Fairmont to refit Acapulco properties

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is undertaking a

multimillion-dollar renovation program at its two Acapulco properties -- the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the Fairmont Pierre Marques.

The bulk of the work will focus on the Pierre Marques, which completed its first phase of renovations late last year.

That phase, which cost in excess of $10 million, included the construction of an open-air reception area and porte cochere and the renovation of 120 rooms and bathrooms.

In addition, the resort added an outdoor patio to its signature restaurant, Tabachin, and created a bar specializing in tequila.

This year, the property will spend $7 million to renovate its remaining 240 rooms and build a fitness center, boutique and cafe.

In 2003, the resort will spend $3 million to redesign the Terraza restaurant and make improvements to the main swimming pool.

Also in the planning stages is a three-year, $3 million project to renovate the 18-hole Pierre Marques and Acapulco Princess golf courses.

Meanwhile, Fairmont subsidiary Fairmont Spas opened a Willow Stream spa at the 1,017-room Fairmont Acapulco Princess.

It is the company's sixth resort spa, joining Willow Stream spas at Fairmont's properties in Banff, Alberta; Bermuda; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Victoria, British Columbia.

The 14,000-square-foot, $3.5 million spa houses separate facilities for men and women; multiuse treatment rooms; couples' massage suites; Jacuzzis, steam and sauna rooms; and a fitness center.

For more information or reservations, call (800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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