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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We just returned from a 1 night weekend stay at The Intercontinental at Rialto, as we were in town to see a concert at Marvel Stadium, and what a lovely treat it was! My husband and I have stayed at nearly all the 5 star hotels in the CBD over the years, and I must say the Intercontinental most certainly did not disappoint! All of the staff members we encountered were really lovely - very welcoming, friendly, polite and professional. The room was immaculate, the rain shower was heavenly and the bed was so comfortable. We ordered room service which arrived quickly with very friendly service and the food was delicious. We made use of the swimming pool and spa, and I must give credit as they were both at PERFECT temperatures, something I often find can be a bit hit or miss in city hotels. And lastly, the buffet breakfast was up there with the best. I honestly couldn't fault anything at this hotel. Package prices were reasonable, and this will now be our go-to hotel whenever we are in the city for a show at Marvel Stadium, as it was a very easy walk over. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back.
This hotel is mind blowing in its beauty, amalgamated into an old building it has the feel of a modern 5 star hotel with the looks and atmosphere of a historical sight, the club suites and the club lounge are world class.
It has been a while since I was last able to stay at the Intercontinental Melbourne. It remains one of the best hotels in that great city. A beautiful renovation with such modern rooms. We stayed in the St Kilda Suite, which was a real treat. The staff in the Club Lounge were great too. Will be back sooner this time.