The 498 large rooms in the Intercontinental manage to be sober whilst remaining sophisticated, comfortable, bright and highly original. In addition to the standard rooms, there are 121 suites, three presidential suites and one royal suite. The beautiful materials used in the rooms and their refined design are signs of the luxury of the interior decor. The private rooms are made to feel even larger than they are by their bay windows and the space is as open-plan as possible, with the well-designed bathrooms completely integrated into the rooms, offering a large panoramic view out over the marina, Creek, town and Festival City shopping centre.
In some of the rooms, the bathroom area is directly in front of the king size bed, with the big white bathtub positioned behind transparent glass, alongside the tall, wide bay windows. This allows the sun to heat the room, which is decorated in rather cool colours. Another most unexpected designer touch is the way the sophisticated bathtub fills up with water trickling in from the ceiling. Everything is in place to ensure that you are comfortable, with a 'chaise longue' and a host of chairs and armchairs.
The bedside lamps drop down from the ceiling to bathe the immaculate bedding in their light, and there are also reading lights by the bed and remote controls to adjust the various sources of light.
The list of other facilities includes a large wide screen television, quiet individual air conditioning, a superb and particularly well stocked minibar with coffee-making facilities and wine glasses, a telephone, an Ipod, a DVD player, a safe (free), a cable internet connection, an iron and ironing board, a hair-dryer and a full range of Elemis hospitality products.
As well as the bathtub, there is a tropical shower in another glass-paned area, and a toilet, which is separated from the room by frosted glass panels. The only regret is that the rooms have no balcony due to security concerns. Room service is available 24 hours a day here.