Sydney Intercontinental Hotel

Updated: April 17, 2018

InterContinental Sydney – an opulent, convenient, historic and modern hotel.

The indisputable elegance is immediately apparent in the atrium café with live piano music. Set within the historic Treasury Building, the InterContinental soars over 30 levels, but rooms are much the same; only the layout and views really differ. They are all spacious enough for two double beds, and some have interconnecting doors, making them useful for families. Most feature a sofa alcove alongside the window and some peculiar furniture, e.g. the glass-top desk is longer than the sofa. Vast panoramas of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and/or Opera House are possible from some rooms, and guaranteed from the suites on the top floors. The large indoor pool also provides some amazing views, but is otherwise uninviting, while the twin-level Health Club gym, with a spa and sauna, is far better than most. The hotel is convenient to the city centre and Circular Quay (for trains and ferries).

InterContinental Sydney – The Basics

  • Location: 117 Macquarie Street, in the heart of the city, surrounded by parks, cafés and old buildings, and very close to transport.
  • Guests: Mostly business people, and couples or small groups on short getaways.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: Differ greatly – of the harbour, Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens or the city.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests.
  • Parking: Available for A$65 per night.
  • Phone: 9253 9000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How to Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

InterContinental Sydney – Amenities

  • Pool: Large, indoors and with fabulous views, but otherwise not so inviting.
  • Fitness Center & Spa: Odyssey Health Club & Spa is on the top floor, with a sauna and jaw-dropping views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

InterContinental Sydney – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant:
  • Café Opera is on the ground floor. European-style bistro offering a vast range of meals, and specialising in seafood buffets.
  • 117 Dining is sophisticated and award-wining, with ‘Asian fusion’ cuisine and an extensive wine list.
  • The Meat & Wine Co. features an atmospheric street-level setting, with an obvious emphasis on steak and wine.
  • Lounge/Bar:
  • The Cortile, located in the atrium of the historic Treasury Building, offers an extensive drinks menu, light meals and live music. Famous for its High Tea each afternoon.
  • Breakfast: Costs an extra A$42.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

InterContinental Sydney – Rooms

  • Room Types: City Side Rooms • Eastern Harbour View Rooms • Harbour Bridge View Rooms • Opera House View Rooms • Australia Suites • The State Suites • The Governor Suites • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
  • Best Room: The Australia Suite on the 29th floor contains a grand piano, kitchen, marble bathroom and extensive balcony offering unparalleled views.

InterContinental Sydney – What’s Nearby?

  • Nearby Restaurants & Bars:
  • The Spice Room (classy and chic Indian) • Settlement on Quay (contemporary Australian cuisine with street-side seating) • Alfredo Authentic Italian Restaurant (traditional food in historic building) • Quay Bar (views, cocktails, conversations and light meals) • Bar Luca (classy comfy bistro, with vast array of cocktails, and drink specials)
  • Local Transport: A two-minute walk to Circular Quay, with the ferry terminal and a train station.

Sydney InterContinental – The Hotel

Botanical Garden Views from InterContinental Rooms

The views from some rooms are of the distant Botanical Gardens

Comfortable Rooms at InterContinental Sydney

The rooms are all spacious, comfortable and well-furnished

Views from InterContinental Sydney Rooms

Some views feature combined views of the Botanical Gardens, suburbs and harbour

Views from InterContinental Sydney Rooms

Some views are limited, often directly facing other buildings

Window-side Seating in Rooms

Most rooms offer a pleasant window-side seating area

Best Rooms of InterContinental Sydney

The best rooms are those facing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spacious Rooms at InterContinental Sydney

Rooms are spacious enough for two double beds

Top Floor Club Lounge

The club lounge on the top floor offers the best views

Outdoor Sitting of the Club Lounge

The club lounge has an outdoor seating offering extraordinary views

Botanical Garden Views from InterContinental Sydney

Views to the Botanical Gardens are across an overpass

Top Floor Club Lounge

The club lounge on the top floor offers the best views

Indoor Pool at InterContinental Sydney

The indoor pool is a decent size

Cortile Café in the Atrium

The Cortile café in an atrium is renowned for High Tea

Hotel located in Treasury Building

The hotel is based in the historic Treasury Building

InterContinental Sydney located in Treasury Building

The hotel is based in the historic Treasury Building

Classy Bistro of InterContinental Sydney

The Meat & Wine Co is a classy bistro on the ground level

Historic Building location of InterContinental Sydney

Based in an historic building, the hotel dominates the immediate area

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