Marriott introduces Fairfield Inn in Monterrey By Jorge Sidron / April 28, 2003 Share 1 -- MONTERREY, Mexico -- Marriott International is bullish on Mexico. The company, which operates seven Marriott-branded hotels in Mexico, last month opened its first Fairfield Inn property outside the U.S. here, the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Monterrey Airport.The 104-room hotel is located about three minutes from Monterrey's Apodaca Airport. The hotel is near the Cintermex Convention Center, Sesame Street Park, La Fe Shopping Center and La Cola de Caballo waterfalls.The property formerly was the Optima Express Monterrey Airport. Marriott will operate the hotel under a franchise agreement with Optima Hoteles de Mexico, SA de CV.The Fairfield Inn is Marriott's second property in Monterrey and marks its second deal with Optima, which also owns the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Monterrey.Optima Hoteles, which owns and operates 700 hotel rooms in Mexico, said it plans to invest more than $200 million during the next five years to build about 3,000 more rooms. Optima operates mostly business-class hotels.The Fairfield Inn brand is being marketed to "value-conscious" business and leisure travelers.Rooms at the Monterrey property feature a work area with desk and ergonomic chair; two-line telephones with voice mail and a data port; an alarm clock/radio; and an iron and ironing board.The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service between the airport, hotel and nearby companies; currency exchange; a business center; an outdoor swimming pool; daily breakfast; and laundry service.Rates at the hotel range from $49 per night, weekends, to $69 per night, weekdays, and include a continental breakfast.In addition to the two Monterrey properties, Marriott operates hotels in Mexico City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana.For more information or reservations, call (800) 228-2800 or visit www.fairfieldinn.com.