Monterrey Journals

Monterrey - City of Steel and Glass

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A November 2008 trip to Monterrey by JesusW

Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora Photo, Monterrey, Mexico More Photos
Quote: I GO to a lot of places on business trips. And Monterrey is one of the most visited ones, we are getting the in deep info from our local friends.

Pacifica

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Restaurant | "Upscale Beach"

Pacifica Photo, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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Many friends had recommended Pacifica, which sits on the second floor on a small mall (Plaza Real San Agustin) not too far from Hotel Camino Real, where we were staying.The restaurant's ambiance imitates a beach bistro, lots of ocean paraphernalia (fishnet, surf board, ship items and paintings, etc) with a rustic wood finish. The entrance is marked by a surf board at the parking lot level. After that you climb to the upper level and find lots of tables, some at the terrace. Lots of nice details.In the "nice" part of the city -Valle Oriente- prices are very high when you visit a restaurant, so you would expect an above the average service. I was somehow disappointed as the ser...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 7, 2009

Pacifica
Av. Lázaro Cárdenas #2510 L-12
San Pedro Garza Garcia

La Colmena

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Restaurant | "Sweet Honeycomb "La Colmena de Monterrey""

Beehive Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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First, there is no category for candy store here in IgoUgo, so I had to put this review here.When you are strolling at the pedestrian street near Macroplaza you can see lots of little stands with local candy, very tasty and made with walnuts, honey, caramel, etc. All very good, BUT... it may be a bit hard-old. To get the best "Glorias" you need to go to the source, and I found it thanks to a great local friend. He insisted I go with him as the place was not very far (5-10 min by car) from Cintermex.So we went to a part of the city that tourist will never visit on a regular tour of the city. Give the taxi driver the address, it's just two blocks from the "Y" Subway station....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 6, 2009

Monterrey - City of Steel and Glass

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Overview

Water instead of Steel Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This city is full of hardworking people, a very entrepreneur kind who fight against the climate and adversity of modern life.I GO to Monterrey now and then and stay in nice hotels because of my job, so I can describe the facilities for busy business guys, and this city has a lot of things to offer when U GO there.Being close to Texas has a lot of benefits for the English-speaking tourist/businessman. Monterrey has lots of people that will understand what you say, and even if they don't speak a single drop, they will try to help you in more than one way.Be careful, as weather is very extreme. You can get heat stroke or freeze to death depending on the time of year you...Read More

Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora

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Hotel

Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This hotel is the best option if you have business to do at Cintermex, the exposition center just a few steps from the hotel. It is so convenient that if the weather is not cooperating (extreme heat or hard rain), there is a direct covered bridge linking the two buildings. You can't beat that! I stayed on the second floor in a double-bed room. It's very spacious for two people. There is cable TV, and you get a small, round table with a couple chairs if you need to do some work and use your computer. For Internet, you need to dial up, as there is no high-speed internet, but you have the option of wireless coverage in the lobby area. My room cost came with a buffet breakfast. You get the usu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2005

Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora
RETORNO FUNDIDORA NO 100
Monterrey, Mexico 64010
528183696000

Crowne Plaza Monterrey

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Hotel

Crowne Plaza Monterrey Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This is a great place to stay. It is very comfy and in a great location. I go to this place on business trips, as it is very centrally located, a couple blocks from the Macroplaza (main plaza of Monterrey) and close to restaurants and shops. For us Internet-aholics, there is free Internet access in the lobby via wireless coverage, and all the rooms get free high-speed wall plugs, so for business or leisure, you have it covered. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center with a sauna (separate genders). The only complaint about the pool is that it always has a lot of chlorine; you can even smell it when standing a few meters from it. The indoor factor is important, as the heat in Monte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2005

Crowne Plaza Monterrey
AV CONSTITUCION OTE 300
Monterrey, Mexico 64000
528183196000

Antarisuite Cintermex

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Hotel | "AntariSuites Cintermex"

Antarisuite Cintermex Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This place is just across Cintermex, the huge Convention-Expo center in Parque Fundidora. It's a little bit farther than the Holiday Inn but has a bridge to bypass the busy Ave. Fundidora--only very brave tourists or locals would think of trying to cross the avenue at the corner, even with a traffic light right there. People in Monterrey drive like they'll score a point for every pedestrian they hit! This hotel suite is small but comfortable and a little bit more affordable in the long run (Rates per night $99-120 Dlls single or double) than the other hotels nearby. If you are staying a long period, say 5-8 nights, you will fill a little bit more at home here as you get a small living room and mi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

