InterContinental Sydney

Address: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located in the City Center area of Sydney, is near Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Museum of Sydney, Justice & Police Museum, and Macquarie Street.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental Sydney

          Reviewed by lindakhaas

          Luxury and Location

          Reviewed Jan 29, 2016
          by (27 reviews) Galena, Ohio , United States Flag of United States

          WOW! What a View of the Harbour Bridge and part of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay. Great location just 1 block from Circular Quay. Walking distance to The Rocks, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Opera House, the Sydney Tower and much more. The ferry terminal at Circular Quay makes most of Sydney accessible. Luxury! Sotheby Art Gallery, Fantastic Lobby, great bed, great bath, great views, remote controlled blinds, lots of plugs for recharging and fast internet. It costs to get the internet. A$40 for two days for 4 devices. It was great in our room where we signed up, but not as good in our other room three doors away. The concierge was very helpful suggesting a great place to eat at Manly Beach, the Garfish. Our best meal in Australia.

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          Reviewed by rayculvereurope

          Nice hotel

          Reviewed Sep 30, 2015
          by (1 review) Atlanta GA , United States Flag of United States

          GREAT Concierge...very centrally located hotel...close to Sydney Opera and great evening walk about

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          Reviewed by famkosak

          Great Restaurant Meat & Wine!!!!!!

          Reviewed Dec 28, 2014
          by (2 reviews) , Switzerland Flag of Switzerland

          If you like meat and good wine, that's the place to go!

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          Geniale Aussicht vom Pool aus.
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          Reviewed by mamacass

          Great hotel, fantastic staff, fabulous views, perfect location

          Reviewed Apr 21, 2014
          by (8 reviews) Aberdeen , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          Great hotel, fantastic staff, fabulous views, perfect location and can't wait to go back. This is the ideal hotel to stay in when visiting Sydney. It is worth upgrading to a club room as you get access to the executive lounge on the 31st floor with stunning views over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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          Reviewed by changc82

          Good service, decent location, but a bit dated

          Reviewed Feb 11, 2013
          by (1 review) Tampa, Florida , United States Flag of United States

          Stayed for two weeks while on business.

          Pros: Very close to attractions such as Circular Quay, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Museum, beautiful view of the city from the club lounge on the 31st floor, nice comfortable pillows, clean rooms, friendly staff

          Cons: Not many restaurant choices offering a quick bite to eat within walking distance after 7:00pm, hotel is older than most Intercontinental hotels (e.g. - China ones are much newer and nicer), breakfast buffet has mediocre quality food, gym is functional but crowded since it is small, swimming pool is more for kids than adults, no free wifi in the room, limited room service menu and in hotel restaurants, boring carpets, need international converter/adaptor to plug in non-Australian made devices

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          Reviewed by tbone.stern

          Awesome Place

          Reviewed Dec 22, 2012
          by (2 reviews) New York City , United States Flag of United States

          The hotel itself was beautiful. The views of the harbor including the bridge and the opera house were exquisite. The food was also phenomenal. Especially the breakfasts. The service was great and the people were nice. The room was spacious, elegant, and comforting.

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          Reviewed by vivicarroll


          Reviewed Nov 10, 1997
          by (83 reviews) Charlotte, NC , United States Flag of United States

          Antiques, nice location, beautiful hotel with good service.

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          Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Sydney

          Wonderful 5 Star experience


          My 9 yo daughter and I decided to have a girl's night away so I booked an online deal for a club city view room. I was very impressed and so was she.

          Service (except maybe was peak time) was fantastic and friendly. Staff at the Club floor were knowledgable and helpful. Rooms were well decorated and the view (even from our city room) was lovely. Breakfast was included in our rate and more than served the purpose.

          All in all the hotel was one of the best 5 stars when it came to service. i would definitely stay there again. BTW the pool is now open!

          In my top five hotels


          If you are going to Sydney and you can stretch your budget this is the place to stay. I had a suite overlooking the harbour. It was out of this world.

          Boths rooms were huge. The airconditioning was quick but amazingly effective.

          The bathroom was the last word in luxury. Everything else in the hotel from the bed to the service were first class.

          Well worth every penny. If your budget doesn't go that far (and mine doesn't all the time!) try the Crowne Plaza at Darling Harbour as my stay there was great as well.

          Best in Sydney, with a view!


          I've traveled to Australia for both business and with my family and found that the InterContinental Sydney offers the best for experience, location and value. The best location near the Opera House, (great for a show) and the Botanical Gardens for a jog - plus it was a quick walk to the Rocks area and Circular Quay for the harbor cruise.

