Stay in London: ME London

 

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ME London, a member of the Melia hotel group, is a five-star hotel located in the heart of Covent Garden, a renowned destination for shopping, food, and theatre entertainment. Stylishly designed by world famous architects Fosters and Partners, ME London is undoubtedly my new favorite hotel in the centre of London.

 

 

 

 

 

As I stepped inside the hotel, I was instantly captivated by the elegant atmosphere. The chic interior design, contemporary music, and a delightful glass of welcome champagne at the Atrium (Reception) were just a few amongst many reasons why I began telling myself: “this is my first visit but it sure won’t be my last.”

 

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Checking into my Chic Suite, I was not disappointed. With the floor-to-ceiling windows boasting a city view, customizable LED lighting, and marble bathrooms, my suite was, very chic, to say the least. I was also amazed at how quiet the room was, despite being in the hub of bustling London. Thanks to the whisper-quiet soundproofing, I was able to get a good night sleep, uninterrupted by the busy streets of theatre-land.

 

 

 

 

 

Believe it or not, I have never felt more at home at any other hotels than I did here at ME London. Perhaps it was the cozy blanket, perfect temperature, warmest hospitality, or all the above, but I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

 

 

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ME London is also home to the award-winning (and rightfully so) Radio Rooftop Bar. Featuring a panoramic view of London skyline, the venue is the perfect place to be either for a date night, drinks with your girlfriends, or just a cozy get-together.

 

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During the winter months, Radio Rooftop Bar is offering an ultimate alpine experience with their #AprèsWithaView where 3 luxurious cable cars stunningly furnished with luxury candles and faux fur throws transport guests to the sloped without having to leave London. Read more about it HERE.

 

 

 

 

As if I needed another reason to fall more in love with this hotel, I was happy to see STK Steakhouse, which is one of my very favorite steakhouses in New York City, here at ME London. I did not get a chance to dine here this time, however, from the glimpse of the sleek space, it seemed to be the trendy spot to see or be seen where a vibrant dining and a memorable night is guaranteed..

 

 

 

Leaving ME London was probably the hardest part of this trip, as I wish I could stay forever.. Thank you everyone at ME London for the truly unforgettable experience.. Until next time!

 

 

ME London
336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA London
www.melondonhotel.com
@melondonhotel

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay in Florence: Hotel Regency

 

 

 

During my birthday trip to the Italian Coast last month, which included Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast, I just had to squeeze in a day for Florence, as I couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful memories and the beautiful sunset I witnessed 10 years ago on my first visit.

For my one day trip, I chose to stay at Hotel Regency, a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels‘ brand. The hotel is only a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city center — which I personally prefer, as it gives me the opportunity to enjoy the serenity, and fully experience the city just like the locals do.

 

 

 

 

After arriving very late in the evening, I woke up bright and early to start my day with some yummy breakfast. Although I missed eggs (hard to find in Italian breakfast scenes), I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast the Italian way, with a cup of delicious cappuccino, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally a Florentine villa, Hotel Regency had so much history in each and every corner. Elegant and sophisticated, the space was designed in a classic Florentine style to recreate the atmosphere of the Regency period.

 

 

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Although my stay at Hotel Regency was a short one, I had such a pleasant time exploring the gorgeous space with all the attention to details, including hand-painted windows, Renaissance paintings, and carefully selected furniture pieces that provided an aura of a timeless Florentine villa.

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Regency Firenze
Piazza Massimo D’Azeglio, 3, 50121 Firenze, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

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Afternoon Tea @ the Dalloway Terrace, London

 

No trip to London is ever complete without an afternoon tea, because there’s no experience more classically British than a proper cuppa, and this trip was no exception.

Mesmerized by the coziest atmosphere, we headed to the Dalloway Terrace, set in the ever so charming Bloomsbury Hotel in Fitzrovia, just a few minutes away from Oxford Street and Soho..

 

 

 

 

We decided on the “Candice Brown Afternoon Tea” which is their exclusive afternoon tea menu in collaboration with Candice Brown, the winner of the Great British Bakeoff 2016.

