Sheraton adds Los Cabos hotel

LOS CABOS -- Sheraton Hotels and Resorts added a sixth hotel in Mexico by signing a management contract with the Hotel Hacienda del Mar here. The hotel, which opened in 1998, will be renamed the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort and Spa.

According to Sheraton, plans include enlarging the property to accommodate the lucrative meetings and conventions market and increasing the number of rooms.

The hotel is located in the heart of the tourist corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. It is about 35 minutes by car from the San Jose del Cabo Airport, at the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

"I am very proud to have a new Sheraton hotel in Los Cabos, one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico," said Osvaldo Librizzi, president of the Latin America division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., Sheraton's parent company.

The 171-room hotel's design re-creates a Mexican hacienda, with a main building surrounded by villas connected to the hotel's various patios, fountains, cafes and shops.

The hotel has a 1,350-foot-long beach, three swimming pools, a spa and fitness center, several restaurants, a tequila bar and there is a golf course nearby.

Sheraton's other Mexico hotels are the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers and the Sheraton Suites Santa Fe, both in Mexico City; the Sheraton Ambassador Hotel and Towers in Monterrey, and the Sheraton Cancun Resort and Towers in Cancun. The Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Towers in Puerto Vallarta operates as a franchise.

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, which counts more than 370 hotels in 66 countries, is the largest brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Starwood, through its St. Regis, Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points and W brands, owns and operates more than 700 hotels in 80 countries.

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