InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
What We Love
- The stylish Signature Courtyard Suite — like its own secret apartment within the hotel
- Terrific fitness center with indoor pool offering views of the neighboring Rialto Tower
- World class Les Clefs d’Or–recognized concierge James Ridenour, who knows everything there is to know about Melbourne
What To Know
- Some rooms face the internal courtyard and don’t provide natural daylight
- Historical property means no two guestrooms are alike
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This magnificent Venetian-style property built in 1891 is located in the heart of Melbourne’s Collins Street. Designed by celebrated architect William Pitt and built at the height of the region’s gold rush (at one point Melbourne was the richest city in the world), the hotel now comprises two wings joined by a soaring nine-story glass atrium. The Rialto’s namesake, the famous bridge that crosses the Grand Canal in Venice, has inspired much of the look and feel. Today the hotel blends historic opulence with cutting-edge urban style, with a sleek palette of muted neutrals and grays, uber-modern light fixtures and an airy reception area that wows with its hushed grandeur and striking uplighting.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 253 smart guestrooms and 27 suites are the epitome of modern luxury. The historic Gothic style means many have distinctive period features, such as high ceilings and ornate windows. Accommodation options include Deluxe, Executive or Club InterContinental Rooms, as well as Suites, which have free access to the Club InterContinental Lounge and its exclusive services. All rooms and suites include Bose radio and alarm clocks, flat-screen televisions, pillow menus and iPod docking stations. Functional ergonomic workstations have high-speed wireless Internet and comfy business chairs.
The atrium and original cobbled lane now house the Alluvial restaurant and Bluestone Wine Lounge, which offers more than 30 wines by the glass. The original bluestone lane is still visible in the void between the exterior wall of the Rialto wing and the Rialto Towers forecourt, near Guy Grossi’s fantastic Merchant restaurant. The Club InterContinental Lounge offers a gentlemen’s club–inspired space, with leather wingchairs and views of bustling Collins Street. Also on-site are the funky ground-floor café Eclipse, which you can access from within the hotel or from Flinders Lane, and Market Lane, which specializes in cocktails. Beyond the dining establishments, a full-service spa beckons with authentic Eastern-inspired holistic treatments, while the recently renovated on-site fitness center has state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment (and excellent views).
In the Area
Located at the heart of Melbourne’s business district, the property is a short walk from bustling Southbank, the Yarra River and the revitalized Docklands. On the doorstep is Melbourne’s labyrinth of lanes, which house wine bars, boutiques, housewares stores, fabulous cafés and eateries. On the top floor of the neighboring Rialto Tower is Shannon Bennett’s revered Vue de Monde, literally taking fine dining to new heights. Also here is Pasquale Franzese and Raymond Capaldi’s Hare and Grace; try the legendary chiko roll. For a taste of Melbourne’s cool urban vibe, head for Curtin House off Swanston Street. There you’ll find the Cookie nightclub; the Metropolis bookshop, for hard-to-find architecture, design, art and literature tomes; luxe vintage-inspired wear at Victoria Loftes’ flagship store; and, in summer, the fabulous Rooftop Cinema for art house flicks and alfresco drinks under the stars.
How to Get There
As this is part of the Intercontinental chain, you are guaranteed their level of service which is good. The heritage building conversion is nicely done, and a great location for business travel.
The usual pleasantries and mini bar are well stocked and suited for needs.
Consistent with the intercon experience.
We’ve been traveling through Australia for the last two weeks on our Honeymoon and this hotel and Melbourne in general have been our favorite destination! The hotel is super nice with a very unique architectural look form the inside. It is perfectly located at the center of the city, making very easy to take the free trams around the city. The service in the hotel was impeccable. From the friendly receptionists who went out of their way to accommodate our needs to the outstanding concierge who guided us every step of our trip. Thank you so much to James W. for going out of his way to find solutions to our every need. He booked us the most amazing tour to the Yarra Valley, and recommended different spots for breakfast and dinner every day. He also guided us to art galleries in the city based on our personal interests. Everything he recommended was perfect, and he made our experience in Melbourne the best!! We can wait to come back to keep exploring this amazing city and we will definitely be staying at the Intercontinental again!
I stayed recently for three nights at this hotel. The experience was generally of a very high standard with little to complain about. Staff were friendly and helpful, room was clean; bed and pillows were comfy, breakfast and other food was first rate, and Wifi was reliable. The only reason I gave 4 rather than 5 stars was the room was on the small side - acceptable for a single person but would not have wanted to share with another person.
Our experience of this hotel from the time of booking through to our departure was faultless. All services delivered with a smile - reception staff, housekeeping, valet, bar staff, breakfast staff. Well done. We will stay again. Thank-you.
We live 20 minutes out of the city yet we love to take a break at our favourite hotel. Great rooms and amazing service. Central location makes it one of best hotels we feel at home here every time we stay.