What's up with Mexico City's inn crowd

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City's hotel scene is abuzz with activity as the city celebrates its 675th anniversary this year.

Several hotels have opened recently in the country's capital, and a number of others are undergoing multimillion-dollar renovations.

The following is a look at some of these developments.

  • Presidente Inter-Continental. A multimillion-dollar hotelwide upgrade is in full swing at this 629-room hotel, Inter-Continental's flagship in Mexico City.
  • The hotel recently opened Au Pied de Cochon, the first branch of the French bistro outside of Paris and the hotel's seventh restaurant.

    High-speed Internet access is now available in all conference rooms, and the hotel added four meeting rooms.

    Presidente Inter-Continental
    Phone: (800) 327-0200
    CRS: All major systems

  • Grupo Posadas. This company will add two limited-service hotels here flying the Fiesta Inn flag.
  • Each will have 220 rooms and be set in key commercial districts. The resorts will be ready to welcome guests during the second quarter of next year.

    Grupo Posadas also said it's in talks to build two Fiesta Americanas, its five-star brand, in Mexico City.

    Grupo Posadas
    Phone: (800) 343-7821
    CRS: All major systems

  • Camino Real. The Camino Real Mexico City was recently purchased by Grupo Angeles as part of a package deal that includes five other Camino Real properties.
  • The Mexico City-based industrial group paid $252 million for the hotels and signed a management contract with Camino Real to continue operating the properties.

    The other Camino Real hotels in the package are in Guadalajara, Cancun, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

    Grupo Angeles said it plans to invest $48 million in renovating the six hotels during the next two and a half years.

    Camino Real
    Phone: (800) 722-6466
    CRS: All major systems

  • Hilton and Krystal hotels. A 200-room Hilton Garden Inn is planned for the Santa Fe business district. This will be the second hotel flying the Hilton flag in the capital; the Hilton Aeropuerto Hotel was the first.
  • Garden Inn and another brand, Krystal Express, the limited-service division of the Krystal Hotels chain, are majority owned by Grupo Chartwell, which said it plans to expand both brands in Mexico City.

    The five-star Krystal Zona Rosa in Mexico City recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation.

    Hilton and Krystal
    Phone: (800) 445-8667
    CRS: All major systems

  • Holiday Inn Oriente. A 96-room Holiday Inn Oriente opened recently in the Iztapalapa area of the capital.
  • Situated five miles from the Mexico City Airport (free shuttle transportation is offered), the hotel has been popular with groups. Meetings facilities include a business center and five conference rooms, with room for up to 400 people.

    Holiday Inn Oriente
    Phone: (800) HOLIDAY
    CRS: All major systems

  • Nikko Hotel. The five-star Nikko Hotel created a fitness facility that offers stress-relieving treatments and services such as hatha yoga lessons and several kinds of massage therapy.
  • The Nikko boasts Mexico City's only golf facility. The third-floor terrace features a driving and putting range.

    Nikko Hotel
    Phone: (800) 544-4400
    CRS: All major systems

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