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
- 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
We stayed here for one night before going on a cruise. Just around the corner from Circular Quay. We had a club room on the 31st floor overlooking the city. The staff were very attentive and helpful and the service was excellent. It was well worth the extra money the get the club room experience with a wonderful view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The service in the Club Room was exceptional and we were very spoilt there.
Would highly recommend this Hotel.
I stayed three nights while in Sydney for work. Great location in centre of CBD and walking distance to Circular Quay. I literally only slept in my room so did not see or utilise the facilities. My room was clean and functional. A bit dated and drab if anything and not what I expected from IHG. During the period I was there there was very loud banging and drilling going on every night until around 11pm. The noise is was not coming from within the hotel itself but from what I could tell a construction site nearby. Needless to say there was little sleep to be had until after 11pm. Not sure I would rush back to be honest.
I’ve just concluded a 2-night stay at the hotel on a business trip. The hotel is right in the middle of the Sydney CBD and is ideal for a base for all and any activities you might have planned. I have, “Lived the InterContinental Life” before, but as with every incarnation one should always hope to experience something more with each “Life” experience in order to advance.
During this incarnation I was assigned a room on the 21st floor. The room itself was functional if not bordering on the slightly drab at this stage. There is no “wow” factor as you open the door. The room lacks any gadgets and gizmos that one would expect of a hotel of this calibre- you still have to manually close the window drapes ( I know first world problem there). There is still a limp shower curtain greeting you every morning in the small and dated bathroom.
There is just nothing in the room that is special- therefore you don’t feel special in turn.
Due to work commitments the only meals I had at the hotel were room service on both nights and breakfast one morning. I have eaten at the Meat and Wine Company situated on the ground floor of the hotel on a pervious occasion and it was great. The room service menu seems to have forgotten one very important part of the world-Asia (all of it.) This is very odd indeed when you consider Australia is in the Asia-Pacific region.
I really wanted one night some noodles or chicken rice or even some Laska soup. No chance. There wasn’t even a stray prawn cracker in sight- how can this be IHG- in Sydney of all places’?
What I did have was the mushroom soup. A wonderful piping –hot primordial bowl of dark brown secrets. It was so thick and wonderful that I lost my spoon in it and never saw it again. I had the soup with the wild rice mushroom risotto another dish that would reduce even the most exacting Mamma to tears.
In essence then how would I sum up the hotel? It is worth staying here. The hotel do need to spend some money on their rooms and bring them up to date. Also, pop down to Office Works, buy an atlas and rediscover where Asia is and update your room service menu accordingly.
My wife and I had the pleasure of booking a room at this hotel last weekend in order to get away from home and have a much needed break. Overall, we had a rather positive experience.
We checked in at midday on Saturday, and after taking advantage of some of the hotel's other services, went up to the club lounge on Level 31 to take advantage of the views of the city, as well as to get a place close to the bar.
Once we were up there, we were treated to delicious champagne served by staff, who were attentive to our needs, as well as being friendly and welcome. The only slight letdown was the lack of selection of warm canapés.
I would highly recommend the InterContinental Hotel Sydney to any international tourists, as well as people like ourselves who are looking to have a break and fall back in love with the beautiful city that is Sydney.
My spouse and I are both Platinum IHG members. Our requests for an upgraded room were flatly refused. This is not because they did not have upgraded rooms available. They had plenty of such rooms available, but they didn't want to give one to us without charging us for the privilege. So much for Platinum IHG members getting upgraded rooms "subject to availability" LOL. To make things worse, they gave us a room overlooking a large, ugly and noisy construction pit (see attached photo taken from our room window) with crane-loads of construction material sailing past our window at frequent intervals. And here was the final cherry on the cupcake ... we had heard about the view from their top-floor terrace of the bridge and the opera house, but when we went up there and asked for *five minutes* on that terrace just to take a couple pictures and leave, they refused us. They said we needed to pay $200/night to upgrade to the club level or we couldn't even set foot on that terrace. Nice. In all our years as Platinum IHG members we have never been treated with less hospitality or kindness by any IHG property anywhere on the five continents in which we've traveled. Oh yeah, and the room was dated enough to be considered a genuine time-capsule. Good job, Intercontinental Sydney!