I booked this stay as an award stay, my first with the IC Hotels group, at a rate of 30k points per night. The cheapest room rate available at the time was in excess of AUD350, so I was happy with the value for money here. However, having contacted the hotel and ascertained that full Royal Ambassador privileges would be honoured for award stays , I was informed that Club access was not one of them. Based on reviews from fellow Flyertalkers, I decided to pay the additional AUD80 per night for Club access. I was upgraded from the standard room type (for awards) to a Harbour View Executive Suite.
I arrived at about 8am, having flown all the way from London on the BA15. I was utterly thankful that my room was immediately ready and waiting for me when I arrived!
Room - Harbour View Executive Suite
I was thrilled with my room, probably one of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in. A longish entrance hall ends in left turn into the main living area with a small bathroom straight ahead. The living room contains a large sofa and working desk, but is dominated by a huge Plasma TV screen. The living room occupies the corner aspect of the suite and affords wonderful views over Sydney harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The bedroom lies off to the left and had a large King bed with a huge wardrobe, including a built-in TV. The bathroom was very large, with separate walk-in shower and bath.
Photos - Entrance and living room
Photos - Bedroom
Photos - Bathroom
Photos - Room with a View
I had mixed feelings about the lounge, seeing as I had to pay extra for it. Firstly, the view is utterly spectacular. Surely one of the best views from any IC lounge in the world, even surpassing the IC Bangkok I would say. However, the lounge was very busy at all times when I visited. Therefore your ability to enjoy the view is dependant on getting a good seat, so I would urge future stayers to get up to the lounge earlier rather than later. The food and drink options were good, but not outstanding, certainly not as good as Bangkok and probably not as good as the IC Mark Hopkins either. As an RA with a free minibar and a Harbour View Suite, it is questionable whether the extra AUD80 is worth it to be honest. But that view - wow!