Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Nov. 7, 2007

LA QUINTA FRANCHISING opened the first franchised La Quinta hotel in Mexico last month in Juarez. The new-build, 89-room La Quinta Inn & Suites -- Juarez is located near the city's business district. The hotel features two-room suites with 26-inch, flat-screen TVs; meetings space; a fitness center; an outdoor pool; and complimentary shuttle service. La Quinta said the Juarez hotel will be the first of several franchised hotels the company plans to open in Mexico in such cities as Mexico City, Cancun, Monterrey and Ciudad del Carmen. La Quinta has close to 620 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. For information or reservations, call (800) 642-4271 or visit www.lq.com.

THE ESPERANZA RESORT in Los Cabos will unveil its new look this month. The 57-room property, which charges from $475 a night, will unveil 10 new luxury suites, a new one-bedroom penthouse with private elevator entrance and seven new treatment rooms and additional spa services at the Spa at Esperanza. Guest room interiors will feature a sophisticated Cabo-regional design, new spacious bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet access and iPod docking stations. All suites will feature 24-hour butler service. For information or reservations, call (866) 311-2226 or visit www.esperanzaresort.com.

THE 384-ROOM TEMPTATION RESORT & SPA in Cancun, set to open in December, announced special opening rates from Dec. 21 to March 31. Rates will start at $176 a night, double, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. Discounted rates must be booked by Nov. 30. The all-inclusive property is being marketed to singles and couples seeking a "fun-loving" atmosphere with facilities such as a topless-optional pool. The property will feature six dining options, four bars, a spa and the usual roster of daily organized activities and water sports. For information or reservations, call (877) 485-8367 or visit www.temptationresorts.com.

MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS launched the Feliz Navidad promotion for guests who want to experience the gift of a true Mexican Christmas. Guests must book their vacations at participating properties by Nov. 30 and stay a minimum of three nights during the month of December and into early January. The promotion includes a gift basket with such things as a hand-crafted tree ornament, a bag of aromatic Mexican hot chocolate mix and a miniature, handcrafted nativity scene. Gift basket items vary by property. For a list of participating properties or to book, call (800) 728-9098 or visit www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

CORRECTION: As reported, Playa Hotels & Resorts is purchasing six all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are in the AMResorts portfolio. However, the resorts will continue to operate under the AMResorts brand and will continue to be managed by AMResorts and not by Barcelo Crestline Corp., as reported in the Oct. 31 Mexico E-letter.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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