InterContinental Sydney is currently embarking on a new era, with a multi-million-dollar refurbishment currently taking place. The iconic hotel is set to provide a world-class experience, with newly appointed guest rooms, public spaces and facilities. Alongside the introduction of cutting-edge contemporary features and technology, a restoration project will ensure the heritage-listed Treasury Building is preserved for the future.
As the hotel undertakes its monumental transformation, guests staying during this time will encounter changes to their stay. Those visiting over this period will be the first to experience our newly refurbished luxury residences, perfectly equipped with contemporary fittings and state-of-the-art amenities.
Intermittent noise may be experienced during your stay, particularly in public spaces throughout the hotel between the hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday.
Club InterContinental, the swimming pool and sauna are currently closed. The gym is open and is located on Level Two.
Food and Beverage
The Cortile, Cafe Opera and Panorama Lounge Bar are closed. Guests are invited to enjoy an alternative breakfast experience in The Treasury Restaurant on Level One or dine and drink at The Heritage Bar on Level One. Guests may also access In Room Dining facilities.
The Meat & Wine Co. restaurant located on the ground floor is currently trading. To see more information, please see here.
Conditions of Stay
Guests are required to cohere with public health orders throughout their visit; we thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please note InterContinental Sydney cannot accommodate visits for the purpose of isolation.
To further discuss your stay or field any questions, contact us to speak with a member of our reservations team.
How to get to the hotel
When arriving by taxi or ride share, please visit the drop-off point on Phillip Street. When arriving by car, please proceed to visit the parking office at 12 Phillip Street. Valet parking is available at $70 per night. Pedestrian access to the hotel is via the ramp on Phillip Street. Please proceed to the guest lifts upon arrival to access the hotel reception on Level One.
The beginningHistory of The Treasury Building
Recognised as a heritage site, The Treasury Building holds a significant role in the history of Sydney.
During early colonialisation this land sat adjacent from the Governor’s house and became the site of the nation’s first vineyard plantation. In 1851 the grand Treasury Building was constructed, becoming the first purpose-built government office in Sydney. During this time it was frequented by dignitaries conducting business that shaped the city as it now stands.
The building held the state’s most prized documents, records and treasures. This included a wealth of riches throughout first gold rush. Original relics from this time still remain including an underground vault hidden in the depths of today’s InterContinental Sydney.
The presentTransformation into InterContinental Sydney
The historic Treasury Building was repurposed over time, operating as the Ministry of Transport and Police Department until 1967. In 1985 the estate entered a new era, opening its doors as InterContinental Sydney.
Reimagined as a new luxury travel destination, the hotel was soon heralded as a national industry leader recognised for its five-star offerings and unique setting.
Throughout its transformation a focus was placed on retaining the building’s original features. Many elements were restored or kept fully intact. The hotel remains home to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest operating elevator (now used for joy rides), the building’s original Cortile structure and the original Premier’s Office which now operates as a meeting space.
The futurePreservation for the Future
From 2021, InterContinental Sydney have begun a multi-million dollar restoration and refurbishment project, leading the iconic building into its next phase.
The hotel’s guest rooms, suites, facilities and public spaces have been reimagined, with a connection to land and history ingrained in every detail. Architectural additions celebrate the past through a contemporary lens.
At the forefront of all works is preservation of the building’s rich history. This includes the careful restoration of each heritage element including the iconic sandstone façade.
The Treasury Building holds a special place in the heart of locals and offers an important contribution to the rich tapestry of history that formed modern-day Sydney. We look forward to ensuring the continuation of its legacy for future generations to enjoy.