Colonia Hernandez y Boulevard del Sur, contiguo a Multiplaza Mall, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro is the business capital of Honduras and the tourist jumping off point to Copan, La Ceiba, and the Bay Islands. For a night or longer the InterContinental is the best choice here. It is a city hotel that tries to present a tropical ambiance.
Squeezed between a parkway and a shopping mall, the Real Intercontinental doesn't exactly exude a feeling of luxury at first. The entrance helps the transition though, creating a tropical feel with the use of a U–shaped driveway densely populated with tropical plants and a bubbling fountain. You enter a bright marble and pillared lobby with a view out to the pool, promoting a non–city feel.
Accommodations are bright, clean, and modern –– but uninspiring. Guests have a choice of king or two queen size beds, all with lightweight duvets and pillow mattresses. Marble bathrooms have shower/tub combination with rain showerhead, robe, standard toiletries, hair dryer, lighted vanity mirror and InterContinental's signature super–size towels.
Nothing you haven't seen in similar chain hotels, so cut to the chase and opt for the Executive Club Level with separate check–in and lounge. Upgrades include breakfast, welcome drink, free non–alcoholic beverages, happy hour, and other upgrades well worth the minimal extra cost. Spacious suites sport a more tropical look that wouldn't be out of place at a beach resort, with lots of rattan chairs and tables.
The bright, pristine–looking typical IC décor continues in the Bambu Restaurant but is brightened by the use of antique Honduran artifacts. The restaurant offers international and local food at all three meals plus a variety of specialty dinner buffets. As with the sister Tegucigalpa hotel, clothes valets are available for those who wish to shed their suit jacket while dining. A pleasant dining patio with view of the pool and garden is located just outside the air–conditioned restaurant. The Vertigo Bar features the hotel's most interesting detail—an antique wooden door from a little town in El Salvador. The bar offers a full menu of libations and snacks, which can be enjoyed indoors or on the patio, Both have flat screen plasma TVs, which can be a plus or a minus depending on your mood. Food and drinks are also served poolside but be prepared for slow service.
The pool has made the best use a small property with tropical plantings creating a pleasant relaxation area. You can easily forget the traffic and shopping center that are adjacent to the hotel. The small, but well–equipped workout room looks out onto the pool and pleasant garden area. There is a sauna, change room, and a massage room.
The Real InterContinental San Pedro Sula is favored by businesspeople but also is an option for tourist heading stopping over on the way to Copán Ruins, the Bay Islands, and other tourist destinations. All hotels in San Pedro Sula suffer from a reputation for service that is often inconsistent, slow, or non–existent. Chalk it up to the tropical heat or lack of training. While the InterContinental San Pedro Sula gets better marks in this area than the others, don't have high expectations when it comes to staffers attentively taking care of your needs.
Web Address: San Pedro Sula
Total Number of Rooms: 149
Published rates: $150 to $700
Review by Sandra Scott, small photo by author, the larger photo courtesy of San Pedro Sula.