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 a bed & breakfast weekend and was very disappointed. Compared to intercontinental hotels elsewhere in the world, this one was old and tired. Plumbing and bathrooms needed serious work.
We didn't get off to a good start. Our room wasn't ready despite arriving after 5pm. We were asked to wait in the lobby with coffee on the house and they will come and get us when our room was ready. After a half hour wait, I approached the very busy counter and it was clear they had completely forgotten about us. A scramble to look for a room, another 10 min wait and we had a room.
The room that greeted us looked like an old 3 star with plush trimmings. Bed and bedding was ok but that's was about the extend. There was just nothing intercontinental about this room.
We had the buffet breakfast downstairs which was nice but not enough for us to return. Not sure whether there are renovated rooms in this hotel but when when your own bedroom and ensuite is so much nicer, it's hard to pay to stay here.
For a 5 star hotel, we were expecting something a little more... grand - especially for the room price. The common areas are beautifully kept, but the rooms were incredibly dated. Our phone was like something out of the early 2000s. No powerpoints near the bed. The bathroom was old and the shower was in the bath with a shower curtain. The room decor was just very tired and basic. Think we just expected more. This hotel pales in comparison to its counterparts such as the Four Seasons, Shangrila, and The Westin, which are all in the same price bracket.
have a good weekend rate at hotel wuth breafast.Room with city views not so great however we enjoyed & celebrated wedding anniv with friends 3 couples at cafe opera. At room we got a bottle of wine with fruits as compliments.Room clean spacious for two. Nice breakfast too.
Omg wow just gorgeous
Went with five others for Sunday buffet high tea
Forgot to take photos sorry
$68. Head with glass of sparkling wine
Had lovely booth setting , only issue is two people had to always stand up to let middle people out
Setting was from 3:00 till 4:30 but we were not rushed out at the end
Only, issue was we had to ask for the tea and that took a while and no refill offered
However food was fresh plentiful and delicious
Savoury items were cheese, biscuits, fruit, mini quiche Lorraine, chicken and mushroom pies and small aranchini, egg sandwiches, salmon pinwheels and ham finger snadwiches
Sweet macaroons, at least six mini sweets including a gorgeous caramel coffee tart, raspberry and lemon cake, passion fruit and mango cups
Hot scones and crepes
We were very very satisfied with our food and the amount
Supplies were repleisnhed
Special place for a special occasion
Also happy with valet parking at $35
Hotel was great, air conditioning struggled to keep the room cool on Level 24.
negative was the room had 1 queen and 1 double bed where 2 queens would have been better.
Amenities were fantastic and the staff very helpful