          The rooms had the fastest high speed connections I found with all kinds of cool gadgets, and a sliding window in the bathroom for a view of the water. The Botanical Garden rooms have the best cross of value for value with a great view (i.e. not paying for Harbor Bridge/Opera House view but still seeing the Sydney Harbor all the way out to the Headlands - it was great for seeing the regattas on the weekend)

          I've made this my regular stop in Sydney. The staff even remembers my name...a novelty!

          Great location, almost great hotel


          Stayed here Xmas 2003 and Jan 2004. The best feature of the hotel is its location - a 5 minute walk from Circular Quay/Opera House from which you can catch any ferry, a 15 minute walk from the Rocks shopping/restaurant/bridge area, and across the street from the botanical gardens. The rooms are a good size, with a window from the bathroom to the main room and electronically controlled blinds. Our first room had a view of the harbor and gardens, the second room was an ugly city view. The rooms are furnished in a warm, modern, simplistic style. The hotel has several restaurants, a pool, and a gym. We only had breakfast one day and found it good, but overpriced. The staff at the hotel was mostly friendly and helpful, but the concierge seemed overwhelmed at times. The front desk was a bit stingy with upgrades and extending check-out times for the price we paid. The hotel gives you a bottle of champagne in your room if you are a returning guest. The gift shop had higher quality stuffed animals than we found elsewhere and they were on sale which made them a reasonable price. A fine hotel with good rooms and the best location in town, but hard to feel 100% about it for the price we paid.

          Great location


          Have stayed there twice in 2003 and love the location. Staff is always helpful. Breakfast is great but way too pricey.

          I will stay there again.

          Great location


          We stayed there before and after the Rugby world cup final. Superb location. Room a bit on the small side for the price but we only really slept in it. The window between bathroom and bedroom was a bit quirky.

          I could watch TV while shaving but otherwise it stayed closed. Our room (2313) had great view of Botanic gardens and opera house. Only minor complaint was that the bar closed too early. When we got back after the rugby (about 11.30pm) the bar was closed and we were advised to use our mini-bar. Not what I expected of an up-market city centre hotel.

          Luxury hotel refurbished with quirky features


          We stayed 3 nights 15-18 Oct 2003. This hotel is within 100 yards of Circular Quay, the ferries and within 1/2 mile of Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Superb location. Both can be seen from 31st floor swimming pool. Refurbishment of hotel nearing completion. 24/24 7/7 business centre. Quirky features in rooms like power operated blinds and a window in bathroom to watch TV, However a door stop by wardrobe almost guaranteed to stub your bare toe and the rack of towels out of reach of anyone under 5foot 6 inch. Staff very friendly and helpful. We would stay again

          Very good Inter-Continental Sydney


          Amazing Hotel! Some of the rooms are currently being remodelled. The remodelled rooms are very nice. As the previous reviewer, some of the rooms do have cramped views. The higher floors don't have this issue.

          However, when one can find these deluxe and superior rooms at around US$70-80 per night at a four-five star hotel, I'll take it and say thank you very much!! 3 minutes walk to Circular Quay (ferries and train), 4 minutes walk to the Opera House. I stayed there in mid-Sept 2003.

          Great views, very poor value for money


          The InterContinental enjoys one of the best sites in Sydney, and is located in a magnificent Victorian building, the former Colonial Treasury. At least the public areas are; the rooms are in a tower built on top of the old building. And the rooms are the hotel's great weak point. Those facing north and east have wonderful views of the harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, literally quite breathtaking; those facing south and west have dreary "city" views. However, all the rooms are small (this is supposed to be 5-star), and the bathrooms very cramped indeed. They lack any feeling of being "special", which at these prices one would expect. There is a curious anonymity and almost don't-care attitude about the whole hotel: no doorman, very few flowers, slack housekeeping. The InterContinental just can't compete with illustrious neighbours like the Shangri-La, Park Hyatt, Radisson Plaza and the Four Seasons.

          Cramped views


          Great view of the harbour, but for the most expensive Hotel in Sydney you think you would get a bit more room. Spent my wedding night there and you couldn't swing a cat. Staff however were LOVELY and the breakfast was out of this world

          TripAdvisor Reviews InterContinental Sydney

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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          Superb Sydney!

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          Paradise City

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          Touring Sydney

          A travel blog entry by alreadypacked on Mar 12, 2016

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