Occidental prepares to reopen hotels damaged by Emily

MIAMI -- Occidental Hotels and Resorts, turning lemons into lemonade after Hurricane Emily pounded properties on Cozumel and the Riviera Maya this summer, undertook upgrades and renovations in the storm's wake.

The lightly damaged Occidental Grand Xcaret, adjacent to Xcaret Park 45 minutes from Cancun, unveils a refurbished lobby, beach club, theater, pool and river-walk palapas on Oct. 10.

The more seriously affected Allegro Playacar Resort, also on the Riviera Maya, will re-open Oct. 1 after repairs.

Meanwhile, the nearby Royal Hideaway Playacar actually benefited from Emily, gaining a wider beach.

Finally, the Allegro Cozumel, in the southwest of Cozumel, will re-open on Nov. 1 with 120 of 269 rooms refurbished, along with new palapa roofs and renovated corridors between villas.

Call (877) 284-0935 or visit www.occidentalhotels.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Kenneth Kiesnoski at [email protected].

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