Stayed in the Interconti for a leisure trip. The hotel however is more catering towards business guests. Relatively expensive for leisure expect you use your interconti points. Breakfast on the more expensive side, but overall with anything you would expect in Australia and an Interconti (e.g. limited cheese selection as anywhere else, limited cold cuts also as usual in Australia, it's not Europe). But honestly, why not just look at the way all other intercontis do their coffee (at least in Europe) and just copy it? Neither Café latte, Latte macchiatto, cappuccino or anything else deserved that name, just fly in an Italian barista for a day and get it over with.
The swimming pool was clean but far smaller than in the picture, so don't expect to much and for my taste too much chloride in it, but nice for a quick evening swim under the stars. The rooftop terrace was closed and nobody knew why, but it looked like a nice place to sip a cocktail. The fitness room was very well equipped and very clean.
One thing that was spectacular was the architecture of the hotel situated in and between 2 old townhouses/residencies. Quite impressive. Also the bar was an impressive sight and the cocktails were amazing.
The room was ok, although a bit small, but nothing unusual for the category we booked. The bathroom looked a bit worn out and maybe the Australian understanding of cleaning is different from the European/German one, but please also look behind the toilet, clean the air-condition and the fan in the bathroom, the sink, etc. Not that we haven't experienced similar things in other Australian hotels, but considering the price it's a bit annoying (wouldn't probably care if I was on business, but sadly not this time).
What was definitely outstanding were the tips from the concierge regarding dinner locations. Thanks again for those! And the location is pretty good for reaching the cities hot spots although it's right in the middle of the banking district. We had a car however which came in handy but the tram is also just a few meters away and we also used that a couple of times to get around. Overall I would certainly come back for business, for leisure probably not so much and would rather look for a little boutique hotel.
- 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