Antarisuite Cintermex
AVE FUNDIDORA NO 500 COL OBRER
Monterrey, Mexico
52-81-8318-0444

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I only spent a night at this hotel on a business trip, but what an incredible experience! This is an old hotel with all the elegance and tradition of those catering to wealthy and demanding customers. One thing that you can't avoid is the mahogany - it is all over the place: in the walls, in the stairs in the doors, in the corridors… hey, this place is worth 1 million just in wood. The decoration is in very good taste, with magnificent chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and old oil paintings in the walls, nice carpets, and super-comfortable sofas in the lobby. The service is something to talk about and, in one simple word, excellent. I had no complains I can think of, from the maids to t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2005

Sheraton Ambassador Hotel and Towers
AV HIDALGO 310 ORIENTE
Monterrey, Mexico
52-81-8380-7000

El Granero Grill

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Restaurant

El Granero Grill Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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The food in this place is great. It’s Mexican country with style. The ambience is a little bit snobby, the decorations are made of dark wood, and there are small chandeliers, but even after all those negative points, I enjoyed the place, service, and food. Fortunately, I was not paying, as it is a little bit on the expensive side, but worth it. The restaurant is located in the Del Valle neighborhood, which is the nice area of the city. As we were a large group of 12, we ordered some snacks to share, which included atropellado (shredded cabrito with a tomato sauce), cabrito, chicharron, guacamole, garlic mushrooms, etc., all of them accompanied by hot tortillas, some c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2005

El Granero Grill
Calzada del Valle 333 Ote.
Monterrey, Mexico
+52 (81) 8378-4408

Tostadas Maderos

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Restaurant | "Maderos"

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This is a very traditional place to eat, very Monterrey, and cheap. This restaurant has been open since 1963 and is very well-known for its huge tostadas. A tostada is a deep-fried tortilla that is completely flat and crunchy. In Maderos, they make them big. The normal size of tostadas in central Mexico is about the size of your clenched fist, but in Monterrey, they are about twice that size. They will put shredded chicken to cover it, not sparsely but generously, and then add sour cream, cheese, and another tostada as a lid in case you want to eat it like a sandwich. But most probably, you won't be able to fit that enormous tostada in your mouth. It is not an easy task, so they wisely provide you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2005

Tostadas Maderos
Francisco I. Madero 2022
Monterrey, Mexico
01 81 8355 9510

Tacos Cart

Restaurant | "Tacos Remy"

Tacos Cart Photo,
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Bear with me on this. Follow directions and you won't be disappointed. This only works before 11 in the morning. Starting at Cintermex Expo center, cross the pedestrian bridge towards AntariSuits and go toward Carl's Jr. - but you won't be eating there - and past the restaurant and before you cross the street and get into Popeye's (seafood, supposed to be Cajun-style, but I have my doubts - big ones), turn left. You will see two pick-up trucks selling food (pictures to come after August, I promise) the first one says "Tacos al Vapor", and the second one has "Tacos Remy" on top of it, on the back door you will find signs with all the tacos available (they take down the ones that are not available)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

Tacos Cart
Av. Fundidora
Monterrey, Mexico

Pesca

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Restaurant | "La Pesca"

Pesca Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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The restaurant is not located in a nice neighborhood, nor is it on a really wide, busy street, so we didn't pay much attention to it, but our local friends recommended we meet there, so we went for lunch. The inside is not richly decorated, but it has all the sea paraphernalia: nets, dissected fish, shells, palm paintings, seagulls, etc. The chairs were comfortable, and it seemed like an average place to eat. The good side of it is in the kitchen!I'm not a big fan of seafood, but this place has very good dishes and combinations, the cooks really take care of you, and everybody was so satisfied, we had to repeat the visit one week later.First visit I had the fish fil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2005