The tea set, as usual, came with various sweets, buttery scones, sandwiches, and a choice of sparkling wine/champagne, but with the culinary touches of Candice Brown herself.

Some unique offerings of this menu include: Peanut Butter & Jelly Profiteroles alongside Lemon, Half Hitch Gin & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake, Feta & Courgette Scone with Thyme Clotted Cream, and Meringue Kisses filled with Cream, Chocolate & Curd.

 

 

 

 

 

More good news: The Dalloway Terrace is also open for all-day dining including brunch, drinks and juices, and more. With the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, this charming spot makes a perfect destination for any occasion, whether it be an afternoon tea experience, weekend brunch with your girlfriends, date night with your beloved, or a festive holiday gathering..

 

 

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Dalloway Terrace @ The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
@dallowayterrace

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Got For My Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Trip to Italy

 

 

I initially planned to go back to New York, but I cancelled my flight very last minute and spontaneously booked a trip to Italy. It had been over 10 years since my last visit to Italy, and I am not sure why it had been that long – I guess I have been just a bit too obsessed with Paris all this time (which I still am of course). Since I have done all the touristy rounds to Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples, Capri..  I wanted to tick off two very special places that have been on top on my travel bucket list: Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast. Let’s just say, it was the most amazing 10 days of my life and I cannot wait to return very very soon.

 

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Chanel Boy Bag

 

 

This dream bag of mine was an early birthday gift from my mum and I have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since. Read my review of this Boy here.

 

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Gucci Marmont Bag

 

 

When your birthday falls on a National Handbag Day... it would only be right to celebrate by getting another handbag, amirite?! While on my birthday trip to Italy, I spoiled myself by indulging in this heavenly velvet Gucci Marmont bag. You can read my review here.

 

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Hermes Heure H

 

 

I decided it was about time for me to invest in a classic timepiece. While all of my watch connoisseur friends recommended Cartier, I couldn’t find anything I wanted. I needed an everyday leather watch, something not too flashy. The Cartier Tank Solo was my best bet, but I just wasn’t too sure about it on my wrist. I know Hermès cannot compete with Cartier when it comes to watches, as the latter has a longer history as a watch manufacturer, but I knew I had to go for the one I felt good in.

I was initially looking at the Cape Cod, as the Heure H is quite over-saturated in my opinion, and too “Hermès” with the H face. However, after several try-on’s, the face of the Cape Cod was too big and the straps were too long on my wrist that it would stick out at the end. The SA recommended this Heure H TPM (tres petite model, the smallest), and I thought to myself: this is it. Although I never thought I would purchase the Heure H, I really liked how it wasn’t too “in your face” thanks to the small size of the watch, and overall how good it felt wrapped around my wrist.

Although I am more of a gold person, I decided to go with the silver hardware because the silver was much more muted, and since my everyday jewelry is gold, I thought the silver was a nice addition to my wrist that provided a good balance. I have also been quite obsessed with the taupe color lately, and Hermès Etoupe was the perfect shade of taupe. With the interchangeable straps, I am very much looking forward to switching them up in different colors.

 

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Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots

 

 

The 50/50 boots have been a fall/winter staple of mine, so I decided to invest in another pair of OTK boots. SW’s price points are definitely far from affordable, but given the frequency of wear and versatility, I highly believe they are worth the investment. I did, however, purchase both pairs for 40% off (first pair with a VIP promo code on SW website, this pair on sale!) The Highlands were actually not on my radar because of its relatively high heels, but the sale was just too good to pass up, and I absolutely adore this Topo Suede color, which is even more gorgeous in person. These boots are a must-have and will undoubtedly be my go-to this season!

