Hilton Expands in Mexico

Company to double number of rooms

By: Lisa Jennings

Hilton Hotels Corp. is planning to nearly double the number of hotels within its various brands in Mexico over the next two years.

With 14 properties currently representing more than 2,776 rooms and suites, Hilton is scheduled to add another 13 properties by 2006. Eleven of those properties are under development, representing a $170 million investment.

The new hotels will be divided among four brands: three Hiltons, two Embassy Suites, three Hilton Garden Inns and three Hampton Inns.

Among them is the first Embassy Suites-brand property in Mexico, which is scheduled to open in Mexico City’s business district in the first quarter of 2005. The 18-story, 162-suite hotel will be managed by Landmark Hotels of San Mateo, Calif., and owned by Promotora Paseo de la Reforma S. de R.L. De D.C. of Mexico City.

Amenities will include complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, high-speed Internet access, a pool, four board rooms and an evening Manager’s Reception. The hotel will also offer conference suites, which will have a bedroom/living room design with an adjoining conference room seating up to six people.

The hotel is on the Paseo de la Reforma near the monument to Christopher Columbus, the historic district, Zona Rosa and many embassies.

“We are thrilled to work with Promotora Paseo de la Reforma and Landmark Hotels to bring an Embassy Suites Hotel to Mexico,” said David Greydanus, senior vice president, brand management, Embassy Suites Hotels. “A phenomenal location in the heart of Mexico City’s financial district and the brand’s ability to cater to the business and leisure traveler represent a powerful combination that will contribute to the success of this hotel.”

Hilton is also investing about $8 million to renovate the Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort by the end of this year.

The 426 oceanview rooms will be redone to enhance the Caribbean atmosphere. The two restaurants, Mitachi and Spices, will be redesigned. Two lighted tennis courts will be added, as well as a professional-level soccer field, and a golf course with driving range, new fairways and greens enhanced by landscaping with tropical plants. And the hotel will also have a new Grand Spa offering a wide range of treatments.