InterContinental Sydney reveals fresh look, new dining from September

The landmark hotel has been given a new lease on life, with its famous rooftop now also open to the public.

By Chris Ashton, August 3 2022
InterContinental Sydney reveals fresh look, new dining from September

InterContinental Sydney is one of the city’s five star icons – a place to see and be seen for over 30 years. With final touches being added ahead of its September relaunch, and a double-dip of newly unveiled dining options, its reputation is only expected to grow.

Among the highlights of the two-year $110 million refurbishment are 509 rooms and suites swathed in jewel-tone greens and blues to echo the view, a grand lobby bar for all-day drinking and dining, and, for the first time, a public rooftop bar tailor-made for indulgence.

The Aster Bar is the hotel's new public rooftop hotspot.
The Aster Bar is the hotel's new public rooftop hotspot.

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.

Local design firm Woods Bagot – also behind the new InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula and The Londoner in London – were handpicked to usher it into a fresh era.

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.

Admire ferries and yachts on the water from your Harbour Bridge View Room.
Admire ferries and yachts on the water from your Harbour Bridge View Room.

Among the 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.

Unveiled this week is The Treasury, a stunning bar and restaurant at the heart of the hotel, with curvaceous lounges and intimate booth seating, and a striking oval-shaped bar laden with local wines and spirits.

A mix of classic and experimental cocktails will be available too.

The Treasury is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Treasury is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Nestled within the building’s original courtyard, the green-filled space will evolve throughout the day with the light, as shadows make their way along the brick archways that surround it.

To that end, it’ll be an essential spot to revisit again and again.

Up on level 32 is the brand-new Aster Bar, a transformed rooftop space affording 270-degree views of the city, including the Sydney Opera House and across the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The Aster offers views previously only enjoyed by Club level guests.
The Aster offers views previously only enjoyed by Club level guests.

The area was previously only accessible to guests in Club-level rooms and suites, but its doors will now be thrown open to the wider public. Don’t worry though, Club InterContinental isn’t going anywhere, it will still continue to deliver tailored service and exclusive perks.

 

26 Jul 2015

Total posts 71

Looks like a great move for the club lounge, its such a great space. The last time I was there with club lounge access though was pretty underwhelming. Nothing like it was previously and not really worth the extra cost. At least now, you can still enjoy what is one of the best spaces in Sydney and only have to pay for the drinks (as opposed to extra room cost).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

Total posts 128

I did a new room in December and my wife took a picture of the carpet and got some for our dining room… happy with what I saw and I hope the finished product will meet my expectations 

It certainly is a charming building. As a Platinum Ambassador IHG Member, I always used to stay there, BUT, became so disappointed with the Club Lounge, so drifted off to other hotels, because of the food (very limited and restricted) and the service.

It was far more enjoyable to have breakfast in the courtyard than the Club..

It looks like things have improved, so will try it again.

Kevin Jackson.

Velocity Platinum

08 Jul 2011

Total posts 13

A good move forward. Intercontinental Sydney had become lack-luster and Club invitations were never forthcoming for Platinum members, so I switched to the much more exciting and generous  Sofitel Darling Harbour. I'll give IC Sydney a try soon and see what they have come up with.


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