InterContinental Sydney is one of the city’s enduring five star icons; a hotel which has welcomed well-heeled guests for more than 30 years. Reopening today sporting a top-to-bottom refurbishment, that reputation is only expected to grow.
Among the many highlights of the two-year $120 million project are 509 rooms and suites swathed in green and blue tones to echo the view, and a grand lobby bar ready to welcome guests for all-day drinking and dining.
For the first time in the establishment’s long history, there’s also a public rooftop bar tailor-made for soaking up the skyline views, including Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
First opened in 1985, InterContinental Sydney is housed within the 1851 Treasury Building, itself a tapestry of architectural styles from Victorian Neo-Classical to Italian Palazzo.
Design firm Woods Bagot – also behind the new InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula – were handpicked to usher it into a fresh era.
A redesign of the hotel’s entrance and reception area, now featuring an intricate art wall detailing a historical timeline of the city and property from 1788 to the present day, is just one of numerous enhancements to the property.
Jennifer Brown, General Manager of the InterContinental Sydney, describes the relaunch as the beginning of an exciting new chapter and is thrilled to unveil the fruits of the past two years.
“InterContinental Sydney is one of the city’s most loved and storied hotels, and we are excited to welcome back our guests to form part of its next chapter and explore what the new era for this hotel hails,” Brown enthuses.
“I know many are eager to sample the curated cocktails and soak in the spectacular views from our new rooftop bar. This is just one of the many new experiences we have to share.”
At the heart of the hotel is The Treasury: a stunning bar and restaurant with plush lounges and intimate booth seating, and a striking oval-shaped bar open all day for dining and drinks, with an extensive menu of local beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
Up on level 32 is the hotel’s crowning glory, Aster Bar.
Previously only accessible to guests in Club-level rooms and suites, the transformed rooftop space is adorned in marble, brass and elegant velvet seating and boasts 270-degree views of the city.
Don’t worry though, Club InterContinental hasn’t gone anywhere, it’ll still continue to deliver exclusive perks for guests in Club level rooms.
Rounding out the dining trio is The Conservatory, a light-filled breakfast space with open cooking stations and a walk-in pantry, ready to fuel up guests for the day ahead.
Among the lavish rooms are Classic and Superior City Rooms gazing back to the city skyline, as well as Harbour Bridge and Opera House Rooms, which afford stunning views of their namesakes.
A chaise window lounge in every room allows guests to soak up the view, with other essentials including a Smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and gourmet mini bar also included. The trademark marble bathrooms are also stocked with Byredo amenities.
Wellbeing amenities include a state-of-the-art gym and indoor heated pool, which enjoys an abundance of natural light and stunning views overlooking the Opera House.