Contemporary chic in Mexico’s Monterrey
The bustling city outside Grand Fiesta Americana Monterrey Valle melts away in an instant as you enter a feat of architecture that somehow blends industrial chic with Old World charm, simplicity with sophistication, and subtlety with luxury.
The hotel fills several stories of one of the two towers of the Trébol Park development, with shops, restaurants and an artsy atrium that sometimes houses art exhibitions. The hotel is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains and affords incredible views from every room, with the cityscape and rugged mountainside competing for attention.
Exposed concrete beams and industrial elevator shafts are tamed by blond woods, leather and tinted glass to give a vibe that feels solid, elegant and hints at a bit of whimsy. The Monterrey hotel has become an instant classic, as popular with well-heeled locals as it is with traveling executives and those on weekend getaways.
Highlights include an upscale full-service restaurant, lounge, workout room, meeting rooms, event space and a business center, plus friendly service that may remind you of the warm hospitality of a Mexican beach hotel, even though it's in the middle of the mountains.
Grand Fiesta Americana is in San Pedro Garza García, located in the western valley of Monterrey in the state of Leon. It is across town (about 40 minutes) from the Monterrey International Airport and is only 10 to 15 minutes from most of the city's key business and recreational destinations.
It offers easy access to dozens of big-name corporate offices, the Macroplaza town square, Cintermex Convention Center, the canals of Santa Lucia, Fundidora Park and several museums. The Trébol Park development has several restaurants and shops, and dozens more can be found in the shopping plaza just across the highway. For a bit of fresh air, head to the nearby mountains to explore caves, rappel, zipline and go horseback riding. Golf is available at the nearby La Herradura Country Club.
Subdued, tranquil hallways ring a glass atrium and lead to guest rooms that are the epitome of executive chic. Each room offers massive floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook busy city streets and the mountains beyond. Stylized photos of the city's industrial history adorn the walls, contrasting with the ultra-posh bedding, mod furnishings and warm accents that clearly mark the room as the domain of crisp shirts, laptops and leather briefcases.
The bathrooms offer double vanities and a rain shower, plus Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Other amenities include minibars, work desks, universal charging stations and smart TVs.
The Food and Drink
The luxury hotel's chic restaurant and lounge bar are on the fourth floor. Both use fresh cuttings harvested from the onsite herb garden, located next to the ground-floor reception area, in their recipes. The restaurant, 1856, offers close-up views of the Sierra Madres and serves a buffet breakfast each morning and à la carte meals all day long.
Standouts from chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita's menu include local cabrito (goat), fine cuts of beef and pastas. After dinner, head to La Maestranza for its swank furnishings, city views and cocktails.