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Go for the Club, Stay for the View!
August 30, 2011
Located on the edge of the Rocks, and near to Circular Quay, the Inter-Continental is situated to be one of the best launching points for your clients. Every hotelier you speak with about their hotel will tell you that their main clientele is for business. The area is geared to work that way. Thankfully, the Inter-Continental has an environment that could almost be described as business-casual. While a business traveler may stay the night, a luxury client will enjoy their stay, as well!
The rooms are pristine, clean and sharp with their contemporary-deco design. The colors in the room are a rich violet with a warm tan and richer chocolate brown to balance out. The artwork throughout the rooms are a flurry of color and action as they focus on out-of-focus views of Australia, itself: the Opera House, the CBD, the Harbor Bridge, and other various points of interest. They are a nice contrast to the darker color scheme in the room and bring the surroundings of the hotel into the room. The hotel has a number of different suites available, ranging from Executive Suites to the Australia Suite (Presidential Suite). The Australia Suite is the epitome of luxury, including an open air terrace/dining area, grand piano, fully equipped kitchen, and a 32 square meter bathroom!
For a minimal extra cost to a room, your clients may want to pay for the upgrade to the Club floors. The upper floors of the building, reserved for their optimal views, are the dedicated floors for club guests. They have access to the Club lounge and the exclusivity that comes with it. The lounge is open all day, serving snacks and drinks; however, the key point of the lounge is the view. There are unparalleled views from the lounge, overlooking the city, the Rocks, the opera house and the rest of the harbor. It is an ideal place to relax and just exist in this beautiful city. However, if you are afraid of heights, there is a beautiful lounge area on the bottom floor, between the Heritage side of the building and the more recently constructed side of the building, the Cortile. The Cortile has a great feel to it, as it is right in the middle of this beautiful contemporary design, but surrounded by the historical aspect of the hotel which cannnot be touched, do tho the laws in Australia about Heritage buildings. So, the contemporary design meets the original brick facade with the an old, steel elevator and stunning sprial staircase...it really is a beautiful place to sit and have a drink.
I appreciated the hotel and the staff of the hotel, as they were very attentive to their clients. The staff is a little light for the large number of rooms, but they do a fantastic job servicing each individual guest.