SYDNEY ( TheStreet) -- Trips to Sydney are too often considered complete with the usual visit to the Opera House, lunch in Bondi and climb atop the Harbour Bridge. Beyond lies a subtler, more local Sydney that hits its stride in perfect time for Australian summer.Some were surprised to see Oprah checking in not to the iconic Park Hyatt Sydney ( H) at the foot of the Harbour Bridge (a hotel frequented by star friends Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Tom Cruise) but to the Intercontinental Sydney ( IHG), a high-rise erupting from directly behind the original 1851 Treasury Building. The 500-plus rooms are contemporary, with a creamy color palette and large windows framed by cushioned seats. For a more intimate experience, book a Club InterContinental room that provides access to the rootop concierge lounge, which has all-day food and encourages easy small talk with fellow guests.
|There's more to Sydney than the Opera House, lunch in Bondi and a climb atop the Harbour Bridge.|