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
Checked in Tues Night was busy as!(vivid perhaps) But Front Office was efficient, was upgraded to Club floor 29th i think. Very clean room, amenities good. No Noise from other rooms. Location is superb. Cannot fault. Check out was smooth and I had a pleasant stay.
Comfortable and clean rooms. The bedding is exceptional. Staff are always welcoming. My favorite part is the bar in the lobby , time to relax with a drink or coffee with amazing architectural walls from another place in time. The hotel is in a great location close to the harbor.
I'll start with a positive and thank concierge Mark for his care.
Check in - waiting for 2 1/2 hours sitting in the lobby and no one offers us the lounge just above the lobby that has a designated lounge for guests waiting for their room.
The rooms are very dated and cleaning won't now remove the soiled stains on walls and carpet.
Then breakfast, why not have 3 seatings for breakfast when you can only service approximately 200 guests. 3 seatings and breakfast might feel a little less like a mess hall of a very aged university or campus. Plus, the room where we had to sit for breakfast was nothing 5 star. The air conditioning vent above our head was just covered in dust, it was nearly choked in 10 plus years of lint and goodness knows what else.
Let me end on a positive, hats off to the breakfast hotel staff, they do work as hard as they can trying their best to make your breakfast at least bearable.
No where near 5 star. Shame on the Senior Management of the Intercontinental, I would never ask m employees to service our Clients under such degraded facilities.
It was a busy place and we did get in an early check in with an upgraded room on 22nd Floor with Harbor View of Botanical Garden. It took some time for the luggage to show up. Due to Vivid Sydney it was very busy. We enjoyed the room and the view. The address says 117 but the Cab entrance has a different address but our Uber Driver knew it so it was OK. As it is so close to Circular Quay never had time to use their restaurants. Staff were polite, friendly and very helpful. Will stay there again.
The lights were amazing overlooking the Harbour from level 22 what an amazing view we had.
The buffet breakfast was awesome with a variety of Asian cuisine fresh coffee and on the spot omelette with spinach mushroom and cheese delicious.
The room was clean and comfy
The reception was full of smiles and excellent customer service
Fast Check in
Fast Check out
Valet parking was super fast and bags were in our room extremely quick.
Housekeeping- gave us extra shampoo and shower gels without questions asked after showers from the warm pool.