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InterContinental Sydney

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We splurged and got the room with the opera house view. It was spectacular. We could see the opera house and the bridge. Easy walk to Circular Quay area and a decent amount of restaurants nearby. When I booked I added breakfast at time of booking. If you want breakfast at the hotel I would recommend this otherwise it's more expensive to buy on site. Concierge was very helpful. Botanic gardens very near if you like to walk or run. Would definitely recommend.

Great place to stay... location was excellent... the staff was very friendly... nice restaurants arount the hotel... also the public transport (bus, train, ferry,) is next to the hotel... ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Great place. Spent a week there. View of the opera house and bridge from our room was awesome. Walking distance to all ferries, opera house, and the rocks

The hotel is beautiful and well located. Had a great dinner in the hotel restaurant although prices were a bit over the top. $58 for two double vodkas over ice! Felt that the charge for wifi was a bit off but perhaps that is because you would never get away with it in America. Still, pay $200 for a room and have to pay another $25 for something as basic as wifi?

Best hotel in Sydney, close to the Opera House and Sydney Harbor with lots of awesome please to eat and sightsee.

Everyone was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable at the Intercontinental. Went during New Year's week and although they were incredibly busy they took the time to make sure everyone was comfortable and had a good time. Great location near the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, etc.

Amazing view of sydney harbor, centrally located - short walk to gardens, rock, downtown and trains. Hotel restaurant satisfying.

great stay....friendly courteous staff...great breakfast and rooms had great views, even thought it was not a harbor view

We got a good deal and a free breakfast buffet which was truly memorably awesome . And we have compared many fine buffets in the past and this was the best one perhaps ever. The room was very clean and luxurious (got early check-in too) by helpful staff at reception. Wonderful central location . Could see the harbor from our room even though it was a city view . Air conditioning worked very well (unlike the Sofitel hotel where they had a pre-set sneaky setting to block cold temps) . Nice indoor pool upstairs with good views. This would be an amazing hotel to watch the fireworks next time .

Excellent. Great location

The hotel is in a great location, nearby Sydney harbor, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Gardens, shopping. The hotel is immaculate and staff is friendly.

all are good, except could not make local and international call in room, needed to go down to the lobby.however, they did not charge me for that.

The view from our room was fantastic. The employees were very helpful. The location is within walking distance to shopping, transportation and tourist sights. Highly recommend this Hotel.

Wonderful location a block uphill from the Circular Quay and down the street from the Opera House. Even with a city view room was still able to look over the Royal Botanic Gardens & part of east harbor - beautiful.

I arrived early in the morning and upon check-in, my room was ready for me! Since check-in is typically not until mid-afternoon, I was appreciative because I had just spent the past 20+ hours traveling to Sydney from Chicago. My room on the 12th floor had a beautiful view overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was spacious, clean, comfortable and welcoming. The hotel features all of the modern amenities in a prestigious location in the Central Business District (CBD) / Circular Quay and just minutes from the Opera House. The hotel concierge service is quite helpful, so don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. I did not spend much time in my room other than as a resting place whilst staying in Sydney, so I did not see any reason to pay more for any different view. Why pay for the view when you can - within minutes - walk to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, etc.?! And if you're looking to go further away, you can very easily take the train or catch a bus from the Circular Quay, or taxis are plentiful in the CBD. When using the hotel's Internet service, you are prompted to complete a log-in page when connecting your computer. The page prompts you to enter the number of hours or the number of days you wish to have connectivity. Please be careful because this log-in page is not very clear. You can buy connectivity time by the hour or by the day. So, just be certain you're entering the correct number for the amount of time you wish to purchase. It's too bad the hotel does not offer free Wifi, but it is what it is. Also, there are nearby locations that do offer free Wifi, but those locations were nearly always swarming with people trying to take advantage of the availability. It was worth the money to just buy the amount of connectivity time I wanted at the hotel. I did not eat at the hotel restaurant, so I cannot comment on the food or the prices. There are plenty of places with close proximity, so I'd recommend venturing out and exploring. Overall, you cannot go wrong at the InterContinental Sydney! Prior to booking my stay, I had read myriad reviews of this hotel and various other five-star hotels in the CBD / Circular Quay. There's an equal mix of both positive and negative reviews for all of the hotels. I have nothing by high remarks for price/service/location/amenities at InterContinental Sydney. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time in the room due to work, I would not be so concerned about what view you have. You're truly so close to everything, so the view isn't worth the extra price per night. Happy travels, mates!

