Stayed here for 2 nights for business in a 'deluxe' room.
Room is great size & looks great. Clean too. The room feels "deluxe" and I think it's the little features that do this. The bathrooms for example: a switch helped you select rainwater shower head or standard hand held shower head, nice toiletries, a full sized hair dryer, digital scales, great mirror and a volume switch which allows you to listen to the TV from the bathroom as you're getting ready. A bath tub would be a nice addition at this price range though.
Best pillows I've used in a hotel, and things like great lighting & button controlled blackout curtains (which really black out) all add to the luxe feel.
The only surprises were the lack of temptations in the mini bar options (which is good for the budget anyway) and the 1.5% surcharge on all electronic payments. They tell you about this charge during checkin/checkout in a way that implies you have a choice to avoid this charge, though I do wonder how many people can choose to pay cash at over $300 AUS per night..
I tend to stay at the Oaks on Market when Im in Melbourne as I like the extra living area of a studio set up and it's a better price range for a longer stay. But I'd have to recommend the Rialto for a special occasion. Lovely.
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- Celebrated as one of the world’s hottest and best new hotels by both Conde Nast Traveler and Wallpaper* magazines, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is a fascinating example of the city’s fusion of old and new. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto represents the resurrection of one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture into a timeless and inspiring luxury hotel. Its city centre location on Collins Street is at the heart of the laneways, attractions and experiences that give Melbourne its international appeal. Behind the Gothic façade is a sleek yet intimate hotel that is home to two very different bars – the Bluestone Wine Lounge and the Market Lane Bar – and a variety of dining establishments, including Alluvial Restaurant and Guy Grossi’s exciting new venture, Merchant. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has also teamed up with Shannon Bennett, providing valet parking for his new Vue de monde restaurant on the 55th floor of the adjacent Rialto building. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto’s warmth and exceptional service belies its size, with more than 250 guest rooms across two soaring wings, including a stunning collection of suites as well as the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and facilities for premium guests. The hotel’s rooftop is also a destination itself, home to the kitchen’s own market garden and beehives, the Scandinavian-inspired swimming pool and the glass-encased fitness centre overlooking the Melbourne cityscape. Also available is the luxurious candle-lit East Day Spa offering east-meets-west treatments and therapies. Before guests arrive, they can take advantage of the concierges’ passion and Insider knowledge of the city. Chief Concierge, James Ridenour and his team are the key to authentic experiences of the real Melbourne and everything the city has to offer. ... more less
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