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Hotel Inter-Continental Sydney

Contact Information
117 Macquarie St., Sydney, NSW 2000  Phone 1800/221 828 in Australia (outside New South Wales)  02/9230 9000  Fax 02/9240 1240

Size: 498 units  Extras A/C MINIBAR TV TEL.  Parking A$20 (U.S.$14)  Transportation: CityRail, bus, or ferry: Circular Quay  Prices: A$375-$495 (U.S.$262.50-$346.50) double; from A$765 (U.S.$535.50) suite. Extra person A$60 (U.S.$42). Children under 15 stay free in parents' room  Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, JCB, MC, V

Wonderfully positioned opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and just a stroll away from many other main attractions, the hotel is situated in the former Treasury building (later the VD clinic), built between 1849 and 1917. All rooms have been elegantly refurbished to unite 19th-century classicism with the best of the 20th century. Half of the rooms have a harbor view and all come complete with everything you'd expect, and some features, like a toaster, that might surprise you. Special rooms for business travelers are slightly larger (and more expensive) and come with dedicated business facilities: modem lines, printer, scanner, and fax machine.

Dining/Entertainment: Afternoon tea, lunch, and cocktails are taken in the white marbled Cortile, the building's architectural focal point. The Cortile features live classical music Wednesday through Sunday. One One Seven, the hotel's fine-dining venue, is picking up quite a good reputation. The 30-Something Lounge on the 31st floor has panoramic views over Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens and serves good pizzas and pasta. Sketches Bar & Bistro serves freshly made pasta. Café Opera is an informal buffet specializing in sushi and wok-prepared foods.

Facilities: Indoor pool, sauna, spa, gym, power-walking classes, massage therapists, concierge, 24-hour room service, free daily newspapers, nightly turndown, shoe shine, laundry, valet, baby-sitting, business center, secretarial services, hair/beauty salon, gift shop, newsstand, early-arrivals/late-departures lounge, currency exchange.

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