Westin Hotels returns to Mexico City

MEXICO CITY Westin Hotels marks its return to Mexico City with the opening of The Westin Santa Fe. Managed under an agreement between Starwood and Heldan Hotels & Resorts SA de CV, The Westin Santa Fe overlooks evergreen valleys with spectacular views of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.

The opening of the newly constructed hotel also marks the debut of Breathe Westin in Mexico’s capital city, setting the standard for smoke-free hotels in the market.

“We are delighted to reintroduce the Westin brand to Mexico City with the opening of this sophisticated and elegant urban retreat within the dynamic Santa Fe area. The opening of The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City, underscores the importance of Mexico to the Westin brand and builds on our strong history in both urban and resort locations throughout Mexico,” says Osvaldo Librizzi, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “We are very bullish on Latin America, which represents one of the most robust market opportunities for the future growth of all of Starwood’s world-class brands.”

Boasting a prime location at the heart of downtown, The Westin Santa Fe is a key element of Park Plaza, the city’s newest upscale mixed-use development. Designed by Edmonds International, Park Plaza features office space and a variety of high-end retail shops. Less than 20 minutes from Toluca airport, the hotel is within walking distance of the BBVA Bancomer Convention Center and convenient to numerous corporate offices, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

“We are especially proud to be associated with Starwood in the management of The Westin Santa Fe, in the heart of the fast-growing Santa Fe business district in Mexico City,” says Salomon Helfon, director of Heldan Hotels & Resorts. “The opportunity to work with Starwood is an important recognition of the high caliber of work that we have accomplished with this development and we believe The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City will become a landmark in our city.”

The Westin Santa Fe is the brand’s sixth hotel in Mexico, joining The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas (a Starwood Vacation Ownership property) and The Westin San Luis in Potosi. In addition to its six hotels in Mexico and one in Guatemala, the brand is gearing up to open The Westin Libertador in Lima, Peru in 2011. Overall, Starwood has 22 hotels and resorts in Mexico and 62 properties in Latin America.

“The growing depth of our global Westin portfolio underscores the strong appeal of our distinctive wellness positioning in diverse international markets like Mexico City,” says Nancy London, vice president and global leader for Westin Hotels. “The Westin brand is at a pivotal point in its life cycle, with an unprecedented opportunity for international growth and is well on its way to establishing itself as an international market leader. We look forward to introducing the brand’s healthy-living initiatives to travelers to Santa Fe.”