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By @ 07/09/18 in Gay travel, Hotels, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel

Proper Hotel rooftop in San Francisco and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSan Francisco has an overabundance of many things: boys in hoodies, cable cars, and public parks to sip rosé.  What the city hasn’t been home to is a sophisticated proper rooftop lounge with sweeping views incorporating fire pits, thoughtful cocktails and an attractive crowd that leaves its active wear at home. Story by Ronnie D’Amico. Photo by Proper Hotel.

Meet Charmaine’s: A proper rooftop bar and lounge 120 feet above the newly opened mid-Market Street Proper Hotel featuring all of the above. For a night out, arrive early before 7pm to avoid the line. Head on up through the McAllister Street entrance where you’ll meet a doorman who takes himself too seriously. Don’t let him deter you. Remember this is SF. Not LA. Once you get past him, you’ll be lead down a corridor to the elevator.

When the elevators empty you above, your senses will heighten with the rush of fresh air on your face, the sight of an energetic crowd of all demographics, gay and straight (who put an effort into their look), and the sound of moody French-pop playing over it all. You’ll feel a sign of relief that such a space exists in San Francisco.

Grab a seat at any of the seating areas with fire pits as soon as you see an open spot. The cocktail menu offers inventions from the city’s well-known bartenders Josh Harris and Morgan Schick (of Trick Dog and The Bon Vivants). The food menu offers classic comfort bites, but also healthy California options by James Beard Award–nominated chef Jason Franey (Monterey’s 1833 and Eleven Madison Park in New York). The décor is what you want: swanky, comfortable and sophisticated. A welcome addition to the city’s nightlife options.

  • Proper Hotel
  • 1100 Market Street,
  • San Francisco, CA 94102
  • (628) 895-2055



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By @ 11/28/17 in Budapest, CheckOut, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Ronnie D'Amico, Travel

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCHECKOUT: Kapital Inn, Budapest: Top/bottom line

The Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary reigns as the #1 bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor for the past 10 consecutive years. That might be because it’s gay owned/operated by Albert, a local Hungarian and former 5-star hotel exec and Paul, a South African and former advertising exec. You’ll find the Kapital Inn on the penthouse floor of an elegant 19th century apartment building. They recently renovated the Inn blending the neo-renaissance architectural interiors with contemporary furniture, to create modern living spaces. This is the place to stay when you are in Budapest, and here’s why:

Location

Nestled in the 6th district of the Pest side (east of the Danube River), the Kapital Inn is set one block back from the city’s Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Budapest’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysées. The Avenue is home to an abundance of upscale shops and restaurants and it’s side streets have just as much action. The Millennium rail line, the first subway line in continental Europe, is just steps away to access the entire city.

Here are just some of the top attractions within walking distance:

Hungarian State Opera House: Um. Madonna filmed the balcony scene from Evita here. If that’s not enough, there’s vocal and orchestra performances throughout the year.

  • The House of Terror Museum: The only of its kind dedicated to those victims of two terror regimes.
  • 360 Bar: An iconic Budapest rooftop terrace with 360° panorama views atop the tallest building on Andrássy Avenue. They recently installed six themed heated igloos with designer furniture to sip cocktails in during the winter months.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath: Budapest is known for their baths and this one is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Tip: Dip in once the sun goes down to let the steam rise around you into the night sky.
  • Jewish District: Emerged as one of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods, known for its quirky ”Ruin Bars”, cafes, art galleries and design shops.

Room/Bathroom

The Kapital Inn is a quintessential BnB boutique housing just seven rooms. Each is spacious, clean and smartly renovation and designed. The best I’ve seen in Europe. Even with an intimate feel, you won’t find yourself uncomfortably close to any other guests. And you’ll get a good night sleep; there’s a refined and calming stillness from being up in the penthouse that silences the bustle of Budapest below.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The rooms to book:

  • Deluxe King Room: This is the largest room and boasts a relaxing contemporary design, high ceilings, large French style windows and a comfy king-size bed. It has a big en-suite bathroom, his and his or hers and hers vanity, a walk-in shower and a two-person bathtub. The shower design is sexy, sleek and where you’ll want to spend your time.
  • Deluxe King Suite: For those traveling with family or more than one couple, this spacious 65sqm suite two bedroom has a living room and a large en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. It is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary furniture and lighting, and features high ceilings, queen size beds and four large French style windows for a light and airy atmosphere.
  • Deluxe Double Rooms: Very spacious rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom fitted with “RainDance” showerheads and walk-in showers large enough to fit two. They both feature contemporary design, which blends modern and vintage style furniture.

