What We Love
- Views of Sydney Harbor from the higher floors
- The lobby and restaurant’s soaring 19th century arches
- A great location for the tourist trail (but easy to escape it too)
What To Know
- Valet parking costs approximately $40 per day
- Wi-Fi costs around $23 per 24-hour period
- There’s a fee for breakfast
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This hotel combines a 19th century property (once the Treasury Building), and a 20-floor modern tower into one of Sydney’s swankest stays. Underneath soaring old arches sits a bar and lounge serving cocktails and high tea as well as Café Opera, a modern Australian restaurant. The 509 rooms are contemporary with a mocha and cream color palette, and marble bathrooms with tubs. Large windows (and window seats) make the most of the Sydney Harbor views. Odyssey Health Club includes an indoor pool, gym and sauna, as well as treatment rooms for reflexology, shiatsu and remedial massage.
In the Area
Central Sydney is well placed for tourist circuit highlights like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s also Circular Quay, where you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia housed in a huge Art-Deco maritime building. Nearby is the historical Rocks neighborhood, where you can try to score a table at Neil Perry’s ever-popular Rockpool restaurant, which helped put modern Australian food on the map. The Rocks Market (weekends 10 am-5 pm) sells arts and crafts, jewelry, and more, while on Fridays you can fill up at a foodies market (10 am-4 pm).
How to Get There
It was a comfortable stay and I particularly enjoyed the seafood lunch (husband and I).
Only disappointing comment, for such a premium brand, complementary bottles of water (x2) should be provided. If we are paying about $300 -$350 per night, this should not be an issue. A $2 bottle of water labelled with the Intercontinental Brand is such a great marketing tool. People leave the hotel and walk around the city with the bottle – freely promoting the brand. Instead, there is a charge of $3 for a standard bottle that can be purchased from Woolworths.
Reference is made to the Intercontinental Hong Kong which I stayed at in April 2019, this was standard and made a difference to the stay. A guest stay should be made easy – dehydrated after a flight, it is nice to be greeted with a complementary bottle of water.
Hope this feedback is seen positively and budgetary considerations amended to include this in hotel rooms.
From the moment we drove up, we were greeted by the concierge dressed in bowlers hats. What a great start ???? splendid treat ????
Check in was easy & attention to detail was amazing & appreciated. Location was perfect & the view of circular quay was absolutely spectacular that I didn’t want to close my eyes or the blinds as I didn’t want to sleep or I’d miss out on a something.
Wonderful, beautiful & perfect place to stay ????????????
Once my favourite hotel in Australia, this place is well overdue for a makeover. A corporate travel agent I met a few months ago warned ms about how it has slipped in service and is dated. Well she was right, from being allocated that had no working phone on the desk to waiting on hold over 4 minutes to get to someone on my mobile to a tv that did not work properly with the engineer stating ’they are old’ no replacement until 2020. As an Ambassador club member I was not advised welcome goft of a good bottle of red and fresh fruit is replaced with a small jar of honey and a $25 food and beverage voucher! Had to tell my guest who did not bring a bottle as I though one would be in the room. At $17 a movie on a tv that did not work was a bit dated as most now have free movies or let you stream to the tv! Never again setting foot in this overpriced hotel! Only thing going for it is Ambassador Club lounge staff.