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. And the final piece of an exhaustive top-to-bottom refurbishment is now in place, with the arrival of the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge.
Officially opening on December 28, the lounge is located within the InterContinental Sydney’s reimagined rooftop space on level 31, affording panoramic views of the Botanic Garden, Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.
With access reserved for guests staying in Club Rooms or Club Suites, the day starts with breakfast is served with Club-only access to Aster, the hotel’s level 32 space adorned in marble, brass and elegant velvet seating.
Lunch and dinner are hosted in the new Club InterContinental itself, with meals, drinks and views all rated as Instagram-worthy.
Among the many highlights of the propery’s two-year $120 million renovation 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.
The Conservatory provides 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 products.
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.