New and renovated hotels cater to the business traveler

MEXICO CITY -- The following represent the city's newest and newly renovated hotels. The final two properties will open next year. All include facilities for business travelers and meetings groups.

New this year

• The 212-room Fiesta Inn Periferico Sur opened in April in southern Mexico City. It features a business center, rooms with voice mail and computer connections, a fitness center, a spa and private parking. For information or reservations, call (800) FIESTA-1.

• The 203-room Fiesta Americana Grand, overlooking Chapultepec Park, opened in July. The hotel features three floors of business rooms and 14 suites, six of which have kitchenettes. The hotel has a business center, meeting spaces for up to 280 people, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a 24-hour restaurant and a sushi bar. For information or reservations, call (800) FIESTA-1.

• The 170-room Colon Mision Reforma opened this month. It, too, features a business center; meeting rooms for up to 150 people; a fitness center; rooms and suites with voice mail and computer connections, and valet parking. For information or reservations, call (011) 52-5 207-0768.

Renovated hotels

• The Camino Real Mexico City completed a multimillion-dollar face-lift that included a renovation of its 709 rooms, lobby and public spaces. Opening next spring will be a Le Cirque restaurant. Mexico City will be Le Cirque's third location since the world-famous restaurant was founded in New York in 1974. Le Cirque also will offer rooms for private meetings and functions, including a separate banquet room for 120 people. The restaurant itself will seat 220 guests. For information or reservations, call (800) 7-CAMINO.

• The Fiesta Americana Reforma is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation of its 610 rooms, public areas and meeting spaces. As part of the refit, each room is being equipped with a TV with a 25-inch screen. For information or reservations, call (800) FIESTA-1.

• The Melia Mexico Reforma completed an $8 million refurbishment in April that added 35 rooms, five meeting rooms and a Spanish restaurant. An additional $6 million is being spent to renovate guest rooms, meeting spaces and the lobby as well as to build a full-service spa by the end of the year. For information or reservations, call (800) 33-MELIA.

• The 200-room Hotel Benidorm is marking its 20th anniversary with a new business center, a gym and the renovation of half its rooms. The rest of the rooms are scheduled to be completed by the end of the winter. The hotel's Meson del Monje restaurant specializes in dishes that combine the best of Mexican and Spanish cooking. For information or reservations, call (011) 52-5 584-9899.

Opening in 2002

• The Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center is scheduled to open in March. The $80 million, 457-room hotel will be located near Alameda Park and the downtown Historic Center. It will feature a convention center with room for 6,000 people, a business center, a full-service spa, a fitness center, two indoor pools, a rooftop garden and three restaurants. For details, call (800) 334-8484.

• The W Hotel Mexico City is set to open in mid-2002 in the capital's upscale Polanco district. The 239-room hotel, the W chain's first in Latin America, will include a business center, meeting spaces, a spa and a restaurant. For information or reservations, call (877) 946-8357.

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