Holiday Inn's upscale ambience

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MONTERREY -- Anyone looking for proof of Monterrey's importance as a business destination need only look at the range of hotels in the city, of which the Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora is a prime example.

The eight-story property, which opened in 1995, rises from the edge of Parque Fundidora, a recreational park built among the well-preserved remains of a giant foundry.

The hotel, which has been awarded a Torchbearer Award -- the top award given by Bass Hotels & Resorts -- offers upscale service and amenities at a reasonable price.

In sharp contrast to the historic foundry, the Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora is sleek and contemporary with a rounded glass exterior. Guests enter a reception area that leads to a bright atrium with colorful, modern furnishings.

Despite the hotel's modern design, however, reminders of the region's past are easy to spot. Pieces from the original foundry are on exhibit throughout the property, even in guest rooms.

Although most U.S. visitors to Mexico's third-largest city come for business, the hotel and its surroundings easily entertain leisure travelers as well.

The hotel's El Crisol restaurant, located in the atrium, serves international cuisine including an impressive breakfast buffet.

Nearby is the Las Chimeneas lobby bar, which serves refreshments and sometimes features live entertainment. The hotel also contains tennis courts and an outdoor pool.

Sightseeing is easy to arrange, with escorted tours available from the hotel to local cultural attractions as well as to more adventurous destinations outside of the city.

Independent visitors can take a quick taxi ride downtown for a day of sightseeing or a night on the town.

Guest rooms are nicely decorated in muted tones and feature an array of amenities.

The 246-room property has six suites, and thanks to the hotel's circular architecture in the middle of a wide-open park area, all guest rooms have views of the city, the park or the distant mountains that surround the city.

All rooms feature hair dryers, satellite TV, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, clock radio, direct-dial telephone and an in-room safe.

The seventh and eighth floors are executive floors, with access to a lounge that serves complimentary continental breakfast, hors d'ouevres and refreshments.

The Holiday Inn is ideally located for people attending events at Cintermex, the large expo and convention center, as it is the only hotel with a covered connection to the complex.

At the beginning of this year, the hotel debuted a new business center, which features a 15-person meeting room; private offices with computers and laser printers, and an offer of secretarial support.

The Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora is owned by Milenium Grupo Hotelero Mexicano.

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