Restored rare white marble, Parisian-style balconies, a rooftop infinity pool with jaw-dropping views and a nautical-themed gin bar; these are just some of the many stunning design features of what is soon to become Sydney’s newest luxury hotel, the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.
With its doors opening in November, the former Ritz Carlton has been transformed by renowned architecture and design firm Bates Smart into a hotel that combines beautifully reinstated features of the original building on the outside and smart, contemporary and understated luxury on the inside.
With an overall design that combines a neutral palette, metallic finishings and splashes of pale blue and yellow tones, Bates Smart studio director Brenton Smith said the intention was to reinstate the glamour of the building.“The interior and exterior fabric of this iconic building provided an ideal canvas to overlay a design which engages with the European characteristics of the architecture, while the unique location enabled us to take references from the stunning and iconic bay.” And boy did they succeed, with the pièce de résistance of the transformation being the rooftop pool and lounge with a spectacular panoramic vista of the bay. Limestone split rock walls housing inlaid artefacts and curios, striped day beds and oversized Turkish pots lend a Mediterranean air to the space, framed by private cabanas.
The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay features 140 guest rooms including 14 suites. If you’re keen to be one of the first to experience it, book into one of those gorgeous rooms here!