The Crazy Cool ME Hotel in Dubai From Zaha Hadid

March 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

There ain’t nothing like a dame – or a hotel that is designed by Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the most influential architects of our time. It should come as no surprise that the design-focused brand ME, by Melia Hotels has hired Zaha Hadid Architects as the sole design firm -- both interior and exterior -- for their new hotel, ME Dubai, set for a 2016 opening.

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Meliá to Open an Innside Hotel inside Manhattan's NoMad Nabe

March 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | ()

We weren't even aware of the Innside By Meliá hotel brand, but it's certainly on our radar now that Meliá Hotels have announced the Innside Manhattan, opening in the NoMad neighborhood in 2016. Here are the details:

The new Innside Manhattan will be located in a 20-story new-ground-up-construction building on West 27th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Just a few minutes from the Empire State building, and a short distance from Times Square, the hotel’s proximity to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden provide convenient transportation connectivity along with a privileged location. With 313 rooms, a three-meal restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, the new Innside will complement the flourishing development surrounding the NoMad area.

It's location on the fringe of the NoMad nabe also puts in within walking distance to other popular neighborhood hotels like The Eventi, The Ace and The NoMad.

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