Suite Life: InterContinental Sydney

With its location a block from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, across the road from the Royal Botanic Gardens, InterContinental Sydney is an easy choice for the luxury traveller.

Why stay here?

With its location a block from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, across the road from the Royal Botanic Gardens, and in the centre of Australia’s financial and business district, the InterContinental is an easy choice for the business and luxury traveller. Built on the bones of the stately 19th century Treasury Building, the Intercontinental Sydney is a marquee five-star hotel that beautifully marries old world charm with a hip modern décor.

 

Rise and shine breakfast time?

Buffet breakfast is upstairs in the club lounge, which offers incredible views indoor or outdoor to match the great range of options for eating. Traditional cooked breakfast include eggs and omelettes cooked how you like them. Great coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, cereals – the standard five-star selection.

 

What’s for dinner?

The InterContinental chain is not particularly well known for their food, but the Sydney “InterCon” could change all that. Café Opera’s buffet selection has plenty of quality options including all the fresh oysters and seafood you can eat. If buffets don’t appeal 117 dining is the fine dining alternative. Recently renovated with an entirely new menu, the tasting menu with wine was one of the best meals we’ve had in Sydney. Every dish seemed better than the last as F&B manager Robert Knight expertly guided us through food and wine like a gourmand’s sherpa. An amazing gastronomic experience that should not be missed.

 

Time out

Spa services are available but the place to unwind is with cocktail-in-hand on the Supper Club terrace on Level 31, as you drink in views across the world’s most beautiful harbour city.

 

Wow factor

117 dining is the true highlight of this hotel. With its recent re-opening, it’s one of the best meals in Sydney and Robert Knight knows how to enhance the already fabulous food and wine. The degustation paired with wines is matchless.

 

Could do better

The check in area is small and can get chaotic when large groups are checking in/out.

 

I would like an upgrade

The InterCon says its huge Australia Suite (245 square metres) is Sydney’s largest, and from level 29 offers “panoramic harbour views from all rooms” an open‐air terrace, dining room with grand piano, fully equipped kitchen and servery, a walk in wardrobe… even a spa bath with harbour views!

 

Insider tip

Club Intercontinental access is good value for money. For a minimum daily rate of $165.00 two guests can access a range of benefits including deluxe buffet breakfast, evening drinks and canapés and all-day refreshments, pressing of one suit or garment, and a private meeting room for up to two hours.

 

The details

Name of Hotel:  InterContinental, Sydney

Type of suite:  King Club Deluxe Harbour Suite

Square metre size: 70sqm

Starting price per night and in which currency: From A$650 per night, plus Club Intercontinental access

Website: icsydney.com.au

Review by: Gary Allen

 
 
 
 

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