InterContinental Hotels Presidente, Mexico City

Mexico City,

 

InterContinental Hotels PRESIDENTE MEXICO CITY

In one of the world’s largest and most important capitals, the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City plays a vital role as the center of business and social life. For influential politicians, celebrities, artists, business leaders and international travelers, the AAA Four Diamond, award-winning property is simply “the place to be.” Offering luxury accommodations, it is recognized as one of the best hotels in Mexico. Breathtaking views from its 42-story modern tower in the heart of the city’s most elegant cultural, business and shopping districts, this sophisticated, cosmopolitan and completely renovated world-class hotel combines elements of all aspects of Mexican life with a truly international worldview as reflected in outstanding world-class restaurants, superb accommodations and impeccable personal service. Situated in Polanco, within minutes of many of Mexico City’s most famous attractions, museums, shops and businesses, the hotel is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers to experience this city’s incomparable energy and lifestyle. Just 30 minutes from Mexico City’s International Airport The Presidente InterContinental Mexico City Hotel is set to break ground on a 42-story luxury tower in March 2006. When construction is complete, the property will be renamed the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City Hotel & Tower. The new tower is expected to take 30 months to complete and is projected to open in mid-2008. I am still confirming the number of rooms that will be available and details on meeting space. Information on the hotel can be found here. Also at the Mexico City property, the hotel welcomes its newest restaurant, Zhen Shanghai, in July 2006. The gourmet Asian eatery, which Grupo Presidente imported straight from Shanghai, China, will feature elegant décor and furnishings to create a unique atmosphere for diners. The eatery joins the hotel’s impressive list of top restaurants, including Au Pied de Cochon (French), The Palm Restaurant (steakhouse and seafood), Alfredo di Roma (Italian), La Chiminea (Mexican) as well as the casual dining restaurant Frutas y Flores and the Balmoral Tea Room.

 

Rooms/Suites: 661 Guest Rooms

32 Suites
340 Non-Smoking Rooms
317 Double-Bedded Rooms
342 Single-Bedded Rooms

 

Language Spoken:

English , French , German , Italian , Portuguese , Spanish

 

Amenities:

High-speed Internet Access
On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)
Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge)
Iron / Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Health/Fitness Center On-Site
Hairdryer
A/C Public Areas

 

Direction to Hotel:

FROM AIRPORT TAKE THE ROAD VIADUCTO TO CHAPULTEPEC EXIT; UP TO ARQUIMEDES STREET. CROSS ARQUIMEDES AND TURN TO YOUR LEFT ON CAMPOS ELISEOS STREET, IT LEADS YOU DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL

 

Dining & Restaurants:

Downtown/City Center
2004 Last Renovation Date
Travel Agent Desk New Millenium
42 Floors
Cocktail Lounge
6 Restaurants
Airline Desk: Aeromexico, American Airlines, Mexicana
Rental Car Desk: Avis
Tour Desk: New Millenium

 

Common Amenities:

A/C Public Areas
ATM/Cash Machine
Baby-Sitting
Beauty Salon
Concierge Services
Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry
Florist
Foreign Currency Exchange
Gift Shop
Ice Machine
Newsstand
On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer)
Porter/Bellman
Room Service
Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk
Secretarial Services
Shoe Shine
WorldNews – Global Newspaper Service

 

Conference & Meetings:

Business Center
Copying
Courier Service
E-mail & Internet
Executive Floors
Executive Suites
Facsimile
Mobile Phone Rental
PC
Printer
Private Limousine
Centro Banamex / Expo Americas
Convention Center Distance 5 KM/ 3.11 MI
Taxi Fee $12.00 (USD)



Parking Facility:

Number of Parking Spaces: 508
Daily Parking Fee: $10.00 (USD)
Underground car parking available for 508 vehicles with private security, lighting and open 24 hours a day.
Valet Parking Available: $10.00 (USD)

 

Direction to Hotel:

“Benito Juarez” International (MEX)
Distance: 21 KM/ 13.05 MI W
Taxi Fee: $20.00 (USD)
Time by taxi: 30 to 45 minutes



Local Attractions:

National Anthropology and History Museum (0.5 KM/ 0.31 MI )
Chapultepec Amusement Park (1 KM/ 0.62 MI )
National Auditorium (0.5 KM/ 0.31 MI )
Chapultepec Castle (0.7 KM/ 0.43 MI )
Horse Racetrack (5 KM/ 3.11 MI )
Chapultepec Zoo (0.5 KM/ 0.31 MI )
Golf within 10 KM/ 6.21 MI
Shopping within 0.5 KM/ 0.31 MI
Tennis within 10 KM/ 6.21 MI

    "Benito Juarez" International (MEX)
Distance: 21 KM/ 13.05 MI W
Taxi Fee: $20.00 (USD) Time by taxi: 30 to 45 minutes
 

Things do do while in Mexico City:  Ask for special pricing

1.  Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán ("teh-oh-tee-wa-KHAN") is an ancient sacred site located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, Mexico. It is a very popular side trip from Mexico City, and for good reason. The ruins of Teotihuacán are among the most remarkable in Mexico and some of the most important ruins in the world. Teotihuacán means "place where gods were born," reflecting the Aztec belief that the gods created the universe here. Constructed around 300 AD, the holy city is characterized by the vast size of its monuments, carefully laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. Its most monumental structures are the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Sun (the third-largest pyramid in the world) and the Pyramid of the Moon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                                                          

