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“Depressing hotel experience, but good from a security perspective”

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Inter Continental Hotel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Kabul
United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Depressing hotel experience, but good from a security perspective”
Reviewed February 17, 2011

I agree with the previous reviewer for the most part. The Intercontinental is a threadbare, gloomy accommodation. The passageways are dark, the rugs are worn out, the bedrooms are Spartan. (The photo on the hotel's web site of a typical standard bedroom is sheer fantasy.) And I do not recommend the nightly dinners outside, adjacent to the pool. You can't see a thing (e.g. your food), and many of my colleagues complain of sickness after eating anything at the Intercontinental. My rule was to eat at the small cafe near the front desk - I think it's called "Talk of the Town," a name that is almost touchingly whimsical. (I'd re-write the description, though: "Suggested attire - body armor.") The cafe is pleasant place, and the food is pretty good. I'd ask anyone reading this to tip the waiter, a genuinely nice guy who no doubt needs the money. When I gave him a dollar one evening after having a tuna fish sandwich, his face was rapturous.

In contrast was the guy at the gift shop, who sold me two "sapphires" that turned out to be worthless - something I learned when I got back home. (And I had done this fellow a big favor, which makes the experience even more unpleasant.)

So what are the good points? Well, it's far more difficult to attack successfully than the Serena, for example, which is--as a colleague put it--"700 percent nicer than the Intercontinental." But the Serena is also more vulnerable. Bad guys have a loooonnng walk uphill though thickets to get within firing range of the Intercontinental. And the hotel has stationed many security guards both outside and inside, armed with AK-47s. And the road up to the entrance has a number of security checkpoints and barriers along the way. So all in all, it's a pretty safe place to be. It's just a pity that the hotel, on the whole, is so dodgy.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

If the InterContinental is a family of hotels, then the Kabul IC is the wayward child who after decades of drugs, violence, and degenerate relations with Russians, is finally no longer welcome at the Thanksgiving dinner. I now sit on its threadbare chair in its tower high behind five lines of armed guards high on a hill above the city’s dust and smoke, listening to the meeting of sledgehammer and concrete as the maintenance crew minister to the building’s many ailments. The carpet hasn’t felt the business end of a vacuum cleaner probably since the Afghan King opened the place in '69 and the heaters asthmatic wheezes and completely fails to keep me warm. The gym is a dismal, low-ceilinged room with soggy carpets, rusted weights and a stationary cycle more dangerous to ride than a real bike out on Kabul’s streets. Bring a mould-filtering mask if you care to use it and make sure your tetanus shots are up to date.
There are often large official events because of its secure location and plentiful armed guards. There have been no Taliban attacks and the last major incident was a shoot-out in 2003. So by Kabul standards, it is very safe. The hotel only takes cash up front – and plenty of it.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Inter Continental Hotel
Address: Baghe Bala Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
Location: Afghanistan > Kabul Province > Kabul
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Kabul
Number of rooms: 200

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