Well, let me just say that, for $1027 for 3 nights I feel very disappointed. I had been looking forward to a peaceful environment where, after long days of sight-seeing my husband and I would be able to go back to our hotel and enjoy sitting in a nice lounge,enjoy cocktails,have a bite to eat etc. Unfortunately, the prices of everything were so prohibitive that we had to go to the local grocery store for our snacks & drinks. The cocktail menu in The Cortile was outrageous. Every drink was $25!! We were shocked. The coffee shop offered either Continental breakfast or a full breakfast for fixed prices--also way too expensive. The restaurant was very non-inviting. It reminded me of a dining hall in a stuffy private school. My husband and I walked in and immediately walked out. We tried room service and I believe my hamburger and fries was $28. We were also very disapponted by the pool area. We opened the door and felt a rush of hot air. It was so stiflingly hot in that room that we couldn't even go for a swim--so much for taking a refreshing dip!. The website shows a jacuzzi somewhere--we never found it. Lastly, it was very upsetting that we were not allowed access to the rooftop lounge/bar/restaurant area. It was only for the guests who were in the 'Club Intercontinental' which, I'm assuming were the very high priced rooms. This isn NOT advertised anywhere in their website. I had been really looking forward to having cocktails up on the roof w/ a view of Sydney harbor....oh well. Guess that's only for the priviledged few who pay MORE than $300/night! I definitely would not stay here again. Our room was nice and clean with good decor and the front desk staff was nice but that's about all I can say that's positive. The location is close to Circular Quay but it would have been better to have stayed on the other side of 'The Rocks'(especially since we had to go outside of our hotel to eat). We found out later(by our cab driver) that the Intercontinental is where the president stays when he's in Sydney--guess we know where all our taxpayers dollars are going!

The hotel is in a great location, so close down the hilly slope to the Sydney Opera House and ferry quays. But difficult for those with walking disabilities; taxis are hard to find at the harbor -- however, can be found outside the hotel. The hotel is in a very prestigious area with no shops or restaurants in sight. Across the street, inside an office building, there is a large food court (open to 4 pm) and small shops for office workers. The hotel's prices for food and beverages are out of sight for the average, no business account traveler. I found the room set up for a male business traveler; the refrigerator bar taking up valuable space for personal storage space. Small closets. Best part: a really comfy bed and remote control window covering. Service was mostly very good. I was given an early checkin, but at 11 pm my remote TV control "died"; I called and a technician appeared in five minutes and returned in another five minutes with a working remote. (However, should this really have happened in a five star hotel? the tech said that the room personnel should have checked this out and kept it in working condition.) I had a lovely Park View of the Royal Botanical Gardens, but I won't stay here again (even if I could afford the food). For the average tourist, the area around the Queen Victoria Bldg. in Sydney would seem the best (Hilton, Swissotel); it's busy but has lot's to do, eat and shop. No hills, either.

The hotel was very very nice! The driveway up to the lobby was crowded, as taxi cabs and cars trying to pick up/drop off was chaotic. The lobby is quaint. The reception staff, concierge, and bellhop were great! The room itself is very nice, especially the view of Circular Quay, the Harbor Bridge, and the Royal Botanic Gardens from the bay window. I only wished the cushions were plush instead of plastic. The television needs to be updated with a flatscreen!!! The room was spacious and the bed was comfy. The closet was a tad bit small. The bathroom NEEDS an update quickly! The black and white tile floor was ugly, the shower/tub was small, the counter space was cramped for two people, and the space was simply SMALL!!! Other than that, a very good located within walking distance to the gardens and the opera house.

Traveled on business, room was very nice, lobby was beautiful. Very good service and attentive staff.

It was good overall. I just wished they have a larger bar area and live entertainment at night.

117 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW

Located in Circular Quay - The Rocks, InterContinental Sydney is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. This 509-room, 5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Located centrally in Sydney, it's also close to Sydney Harbour Bridge and University of Sydney.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

InterContinental Sydney's 509 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Guests can expect WiFi, wired Internet, and LCD TVs with cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Other standard amenities include safes, phones, and ironing boards.


Property features

At InterContinental Sydney, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Valet parking is available for AUD 45 per day. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, WiFi in public areas, and 15 meeting rooms.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 King Bed (City Side)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds (City Side)

Full 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe, 1 King Bed, Harbor View (Eastern)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 King Bed, View (Harbour Bridge)

King 1 | Sleeps 3