Marquis Reforma Welcomes the Family

Family Business Package makes Mexico City a cosmopolitan playground

By: Dawna Robertson

Taking the family on business trips is a trend that continues to grow, as parents increasingly view business travel as an opportunity to spend precious time with family and create lifelong memories.

Not only recognizing the trend but encouraging it as well, Marquis Reforma has created a Family Business Package that offers learning and playing in one of the world's great culture capitals as well as good value in a country where the dollar is strong.

"We have just launched the package in response to our observation that our business travelers were regularly bringing spouses to enjoy Mexico City and, increasingly, extending their stays over the weekends,” said Carlos Fernandez, regional director of sales and marketing for Hoteles Marquis. “And they were bringing their children to expose them to Mexico's culture and history. So the package responds to a well-documented trend, and we look forward to a lot of interest."

Family Business includes accommodations in a spacious suite, breakfast buffet for parents and children (two children up to 12 years old), and excursions (including transportation and tickets) to two of Mexico's most ancient and youthful attractions the monumental ruins of the pre-Aztec city of Teotihuacan and the contemporary Ciudad de los Ninos (City of Children).

“At Marquis Reforma, we want to emphasize that Mexico City is an important world cultural capital, full of opportunities for families to play and learn together whether they are visiting ancient pyramids or the popular Ciudad de los Ninos,” Fernandez said.

Teotihuacan, a sprawling metropolis of 200,000 people at its zenith in AD 400, was discovered by the Aztecs centuries after its ruin. They named it Teotihuacan, which means "place where men became gods.”

At the innovative La Ciudad de los Ninos (City of Children), families discover a real, kid-sized city complete with streets, buildings, businesses and vehicles. Here, kids can play the roles of more than 60 professions, earn a salary and transact "business” with "official currency,” all under the supervision of a highly-qualified adult team.

Mexico City's finest museums are a stroll from the Marquis Reforma, including the National Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museo Rufino Tamayo. Most Mexico City museums have children's programs during the weekends so parents can enjoy exhibitions on their own.

The Marquis Reforma is located on fashionable Paseo de la Reforma, known as Mexico's version of the Champs Elysees, and one of the most important and impressive avenues in all of Latin America. The property’s 209 rooms and suites offer dramatic views over Mexico City's rooftops or down Reforma Avenue.

While the city beckons exploration, kids and parents will also be lured by the canary songs from the hotel's new Los Canarios, which serves Spanish and Mexican food and has live canaries serenading guests and diners. The hotel's art-deco-styled La Jolla Restaurant offers an elegant escape, and Cafe Royal is known for a legendary Sunday brunch and a generous buffet complete with local fresh fruits.

The largest and most luxurious in the city, the Marquis Reforma Spa offers treatments ranging from holistic massages to steam baths and aromatherapy. Featuring an indoor pool, Jacuzzis and a juice bar, the facility adjoins the fitness center and beauty salon.

Based on a minimum two-night stay through Dec. 31, the Marquis Reforma Family Business Package is priced from $320 nightly per room, plus taxes. All rates and packages are commissionable at 10 percent.