Camino Real Mexico Celebrates 30 Years

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NEW YORK -- The Camino Real Mexico City turns 30 years old this year and is having a party to mark the occasion.

The property boasts a few new features this year.

"We expect 800 to 900 guests from the U.S., Europe and from within Mexico for the July 24 celebration," said Julio Sanchez-Mejorada, resident manager of the property.

The event, he said, will include presentations of local food and five kinds of music, from classical to dance.

Recently, the Camino Real completed a $1 million renovation to its suites area, which over the years has housed royalty, presidents, prime ministers as well as business and financial leaders.

According to Sanchez-Mejorada, the suites area of the hotel is preferred by visiting dignitaries.

Mexico City is a hub for international business travelers, and the property gets its share of business travelers during the week, he said.

According to Sanchez-Mejorada, the goal is to attract more groups.

"We want to get more visitors from Europe to spend time at our hotel," he said.

"To that end, we are working with the Leading Hotels of the World's group department and with a few tour operators.

"We are stressing the cultural side of this city, with archaeological ruins and the museums; the Museum of Anthropology is very close to the hotel."

Making its debut at the property is the Bar & Tequileria Maria Bonita, which features 150 tequilas and more than 50 kinds of Mexican beer; tasting sessions are conducted by the bar's staff.

The renovated bar, Sanchez-Mejorada said, has been designed to "provide a comfortable, traditional yet modern atmosphere for guests."

The Bar & Tequileria Maria Bonita is one of 11 restaurants and bars at the Camino Real Mexico, joining its famous Fouquet's de Paris.

The 709-room property, designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, is laid out on seven-and-a-half acres.

Often referred to as a "resort" hotel in the heart of the city, it features extensive gardens, three pools, four tennis courts and a complete health club and spa and is located near a jogging facility in Chapultepec Park.

Reportedly, there is more than $30 million in art on display throughout the property.

Camino Real Mexico City, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World since 1983 (and its first in Latin America), offers a business center and 37 meeting rooms, the largest accommodating up to 1,500 people.

Anniversary room rates range from $239 to $639 weekdays (Sundays to Thursdays) and $169 to $459 on weekends. Rates include breakfast and an arrival amenity but do not include taxes.

Camino Real Mexico City

Phone: (800) 722-6466 or (011) 525-203-2121

Fax: (011) 525-250-6897

Web: www.caminoreal.com

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