When travelling to Melbourne you’re presented with a lot of choice in terms of accommodation. Compared to Sydney, Melbourne’s city is bustling over the weekend, which means you can choose a hotel in the centre of the city and be close to all the action. We’ve stayed at a lot of hotels in Melbourne but we’re yet to enjoy one as much as the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto on Collins St.
Following an amazing stay at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa we were keen to check out what the Melbourne property had to offer and how it compared to the Hilton, Stamford and Westin in the city. If first impressions are anything to go by then it’s safe to say the the InterContinental Melbourne property is world class. The Rialto building is arguably Melbourne’s best example of its early 1900’s gothic architecture from a period where the city was one of the richest in the world.
The hotel comprises of two buildings, The Rialto and the Winfield, both rich in their own history and now linked by an expansive lobby with glass roof, formerly one of the city’s famous lanes. Guests rooms are located on both sides of the glass void with internal windows to admire the coloured lighting on the facade of the Winfield building at night. We parked up on the Rialto side and were treated to Club privileges and a tour of the hotel’s Melbourne themed suites which are located in the turrets fronting onto Collins St.
Where the InterContinental sets itself apart from its competitors is the Club InterContinental – somewhat reminiscent of a private cigar lounge or gentleman’s club. Located on the hotel’s 3rd floor access to the Club is granted with any booking of a Club room and entitles you to daily breakfast, free non alcoholic beverages all day, afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and petit fours (3-5pm) plus cocktails and canapés (6-8pm with no children). Starting your day in the Club ensures you’re properly rested and recharged for a full day exploring the city. Likewise, returning in the afternoon for a freshen up and a power nap, followed by cocktails in the Club from 6-8 is the perfect way to kick off a night on the town.
Along with the exceptional service in the Club and throughout the hotel, world class and Les clefs d’Or recognised Chef Concierge James Ridenour is one of the nicest and most knowledge Melbournites in town. If endless suggestions of hidden bars, on trend restaurants and exhibitions weren’t enough James is also on hand to help out with any activities inside the hotel and after a Dalmore Whisky tasting was suggested at the hotel’s Market Lane Bar he was more than happy to set it up for us.
The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is a seriously good hotel made even more enticing by its great location and picturesque architecture. If you’re looking for contemporary luxury in Melbourne’s city centre we couldn’t recommend a nicer spot to stay!
To read more about our Dalmore Whisky Tasting click here.