Nuevo Laredo is directly across the Rio Grande, which forms the Mexican-American border, from the Texan city of Laredo. For decades the town has been a favorite destination for Americans who want to sample a taste of Mexican life. The downtown area has bars, cafes and restaurants where visitors can sample tequilas, margaritas and spicy Mexican food. In a September 2010 bulletin, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs warned travelers to exercise caution when visiting Nuevo Laredo because of the violent drug cartel conflicts.
Amerik Suites Behind Mall El Norte
Set in downtown Nuevo Laredo in a building featuring contemporary architecture with Mexican styling, the Amerik Suites Behind Mall El Norte has a gym and a heated outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall and an adjacent hot tub. In front of the hotel, the Mall El Norte has 160 stores and a selection of well-known American restaurant brands. The hotel provides a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. The Amerik Suites is five minutes from the main border crossing to Laredo, and guests arriving by car benefit from free parking.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel Nuevo Laredo
Housed in an eye-catching modern building, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Nuevo Laredo is two miles from the shopping, bars and restaurants of the downtown area. Guests enjoy a free shuttle service to the border crossing and to Nuevo Laredo’s Quetzalcoatl Airport. Other amenities include a fitness room and a covered swimming pool. The on-site Gran Salon Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and guests’ children eat there for free. For those who like trying their luck, the Casino Juega Juega is a five-minute drive away.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Nuevo Laredo
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Nuevo Laredo is in a contemporary 11-story block, a short drive from the Rio Grande border crossing and five miles from Nuevo Laredo’s airport. The hotel has an indoor heated pool with a glass roof and a fitness suite. The on-site Cafe Restaurante serves international dishes and Mexican specialties while the Lobby Bar features live music every Friday. Set in the green spaces of Viveros Park, the Nuevo Laredo Zoo is just 200 yards away.
Camino Real Nuevo Laredo
The Camino Real Nuevo Laredo is in a modern glass-fronted building with a freestanding lobby structure picked out in shocking pink. Inside, the lobby is in an atrium with lots of greenery and a bar. Leisure amenities include a gym and an outdoor swimming pool. The on-site Azulejos Restaurante serves Mexican cuisine. The hotel is a five-minute drive from the Maclovia Herrera Market, which sells handmade crafts, glassware clothes and leather goods.