Several leading Mexico City hotels are gearing up for the summer
vacation season, ready with new products and special changes.
One of them is the 714-room Camino Real Mexico City, the
capital’s grand dame of luxury hotels, which is opening two new
restaurants. The $7 million Le Cirque, a branch of the legendary
New York restaurant by the same name, is the hotel’s
top-of-the-line eatery, according to Aurora Lopez de Ortigoza, the
advertising and public relations director.
The decor is warm and upbeat, with carpets designed by Hermes in
rich shades of blue and green; and a glass dome over the dining
terrace. The kitchen specializes in French and Italian cuisine and
the wine cellar boasts more than 20,000 bottles.
The China Grill, another new dining option, is informal and
features a sushi bar.
Ricardo Legoretta, the Mexican architect who designed the hotel,
is directing the refurbishment of the guest rooms in his signature
Mexican minimalist style. The work, which includes adding wireless
Internet access, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the
“We are changing the image of the hotel,”Lopez de Ortigoza said.
“It had been forgotten for a long time.” Grupo Empresarial Angeles,
a Mexican company, bought the hotel chain in 2000.
The high-rise 424-room Gran Melia Mexico Reforma heralded spring
with the debut of its $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot spa. “It’s
the biggest spa in a Mexico City hotel,” said Manuel Montelongo,
assistant marketing director Melia.
The facilities include a snug gym, sauna, steam room, pool with
Jacuzzi and salon.
The hotel’s new theater is presenting “The Vagina Monologues” in
Spanish. The off-Broadway show is scheduled for Thursdays through
Sundays until January.
The 208-room Marquis Reforma, a high-end boutique hotel with Art
Deco flourishes, has expanded conference facilities with a new wing
containing two ballrooms and 13,685 square feet of meeting space. A
new business center offers four computer stations, three private
offices and three conference rooms.
Translation or secretarial services, high-speed Internet access
and cell phone rentals can be arranged.
The swank Four Seasons Mexico City, built as a replica of the
19th century palace of Mexico’s first emperor, has added wireless,
high-speed Internet access to the hotel’s 200 guest rooms.
The former Krystal Rosa in the Pink Zone the upscale, cultural
and financial center of the city has been renamed the NH Krystal
Mexico City, following its acquisition by the NH hotel company of
Spain. The hotel’s four executive floors are the focus of a $4
million upgrade, with the rest of the property’s 267 rooms expected
to be refurbished in 2004.