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
I stayed at the hotel on the 16th of August 2019. While I was at dinner at Crown a staff member had given unauthorised entry to a person into my room. When I returned I found $600 missing and a cologne worth $140
The duty manager ‘Mark’ was very defensive of his staff, protective and very abrupt! The next morning when I was checking out the duty manager then ‘Samantha’ was very understanding and mentioned how serious the was and was very polite and a breath of fresh air compared to the previous night’s experience. The matter had been reported to the police
Stayed over the weekend for our anniversary. Welcomed at the front door by the concierge and helped bring our bags up to our room which made for a great first impression.
As it was our wedding anniversary they upgraded us to a room on the top floor and gave us a bottle of prosecco. This made us feel very welcomed.
Staff were always friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is amazing and all the facilities are great.
The market lane bar is sensational with a great selection of food and a large drink menu.
Highly recommend this hotel and we will be back.
I booked the hotel to stay with my daughter on a special 10th birthday. We went to check in at 2pm and was advised the room wasn't ready. We went out to lunch and returned at 3.29pm to be told the room still wasn't ready. I said this wasn't good enough because it was now 3.30pm and the room should be ready. We wanted to use the pool before we headed out that afternoon. Magically the room became ready in a few minutes. When we went to the pool area we were greeted by an apple core near the spa and a piece of chewing gum. Which ever guest left these there are pigs, but regardless, the hotel should be monitoring the pool area regularly for dirty towels and rubbish. The hallway to the room had dust along the carpet edge, dirty glasses. It appears the front of house staff are doing their best, but there is a complete lack of cleaning staff doing their job.