There is a strong rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, ranging from who has the best tourist sites, the best hotels, the best sport, the best entertainment, food, etc. As a Melbournite I love going to Sydney to experience the other side. It is a bustling city built around the famous harbour.
The Intercontinental Sydney in Circular Quay is where I chose to stay.
I stayed here for four nights with a friend on an indulgent weekend away in Sydney. We selected a twin room, which was more than large enough. We had the most beautiful view over the harbour with an unobstructed view of the harbour bridge.
The room itself has two luxurious double beds, a work desk, and a couch/window seat for the many hours I spent staring out at the views. The beds were almost too comfortable- hard to get out off.
There was a large bathroom with a shower over the bath, toilet and large vanity (enough for two girls to spread makeups over with room to spare).
Room decoration could be considered outdated, but is still luxurious by my standards. The mini bar was well stocked, although ridiculously over priced- (e.g. $7 for a 300ml Coca-Cola, or $7.00 for a small pack of chips). There are plenty of convenience stores in the surrounding area for all snack food needs. Staff regularly serviced the room, so it was always beautifully clean.
The lobby area architecture is delightful. It is a stunning indoor area, where one can sit for hours reading and relaxing. I spent many happy mornings enjoying coffee and newspapers in this area. As well as late night wines. Have to mention that here I enjoyed the most expensive coffee I’ve ever had- I strongly object to paying $7 for a cup. There are plenty of great boutique coffee shops in the surrounding areas of Circular Quay or The Rocks for a better coffee hit.
We enjoyed a breakfast in the hotel’s Opera restaurant. An excellent array of hot and cold options. Plenty of fresh fruit, yogurts, bakery goods, fresh meats & cheeses, Asian breakfasts, and traditional cooked items. Although I would have preferred eggs cooked fresh.
The staff at the hotel were very attentive and helpful. We had a problem with the hot water service one night, and it was quickly dealt with my staff. We were very impressed with their professional and friendly manner.
Location of the hotel is great- in the centre of the business district. It’s a short walk to Circular Quay, the wharf, the rocks and the Botanic Gardens-, all which have great food, coffee and nightlife. There were plenty of transport options in the local area- buses and trains within 2-3min walk.
The only criticism I have of this hotel was that we had to pay a $100 a night deposit fee, which would be refunded, at the end of our stay. I would have preferred to have an imprint of my card made instead of deducting the fee.
All in all- I was really happy with our stay there, and would be happy to stay again if I could afford to.