Asmara is a very small & developing city so certain mod cons you just expect in a any hotel may not be readily available in a place like this. The hotel I would say for facilities is certainly the best in Asmara. It has an indoor + outdoor pool, 3 restaurants and gym. It also has a couple of shops and money changing facilites. The rooms are very spacious with a balcony and the facilities are pretty standard. There is tea & coffee and a small mini bar. There is no internet in the room (although there is a plug in) it does not work at all and this is for the whole hotel. TV does not have great reception....bring a laptop for movies! the beds are big and comfy but the bedding itself is very old bobbly and unfortunatley a bit holey. I stayed a couple of weeks and it wasnt a one off bed cover.
There is no wifi either. There is a 24 hour business lounge with 4 workstations, gets very busy in the evenings and until 10pm the internet is painfully slow (20 mins to send 1 email!) this happens across Eritrea as they only have dial up connection and the band width is very slow at the best of times...something to bear in mind if you plan to use the internet for work (you will need to factor in extra time!)
The staff at the hotel are absolutley fabulous and customer service is excellent. The food the hotel is also great and there is a wide variety of cuisine available.
An important note - if you are changing money you cannot change it back. I was not told of this - and didnt leave enough dollars for the departure tax. Getting US dollars is extremly difficult and you must always keep reciepts and declare the exact amount of cash as there are very strict laws on currency.
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- Also Known As:
- Inter Continental Hotel Asmara
- Inter-Continental Asmara
- Asmara Inter-Continental