I stayed at the InterContinental Presidente for business during a few days in July. From a couple of the reviews, I was worried about rusty faucets breaking off in my hand, frayed carpeting, and peeling paint. While I'm only half kidding, I was pleasantly surprised that my room was fresh, clean, and as modern as I would want. It wasn't a huge room by any means, but it was standard for a hotel room in the States.
All good hotels have their unexpected benefits, and this one is no exception. Next to the bed were two switches: one lowered and raised a light screen, so that it blocked sunlight while still enabling you to see outside. The other one lowered and raised a darker screen, and when you closed both, you were cut off from the world completely. With the screens lowered, I created a "womb-like" atmosphere to sleep in. For someone with sleep problems like me, this is a godsend.
And it was no sacrifice to obscure the window. My twelfth floor window looked out on a large HVAC system and satellite dish. I could have been anywhere from the Bronx to Seoul. My colleague, on the other hand, stayed on the 37th floor and had a spectacular view of the city. So ask for a room on a high floor.
There was nothing objectionable about the room. The bed was comfortable, the desk had ample space, and the bathroom facilities were clean and satisfactory. But I couldn't help compare it to the spectacular room I had at the W, just down the block, the last time I was in Mexico City. That room was huge and sleek, and even had a hammock in the room that served as a huge shower.
My only other quibble with the room is that there is no outlet next to the bed. The closest one was across the room. Since I use a CPAP breathing device that requires power, I had to jury-rig a set up to power the device so I could breathe at night. Tossing or turning would have pulled the plug out of the wall.
I needed to use the Internet, so I bought wi-fi service for about $10 US/day. After a few minutes of connection problems, the wifi worked fine and was reasonably fast.
The stucco-walled gym was pretty good as well. It is broken up into a few small spaces, with elliptical machines mostly in one area, treadmills in another, bikes in another. Scattered around were some dumbbells and some weight machines. You can definitely get a decent workout in.
I didn't really use any of the hotel restaurants since I was out the door at 7 am and back at 11 pm, but the neighborhood is great and has good restaurants nearby. I felt as safe walking around the neighborhood as I would in, say, Aspen.
In sum, get a room on a high floor, close the shades without getting out of bed, and enjoy a good night's sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presidente InterContinental Mexico City is an award-winning hotel in Polanco, one of the capital's most dynamic cultural, business and shopping areas. This prestigious building is close to the National Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Park and Castle and the National Auditorium. Nearby Mazaryk Avenue and Antara Mall are also worth seeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Presidente Mexico City Hotel Mexico City
- Intercontinental Mexico City
- Mexico City Intercontinental