HOTEL REVIEW: InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney facade

Review of the InterContinental Sydney

Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so why not have a mini holiday in your own back yard?  We love a ‘Staycation’ allowing us to enjoy Sydney as a ‘tourist’ and see her in a different light.

Of course for the ultimate Sydney ‘staycation’ you’re going to want a hotel with a view and the InterContinental Sydney offers just that.

The InterContinental Sydney is a luxury five star hotel, set in an historic sandstone Treasury building at the Circular Quay end of the city.

InterContinental Sydney room

Executive Room with Harbour Bridge view, InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney Rooms

There are a number of rooms and suites to choose from – with views of Sydney Harbour, the city or the Botanical Gardens.

The rooms are spacious (starting at 32 sqm) and modern with window seats to enjoy the views and all the mod cons.

Whilst wifi isn’t offered free in rooms, the option is available if you join their loyalty program (IHG Rewards).

InterContinental Sydney club

Club InterContinental, InterContinental Sydney

Club InterContinental, InterContinental Sydney

Insider tip:  upgrade to Club InterContinental!  This gives you access to their rooftop Club, with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and an outdoor terrace perfect for balmy evenings.

Club access gives you all day refreshments, buffet and a la carte breakfast and evening cocktails and canapés, amongst other perks.

Indoor pool at InterContinental Sydney

Indoor pool at InterContinental Sydney

InterContintal Sydney Facilities

Exercise enthusiasts will be interested to note they have a (small) hotel gym, so no excuses for skipping your gym session.

There is also an indoor pool (with stunning views) should you feel like a dip.

High Tea at The Cortile

High Tea at The Cortile, InterContinental Sydney

Restaurants at the InterContinental Sydney

There’s plenty of in-house dining on offer should you not want to step outside the hotel:

The Cortile
Situated in their lobby atrium and offering High Tea or High Coffee options.

117 Dining
Offering A La Carte and Degustation dinner options and featuring Modern Australian cuisine with a nod to Asian flavours.

Cafe Opera
Excellent breakfast buffet.  Also offering lunch and (seafood) dinner buffets.

Seafood Buffet at Cafe Opera

Seafood Buffet at Cafe Opera, InterContinental Sydney

The Meat & Wine Co.
Meat specialist – great for steaks and ribs.

Supper Club
Located on their rooftop offering stunning views, it’s a great option for a nightcap.

Bennelong Restaurant

Bennelong Restaurant

Restaurants near the InterContinental Sydney

Should you be looking for a night out on the town, you can’t go wrong with the following spots (within walking distance from the hotel):


Sake Restaurant
Contemporary Japanese cuisine in glitzy surroundings.
12 Argyle Street, The Rocks / 9259 5656 / Mon – Sun – Lunch 12pm – 3pm; Mon – Wed – Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm; Thurs – Dinner 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Fri – Sat – Dinner 5.30pm – 11.30pm; Sun – Dinner 5pm – 10pm
Read our full review of Sake Restaurant

Modern Australian cuisine served in an iconic location inside The Opera House.  Great for a pre-theatre meal before a show at The Opera House.
Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, Sydney / 9240 8000 / Lunch – Fri – Sun – 12 – 2pm, Pre theatre – 7 days – 5.30 & 6pm, Dinner – 7 days – 6.30 – 10pm, Post theatre – 10 – 11pm
Read our full review of Bennelong

Inviting small bar serving Spanish tapas with a focus on Sherry and Spanish wines.  Head next door to Bulletin Place Bar for a drink.
6 Bulletin Place, Sydney / 9247 3221 / Mon – Fri – 11am – 11.30pm, Sat – 5pm – 11.30pm
Read our full review of Tapavino


Bulletin Place Bar
Hidden bar serving stellar cocktails.  Great pre or post dinner drink option.  Head next door to Tapavino for dinner!
1st Floor, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney / Mon – Sat 4pm – midnight
Read our full review of Bulletin Place Bar

Palmer & Co.
Underground 1920’s style prohibition bar.  Always pumping and open late.
Abercrombie Lane, Sydney / 9240 3172 / Mon – Thurs 5pm – late, Fri 3pm – late, Sat 5pm – late
Read our full review of Palmer & Co.

Grain Bar
Sexy wine bar located in the Four Seasons Hotel.  Great spot to grab a seat and people watch.
Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney / 9250 3118 / Mon – Sat 12noon – 1am, Sun 12noon – midnight
Read our full review of Grain Bar

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So why not enjoy Sydney as a tourist and take a ‘staycation’!

Address:  InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Phone:  (02) 9253 9000
Website: InterContinental Sydney

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