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Inside the Club Intercontinental Sydney

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August 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented lately for our new series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us along with him to the Sydney Club InterContinental.

During our last stay Down Under, we spent a few days at the Intercontinental Sydney, and spent a fair amount of our time hanging around the hotel’s Club Intercontinental lounge, which has to be one of our favorites in Australia.

Though the Intercontinental Sydney is built around the Old Treasury Building alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the Opera House and Circular Quay, the 509-room hotel is primarily housed in a modern tower that stretches 32 stories high, and the club lounge is on the top floor. Access to it adds an extra $150 AUD to your room rate, so it doesn’t come cheap, but when you get up to see the views, you might just shell out the extra cash.

This is what truly sets the lounge apart from others in the city. The club lounge itself isn’t terribly large, and the furnishings are mostly unembellished, square, earth-toned (with a few red ones thrown in) armchairs, banquettes and side tables. But the truly unique feature is the wraparound timber terrace with deck chairs and tables that circumvents the lounge, with views of the city and harbor, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, among the city’s other famous attractions. This is definitely one of the best views available in Sydney.

The Benefits
Guests who book a room with club access can also check in and out directly up there, and those arriving early before their room is ready can take advantage of the shower facilities to freshen up before a day out in the city.

Club access also gets you one suit or garment pressed daily, personalized concierge and business services, and use of a private meeting room for up to two hours. It does not, however, provide free high-speed internet, which runs a typically whopping $25 AUD a day.

Food
But if we’re talking about the freebies, the club lounge does host a variety of complimentary food services throughout the day starting with a continental breakfast in the morning, snacks during the rest of the day, tea service in the afternoon, and a selection of light dinner appetizers and canapés like beef and chicken satay skewers, arancini, zucchini fritters and lamb-phyllo rolls accompanied by drinks and Australian wines (including some big names from the Barossa and even as far as Margaret River in Western Australia) in the evening when the lounge is at its most crowded thanks to the stunning views of the harbor at sunset.

Rates at the Sydney Intercontinental start at $305 in August, and $455 with club access.

Full disclosure: Eric Rosen stayed at the Sydney Intercontinental as a guest of Tourism Australia, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.

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what is up with...

Australia and outrageous WiFi fees? I can't believe that not even in the club lounge is it free?

re: what is up with...

I know! That's a big drawback for me, especially with the $150/day access fee, but it's still a great place to hang out and take in the view...

Oz Internet

Howdy, I studied abroad in Australia for a semester and have some thoughts.  Generally speaking, I think Australia's internet infrastructure and speed is below the US's (I think South Korea and Singapore top whatever official list there is for this).  Additionally, Australia's internet, at least for residential use, is given in data size allotments per month similar to Verizon/Cingular cellphone plans.  If you're in a city, just head out of your hotel and go to an internet cafe.

PS, I've been on that terrace and on a clear day or night, it's a million dollar view with a drink in hand and friends around.

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