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The current Melia offering for London: the White House Hotel in Regent’s park
ME is the lux arm of the Sol Melia brand (there are other hotels in Spain and Mexico with one another planned for Vienna) and to make sure the London branch is glam enough, they’ve recruited Sir Norman Foster to design the hotel, and are dropping €180 million on the project.
What’s more, it’s going to be a green one - it will have “Biosphere Hotel” certification when it opens in 2012.
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The word is out: the hotel formerly known as the Renaissance Atlanta Downtown Hotel will officially become the Hotel Meliá Atlanta on October 15.
When we first heard the news that Sol Meliá was coming to America, we still weren't sure which of the company's brands would be taking over in Atlanta. But we were happy to hear it's a Meliá, since it has a good track record in Europe (especially in Spain) and in Mexico and South America.
We can't wait to see how the vacation-oriented experience of these hotels translates into a business hub like Atlanta.
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The Spaniards are coming to the U.S., first stop: ATL. Travelers in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean may recognize the Sol Meliá flag, and soon Americans will get to know it as well, with news that the company will take over management of the Renaissance Atlanta Downtown Hotel.
Marriott had already announced that it would drop the Renaissance branding from the property on September 30, but on Friday, media including the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Sol Meliá would make its U.S. debut with the property.
Time to move your fingers muy, muy rápido to take advantage of a caliente four-day sale by the Sol Meliá chain of hotels. (Okay, officially ending choppy use of Español). We were recently alerted to the fact that, from now through September 14th, Sol Meliá will be offering reduced rates on 130 of their Tryp, Meliá, Innside, Gran Meliá, and Sol hotels throughout Europe.
While we always welcome a good deal, when we visited the website to check out exactly what was on sale, we were inundated by a flood of different discounts, none of which seemed specifically oriented with the four-day sale. Sleuthing under "Special Offers" unearthed rooms at the Meliá in Barcelona starting at 150 Euros per night for check-in on an early weekend in October, Meliá Berlin starting at 57 Euros per night, and Tryp François in Paris for 149 Euros per night.
ME Cancún, a Sol Mélia resort, is full of pretty things: pretty people, pretty views, and pretty nice furniture, but is it worth the trip?
The resort is full of pretty things: pretty people, pretty views, and pretty nice furniture. It's not hard to understand why the majority of TripAdvisor reviewers love the property and why the oceanfront hotel was recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2008.
Room service is prompt, the pool offers separate areas for adults and kids (the hotel caters to adults, but occasionally those adults bring children), and the front desk staff is friendly, helpful, and good looking, if not a little slow in checking guests in and out.
Even so, a stay at ME leaves you feeling ambivalent. Surely the décor is trendy and modern and the infinity pool is a nice touch, but a stroll down the beach reveals that aesthetically, ME isn't all that different from neighboring properties. (Perhaps the only distinguishable feature--and one not in ME's favor--is that all of ME's rooms except suites lack balconies.)
Giving new meaning to the notion that beauty is only skin deep, ME doesn't give any indication it provides guests a better experience than any other hotel lining the northern beaches of Cancún. So while you're guaranteed a nice stay at ME (at around $350 per night), experienced Mexico vacationers might want to book a resort with more personality.