2.  Historical Center Reforma Tour

From the 14th to the 19th century, Tenochtitlan, and subsequently, Mexico City, exerted a decisive influence on the development of architecture, the monumental arts and the use of space first in the Aztec Kingdom and later in New Spain. The monumental complex of the Templo Mayor bears exceptional witness to the cults of an extinct civilization. The capital of New Spain, characterized by its chequerboard layout, the regular spacing of its plazas and streets, and the splendour of its religious architecture is a prime example of Spanish settlements in the New World. Paseo de la Reforma is a wide avenue that runs in a straight line, cutting diagonally across Mexico City. It was designed by Ferdinand von Rosenzweig in the 1860s and modeled after the great boulevards of Europe, such as Vienna's Ringstrasse or the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It was Emperor Maximilian's wish to directly link his Imperial residence, Chapultepec Castle, with the National Palace in the city center. It runs from Chapultepec Park, passes alongside the Torre Mayor, and continues through the Zona Rosa and then to the Zócalo by Juárez Avenue and Francisco I. Madero Street. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------                    3.  National Anthropological Museum The Museo Nacional de Antropología opened in 1971, housed in a fine new building designed by Architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. Considered one of the world's finest archaeological museums, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropological Museum) in Mexico City houses a vast collection of artifacts in 23 exhibition halls. Its most famous exhibit is the Aztec sun stone, a cosmological calendar. This impressive modern museum, visited by 2 million people every year, tells the story of Mexico from before the Mayan civilization to the Spanish conquest. The ground floor focuses on the native cultures and societies of Mexico before the Spanish conquest. The famous Aztec sun stone is only a small part of the fantastic collection of artwork from the indigenous population of Mexico. Each room displays artifacts from a particular geographic region or culture — the Sala Teotihuacána, Sala Tolteca, Sala Oaxaca, and so on. Explanatory labels have been recently updated, some with English translations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.  Chapultepec Castle From its location at the top of Chapultepec Hill, Chapultepec Castle is the eternal witness of Mexico’s history; as it has watched armies, presidents and emperors, who have left a permanent mark on the nation, walk among its walls and gardens. At the end of the 18th Century, in 1780 to be exact, the Viceroy Matías Gálvez started the construction of a residence at the top of Chapultepec Hill that would later become a Military School. During the American invasion of 1847, it was one of the last bastions that resisted in Mexico City. Later, in the 1860’s, the emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg arranged this site as his residence because he was captivated by the beautiful views of the Valley of Mexico that could be appreciated from that place; he beautified the castle by adding gardens and sophisticated interior decoration and communicated Chapultepec Castle with the Historical Centre by creating a Parisian style boulevard, which is now the renowned Reforma Avenue With the passing years the Castle became the home of all of Mexico’s presidents until, in 1940, Lázaro Cárdenas donated it to the nation so it could become the National History Museum. Apart from having priceless historical objects, this magnificent building also allows us to learn how presidents and emperors used to live, as well as granting us a beautiful view, considered by many the best in the whole city. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------  5.  Frida Kahlo museum The house/museum is located in Colonia del Carmen area of the Coyoacán borough of Mexico City. Coyoacán, especially the Colonia del Carmen area, has had an intellectual and vanguard reputation since the 1920s, when it was the home of Salvador Novo, Octavio Paz, Mario Moreno and Dolores del Río . Today, the area is home of number of the borough’s museums The house itself is located on the corner of Londres and Allende Streets, and it stands out for its cobalt-blue walls, giving it the name La Casa Azul (The Blue House). Like most of the other structures in the area, the house is built around a central courtyard with garden space, a tradition since colonial times. Originally, the house enclosed only three sides of this courtyard, but later the forth side was added to enclose it entirely. The house covers 800m2 and the central courtyard is another 400m2. As it was built in 1904, it originally had French-style decorative features but later it was changed to the plainer facade seen today. The building has two floors with various bedrooms, studio space, a large kitchen and dining room. Originally the house was the family home of Frida Kahlo, but since 1958, it has served as museum dedicated to her life and work. With about 25,000 visitors monthly, it is one of Mexico City’s most-visited museums, and the most-visited site in Coyoacán. It is supported solely by ticket sales and donations. The museum demonstrates the lifestyle of wealthy Mexican bohemian artists and intellectuals during the first half of the 20th century. According to records and testimony, the house today looks much as it did in 1951, decorated with Mexican folk art,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo_Museum - cite_note-inahficha-2 Kahlo’s personal art collection, a large collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, traditional Mexican cookware, linens, personal mementos such as photographs, postcards and letters, and works by José María Velasco, Paul Klee and Diego Rivera. Much of the collection is now in display cases designed for their preservation. The museum also contains a café and a small gift shop. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Coyoacán's "downtown" Coyoacán's "downtown" is one of México City's best places to just sit and watch the world go by. Made up of the adjoining Plaza Hidalgo and Jardín del Centenario, the Plaza Central is filled with elegantly trimmed gardens, fountains, tree-shaded benches, and, of course, people of every age and description. Restaurants, bars, and stores encircle the plaza and narrated tours of Coyoacán on a trolley bus depart hourly. The Casa de Cortés and Parroquia de San Juan Bautista form the park's glorious backdrop. Spanish conquistador Hernan de Cortés ruled his empire from house named after him, located to the north of Plaza Hidalgo. The Baroque Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, completed in 1582, is the scene of elaborate weddings on Saturdays. The Plaza Central hosts a bustling public market on Saturdays. You can walk from the plaza to Casa Frida Kahlo and the National Museum of Popular Cultures.
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