Wonderful building with character and tasetfully transformed into a hotel
The pool and gym area on the 10th floor has an attractive outlook and ambience and overall a pleasant place to chill out or workout.
Kingsize room I would consider an average size for a hotel although pleasantly appointed. One big let down is the placement of the TV to the side of the bed rather than in front of the bed which made it uncomfortable to watch TV in bed.
Bathroom was functional rather than capacious but the shower pressure was very feeble. Usually 5star hotels have power showers that are sufficient to clean you without soap, there is no excuse for a 5 star hotel to have feeble showers.
The room has a terrace but the French doors were locked for security and safety reasons meaning the terrace couldn't be enjoyed, with the poor shower and placement of TV these badly let down the room experience.
We stayed on the 7th floor so you don't have a row of rooms opposite you. On lower floors you will have rooms opposite you so privacy could be a concern for some although personally if people want to admire my handsome physique I don't mind but draw the line at skanky women.
Nearly all the staff we came into contact were very polite, helpful and courteous with the exception of the concierge whom seemed reluctant to acknowledge you as you greeted the with a cheery hello as you came back and forth in the 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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