Most travelers fly into Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport and spend 1–2 nights in Guatemala City. The city isn’t known as a top destination, but it nonetheless has several worthy sites and attractions. Restoration is underway in the Centro Histórico, where you can visit the former presidential palace and several 18th-century churches. Guatemala City also has a nice assortment of shops, restaurants, and bars.
The Real InterContinental Guatemala is a large and modern hotel in Zona Viva. The hotel lobby is attractive—it features sculptures and Guatemalan artwork. The ample amenities and services of this hotel ensure a comfortable stay.
There are 239 rooms and 7 suites. The accommodations are pleasant, with warm colors and modern décor. There are large windows to let light in when you want it and big curtains to block it when you don’t. All rooms have a private hot water bathroom with a rain showerhead, bathtub, hair dryer, and bathrobe.
The beds are cozy and feature Egyptian cotton sheets and down pillows. Flat-screen cable TVs provide entertainment and wireless Internet makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family back home. A coffee maker and a well-stocked mini-bar are provided. Additionally, all rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a desk, telephone, stereo, safety deposit box, and an iron/ironing board.
When hunger strikes you can visit one of the hotel’s restaurants. The Tanoshii Sushi Bar has fine Japanese cuisine and some of the best sushi rolls in town. Another option is Picasso, which serves Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. At Picasso you can enjoy delicious pizza, pasta, risotto, and salads. Concerts are also held here every Tuesday and Thursday night. Finally, the InterContinental has a boulangerie/patisserie where you can enjoy gourmet pastries, sandwiches, crepes, and coffee.
The hotel has a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi that’s set on a deck overlooking the city. This is a pleasant place to cool off in the afternoon. Want to stick to your exercise routine while traveling? Then head to the fully equipped gym on the 4th floor. Other helpful services at the Real InterContinental Guatemala include a free airport shuttle and business center.