Avenida Roble frente Mall Multiplaza, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
For the best in service, location, and ambiance, discerning visitors to Tegucigalpa stay on the executive floor of the Real InterContinental Tegucigalpa. Frequent visitors to Honduras may think they have been whisked to another country.
Upon arrival, the InterContinental Tegucigalpa looks like a typical Central American high–rise hotel. When entering the lobby, however, you will find a Mediterranean ambiance complete with marble floors, massive pillars, Moorish arches, vaulted ceilings, and wrought–iron chandeliers not typical of Honduran architecture. Live music is featured during the week in the lobby, adding liveliness to the "see and be seen" deal–making and politicking.
Location makes the IC Tegus an excellent choice for businesspeople as well as tourists. It is southeast of downtown, across from the premiere Multiplaza shopping mall, in what has become the new center of the city. The government buildings are less than a mile away––just far enough away to avoid disruptions from political protests that may take place. Built in 1999 the hotel was remodeled in 2005.
All accommodations maintain InterContinental standards but opt for a room on the executive floor. The extra tariff is reasonable and well worth it. Executive floor guests proceed directly to that level for check in. Guestrooms are comfortable with choice of king or queen beds with lightweight quilts and fern embroidered tapestry wall hangings in lieu of a headboard. At the executive level accommodations add complimentary Internet connection, breakfast, plus afternoon cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Executive rooms also feature in–room computer with flat screen monitor, cordless phones, fax, VCR, turndown service, and bathrobes. Marble vanities and oversized towels join a separate tub and a stand–alone shower. The business desk has a staff that is quick and eager to meet requests. Several suites come with twice the space, a CD player, and a whirlpool tub.
The Azulejos Restaurant offers an international menu that features nightly specialty buffets and a popular Sunday brunch. Breakfast buffets offer a large variety of attractively displayed items. The clothes valets placed discretely nearby providing a place for jackets, coats, briefcases and/or purses add a nice touch. The Scenario Bar avoided the Mediterranean look for one that is sleek and trendy with a wide a selection of international cocktails and wines.
The attractive pool area has a tropical look that belies its city location with a shaded lounge area and patio seating for outdoor dining. The newly remodeled fitness center provides a personal trainer in the morning and early evenings. The spa offers massage rooms, a sauna, and whirlpool baths. Reasonably priced airport pickup is available upon request and includes complimentary bottled water.
The InterContinental Tegucigalpa will please both the businessperson and the tourist. Staff is professional, offering what most consider the best city hotel service in Honduras. When there are lapses it is due more to lack of training than indifference. Having said that, frequent visitors to Honduras will be thrilled with the IC and even though it won't dazzle the frequent international traveler this is clearly the best choice in the capital city of Tegus.
Web Address: Intercontinental Tegucigalpa
Total Number of Rooms: 157
Published rates: $149 to $600
Review and photos by Sandra Scott.