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InterContinental Sydney reveals A$120 million renovation

The iconic InterContinental Sydney has undergone a A$120 million renovation, and for the first time in its history has opened its rooftop bar to the public.

Set within the 19th-century Treasury building, the hotel is now the epitome of luxury.

All 509 guest rooms have been renovated and there is also a new restaurant and two new bars – Treasury Bar, and rooftop cocktail bar, Aster.

One of the stylishly renovated rooms at the InterContinental Sydney

Expect spectacular views at InterContinental Sydney

If the views are as important as the drink in front of you, Aster on the 32nd floor will not disappoint.

Sip on an aptly named Higher Ground – a blend of Los Arcos tequila, grapefruit, Saint Felix bitter aperitivo, tonic water and three salts, and soak up the 180-degree views of the Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

While you’re here, try some light bites of herb and organic dairy cheese churros; or oysters with yuzu and soy dressing and spring onion oil.

Downstairs, at The Treasury in the lobby, sip on botanical-infused experimental cocktails and dine on decadent dishes like lamb backstrap with heirloom carrots, eggplant puree, braised figs.

Sip a carefully curated cocktail to Sydney’s best sights

A hotel-wide affair

You only need to walk through the hotel’s redesigned entrance to see how architecture studio Woods Bagot drew on the surrounding harbour and gardens for its design ethos – blue and green hues are everywhere.

And, almost nothing has been left untouched. For the active among us, there’s a state-of-the-art gym and indoor heated pool, which floats 31 stories high – and again takes in those breathtaking views overlooking the Sydney Opera House.

It’s like you can’t escape it, and who would want to.

Designers were careful to respect the history of the mid-19th-century history of the InterContinental Sydney

One to watch

Meanwhile, the long-awaited, wave-shaped W Sydney will open in October 2023.

Set in the heart of Darling Harbour, the hotel is set to dazzle with its original accommodation, restaurant, bars, heated infinity pool and two-storey rooftop bar.

It will also have an AWAY spa (think mineral-rich vitality pools and multiple treatment rooms), FIT gym, and event spaces.

And, despite having 585 rooms, W Sydney promises no two rooms will be the same.

General manager Craig Seaward says while there have been delays, the wait will be worth it, adding W Sydney’s rooms and ultra-luxe suites will set a new design benchmark for the city.

We have no doubts he’ll be right.

W Sydney promises to set a new design benchmark when it opens in 2023.

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