President Barack Obama stayed here on his visit in April 2009. Indeed, the InterContinental regularly hosts heads of state. The expansive atrium lobby has parquet floors; thick walls; oversized furniture; and Talavera pottery, which is showcased throughout. Rooms are contemporary and soothing in creams, beiges, and browns; those on the upper floors have panoramas that stretch for miles over the city. There are also breathtaking views near the elevator banks and from lounges
on executive floors. Mexican, Asian, and Italian fare are among the cuisines featured in the six on-site restaurants, which include a branch of The Palm and the city's famous, open-round-the-clock French place, Au Pied de Cochon. All benefit from the hotel's amazing wine cellar.