Capital gets 3rd Sheraton hotel

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MEXICO CITY -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened the 457-room Sheraton Centro Historico Hotel & Convention Center here.

Owned by Inmobiliaria Interpres S.A. de C.V., the hotel is Starwood's 20th property in Mexico and its third in Mexico City.

According to Starwood, the hotel has the distinction of being the capital's largest meetings and events hotel.

The hotel's convention center features 53,000 square feet of events space, with eight meetings rooms that can be divided into 14 smaller rooms.

All meetings rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and can accommodate a combined total of more than 6,000 people.

"With the [new hotel], we can offer both the leisure and business traveler an excellent choice in hotel accommodations in the capital's downtown area," stated Batya Brykman, Starwood's vice president, Latin America division.

The hotel's business center includes five meetings rooms with audiovisual and teleconference equipment, secretarial services, copying services, Internet access and individual work stations.

Among the hotel's 457 rooms are a 3,229-square-foot presidential suite plus a number of junior suites and master suites.

All rooms are wired and equipped for business travelers, with work desks, two-line phones, data ports and flat-screen TVs with Internet capability.

Among the hotel's restaurant choices is El Cardenal, which specializes in Mexican cuisine and is decorated with murals honoring Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

SeDeVino, a wine bar, offers a selection of more than 400 wines.

Guests can work off their meals at the Sport City Gym or in the swimming pool, which has an 82-foot-long swimming lane.

The hotel is situated on Avenida Juarez in the heart of Mexico City's Historical Center. Some rooms feature views of Alameda Park.

Mexico City's Historical Center contains a vast artistic and cultural legacy, with more than 1,500 buildings designated as historic landmarks, including the Palace of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Museum of Arts, the National Palace, the Post Office Palace and the Franz Mayer Museum.

For information or reservations, call (800) 334-8484 or visit the Web at www.starwood.com.

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