 

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Santa Maria Novella

 

 

This is not so much a birthday gift, but a souvenir I got in Florence, Italy.
I first discovered the brand Santa Maria Novella, 10 years ago during my first trip to Italy, and purchased this exact Crema Idralia, and all I can remember is that it made my skin feel like butter. 10 years later, my one day pit stop in Florence was the perfect opportunity to stock up on the magical Crema Idralia, along with some other products to gift to friends and families.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay in London: One Aldwych

 

 

 

London is my home away from home, and also home to many incredible hotels. Amongst them is a 5-star hotel One Aldwych, centrally located in the heart of London in Covent Garden, where I had the pleasure of staying for a weekend getaway.

 

 

 

 

From the moment I stepped foot inside the property, an Edwardian building now protected by English Heritage, I was welcomed by the beautiful interior designed by Mary Fox Linton, lots and lots of pretty flower arrangements made by an in-house florist, and contemporary artworks in which there are over 400 of in and around the hotel.

 

 

 

 

I checked into my Studio Suite, a lovely circular suite with birds-eye views overlooking the Waterloo Bridge. I thoroughly enjoyed watching over the lively city, and waking up to gorgeous views every morning. The hotel of course has various types of rooms from deluxe and executive rooms to dome/terrace suites (learn more here).

 

 

 

 

Being located in the vibrant theatre district, The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych is a popular spot for pre or post-theatre drinks. With the atmosphere, beautiful live music, and so many fun-themed cocktail drinks on the menu, the Lobby Bar was a perfect choice for our night.

 

 

 

 

We also checked out Eneko, a modern Spanish restaurant with fresh and creative Basque dishes by chef Eneko Atxa. As recommended by our waiter, we ordered the Bay Scallops (which is a work of art in its own, as you can see below), but my favorite was the “Txipirones en su Tinta” which is a Basque style squid in ink sauce. For dessert, we ordered the “Torrija”, a Basque style vanilla sponge cake with caramel crumble ice cream. I must have looked quite passionate about this ice cream, because they were kind enough to give me another scoop.

 

 

 

 

 

To top off my stay, I enjoyed a much-needed relaxing massage session at the Health Club, where they offer a range of luxurious spa treatments including facials, and body treatments. A swimming pool and a 24-hour gym for hotel guests are also available in the Health Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, what I liked most about the hotel was definitely the impeccable service I was lucky enough to receive. It wasn’t so difficult to feel right at home here at One Aldwych, as I was welcomed and greeted every time with a smile, and by my name. Needless to say, the staffs here are very switched-on and genuinely attentive in meeting guests’ needs, which I very much appreciated.

 

 

 

I really couldn’t have asked for a better stay and I would like to take this moment to thank all the staff members at One Aldwych for the lovely experience.

 

 

1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, UK
www.onealdwych.com
instagram @onealdwychhotel

 

 

 

 

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Stay in Paris: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

 

 

Palais Royal is one of my very favorite places in Paris, and one that I always seem to find myself re-visiting, whether for a moment of calm, leisurely stroll, or simply just to admire Daniel Buren’s stunning work of art in the courtyard.

 

 

 

 

Nestled up against Palais Royal is the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, with beautiful heritage architecture and building façade, where I stumbled upon a few years ago, and have been dreaming about it ever since. During my recent trip to Paris, I was so happy to finally get a chance to stay at the lovely hotel, and I would like to tell you more about it and my pleasant experience.

 

 

 

 

Housed in an 18th century building listed as a historical monument,
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is in the perfect location, just a walking distance away from all the city’s landmarks including the Louvre, Opéra, Centre Pompidou and the SaintHonoré shopping district.

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We checked into our Suite Palais-Royal, a two-story Suite featuring a king sized bed, living area, bright marble bathroom, and a balcony with views of the incredible Parisian landmarks… Eiffel on the left, Montmartre on the right. What more can you ask for?

 

 

 

For all you marble lovers out there… Myself included

 

 

 

 

It’s not everyday you get to look out your window and witness the Iron Lady in all her glory…

 

 

 

 

 

From the oh-so-Parisian bread basket, fresh fruit juices, to fluffy egg dishes, our in-room breakfast was nothing short of amazing.

 

 

 

What better way to kick start your day than on your private balcony overlooking the gorgeous city?

