by Michael J. Shapiro | January 01, 2004

This bustling metropolis combines a rich historical pedigree with an eye for business: The world’s third-largest ancient pyramid stands just 30 miles from the city’s center.
   Modern developments include the new Centro Banamex convention center, with nearly 23,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 111,000 square feet for exhibits. The adjoining horse track makes for a unique addition to the usual stable of activities.
   Nearby, the upscale neighborhood of Polanco is home to the 659-room Presidente InterConti-nental hotel and Latin America’s first W hotel. The 279-room W, which opened in October 2003,features avant-garde styling that includes hammocks in all of the guest room showers.

High time: The W hotel
opened in October