Staying as an IC Ambassador member, we were upgraded to a spacious room in the low-rise wing, with separate bath, and (rare for this hotel) natural light. The service was polite and helpful, including pointing out all the various features (electronic and otherwise) in our room - a welcome change from many other chains. We did not eat breakfast in the hotel (Melbourne has too many other fantastic options to spend time in a hotel), but did try the pool. Nice location on the top floor, but not really appropriate for laps, nor really relaxing, as it has no real view and is almost square in shape. The spa was very nice though.
The room we stayed in (333) looked out onto a floor of the next-door Rialto Towers, so not ideal for a mid-week stay, but over a weekend was quiet and provided natural light and privacy. The bathroom was particularly well-appointed with decent size bath and rainshower.
Ambassador Membership: Highly recommended. This weekend stay was part-weekend certificate, part-advance rate, and the staff processed it all seamlessly. We did the maths on an earlier stay this year at an IC in Thailand, and joining Ambassador was cheaper than paying for an upgraded room, so if you find yourself in a similar situation, it's highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrated as one of the world’s hottest and best new hotels by both Conde Nast Traveler and Wallpaper* magazines, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is a fascinating example of the city’s fusion of old and new. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto represents the resurrection of one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture into a timeless and inspiring luxury hotel. Its city centre location on Collins Street is at the heart of the laneways, attractions and experiences that give Melbourne its international appeal. Behind the Gothic façade is a sleek yet intimate hotel that is home to two very different bars – the Bluestone Wine Lounge and the Market Lane Bar – and a variety of dining establishments, including Alluvial Restaurant and Guy Grossi’s exciting new venture, Merchant. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has also teamed up with Shannon Bennett, providing valet parking for his new Vue de monde restaurant on the 55th floor of the adjacent Rialto building. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto’s warmth and exceptional service belies its size, with more than 250 guest rooms across two soaring wings, including a stunning collection of suites as well as the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and facilities for premium guests. The hotel’s rooftop is also a destination itself, home to the kitchen’s own market garden and beehives, the Scandinavian-inspired swimming pool and the glass-encased fitness centre overlooking the Melbourne cityscape. Also available is the luxurious candle-lit East Day Spa offering east-meets-west treatments and therapies. Before guests arrive, they can take advantage of the concierges’ passion and Insider knowledge of the city. Chief Concierge, James Ridenour and his team are the key to authentic experiences of the real Melbourne and everything the city has to offer. ... more less
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- Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto Hotel Melbourne