Embassy Suites to unveil Mexico City hotel in 2005

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MEXICO CITY -- Embassy Suites Hotels is heading south of the border to Mexico City.

The midscale hotel company said it will open a hotel in the capital, its first in Mexico, by first-quarter 2005.

The 162-suite property will be operated under a franchise agreement and managed by San Mateo, Calif.-based Landmark Hotels. It will be owned by Mexico City-based Promotora Paseo de la Reforma.

The new hotel will be situated in an existing building on the Paseo de la Reforma near the monument to Christopher Columbus and Mexico City's historic district, the Zona Rosa. The 18-story building is undergoing extensive renovation.

David Greydanus, senior vice president of brand management for Embassy Suites Hotels, said the company is banking on the combination of the property's location in the heart of Mexico's business district and the brand's popularity among business travelers to bring success.

Services for business travelers will include four boardrooms and what Embassy Suites is billing as "conference suites," rooms with an adjoining conference room with seating for six guests.

The hotel will also feature a restaurant, retail stores, a fitness center and a swimming pool.

Rooms will provide high-speed Internet access, two-line phones with voice mail, a work area with a desk and a separate living room. Breakfast will be included in the room rate, which is expected to be about $150 per night.

For information or reservations, call (800) EMBASSY or visit the Web at www.embassysuites.com.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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