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Thursday, 21 May 2009



InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has received another international accolade, as the only hotel in Australia to be included in the 2009 Wallpaper* penultimate list of the 50 Best Business Hotels around the world.

Compiled in cooperation with Fortune magazine, the annual list celebrates the “50 most stylish new, or newly revamped business hotels around the globe.” InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, which opened in late 2008 after a AU$60 million restoration of the historic The Rialto building, was recognised among the world’s best business hotels for design, location, facilities and service.

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto was recognised for the extraordinary transformation of The Rialto and Winfield buildings by hotel design doyen, Joseph Pang. The judges noted the hotel’s range of executive rooms and suites linked to the Club InterContinental Lounge with its cigar-club vibe, and it’s location as the only luxury hotel in Melbourne’s financial district.

The Wallpaper* award is the second international achievement for InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto in as many months, following its inclusion in the 2009 Conde Nast Traveler Hot List. Only three Australian properties made the 13th annual Conde Nast list of the world’s hottest new hotels and resorts.

“Within less than six months of opening, we’ve achieved two of the world’s most influential accolades a hotel can receive. Our hotel has clearly captured the world’s imagination, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be considered by such esteemed judges as not only Australia’s best new business hotel, but one of the very best in the world,” said InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto general manager, Manrique Rodriguez.

The combination of old and new Melbourne has been brought to life in the design of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. One of the last remaining examples of 18th century Victorian Gothic architecture left in the city, the building’s Rialto and Winfield wings create a deep, narrow atrium that Joseph Pang has turned into a celebration of light and colour. In combining classic and contemporary colour palettes and design elements, he has exemplified the transformation from heritage-listed hulk to a timeless and inspiring hotel.

Book a stay at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto from AU$295.00 per room, per night by visiting or call 1800 221 335.

For more information on the 2009 Wallpaper* Best Business Hotels, visit

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