Sydney hotel completes $21M redo

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SYDNEY, Australia -- The completion of a $21 million enhancement has cemented the InterContinental Sydneys position as one of this citys top properties.

The hotel, popular with both business and leisure travelers because of its position in the central business district of Sydney and its proximity to many of the citys major attractions, is a favorite with U.S. visitors.

The InterContinental Sydneys 509 contemporary guest rooms and suites are designed along classical lines but with a new, urban feel.

Guest rooms feature high-speed Internet access, oversized work desks, digital TV and dual-line phones equipped with voice mail. Rooms provide views of the harbor, Circular Quay and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The gem of the enhancement is the hotels new rooftop executive lounge built to capture uninterrupted views from the Harbour Bridge to the Pacific Ocean.

The lounge is for the exclusive use of Club InterContinental guests who enjoy a number of benefits for a small premium on top of their room rate, including private registration, personalized concierge and business services as well as daily breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening drinks and canapes.

The lounge is surrounded entirely by full-length glass doors opening onto a timber deck around the perimeter.

The InterContinental Sydneys meetings and conferences facilities now include 14 rooms with the latest facilities.

Mint, the hotels new lounge bar and dining room, is relaxed yet chic. The dining room features a menu specializing in fresh local produce inspired by Mediterranean flavors.

Room rates range from $181 to $336 per night and are commissionable at 10% to travel agents. (Rates are in U.S. dollars and are inclusive of a 10% government sales tax.)

The InterContinental Sydney is located at 117 Macquarie St. For more information, call (011) 61-02 9253-9000 or visit the Web at www.intercontinental.com.

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