InterContinental Sydney revealed the extensive, $120 million renovation of its public spaces, guestrooms, and restaurant and bar concepts on October 10, 2022.
“We are thrilled to finally relaunch our new hotel for both visitors and locals to enjoy,” said Jennifer Brown, General Manager of InterContinental Sydney. “InterContinental Sydney is one of the city’s most loved and storied hotels, and we are excited to welcome back our guests to form part of its next chapter and explore what the new era for this hotel hails. I know many are eager to sample the curated cocktails and soak in the spectacular views from our new rooftop bar. This is just one of the many new experiences we have to share.”
Housed in Sydney’s circa 1851 Treasury Building, the property’s history and harbourside location provided a wealth of inspiration for local architecture studio Woods Bagot, which oversaw the hotel’s redesign. Carefully respecting and celebrating the heritage-listed building, the studio reimagined the hotel spaces drawing cues from the Australian landscape, Sydney harbour and neighbouring Royal Botanic Garden.
Each of the hotel’s 509 generously sized guestrooms and suites have been reimagined with a modern new design, features and amenities. Drawing green and blue hues from the adjacent gardens and harbour through unobstructed windows, the redesign creates uninterrupted flow from indoor to outdoor. Quintessential Australian elements of water, sand, wood and sky, have also been incorporated adding texture and warmth, creating a homely and relaxing environment for guests to retreat. Additional features include new integrated Google Chromecast services, Byredo bathroom amenities and an enhanced minibar offering, featuring custom-made offerings from local suppliers.
Guests staying in one of InterContinental Sydney’s refreshed Club Rooms will enjoy access to the hotel’s new Club InterContinental lounge. Located within the property’s reimagined rooftop space, the lounge offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour.
Included in the transformation was a redesign of the hotel’s entrance and reception area, imbued with organically designed reception pods. The main feature of this space is a new and intricate feature art wall that details a historical timeline of the city and property from 1788 to the present day.
The hotel’s wellbeing amenities have been revitalised and continue to incorporate a state-of-the-art gym and an indoor heated pool, which floats 31 stories high enjoying an abundance of natural light and views overlooking the Sydney Opera House.
The property’s relaunch also marks the highly awaited public opening of Aster Bar on level 32 (rooftop). Inspired by the hotel’s legendary history, the magic of astrology and taking cue from well-known rooftop bars from around the globe, Aster Bar offers immersive experiences whilst Australian flavours and local produce reign on the menu.
Located in the original cortile of the building where the nation’s first grape vine plantation was laid,The Treasury is a new bar where guests can enjoy flavours and stories from the past from a carefully cultivated menu of cocktails, wines and dishes.
The hotel’s newly designed breakfast space, The Conservatory,provides an elevated experience for in-house guests. Here guests will greet the day exploring open cooking stations and a walk-in pantry. Throughout the day and evening the space can be booked for exclusive use as a premium event space. A unique, circular private dining room, wrapped in floor to ceiling plush green velvet, is also available to hire for up to 16 guests.
MICE space at the hotel includes 14 flexible meeting and event areas, which are complemented by revamped food and fine beverage experiences, refurbished rooms and suites and an on-site event and audio-visual specialist team.