Pesca
Adolfo Prieto #2029 esq. Juan Escutia
Monterrey, Mexico
+52 8345-6656

El Rincón Sonorense

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Restaurant

El Rincón Sonorense Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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Very popular, all guys love it as they are Beef Tacos Sonora Style. What makes them different from Tacos de Asada? Simple, the meat may be the same but the flavor and the toppings make the difference, like having cucumbers, cabbage and aluminium wrapped onions to go with your taco, it makes a different experience.The names also change, you have , Caramelos, grilled meat with melted cheese; Lorenzas which is only a Tostada with cheese but don´t be confused by that simple detail.Price per taco goes from 16 to 20 Mexican pesos (Feb 2008) depending if you want the melted cheese (highly recommended) or not. All the toppings are available at the central salsa bar, from the grilled o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

El Rincón Sonorense
Río Missisipi y Río Tamasunchale
Monterrey, Mexico

Buey

Restaurant | "El Buey"

Buey Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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Really great and fast, fast yummy food!This guy took lessons from Henry Ford in the way of mechanized chain production methods. They have established a way to make really good tacos de arrachera in a very speedy way, faster than eating at McD! and much much tastier.Even with mass production tactics, they don´t leave the traditional flavor, they make the orders on the spot and the tortillas are freshly made on site, no plastic bagged ones are used here, and everybody loves it, they are richer in flavor and texture.You may order your tacos in different sizes and combos, with melted Asadero Cheese or with Avocado. Try them with all the options, you won´t regret it, after eating beef with Asadero Cheese y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

Buey
Av. Fundidora 520
Monterrey, Mexico

El Rey del Taco

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Restaurant

Beef and pork Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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El Rey del Taco (King of taco), was recommended by many locals and as I was in the area I gave them a try, very worth it.The place was not far from my hotel at Plaza Fiesta San Agustin (a small cab fare of around us$3 one way), and I was lucky because I was on the expensive side of town, but just crossing the tunnel north I was in the normal people area and just a few blocks and six minutes from this taco place.There are other tacos in the area, but my friends directed me to El Rey, and I'm glad, the meat is very fresh (they have no leftovers because the high flow of customers) and the cooks are experts at preparing the plates.I tried both the beef and the "trompo - al pas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2007

Havana

Attraction

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This nightclub is one of the most "chic" in Monterrey, and here you will find famous artists from Mexico and some international ones when they come to play at the city. Being in Colonia Del Valle means the average guy/gal is from the high society of Monterrey, or at least a wannabe. Here is a place to see and be seen. There are gorgeous girls, most of them in their teens, pretending to be used to partying all night. The place closes around 2 or 3 in the morning, as city laws are strict, especially on weekends. The place is so popular that you need to know the guy at the entrance, as space inside is limited and the ambience is very hot. There are long crowds outside the entrance, waiting f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2005

Havana
San Pedro 202, Col Del Valle
Monterrey, Mexico

Cascada Cola de Caballo Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This was a very refreshing side of Monterrey, a city mostly known for its arid and hot weather. Here you arrive at paradise and lots of water, so much in fact that it creates a huge waterfall known as the Cola de Caballo (Horsetail) because of the shape it makes on the way down (and also because of the fact that the guys in this region are famous cowboys and love horses). The entrance is a bit touristy, and you can avoid the walk by hiring some little horse-drawn carts.

Along the way up to the waterfall, you can have a picnic. Just bring the food and charcoal, as the grills are here for you to use, so you can eat on the side of the small creek formed by the waterfall.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Cascada Cola de Caballo
Carretera Federal No. 85
Santiago, Mexico 67320
+52 8 3471599

Parque Fundidora

Attraction

Parque Fundidora Photo, Monterrey, Mexico
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This is one of the landmarks of the city, it reflects the origins of its wealth and the hardworking courage the people of this area posses.At the beginning of the 20th century the "Fundidora" (melting plant) was opened and inaugurated the first high oven of Latin America, the company was very successful but after some time the union's demands and thefts brought it to it's knees and it became bankrupt. After the government overtook the plant, it was decided to convert it into a public park.The result has become fantastic!There is a shallow pond, a sports Arena, concerts venue, skating ring, steel museum, convention center, Holiday Inn hotel and a Cart Serial racing track. The me...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2006

Parque Fundidora
Avenida Fundidora y Adolfo Prieto s/n
Monterrey, Mexico
+52 (81) 8345-4898