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
Exquisite High Tea celebrated yesterday with a dear friend. Garrick our waiter took total care of us from our welcome to our departure 4 hours later. The menu was thoughtful & abundant. The free flowing French Champagne très magnifique. It was a very special afternoon in delightful surroundings. Value for money & highly recommended.
I'd booked a standard room months prior to checking in. Upon check in, I was upgraded to a club room with club lounge access which was a lovely surprise and treat for my daughters and I. Our suite room was very spacious. The hotel is located below the rialto towers so if you were doing business this side of the city is very handy. Not as close to the main shops like other hotels but this suited us fine. The pool is a good size too.
The Hotel located pretty central and also in walking distances to the southern cross railway station. Great Check in, easy and problem-less. The room are fantastic, however I would like to point out that the bathroom is pretty small.
Breakfast is not like I have seen in other Intercontinental Hotels. The selection is not so great. But service is friendly and attentively.
The Hotel is only a few walking minutes form Southern Cross Station.
The check in was easy, and smooth.
The room was fantastic, with fast Wi-Fi connection.
The breakfast dishes compared to other Intercontinental Hotel was a bit lean
We visit Melbourne regularly and this was our first and final stay at this hotel.We stayed for 5 nights but found it below the star rating of 4.5 stars. There is no atmosphere or welcoming feel to this hotel or comfortable lounge area to sit. It’s not situated in a good location there are no restaurants close by for eating out of an evening (and the hotel food is average) but you can catch the tram or taxi to restaurants.
It may be an old historic hotel building but it’s also tired. We stay in hotels much older in Europe which are immaculate.
Food and beverage staff are lazy especially at breakfast. Takes a long time to get a luke warm coffee, when there are only 6 people at breakfast. We arrived at breakfast 7am to find the bar area you walk through to the restaurant, still had glasses and beer bottles on a table from the night before, yet there were staff behind the bar where the coffee is made who could see the mess, not acceptable in this supposed level of hotel. Every morning there are room service trays, from the night before, left outside rooms along the hall way.
Restaurant menu is limited and lunch menus is a lot of fried cheap style food but it’s not at a cheap price. The food and beverage manager needs replacing or do their job better as it’s disappointing to represent the food and coffee capital of Australia in the way as this hotel does.
Room was ok but the bathroom really small and bad design. Amenities were nice and plenty of them.
There are so many better hotels in Melbourne for the same level of star rating and price.