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The Intercontinental blends history with modern comfort. It occupies the treasury building of 1851, the first purpose-built government office in Sydney. It has a handsome sandstone façade and is home to the oldest operating lift in the Southern Hemisphere. The centrepiece of the hotel is The Cortile, a round atrium bordered by sandstone arches, which now serves as the lobby lounge. At the rear is a high-rise containing modern rooms and suites, some with harbour views, and an indoor pool on the 31st floor. Near to Circular Quay and the financial district, it's popular with business travellers but also close to the touristy spots. It's a short walk to The Opera House, the botanic gardens and the ferry terminal.

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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



The lush botanic gardens are worth a visit - every evening the resident fruit bats take a joy flight around the city.

City-centre hotel a block away from Circular Quay, between the harbour and botanic gardens.
By plane: flights to Sydney from London take around 24 hours with a stop in Dubai or Darwin. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. Parking on-site costs AUD70 per day.

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Style & Character

This large hotel is popular with business travellers, conferences and groups, but the location suits holidaymakers too. In a city dominated by modern buildings, it's a joy to be in surroundings with strong links to Sydney's history.

Service & Facilities

The Cortile captures the building's history and is an atmospheric spot for afternoon tea.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Go for one of the Opera House View rooms - the panorama is spectacular by day and by night. Relax on the window seat and marvel at the irrepressible blue of the harbour and the sky.

Classic, Superior, East Harbour, Harbour Bridge, Opera House rooms; Signature Harbour, Governor Opera, Royal Opera, Presidential Opera suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The Meat and Wine Co is more than a steakhouse, with seafood options, classic puds and an impressive cheese menu. We love the aged grass-fed Monte ribeye steak infused with the essence of 14-day slow-cooked black garlic.

The Meat and Wine Co: premium steaks, grilled meat, world-class wines. Open Tues-Sat 10am until late. Mains from AUD37.
The Treasury: breakfast, open daily.
Heritage bar: drinks and dining.

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