Amenities

Breakfast: Each morning head to the elegant kitchen for breakfast (8:00am and 10:30am) where you’ll sit at the huge island with other guests from around the world. There you’ll find Albert or Paul ready to take your order for eggs, bacon or one of their must have omelets (Albert is a Hungarian trained chef). A choice of coffee or tea is available, alongside apple and orange juice, traditional pastries, a selection of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, cream cheese and Hungarian salami. *Breakfast is included in the price of your room. They accommodate specific dietary requests too.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineRoof Top Terrace: After checking in I was completely surprised to find a 600-sq. ft. private terrace with rooftop views. Weather permitting, this is where to sip a cocktail before heading to dinner or to relax after a day of sightseeing. There’s also a fully fitted guest kitchen area located next to the terrace.

Guest Office: A private guest office comes equipped with laptop and printer if you need to connect with the real world. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property and the office is packed with books, games, DVD’s and more.

Other room amenities include: All air-conditioned room, daily housekeeping, hairdryer, shower gels and soaps.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Local Experience

From the moment you arrive, you feel the love.

Arrival Love: Albert or Paul will graciously welcome and sit down with you to chart out your Budapest experience. They’ll pull out a map, pen and begin marking up things to do that best fit your interests.

Local Love: Albert, a native Hungarian, knows the city, it’s people and politics. You can’t ignore the passion he holds for the city. Breakfast time is when you can learn the most from Albert and Paul about Budapest and make up of its culture. You may be a thousand miles from home, but you’ll never feel you’re that far away with the conversation and hospitality provided by Albert and Paul.

Gay Factor

  • LGBT owned and operated
  • Conveniently located near gay bars and clubs (ask Albert and Paul for recommendations)
  • Started out as a strictly gay BnB, but now open to all – but still caters to many gay guests.

Rates

Rooms start at €65 for Standard rooms start and slide up to €99 for the the Deluxe Suite.

Ready to go

For rates and reservations click or tap the website for Kapital Inn, Budapest.

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By @ 04/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel
Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Annie Leibovitz,

San Francisco’s exhibition and gallery culture landed two coveted, and globally in demand, exhibits from Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta this Spring. And both will have you visit two classic city landmarks to explore.

This story is brought to us by San Francisco-based Ronnie D’Amico, ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondents. (Below)Ronnie D'Amico, ManAboutWorld correspondent

WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Found in a repurposed hanger in the Presidio, WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, is a continuation of her 1999 series of famous photographs known as “Women” that Leibovitz started more than 15 years ago which documented real women of all backgrounds and levels of power. Many of the three dozen new portraits have never been displayed before and offer intimate stills of Gloria Steinem, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jane Goodall, Alice Waters, Sheryl Sandberg and more.

It makes sense for Annie to choose San Francisco as one of the 10 exhibiting cities for this traveling show. Annie attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she took her first photography class, and, in November 2015, she received a Contemporary Vision Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

If you’ll miss the San Francisco exhibits, you have a chance to see it when it moves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 25 – April 17, 2016

Saturday-Thursday: 10am–6pm (Last admission at 5pm)
Friday: 10am–8pm (Last admission at 7pm)

Cost: Free; Advance booking highly recommended.

 Location: The Presidio’s Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

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Oscar de la Renta one of the two exciting Exhibits coming to San Francisco

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta The Retrospective

 Who better than André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, to curate an Oscar de la Renta Retrospective? San Francisco’s de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, was chosen as the world premiere site for the exhibit that includes more than 130 pieces, from over five decades; a joint collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the late designer’s family.

 The Retrospective is themed and grouped by creative stages and his evolution with his earliest work for Balenciaga in Madrid to Lanvin in Paris, and then Jane Derby in New York that eventually became de la Renta’s.

There isn’t a shortage of celebrity red carpet pieces either. You’ll find Rhianna, Amy Adams, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift.

 Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 12, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Cost: Premium $50; Premiums (Members) $30; Adults $30; Seniors (65+) $25; Students (w/ current ID) $15; Youths (6–17) $15; Children (5 and under) FREE; Members FREE

Exhibits Audio tours available: $8 General, $7 Members. Purchase here.

Location: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

**For more on the San Francisco art and museum scene check out San Francisco’s Art Scene Branches Out

Photos of the exhibits:

Top: Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Middle: Courtesy Ronnie D’Amico

Bottom: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta LLC

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