 

 

 

 

 

In and around the Lulli restaurant and the lobby area, the ages come together naturally, with pieces commissioned from the Louvre and carefully thought-out details by the legendary architect Pierre Yves Rochon.

 

 

 

and my favorite part? This giant trunk located at the foot of the majestic staircase, which happens to be an actual luggage room.

 

 

 

 

 

The fitness room, the Hammam (Turkish steam room), and Tearoom are available downstairs of the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having the Palais Royal all to myself in the early mornings was one of the perks of staying just a few steps away from it, right at the lovely Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

 

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Merci beaucoup to the amazing, attentive, and welcoming staff at Grand Hotel du Palais Royal for the most magical experience anyone could ever dream of.

I will be back!

 

 

 

4 Rue du Valois, Paris, France, 75001
www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com
Instagram @grandhoteldupalaisroyal

 

10 Favorite Spots in London

 

Despite my username being NYCTOPARIS, I have a very special place in my heart for the city of London. In fact, I visited London years before I ever visited Paris, and spent summers in the English countryside as a teenager, so naturally, London feels a lot like home to me (just as much as Paris does). Over these years of frequent visits, I have thoroughly enjoyed trying different cafes and restaurants around the city, and here I will share with you my top 10 spots I always rely on:

 

 

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For the best flat white: Monmouth

Monmouth is one of my very favorite cafes in London, and it’s not hard to see why, once you take a sip of their flat white. They also have a great selection of pastries (almond croissant being my favorite). Take your coffee to go, or for here where you will be seated facing strangers, whom you can have small talks with and befriend. I found the seating structure quite odd at first, still do, but I now think it’s charming, as it gives you the chance to talk to people in a genuine, and organic way.

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For the best Indian food: Dishoom

There has never been a time where I have not visited Dishoom during my trip to London. My usual is their Chicken Ruby, Cheese naan, and house chai, but I assume everything on their menu is good. Even if you are not a big Indian cuisine lover (I am not either), do me a favor, do yourself a favor, go to Dishoom and thank me later.

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For the best brunch: Granger & Co.

Hands down the best brunch in London, at least in my book. Hailing from Australia, Granger & Co. serves up some seriously scrumptious pancakes and fluffy scrambled eggs. This is not to be missed.

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For the most “instagrammable”: Farm Girl

Everything at Farm Girl is the epitome of charming. From their pretty Rose Latte to the delicious avocado toast, Farm Girl is the cutest spot for your perfectly “instagrammable” shot.

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For the ambiance: Aubaine @ Selfridges

A picture is worth a thousand words… Enough said.

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For the best avocado toast: Lundenwic

This is a recent discovery, and a very good one at that. As a (self-proclaimed) avocado whisperer, I have tried a lot of (read: way too many) avocado toasts, all around the world, but this one has got to be on the very top of my list.

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For the best afternoon tea: Sketch

If you went to London and didn’t have your afternoon tea, did you really go to London? Head to Sketch for a delightful afternoon tea experience, and you won’t regret a single penny (or pence, in this case) Be sure to make a reservation, and check out their quirky loo, as well.

 

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For the best lunch in Soho: BAO

Chances are, you will see a long line for BAO, on any given lunch hour, but they are oh-so worth it. Can’t you tell from the guy with his peace sign?

 

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For the best cinnamon buns: Fabrique Bakery

I’m not a big ‘cinnamon’ fan in general, but this is a different story. Located in Notting Hill, Fabrique Bakery bakes some heavenly cinnamon buns, almost as good as the ones I’ve had in Sweden. Pick up a bun (or two) and walk around Portobello Market to burn all the calories off.

 

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For the best view: The Sky Garden

There are a few places I go to for the gorgeous view of the city of London; the Sky Garden being one of them. Going up can be a bit of a fuss, with the long waits and all, but once you’re up there, the speechless view will make you forget about it all. I recommend experiencing both the day-view and the night-view. Both equally amazing, but different vibes for sure.

 

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thank you so so much for stopping by and reading along & 
let me know if there is anything else you’d like me to do a post on!
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