November 2014 sees the grand unveiling of this year's most anticipated new hotel, nestled within the prestigious and picturesque village suburb of Double Bay, Sydney. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will provide guests with a unique offering providing local intimacy, and exclusive experiences within a secluded bayside retreat, only moments away from Sydney's CBD.
The hotel will revive a bygone era with the restoration of the iconic Ritz Carlton and reawaken a desire for glamour and subtle elegance, assured of personalised service and attention. A haven for world-class and unforgettable accommodation, entertainment, food and beverage and wellness offerings, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will become the city's greatest treasure for travellers and locals alike.
The hotel was acquired and is being developed by Royal Hotels Australia. Together with the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay and the retail mix on the ground floor, this redevelopment will see luxury redefined for the Sydney market.
“The restoration of this iconic building in Double Bay marks a pivotal stage in the growth of the portfolio of Royal Hotels Australia Pty Ltd. The enriching local experiences coupled with world-class service provided to world travelers by InterContinental Hotels Group meant it was the true aspirant to re-launch the property,” said Peter Wilding, Managing Director of Royal Hotels Australia.
The hotel will showcase 140 serene guestrooms and suites with beautifully reinstated original features including Italian white marble bathrooms and European fashioned balconies, complimented with a contemporary design twist. Stunning views abound over Double Bay village, the tranquil bay or the internal French provincial styled courtyard. For something truly memorable and definitive in privacy, there are 14 Executive Suites and the spectacular Royal Suite boasting floor to ceiling views of Double Bay.
"InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be Sydney's newest luxury hotel, and is part of a wider plan to re-invigorate the exclusive and iconic Double Bay area. InterContinental is world-renowned as a luxury hotel brand, and customers can expect nothing but the best from this newly renovated hotel. It will be the only five star property outside the CBD,” Frederic Brohez, General Manager, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay said.
The regency architecture style of the hotel with dramatic inward facing spaces lends itself to a hidden oasis. On the rooftop of the hotel lies an infinity pool and lounge area complete with cabanas and water vistas. A secluded courtyard is also uniquely presented to the guests of the InterContinental Club Lounge with all the dedicated amenities seen through the worldwide VIP service including all day dining and refreshments and business centre assistances.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay brings a fresh vibe to the suburb of Double Bay with its bar and restaurant. Ascending the grand marble staircase to the first floor, passing through the energetic lobby and the restoration of the original grand piano – guests and visitors to Double Bay are welcomed to a unique 'Gin' bar concept, set to be the hottest address in town.
Executive Chef Julien Pouteau will preside over the hotel's restaurant and food direction. The all-day dining restaurant, will herald a seasonally lead menu fusing the best of local and worldly produce prepared featuring a Robata Grill, famous InterContinental styled buffet breakfast featuring a made-to-order hot à la carte, chef's and private tables.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has a rich and glamorous history – renowned for high profile events and special occasions. The restoration sees the reinstatement of the iconic pillar-less 360 (banquet style) capacity Grand Ballroom, alongside the formation of seven flexible function rooms, making it the ideal location for any event from the wedding of the year to conference or incentive event. The hotel will also offer Sydney's only, fully separate Kosher kitchen.
The ground floor terrace will present a fusion of premium retail and lifestyle offerings for guests and the local community, with renowned contemporary 'Japanese Saké Restaurant & Bar' and a dedicated Pâtisserie. For total wellbeing and relaxation, a wellness centre and 24 hour gym with dedicated personal trainers will be a part of the hybrid and lively precinct.
The presence of signature InterContinental Hotel Group qualities are visible throughout the hotel, including cutting edge technology, WiFi, around the clock in-room dining and valet car parking. The dedicated concierge team are on hand to provide authentic local expertise with an insider's perspective to enjoy the best of what the community and city has to offer.
The hotel's location has a physical connection to Sydney and Australia's past, as well as some of the iconic characters who stayed at the former address including Princess Diana, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Madonna. InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be where new memories are formed and where history is made.
For more information, visit www.intercontinental.com/doublebay
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
33 Cross Street, Double Bay, Sydney 2028
About InterContinental Hotels Group:
InterContinental Hotels Group is one of the world's largest hotel companies with over 4,700 hotels globally and a further 1,000 in the pipeline. The Group has a portfolio of nine brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.
InterContinental Hotels Group have 27 hotels (6,500 rooms) open across Australia including 10 Crowne Plaza hotels, and 12 Holiday Inn hotels. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be the fifth InterContinental Hotel for Australia.
IHG has 3 hotels in the development pipeline due to open in the next 3 years – this hotel and 2 Holiday Inn Express properties (Perth and Sydney), which will be the first of the brand in the country.
About Royal Hotels:
Royal Hotels Australia Pty. Ltd, whose portfolio in the Asia-pacific region includes a wide range of properties comprising of residential, industrial and commercial estates, manages the hotel's reformation and development.