Hotels: Mexican Oasis

At first glance, Mexico City's newest hotel, the $24 million Camino Real, looks like a fortress. To guests, including the International Olympic committeemen checking in last week, that might have been a reassuring thought while students battled the army. But nothing could have been farther from the mind of Architect Ricardo Legorreta when he designed the hotel. His aim had been simply to create an oasis of greenery and quiet in the center of a bustling, dusty city. "People are pushed and rushed too much," says Legorreta. "To me, one of the...

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