This is a very nice, new, clean and classy hotel. It had a great feel and the staff was wonderful. The location is good, the ones on the river are more convenient to that night life but the Intercontinental is a very short walk in the city to a lot of the cooler alley ways and Restaurants. They have a fairly good spa, it's really more of a small day spa run by another company in the hotel but it was a nice small setup with good service (no steam, sauna type setup, just massage/facial/nails...). The breakfast was great, and the wine bar in the middle of the atrium lobby was really cool and fun. There is a server there named Saskia (I remember her well, super cute and named after Rembrandt's wife) who was really wonderful. She recommended good wine flights, provided perfect service, was endearingly friendly and warm... people like that make a hotel. Btw, we started at the Langham in Melbourne based on reviews but moved here, it was a much nicer experience. The Langham is not bad, but the Intercontinental is really nice.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto Hotel Melbourne