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InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto

11:00 AEST Thu Jul 22 2010
The Rialto has been a Collins Street landmark since 1891 when Melbourne was the world's richest city. It's always been one of the city's best hotels but after a $60 million makeover, it's grander than ever.

Jules Lund visited the now InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto on Collins Street in the city's CBD to see just how much has changed.

Of course, the location is the same but it has gone through changes of its own. Only footsteps away from Southbank, the Yarra River and the evolving Docklands, there are tempting shops and boutiques and some of the city's best restaurants.

The heritage-listed neo-Gothic facade of the building has 253 elegant guest rooms, including one in a 19th-century turret.

Relaxation areas are an East meets West blend of ancient holistic healing and modern spa therapies. There is also a whirlpool and indoor pool. A 24-hour fitness centre has a variety of cardiovascular, exercise and weight-training equipment so there's no reason to let your program lapse!

Head chef Nick Reade plies his trade at the Rooftop Garden every day. It's a real oasis from the busy streets below. In a garden tucked away in the neo-Gothic turrets he grows an enviable array of herbs to use in his exciting dishes.

Alluvial Restaurant is modern with old-world glamour. Modern Australian cuisine has Asian and European influences and chef Reade has come up with the 200km dining experience. Most of the produce he uses is sourced from within 200km of the property. He still needs to source and deliver international flavours not replicated in Australia, but his main passion is to support local producers.

Market Lane Bar on lobby level serves tapas to complement a range of classic and inventive cocktails. There are more than a hundred flavours of martini and mixed drinks with Australian bush flavours such as quandongs, blood limes and muntries, which are also known as emu apples.

Rialto Bluestone Bar is fashioned on a wine bar serving fine wines from Victoria and, in fact, all over Australia. Four of the country's most respected and greatest reds are available by the glass. You can also indulge in a wide variety of French champagnes and there is a bar menu to go with your drink of choice.

Location

Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD.

Cost

InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto's winter rates start at $270 per person. It includes accommodation and buffet breakfast in Alluvial Restaurant.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Melbourne from:

  • Hobart $75
  • Adelaide $79
  • Sydney $90
  • Canberra $95
  • Brisbane $129
  • Darwin $179
  • Perth $235

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 22, 2010, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at July 22, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789
www.virginblue.com.au

InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto
495 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Ph: 1800 221 335
Fax: (03) 8621412
www.intercontinental.com/melbourne

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