In order to take advantage of the free days I had in between my LEVEL flights, I decided to book a side trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. It is my first time in the land of Tequila, and I booked the Intercontinental Presidente hotel for the weekend.
The Intercontinental Presidente Hotel, located in the Zapopan district, occupies 12 floors on a building located on a busy intersection between two main avenues. The hotel offers some 35 rooms per floor and meeting/convention/events space.
You can access InterContinental Presidente Guadalaraja here.
The hotel is located some 25 km away from the airport. At my arrival I could easily request an Uber ride at the airport that took me to the hotel. Traffic was horrendous at that time of the day (past noon) and it felt it took forever to get there (about 50 minutes).
The first thing I noticed at my arrival was the amount of meetings/conventions that were taking place at the hotel. The car entrance and parkway was full of vehicles and the bell boys were not enough to handle all the traffic they were getting.
The hotel lobby is a large white marble space with minimum decoration. At the check in desk I was directed to the Club to complete my check in there.
The hotel has an interior, covered patio. It looked a bit old and run down, and one of the panoramic elevators was out of service and covered in a black plastic layer.
I had originally booked a Club Room, but being Platinum Ambassador, they upgraded me to a Terrace Suite. The suite size was OK (more like a Junior Suite).
Room amenities included a flat screen TV, minibar, coffee maker, safe box, bathrobe & slippers.
The bathroom was spacious. I loved the bathtub and the glass walls to the terrace. No privacy issues as there are no buildings this tall in front of the hotel.
The welcome amenities included water, a fruit platter and a lovely plated silver little hound.
The Pool and the Gym
The pool and the gym are located on Floor 12. The pool had nice views over the sierra, and the gym remains open 24 hours (you can access with your card). The gym was a small space, cramped with fitness equipment. The equipment seemed fairly new and modern.
The Intercontinental Club
The Club is located on the Lobby Floor. It’s a large space divided in different rooms, with dining, lounging and working areas.
The food and drinks offerings during happy hour were good. I loved the shrimps in a green spicy sauce. A good selection of local beers and Spanish wine were part of the drink offerings. There was also a full bar with a barman serving long drinks and cocktails per request.
Continental breakfast in the lounge was a nice surprise. Besides the scrambled eggs, sausages, pastries and fruit offerings, it also included Mexican dishes as Txilaquiles, chicken with mole or fried beans.
This hotel may not be the most luxurious Intercontinental in the chain, but it is reasonably priced and it does the trick, The service has been very attenive so far, accomodating for all our requests any time. Given the chance to come back to Guadalajara, I would probably stay at this property again.