Hernaldo Antonio Solorzano, human resources manager at the Managua (Nicaragua) Inter-Continental, has been with the hotel in one capacity or another since the 1970s, when Anastasio Somoza II was in power. The hotel, built in 1969, was something of a home away from home for government types in those days, and Somoza himself kept an office at the property. Solorzano recalls that when the Sandinista Party overthrew Somoza in 1979, Somoza loyalists moved en masse into the hotel, 10 to a room, as the Sandinistas approached the capital. "A thousand percent occupancy!" Solorzano boasted. Once the Sandinistas arrived, he said, it was politicos out, journalists in, and the hotel had to settle for something closer to 100% occupancy, give or take the odd cameraman.

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