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On June 14, 2001, the 185-room Park Hyatt Mendoza & Regency
Casino welcomed its first guest. Featuring a 2,500-bottle “Wine
Library,” the hotel also has a ballroom, a spa, several restaurants
and a casino under separate management. Mendoza, 500 miles west of
Buenos Aires, is Argentina’s foremost wine-producing area and also
the gateway to Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas.
One of the world’s great collections of Latin American art,
owned by Argentine business executive Eduardo Constantini, is going
on permanent display in Palermo, a suburb of the Argentine capital
of Buenos Aires. Financed by Constantini himself, the
70,000-square-foot Museum of Latin American Art will feature more
than 220 works valued at some $40 million. Artists include Mexico’s
Frida Kahlo and Colombia’s Fernando Botero; the museum offers a
Radisson Hotels & Resorts has entered the Brazilian market in
an alliance with Atlantica Hotels International, a Brazilian hotel
developer. The partnership expects to open 10 properties over the
next three years, the first of which is the 220-room Radisson Faria
LimaSão Paulo, which opened this past September with 3,000 square
feet of meeting space.
Arguably Brazil’s most famous hotel, the 226-room Copacabana
Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro reopened in September 2001 following
three months of renovations. Spruced up at the same time was the
property’s Cipriani restaurant.
The Hotel Convento do Carmo is to open later this year in the
famed Pelourinho district of Salvador, 700 miles northeast of Rio
de Janeiro. A former monastery, the hotel features 80 rooms, two
cloisters, a museum of sacred art and an ornate chapel serving as
meeting space. As the modifications to the 1677 building were
strictly regulated, guests still need to use the same clunky keys
to enter rooms as did the original inhabitants Carmelite monks.
The Hotel Inter-Continental Santiago in the Chilean capital city of
Santiago added a tower last summer, tripling the property’s room
count to 300. Additional meeting space also was created.
Millennium Hotels opens at the end of this month the 17-room Royal
Palm Hotel Galapagos on Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands.
Featuring an assortment of villas and suites, this remote redoubt
costs from $500 to $800 per night, in addition to a charge of
approximately $100 just to set foot in these ecologically protected
islands plus the airfare to travel here from mainland Ecuador. The
hotel has two meeting rooms and a business center.
The Andean city of Cusco is getting a new airport. Peruvian
President Alejandro Toledo signed a bill in mid-October paving the
way for construction of the Chinchero International Airport, which
will enable the city to handle five times the current number of
flights. No date for groundbreaking has been set.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has taken over management of the
44-villa Madison Resort, Golf & Spa. Now known as the Four
Seasons Resort Carmelo, the hotel is on the Plata River, near the
town of Carmelo, 25 miles north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Features include a spa, meeting facilities and an 18-hole
championship golf course complete with clubhouse. Future plans
include the building of 40 more villas around the links.
Compiled by Terence BakerAIR LIFT.
The 123-room Monasterio, an Orient-Express hotel in Cusco, Peru,
has added oxygen machines to 50 rooms. Being 11,000 feet above sea
level, some guests at the property suffer from altitude sickness,
or soroche, as the locals call it. Orient-Express also is buying a
seven-room inn in Peru’s Colca Canyon, near the city of Arequipa.
The canyon, one of the world’s deepest, is noted for its majestic
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