Mazatlan hotels executing development and expansion plans

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Hotels, tour operators and airlines operating out of Mazatlan have announced a range of developments:

" Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort: Just outside the city, the resort is adding 42 guest rooms to its 27-room Las Villas development. The new facilities, to open in June, will include a restaurant, spa and gym. Plans also call for adding nine holes to the existing 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course. Call (800) 967-1889 or visit www.estrelladelmar.com.

" Best Western Posada Freeman: This 50-room Best Western opened in 2006 on the beach in the Zona Dorada. The hotel, decorated in minimalist style, has a swimming pool and guest rooms with Internet access. The property is affiliated with the 72-room Best Western Posada Freeman Express in the Olas Altas district. Call (800) 780-7234 or visit www.bestwestern.com.

" The Inn at Mazatlan: An ongoing room renovation program will result in all 215 guest units being redecorated by October. The inn also opened a new spa and gym in 2006 and plans to open a poolside bar and lounge this year. Call (800) 262-0526 or visit www.innatmaz.com.

" The Mayan Sea Garden: Just north of the Zona Dorada district, the resort is constructing a tower to open in December with 70 rooms and a spa, boutique and meetings space. Also included: two more tennis courts and another heated swimming pool. A second tower is planned, with an opening date in 2009. Call (011) 52-669-988-0045 or visit www.mayanresorts.us.

" Pronatours: This operator launched a day-trip tour to Cosala, a colonial town outside Mazatlan that dates to the 16th century. The town, which prospered during the gold rush of the 16th and 17th centuries, is home to historic churches, museums and residences.

" Frontier Airlines: The carrier will launch nonstop service linking Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and Mazatlan on June 7.

To contact reporter Mark Chesnut, send e-mail [email protected].

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