InterContinental Hotels Australia
9 / 10
If the harbour was much closer you’d have to put on a rubber ring. The hotel is two minutes’ from Circular Quay, five minutes’ from the Opera House and about the same from Government House.
Style & character
8 / 10
An odd marriage of 70s skyscraper and sandstone colonial architecture (the site includes the old State Treasury Building). The result is a modern, efficient hotel with a smattering of heritage charm.
Service & facilities
7 / 10
Patchy. Like all five-star hotels in Australia, staff are not always as polite or respectful as their counterparts in Asia or Europe.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
An extensive makeover has seen all accommodation brought into the 21st Century, with subdued colour schemes, the latest entertainment systems and upgraded bathrooms. Standard rooms are on the smallish side, book a deluxe or club room if possible.