The 423-room Presidente InterContinental Guadalajara is the most comprehensive meetings and convention hotel in Mexico’s second largest city. Centrally located just 10 minutes from Expo Guadalajara, Mexico’s largest convention center, the property is a buzzing hub of meeting attendees with a flawless level of professional and gracious service.
During our visit, the expansive lobby hosted multiple events in the main foyer, tequila bar and upscale Frutas y Flores restaurant, which has revolving culinary themes throughout the week. That kinetic energy provides a great forum to meet other professionals from around the world, especially when live musicians play contemporary Latin music during the evenings.
Off of the lobby, the exclusive executive business lounge has another busy bar, workspaces and a chef’s table dining area for private VIP events. Our chef’s table dinner of filet tournedos and fresh lobster was one of the best meals we’ve ever had in Mexico, surprising everyone in our visiting group with the deftness in preparation and presentation.
Book those VIPs in one of the 47 expansive suites with a huge desk and work area, and sophisticated modern decor. All of the newly renovated rooms in the fully glass-clad building have floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of the city.
The InterContinental Guadalajara really shines when it comes to it meeting space. A total of 18 rooms seat up to 1,500 people theater-style. The largest spaces are the 14,000-sf Astral Ballroom and the 7,700-sf Grand Salon Bellatrix.
Really the best thing about InterContinental Guadalajara is the people, from the executive offices to everyone working the busy lobby. The level of attentiveness to detail is constant, and all of the staff seem genuinely engaged with their roles and the success of their guests’ visit. Numerous times, people came up to us and asked if we wanted to know anything about the city, or if they could be of any assistance in any other way.
That hospitality is pervasive in Guadalajara. It’s almost as if the locals are constantly trying to forge their own identity beyond the shadow of Mexico’s capital city, with a collective enthusiasm and pride you rarely see these days to this degree. For Mexico meetings of all types, definitely give InterContinental Guadalajara a good look.
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