I've been over most of Central America, and absolutely adore the countries, culture, and peoples (even Belize City, which is an acquired taste). I really, really didn't like Tegucigalpa at all - it has a very nasty vibe to it, not just a bad reputation. The journey in was particularly bad: late at night, non-working ATMs, violence after a football match - it was just a bad, bad, bad experience.
Which is why i enjoyed Cafe Cibreo so much. It felt like taking a breath of relief. Apparently it's recommended by the US Embassy. It feels slightly small, but it's got game. And some depth.
Palmira is a "safe" part of a city that you pretty much can't walk around in at night, and Cibreo feels very up-market opposite what looks like a 5* hotel (200L/$10 to/from Ticabus, but the traffic is very bad so budget an hour for a 15min journey). The outside is modest, but the sidewalk area it's in is clean, attractive, and gated for security. The lobby is a strange mix of rustic and modern, but it's appealing and has a calmness that's slightly intoxicating.
The staff themselves are helpful, friendly, and highly professional, and you can sense the effort put into the food as it's absolutely first class. The breakfast dining room downstairs is fantastically First-World. The rooms are beautifully decorated with a lot of character: clean, nicely designed, and great value for money. The wifi's a bit on and off, but it's trivial.
If someone absolutely forced me to go back to Tegucigalpa (and you'd have to, with a gun against my head), this is definitely where i'd stay, and where i'd recommend anyone else on a mid-range budget to stay. Although i think i'd confine myself in the gated lobby in the evenings to soak up the place with a cerveza rather than deal with the potential malevolence downtown.
Gorgeous staff lady! Also, even if i was blurry eyed, one of the most beautiful, classy women i have ever seen walked right through reception in the morning, so as far as i'm concerned - tongue in cheek -, these things constitute a good omen for such a great little metropolitan oasis. I just wish it was in another city, although perhaps it needs to be where it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cafe Cibreo is located in the Hotel Disrtrict of Tegucigalpa with excellent access to all tourist destinations and historical downtown. Large rooms with working desk and large closet. Rooms with kitchenette available for lang stays, terrace and garden available with some rooms. Across the street form bars and restaurants with good security and friendly environment. Service oriente for the buisness traveler with a friendly staff and full 24 hour service. ... more less
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